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Meet Ingrid: Your opportunity to change a life!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Ingrid shortly after she arrived at Dorie's Promise.

Ingrid shortly after she arrived at Dorie’s Promise.

Ingrid now (age 14) at Dorie's Promise.

Ingrid now (age 14) at Dorie’s Promise.

By MJ Zelya –

Ingrid is one of the older girls that are sheltered at Dories’ Promise, she and her siblings have been here since 2010. Watching her evolution from the reserved child she came to us as, to the smiling, caring person she has become is a privilege. But we are worried, because she doesn’t have enough sponsors to cover all her needs; she still needs your help to finish what she has started, working towards her dreams.

All too soon she will be grown and on her own. We want to make sure she is well prepared when that day comes. Not just getting a good education at school, but having the skill she needs to live on her own and continue to pursue God.

Through all these years we have witnessed the miracles of what sponsorship has done in the lives of our children. The sponsorship program helps us to give the children what they need to be better people. With the help of our sponsors our children’s physical, emotional, spiritual needs have been met.

We would like for all of our children to be supported 100% in order to fulfill those needs, but in this case we ask you to help us to reach Ingrid’s support goal-  she needs you! Your support will open doors for her future!

Ingird has grown into a confident and independant teen.Ingird is a sweet girl who her special mothers say sleeps like a bear, she really enjoys sleeping and when it’s time to wake up she gets angry because she wants to continue sleeping. They say she has grown into a more confident and independent teen.  In her free time she loves to play football (soccer) and listen to Christian music on her iPod.

Ingrid has a beautiful voice, and makes beautiful and special prayers. She is also a good activities organizer.

I believe in second chances, and for sure God bringing Ingrid to our home to have the opportunity to grow into a healthy and secure woman is a blessing.

Please consider sponsoring Ingrid, and being a part of this important second chance in the life of someone that otherwise would have been forgotten by the world. God knows your heart and will bless your gift. Together we are changing the lives of children like Ingrid forever. Your sponsorship gives the children of Dorie’s Promise what they need to be better people and eventually to build a better country.



Mirna’s Life Has Been Forever Changed!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Mirna at Dorie's Promise Guatemala

By MJ Zelya-

Mirna came to our home on May 12, 2011 (read more about Mirna and her siblings here). It is impossible to forget the condition she was in: neglected, sad, dejected, and very unsure of herself and the situation with us. Now she is a young woman full of joy!

Mirna having her nails done by a Missions Tripper.She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help everyone. It’s like she is a completely different girl — better yet, lady. A young lady who has come out of her shell and is learning to fly.

It is exciting for us when our children go to a forever family, either Guatemalan or international* — one that will love them for the rest of their lives. However, there are some children who cannot be adopted because of age or physical condition, or because they are part of a large sibling group. The latter is the case with Mirna and her four siblings.

Mirna never had the chance for a normal childhood — neither school nor playtime — because of the poverty in which she used to live. On top of all of that, her biological mom left her in the care of her siblings. It’s hard for us to imagine the kind of life she once lived. Miraculously, the court intervened and Mirna and her siblings came to live with us. We have become their family.

Like any family we try to give our children the best education possible. Because of her education delays, Mirna is being home-schooled, learning via a distance program that allows her to get all the requirements for high school graduation. We also support her learning with a teacher at our home. Mirna is also attending a beauty school, which is preparing her for a future career.

Mirna practing her beauty school skills.In fact, this is her last year of study at the beauty school — soon she will become a professional hair stylist. She has learned a lot and accomplished much! We’ve also seen her mature through the process.

For practice, she cuts the hair of some of the other children in our home, and even does make-overs for the Special Mothers.

Mirna says that she feels blessed to be here and to have the opportunity to study, because it has taught her to enjoy learning more. She is also happy that this profession will help her obtain a job that can help her siblings too!

Forever Changed International started Dorie’s Promise Guatemala for moments exactly like these. Supporting all our children, including ones like Mirna, because we want them to have a better life, one full of opportunities and the chance to be someone in life — not to be ignored (as many are) simply because they didn’t have the same opportunities as other children have. We are committed to passionately serving the world’s forgotten children. Will you join us in our mission to reach more of them? Sponsor today, visit us, or see our online gift registry for our other needs.


*International Adoptions for Guatemala closed in 2008

She Smiles All the Time

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

By Arwen McGilvra-

We’d like you to meet one of the adorable babies in our home. Sandi is a very active little girl who is just beginning to take her first steps. You can see her around the home pulling her little stride-ride toy. She smiles all the time and is a very friendly and kind baby.

