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Meet Our Staff – MJ Uses Many Talents to Serve Others

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

MJ has worked at Dorie's Promise for the last 8 years.

By Alejandra Diaz, Director –

MJ is a valuable part of our staff.When I think about the good times and difficult times we have had at Dorie’s Promise, I can clearly see MJ close to me in all those times. One thing I have always admired about MJ is that she’s willing to help whenever necessary, even when doing things that are not her favorite. Not only is she willing to help, she always puts in her best effort.

I have known MJ since she came to Dorie’s Promise — I have seen her grow as a partner in ministry, as a person, as a woman, and, most importantly, as a Christian. Working at Dorie’s Promise changes your life, and that’s what’s happened to her. She has been here for eight years, and during those years many changes have happened in her life, both good and bad. But one thing has kept her strong: her faith. This faith has not only impacted her personal life, but also the lives of many people around her, her family, her friends, and the children at Dorie’s Promise.

MJ started working for us as an assistant, but through the years she has become more than that … she is now the finances and legal assistant and supports many other parts of our program. She is also good at decorating and organizing, so whenever there is such a need, we know who to ask.

For me there is no question that we are part of a big body, as the Bible says in Romans 12:4-6: “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…”

In this body each one of us has a special function. I can see how God has used MJ’s talents in many different ways to build up His body.

During the past 8 years MJ has work at Dorie's Promise and we've seen her grow and flourish.Lesly, our receptionist, says, “MJ is a very responsible person who can be counted on for her support if you need it. Her passion and commitment to her work makes a difference in our organization. She is always willing to go the extra mile on her tasks in the legal, financial, and marketing department, and she always takes time to talk with the children. She not only takes care of her own kids, but also takes care of the Dorie’s Promise children as her own. The love she feels for children who are at our home is undeniable!”

The other staff agrees. “MJ is a hardworking, responsible, careful, attentive, and organized person,” says Special Mother supervisor Marleny. “Always worried about the children’s care, if they have what they need, no matter if it’s legal, spiritual, or material. As a co-worker, MJ is a supportive colleague, educated, a good listener, cooperative, and friendly.”

Of her work with us MJ says, “I know God has a purpose for my life and for the lives of our children. I love to see the process of their lives being transformed through God using this ministry. My job is to serve God in the work He is already doing, and while I’m here I feel that I am helping change the lives of children as well. It fills my heart with joy.

As a ministry, we are blessed to have staff like MJ who are so dedicated to our home. The work is not always easy, and I know MJ and the other staff would appreciate knowing that you are praying for them. Leave us a comment, or send us a quick note to encourage our staff.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011


Celebrating Special Mothers

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

By Alej Diaz –

Our 32 Special Moms are more excited than usual this week. Last night we held our first Mothers Day Celebration for these special mothers at a wonderful restaurant in Guatemala City.

Founder Heather Radu was our guest speaker. The message she shared really touched the mothers. “It takes special people to change diapers, bathe five three-year-olds at once, help kids with their homework, and fold mountains of laundry,” she said.

An artists drawing of what the backyard will look like when completed.

Heather also announced plans to turn the backyard into a giant playground area.  Everyone was so excited at the news and we all lingered over the plans as they were passed around the room.

Our special mothers really appreciated the night out.  They dressed to the nines and were treated like royalty.

“I feel like I’m a little girl on this day,” says Mahaly Lemus. “I feel so special. I often feel like I’m always serving everybody, and on this day someone else serves me. I really enjoy what happens.”

Having others wait on her makes Diana Chanchavac feel special, too.

“That shows me they care for me and like my work,” Diana says. “It means they are thinking of me. On this day we can just relax. Another reason it is so special for me is because I don’t have any kids of my own. So it’s special for me that Heather gives me a day of celebration, as if the children I take care of at Dorie’s Promise are like my own. I love my kids.”

“I really like the food—it tastes wonderful,” says Ismelda Samale, who particularly enjoyed last year’s festivities at a park and playing with water balloons. “Also, just spending time together as Special Moms makes me feel closer to this wonderful community that I am part of!”

Adoptive parent Paul Kvinta has developed bonds with the Special Moms.

A resident of Texas, he moved to Guatemala last November to be close to his daughter, Marcela. Paul expects to soon take her back to the U.S. Although a handful of the children have adoptive parents waiting, for most the Special Moms are the only mothers they will ever know, he says.

“Since I moved here Momma Nico has told me more than once, ‘Pablo, we will be glad when Marcela can join you in America, but it will be very sad for us. I have raised Marcela since she was born. It is difficult for us to see these children go,’” Paul says. “Nico and the other mothers feel this way because they care so much for these children.”

