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We Met Our Goal!! All Because Of You!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We Met our Goal!!  All because of you!

Since August 2014, we have been asking our friends and supporters to help us buy a new microbus to transport our children. If you’ve been to Guatemala, you have seen firsthand that our current vehicles are no longer safe and secure to transport our children.

We actually needed a Microbus for our children and a van to effectively transport our guests as well. Our plan was to raise money for the Microbus in 2014 and start raising money for the van in early 2015.

Well, we have some exciting news!

Since August 2014, we have been asking our friends and supporters to help us buy a new microbus to help transport our children. Because of your overwhelming support, enough money came in through December 31, 2014 to allow us to buy both vehicles! Late last week, we ordered a 12-passenger Hyundai H1 van and a 30-passenger Hyundai County Microbus. We decided to go with Hyundai because we were able to get an extended warranty and bigger vehicles for our money.

The total amount raised for this need, as of today, is $87,300. I think you will agree: that’s amazing! The cost of the 12-passenger Hyundai H1 van was $28,500. The 30-passenger Hyundai County Bus was $59,000.

We expect the Microbus and van to be delivered to Dories Promise within the next few weeks. We will update you with pictures and video of our Children seeing the new vehicles for the first time.

To everyone who gave to help us buy these vehicles: Thank you! Your support and love have been astounding. Our children are blessed to have such a compassionate, generous family looking out for them.

Christmas for Orphans at Dorie’s Promise

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Christmas at Dorie's Promise with special guests Elisa and Superman.Christmas — the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in a stable outside an inn in the town of Bethlehem. A time of love, peace, and harmony.

Christmas in Guatemala is celebrated in a very special way — streets, homes, and businesses begin setting up all kinds of representative motifs of the season, multicolored lights, and all kinds of creative adornments, especially red. It’s all very festive.

Throughout the last month of the year, firecrackers and fireworks of all kinds thrill children — even more so on the 24th, 25th, and 31st of December. On January 1, fireworks are lit all day and all night, making the day something truly unique and special.

Unfortunately, many Guatemalan children don’t have the opportunity to celebrate this time of year because they live in desperately poor areas, beset by violence and the lack of progress. They live where Christmas doesn’t exist.

We know most of the children at Dorie’s Promise have previously, personally lived this situation, so that’s the reason we want to make this season something special for them. Every year our children have Playing on the bouncy house at the Christmas celebration.been blessed — several sponsors have made it possible to celebrate Christmas, reminding the children of the real reason behind the season and giving them a fun time full of surprises.

Throwing a Christmas party for the children fills us with excitement and joy. This year we made an invitation card for each child — they received them two days before the celebration. From that moment, their curiosity was peaked and their excitement began to build. In addition, every boy and girl got a completely new outfit to wear to the party; they were very grateful and couldn’t wait to wear it!

When the big day came, the children went down to the backyard, were a huge Pirate Ship Jumping Castle was waiting for them. Immediately they got in — and the FUN began!!!

They also had grilled hot dogs and a sundae they got to prepare at an ice cream bar.

Right before the piñata, they had a visit from Princess Elsa, Princess Aurora, Superman, and a funny clown! They were really surprised, and the kids began to hug them. Each child also received Ice Cream Sundae's at Christmas Partya Christmas gift — they were ALL excited about their new toys. The celebration ended with the piñata and their pockets filled with candy!!

They really had a great time! We want to thank the sponsors who gave above and beyond to make this special Christmas party possible, as well as the mission team who helped us put the celebration on. We hope you notice the delight on the children’s faces and know that you made a true difference in their lives.

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Special Christmas Dinner Christmas Presents!!! Checking out the new toys.Toys for ChristmasChristmas with ElisaA new doll for MariaThe boys gathered around the Christmas TreeEnjoying Christmas presents.

Thank You for A Great 2014

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Thank you from the children of Dorie's Promise!As you watched the video I hope you noticed the bright and happy smiles of our children. Having just been in Guatemala, I can tell you that our homes are running better than they ever have. I’m so proud of our team and the hard work they are doing to care for our children. But I have to tell you that, at the same time, our bank account for operating Dorie’s Promise is lower than it has ever been before. We need your help. The end of the year is coming soon. This is the most important time of the year for us. Would you consider a special gift over and above anything you have done in 2014? Every contribution matters! Please do what you can. Together we can raise the children of Dorie’s Promise and give them opportunities to grow and thrive.

You can give online up until the last minutes of the year.

For the Children,
Heather Radu

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Missions: All about relationships

Friday, December 26th, 2014

A family serving with FCI installs a sink called a pila for a family living in one of Guatemala's ghettos.