Marleny, one of the supervisors, says of Sandi, “I enjoy seeing her playing with her stride-ride toy. She is learning to walk with it, and sometimes she will let it out and take a couple steps on her own. It’s very cute.”

Like most 16-month-olds, she plays hard during the day, enjoys bath time, and then sleeps well at night.

Sandi came to us when she was only 5 days old, by court order, because her birth mother didn’t want her. The mother’s family did not know she was pregnant, and she decided to give the baby up rather than face their disappointment. Sandi has been declared adoptable (for a Guatemalan family*).

Dr. Castro is happy with her development. “She is a lovely child,” he says. “She is healthy girl, and her development has reached the level we want at her age. We appreciate all the support we receive — it aids us in giving her a different, better life.”

Nohemi, one of her special mothers, says, “She smiles all the time. She is just starting to walk, and I really enjoy seeing her grow up.”

Sandi’s story is currently, thankfully, a happy one. In our home, joy is a daily experience, and orphaned children just like her find safety and security. But most of all, it is a place where children who would have never known love can grow up knowing that God loves them no matter what and has a plan for their lives.

Be a part of Sandi’s life by sponsoring her today. You’ll help provide for the daily necessities, as well as for the medical care and personal attention she gets from our special mothers. Besides the great things you’ll be doing for her, you will get special quarterly updates with new photos, videos, and artwork — things that are only available to her sponsors. Being a sponsor means you can enjoy watching Sandi grow up.


*International adoptions in Guatemala closed in 2008.

Jack is a Free Spirit

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

By Arwen McGilvra & Pablo Villagran

I’d like you to meet a free-spirited little six-year-old. Jack is an active little boy living in our home who likes to play tag, sing songs, and go on field trips with our mission teams. He loves pancakes and the colors red and blue. He likes to kiss and hug his teacher and Special Mothers, who say that overall Jack is obedient, sensitive, and loving.

Children come to our home for a variety of reasons — most are sad … tragic, even. But some are puzzling. That’s the case with Jack. He was moved to Dorie’s Promise from a government home: he and another boy there looked so much alike, even had the same name, that they kept being confused with each other. So it was decided to separate them. Jack has been at Dorie’s Promise for almost a year now.

Sometimes when the children come to us, we do not have much information about their past or about the situations in which they lived. When Jack arrived, we were only told that he needed to be transferred from the state orphanage. We attended different hearings in the process, but never learned much about his family.

That recently changed when we were informed that he has family living about 10 hours away … and they want Jack back. Not knowing much about his family leaves us with a lot of questions.

  • What will his life be like with family members he doesn’t know?
  • Will they be able to provide a safe home and good education for him?
  • Will it be difficult for him to adjust to his new life?

In the last hearing, we asked the judge to give us the chance to keep Jack at Dorie’s Promise until he finishes the school year. We are praying for Jack, for his family, and for the decision that will be made in the next hearing.

Above all, we want the children here to be in a safe home with love and care.

While he’s been here, Jack has blossomed into a talkative, outgoing boy who is full of curiosity. He enjoys participating in devotionals. He is a good observer and pays special attention to small details. Jack has a tender heart — which can sometimes lead to temper tantrums, but he is learning to control those outbursts. His special mothers have a song they sing to help him calm down. It’s called Cuando Obedezco, or, I Will Obey.

Cuando obedezco lo que dice Jesucristo
me hago fuerte y crezco al oir su voz
y si el diablo dice no le obedezcas
lo callo le digo obedeceré
Cuando obedezco lo que dice mi papito
me hago fuerte y crezco al oir su voz
y si el diablo dice no le obedezcas
lo callo le digo obedeceré
Cuando obedezco lo que dice mi mamita
me hago fuerte y crezco al oir su voz
y si el diablo dice no le obedezcas
lo callo le digo obedeceré

(or in English)

When I obey what Jesus says
I become strong and grow to hear His voice
and if the devil says not to obey
I will ignore him and I will obey!
When I obey what my daddy says I
become strong and grow to hear his voice
and if the devil says not to obey
I will ignore him and I will obey!
When I obey what my mommy says
I become strong and grow to hear her voice
and if the devil says not to obey
I will ignore him and I will obey!

For the time that Jack is still with us, he needs the support of sponsors. People who have a heart for children like Jack — children who have been forgotten by a wider world. When you sponsor Jack, you are reaching out to an orphan in need.

Dorie’s Promise Guatemala is a place filled with love and care. It is a place where joy is a daily experience, and where orphaned children find safety and security. But most of all, it is a place where children who have never known love can grow up knowing that God loves them no matter what and has a plan for their lives.