Indeed they do, which is why we like to celebrate them and all they do for Dorie’s Promise. Remember on Mother’s Day to thank your mom for what she has meant to your life.

Thank You Alej Diaz!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Alej Diaz Celebrating 6 Years!

By Ken Walker –

For Alejandra Diaz, serving as director of Dorie’s Promise means much more than a job. “Since I came here the blessings on my life and family have been countless,” she says. “They have surpassed our expectations.”

Alej, as everyone knows her, joined the home when it was known as Hannah’s Hope. Hired by founder Heather Radu in 2005 as director of public relations, later Alej worked in the homes and assisted Heather with various tasks. When Heather returned to the States in 2007, she became director.

Dorie's Promise Staff in 2011

The staff of Dorie's Promise in 2010

A native of Guatemala City, Alej is the middle child of three siblings. Married to her high school sweetheart (they met in their church youth group), she has two children of her own—a boy age 7 and a daughter 20 months old.

She sensed God’s calling on her life at 16, thanks to her parents’ longtime instruction in faith matters. She and her husband now work as their church’s youth group advisors, teaching kids that the happiest way to live is by serving others.

“It does not matter who, where or when,” Alej says. “You can serve at any time.”

Prior to Dorie’s Promise, she worked for six years with a non-governmental organization that promoted women’s rights. When she had to leave, Alej prayed that she could find another job where she could help people.

The leaders of Dorie's Promise

Alej Diaz and Desi Stephens at Dorie's Promise Guatemala

As much as she likes working at the home, it has its challenges. Particularly the mixed emotions that can touch her within in the space of several minutes.  “When a child leaves with his or her adoptive family everybody here is happy to know that we will be forever part of their happiness,” Alej says. “God trusted in our hands that child’s first years of life to receive love and care. On the other hand, it is difficult to see a child who has been with us for protection sent back by the court to his or her biological family and be at risk of suffering abuse.”

The needs to help children are great. At present, the home is close to capacity, with 40 of its 44 slots filled by children from infancy to age 12.

Because of this, Alej dreams of seeing a bigger Dorie’s Promise so they can impact more children—and their parents, in cases where the family has changed and is ready to care for the child again.

“Children grow up here knowing that everything they get or have is because of God’s mercy,” she says. “It is good to know that I have a team working with me every day, sharing the same passion and love for Christ. And, looking to give the best we have to touch and change children’s lives.”


Annoucement – Excitement for Ashley Williams

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Ashley Starting a New Ministry

We are so excited!  Today we get to announce that Ashley Williams is starting a new ministry to better serve the poor and needy in the community.

We will still partner with Ashley in our missions program. We are thrilled about this! She will continue taking our mission teams to serve in the Limonada and Guatemala City Dump. So when you come to visit you will still get to see her and go on her amazing adventures.

Dorie's Promise and Ashley“I am really excited about this next chapter of my life continuing to serve the people of Guatemala.  I am so thankful to Heather and Alejandra for all of their support and commitment over these past five years in investing in who I have become today.  My heart and passion are 100 percent with the people of this country.  My vision for this next step is to improve the quality of life of the people of Guatemala by providing relief to those in need, providing opportunities to those who may not otherwise have them”.

– Ashley Williams

“I’m so proud of Ashley!  I’ve watched her grow and mature in the last several years.  We are 100 percent behind her in her efforts and will continue to partner with her in the future.  I think back to what it was like to be young and starting a ministry.  What a thrill!  Our team is standing with her and I want to encourage everyone I know to stand with her too!  Together we will continue to serve the poor and needy in Guatemala. ”

–  Heather Radu  – President of Forever Changed International

Guatemala Ghetto and Ashley Williams“Go Ashley.  All of our staff and the special mothers here at Dorie’s Promise are so excited for you.  The work you are doing in the Limonada and the Dump are so important and helpful.  We are all thrilled that you are going to be expanding it to serve even more people!”

– Alej Diaz – Director of Dories Promise Guatemala

“Ashley I’m proud of the work you’ve done and I’m excited we are able to continue work with you!”

– Dr. Francisco Castro – Medical Doctor at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala

We will keep you updated on the details of Ashley’s ministry and how you can support her work.  If you would like to contact Ashley and encourage her, she can be reached by email.  Please put her on your prayer list.  Starting a ministry is hard work.  We are asking God to provide the right donors, ministry projects, and safety for her in this work.

Forever changed will continue to pass on donations given  for community outreach to Ashley until she completes all of the necessary paperwork for her organization to become a 5013c nonprofit. To find out more about Ashley’s ministry you can visit her blog.

Dorie Van Stone, Heather Radu, and Ashley Williams in the Guatemala City Dump.