By Pablo Villagran -

Missions Coordinator Pablo VillagranIf you are reading this message, it means you are a friend of Dorie’s Promise, and we thank you for having a relationship with us. I would like to extend a special invitation to you to come visit us during spring break 2015 … And here’s why:

When you come to a place like Dorie’s Promise, you are part of the change that is going on with the children in our home. You become a part of their lives. They love to build relationships with mission-trippers and those who visit us because the children receive the love and attention they deserve.

In your visit to Guatemala, you will see other ways of living — the realities that are the dump and the city ghettos.

We focus a lot on relationships in those communities as well. We constantly visit there, and we meet people who are living in very poor conditions and lack opportunities, but who have a great heart and sense of meaning. It is easy to connect with these people.  Those relationships are life-changing.

When we do development projects in communities we try to practice this Bible verse: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

Self-sacrifice is the high water mark of love.

A missions team visiting a ghetto in Guatemala.When we share love, we share Jesus. When we share Jesus, we plant a seed. When we plant seeds of the Gospel, we fulfill God’s purpose to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

Coming on a mission trip is more than just a chance to make good memories. It is life-changing. It has changed mine. It will continue to change anyone exposed to it.

The reason is very simply: JESUS.

He transforms us. By doing His Kingdom work, we are challenged, stretched, and made more like Him. Having a relationship with Him changes everything. Knowing this is the most important relationship of all, we focus on it with all the children at Dorie’s Promise, staff, and friends of the organization. When you visit us, it will be our focus for you, too, to grow your most important relationship.

We are waiting for you. Get started today! Check out our trip handbook, watch a video, or fill out an application!


Year-End Giving

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Luis, Lester and Brandon - Donors make their smiles possble.

We can’t thank our Sponsors and Donors enough for their generosity this past year! We praise God for all that we were able to accomplish because of YOU – our faithful partners who help us so generously. Thank you for giving to our children and home.

We want to ask you one last time for 2014 to give a special gift to our home. Help us end the year on a strong note. Help us to continue investing in the lives of those who need it most.

You can contribute up until the last seconds of 2014 for this tax year…

Also I wanted to take a moment to let you know about an upcoming opportunity to designate IRA funds to a charity of your choice.

On Wednesday Congress passed a bill, which is now awaiting President Obama’s signature, enabling you to transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free from federal income tax and the gift qualifies for your 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD).

This opportunity is retroactive to January 1, 2014 and reauthorizes the IRA charitable rollover through December 31, 2014.

As we look ahead at the next 12 days that remain in the year, will you prayerfully consider taking advantage of this great IRA option and make a gift to help support the children of Dorie’s Promise?

If you have questions about this new way to give we’d be happy to talk to you. Please call 360-836-7626 or email us.

God Bless,

Heather Radu

An Interview With Celebration Church

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

By Arwen McGilvra-

A group of 17 people from Celebration Church in Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada), visited us at Dorie’s Promise in October. We interviewed Cory Illingworth, the Pastoral Team Leader and trip coordinator, about their visit.

Guatemala City McDonalds and Celebration Church members.How did you hear about Dorie’s Promise? A father and son from our church wanted to go on a mission trip together in 2013. They searched on Google with the following criteria: slums, orphanage, garbage dump, and Central America. Dorie’s Promise was the top search. The father prayed about it and felt it was the exact place they should go. Blaine, his son Carson, my son Luke, and I made the trip to Guatemala in June of 2013.

Have you been on other mission trips? Our church participates in many types of mission trips. We have outreach opportunities in our community, city, country, and to the corners of the earth. For more than eight years, we have sent a team to northern Canada to work with the first nation’s people and the Metis of Canada. Over the last couple of years, we sent teams to India, Uganda, Haiti, and Las Vegas.

How was your trip with FCI different? Working with FCI has been such a blessing. So professional. So organized. So accommodating. So encouraging. Everyone who attended Dorie’s Promise this past year commented on how safe, comfortable, and cared for they felt. The Special Mothers are amazing.

Mission trippers from the from Celebration Church in ReginaWe heard you did some special activities with the children. Can you tell us about those? We went to the football pitch with the children, the staff, and the Special Moms. It was Canada versus Guatemala. Then we taught everyone from Dorie’s Promise how to play Canadian football. We also took all of the kids to Divercity. That was a great experience for us. The children had so much fun.

The highlight special activity was having Canadian Thanksgiving (Monday, October 13, 2014) with the children, Special Mothers, and staff. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, pumpkin pie, and Canadian candies. The children all came dressed up to the guest house, and we ate the meal together. To my understanding, it was one of the only times the children had been to the guest house. It was by far one of my all-time favourite Thanksgiving meals.

What was your impression of the home? The staff and Special Mothers? The children? Everyone on the team stated they felt like we were staying at a resort. The staff and Special Mothers are my favourite part of Dorie’s Promise. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those kids. But I personally feel God has called me and our team to bless and encourage the staff and Special Mothers for what they do. Our youth loved the children. They even got to go water sliding in the backyard with some of the them.