Thank you for being part of our family and for caring for Jack!





Meet Dolce Maria

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Dulce is a very special child to us — she was born premature, so we have been closely watching her growth. There has been an incredible progress in Dulce’s health, thanks to the care of the special mothers and special attention from our doctor. She is a fighter — she has been fighting to survive ever since she was born. Her special mother Myriam prays every day for Dulce’s life. Since coming to Dorie’s Promise she has gained a few pounds and has better movement of her arms and legs.

She is starting to babble; whenever we put her on a bed she loves to turn around. Even thought she is very small the staff love picking her up and playing with her. Although she smiles less than the other babies, she is an observer, always watching whats happening around her. She loves her bath time and is more and more accepting of affection. We often talk to her and ask her questions; she responds by smiling or cooing. Her favorite drink is soy milk. She loves playing in her crib or just being held by her special mothers Janeth and Myriam. We think she is such a cute baby.

Pray with us for her continued development, and that she would not have developmental delays due to her premature birth. Please take some time to get to know Dulce on our site. She is currently only 40 percent sponsored. Over the next few months, we would love to see that reach 100 percent. We also would love to have you come to Guatemala City to see Dulce for yourself.


Source:Alejandra Díaz.

Meet Maria Jose

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Here is a precious child we want you to meet. Her name is Maria Jose. According to her Special Mothers, Diana, Ingrid, and Lorena, Maria Jose is a wonderful little girl.

She has a great heart and a strong desire to be loved. She has long beautiful black hair and really likes having it combed and styled. Right now, she is losing her baby teeth, so when she smiles there are big gaps in it. Her smile is something we see a lot because it shines when she gets to help around the house. Right now, she jumps at the chance to help with house chores.

Keeping up with Maria is tough. She is full of energy and runs everywhere. She gets along well with the other girls in the home, but recently we’ve had a couple of little girl spats that have left Maria’s feelings a tad hurt. Despite that, she still loves the other girls and goes out of her way to be playful and loving with them.

Maria told us recently that she loves God and that she believes He has a plan for her life, as well as all the boys and girls at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala. It is such a blessing to listen to little Maria Jose sing, pray, and listen to God’s Word.

School is one of those things that Maria Jose is excited about. She is going to a new school and is thrilled with the new friends and teachers and all the activities.

Please be praying for Maria Jose. Here are a few things her Special Mothers want you to know:

  • Maria Jose is missing Hilary, one of her siblings. Hilary recently left Dorie’s Promise, and Maria Jose is desperately missing her.
  • Pray for her and her brother, Franco. Ask God to deepen that relationship.
  • Ask God to give Maria Jose a sense of safety and hope at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala.

Here are a few things we’ve learned about Maria Jose in the last few weeks:

  • Her favorite food: chicken and fries
  • Her favorite drink: soda
  • Her favorite activities: dodgeball and soccer
  • Her favorite colors: yellow and turquoise
  • Her best qualities: forgiving, loving, and being very helpful

We are thrilled to have Maria Jose with us. We want you to come to Guatemala and visit us. Consider taking  a Missions Trip with us. If you are feeling a leading to sponsor Maria Jose, you should do it. As of the writing of this blog, she is only 32 percent sponsored.

Sponsor her today!

A Reason to Smile

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012


By Pablo Villagran-

Next week will mark a special Christmas for one of our newest residents, five-year-old Jack Pineda. It will be his first with the Dorie’s Promise family, who he has learned to love since arriving last June.

Jack came to us through a court order after having been sheltered in a government home.

Fortunately, this youngster adapted fairly quickly to his new surroundings. He is a natural extrovert who loves to talk with people and makes friends fast.

We've observed how much happier Jack has been than when he first came here. Now, Jack is always smiling and making jokes with everybody, making him an enjoyable child to have at our home.

Past Christmases weren’t necessarily happy occasions, so Jack’s smile is growing as December 25 draws closer. He is hoping to receive a new ball—although I’m sure he won’t object to other presents.

Jack has many favorites, among them vegetables, beans,  milk and sodas and (like most American kids) food from McDonald’s.

He also likes the color green, and playing soccer, as well as ball tag and visits to Chuck E. Cheese.

One of his Special Mothers, Ericka, says Jack has adjusted well to life at Dorie’s Promise. At first he avoided running and physical activities, but now is eager to exercise, she says. He has improved his eating habits and is now a healthy size and weight.

“He is a very smart child who has good language skills, so it easy to understand him,” Ericka says. “He has done a great job improving his behavior and you can tell that he is happier now.”

Special Mother Eliza says Jack has learned how to share with others and has become very sensitive, loving and obedient. He often makes kind comments to his Special Mothers.

“Like any other child, he sometimes throws tantrums but he calms down when we give him a kiss or hug and then explain to him what he has to do,” Eliza says.

“He enjoys participating in devotionals. He has learned some Bible verses and helps others during worship time. He is very eager to learn more about God.”

Despite this positive news, there is one thing lacking with Jack. He doesn’t have any sponsors. Sponsors are caring individuals who commit to pledges of at least $35 a month. These funds help provide a safe home, education, food, health care and medicines. Most importantly, they provide opportunities for a child’s spiritual development.

However, there is more to sponsorship than giving money. We hope sponsors will develop relationships with their child. This can be done by writing letters, sending e-mails, and other forms of personal interaction—including a personal visit on a mission trip to Guatemala.

If you would like to put an even brighter smile on Jack’s face, click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor.

All About Abraham

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

By Pablo Villagran-

The story of two-year-old Abraham, who came to us a sickly child, today shows signs of remarkable improvement and is among the continuing series of miracles at Dorie’s Promise.

In Abraham’s case, recent quick action by our staff literally saved his life. He suffered  from bronchitis when he arrived as an infant, but Dr. Francisco Castro helped him cope with the disease.

Despite this help, Abraham continued experiencing various health problems since arriving with three of his sisters.

One night several weeks ago, his Special Mother realized he was having trouble breathing and contacted Dr. Castro, who came quickly to help.

Dr. Castro recognized that Abraham’s breathing problems, coupled with a high fever, signaled a serious case of pneumonia. He used our oxygen unit to help provide relief and then had the boy transported to a private hospital.

Not only did Abraham survive, he is showing incredible improvements in many areas. Today he is beginning to speak some words, eats by himself, is mobile, and demonstrates a free spirit and curiosity toward the world.

“He is one of the easiest kids to play with and interact with because he is very secure about himself,” says Special Mother Lucia.

“He knows how to make you laugh. He is always smiling and spreading his happiness to everyone that is close to him.”

Another of his Special Mothers, Mahaly, says Abraham loves to copy everything he sees and is a peaceful child who doesn’t like it when others argue. He already shows signs of faith; whenever he sees her with a tray of food, he says “amen” repeatedly.

“He also puts his hands together and says, ‘Amen, Jesus,’ whenever we sing,” Mahaly says. “He loves to participate in our morning devotionals. Abraham has good pronunciation skills and already knows how to say his name and his friends’ names.”

This precious little boy has many favorites, too. He especially likes fruit yogurt, the color red, and milk.

Among his favorite activities is playing ball. Abraham also likes to jump, run, dance, sing and paint. Just playing a small role in giving this delightful boy the chance to engage in the joys of childhood is one of the intrinsic rewards of working here.

Participants in our sponsor program are also creating a life of possibilities for this energetic youth. Their monthly donations help provide him with a home, food, education, health care, medicine and (most importantly) spiritual development.

Abraham needs nine more sponsors at just $35 each to reach full funding for his care. Many other children at Dorie’s Promise also need additional sponsor assistance; we are at 73 percent of the commitments we need. In order to reach out to more children in Guatemala we need to be at 100 percent.

If saving lives—on more than one level—appeals to you, click here for more information or to sign up to become a sponsor.

Estephania enters Sponsorship Program

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Estephania entered Dorie’s Promise by court order. A caregiver was going to care for her during the processing of her international adoption. However, when those adoptions closed, the court ordered her transferred to an orphanage. During this time, she was declared adoptable, and in December of 2010 went to live with a Guatemalan family. After five months, though, Estephania's family decided they didn’t have enough time to care for her and sent her back. So she re-entered Dorie’s Promise in May 2011.

You might think being rejected by two different families would slow a little child down. But you would be wrong. Estephania has an amazing spirit! She loves to lead other children. She is a smart, independent girl with a caring heart, making her willing to share things with other children.

Her favorite food is ice cream! If Estephania had the option she would play at the park every day — and her favorite day here is “Splash Day.”

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Child of the Week: Alejandra

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

By Bradley Burck –

Alejandra is a quiet baby, spending much of the day asleep in her crib. When she is not asleep she loves to eat–as many babies do!  She entered Dorie’s Promise through a court order. Her biological mother abandoned her in a hospital. She was placed in our home while the court investigates the mother’s status.  This little girl is so special.  Would you pray about sponsoring her today.  She needs your love and support.

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