What other projects did you do while in Guatemala? Here in our city we have a ministry called the Burger Bus. It is a bus that goes into the inner city and hands out McDonald’s cheeseburgers to people. We bought 300 cheeseburgers and had the opportunity to hand those out all over Guatemala City. We had the chance to pray for people at the hospital, on the streets, and in the rain. We want to be ambassadors for Dorie’s Promise in the ghettos and in the dump. We are so proud of you, as our brothers and sisters in Christ, for the impact you are making there. You gave our team exposure to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you.

Outing with the children to Divercity.In the future, we would love to have two teams come to Dorie’s Promise. One team that solely works with your partner ministries in the ghetto and dump and one that spends the majority of its time with the children of Dorie’s Promise.

Other thoughts? I have a few other comments I need to share. If you are a team considering going to Dorie’s Promise or any other mission trip, please read the book When Helping Hurts by Corbett and Finkert. Our job as short-term missionaries needs to be to support the staff of FCI and your partner ministries.

One of the goals we had as a team while we were serving with Dorie’s Promise was to make sure that we were a blessing to everyone we encountered: the bus driver, the police officers who protected us, the people at McDonald’s, and every person in Guatemala we met. FCI does not need us to tell them how to run their ministry (they are doing an incredible job) — they need us to hold up their arms and cheer them on.

To the FCI staff and Special Mothers: We love you — you are doing a fabulous job for God’s kingdom.

We heard you are already planning a return trip. Why would you like to come back to Dorie’s?
1. Obedience to God
2. The Special Mothers
3. Missions Staff
4. Queso Pies from McDonald’s
5. The hill above the garbage dump
6. The food at the guest house
7. The children
8. The children
9. The children
10. To bloom for God in the land of eternal spring.

Cory Illingworth — Pastoral Team Leader


Give A Special Gift to Orphans

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Give a Gift to Orphans : Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring a child is a gift that gives a life – Forever Changed.

Our goal is to see Dorie’s Promise Guatemala fully funded by monthly sponsors.  By funding our home 100% through sponsorship, we can be certain that our monthly obligations will be met. It is essential that as a ministry we are responsible in how we go about funding our home and its growth in order to serve even more children in the years to come. If we are able to reach our goal, we will be able to use additional gifts to expand our ministry to serve even more children! Every gift you give to our ministry goes toward improving the lives of orphans and children who would otherwise have no other hope.

Get started by viewing the children currently available to Sponsor, reading our FAQ and sponsorship benefits.

Here are three special children who need you to sponsor them today:

Sponsor Dulce Today!Dulce (Age 2) is a very special child to us. When a mere newborn, Dulce was found bloodied and lying on a bar room floor. Most likely premature, she came to us with low birth weight, low height, small head circumference, and developmental delay. Shortly after her arrival at Dorie’s, she developed viral pneumonia. She was hospitalized and, miraculously, as tiny and frail as she was, she recovered. Since coming to us in July 2012, she has suffered a myriad of health problems.

Dulce 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. She is improving slowly with increasing weight and increased mobility of her arms and legs. We are hopeful that with the love and care she is receiving, Dulce will continue to thrive.

Josue (Age 2) was found abandoned on the streets in Guatemala City when he was only two days old. He was sent immediately to the hospital where it was discovered that he had a genetic abdominal defect. While there, he had numerous surgeries to correct the problem. Josue was brought to Dorie’s and was transferred to the care of our staff physician. He has been waiting on more surgery to rebuild his urinary tract but is making tremendous progress.

Josue also has a lot of fight in him. He has tremendous energy and enthusiasm for life. He is happy by nature and is very active and affectionate. Josue likes to imitate the older boys and tags along after them as much as they will allow.

Abraham Emanual (Age 6) came to Dorie’s Promise via court order in the Spring of 2012. He was 4. His father abandoned the family when he was an infant and then his mother died. Relatives took Abraham in, but shortly thereafter Protective Services removed him from the home because of abuse and neglect. With the love and sense of security Abraham is receiving at Dorie’s Promise, he is blossoming into a wonderful little boy. He has big brown eyes and a beautiful smile. He loves to play with toys, run in the backyard, and play with the other children. Whenever it is time for group activities, Abraham is the first to jump in. He is a great dancer and loves to play soccer.

Please consider sponsoring a child today!

Changing Lives Every Day!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Sisters Ana Lucía, 13, and Fabiola, 6

By Alej Diaz-

Meet Fabiola, age 6.Some weeks ago I attended a hearing for two of our new children, Ana Lucía and Fabiola. During that hearing I realized one more time why we are here … why we serve at Dorie’s Promise … why it is so important to open our hands and our hearts to those children who have nowhere to go.

Ana Lucía 13, and Fabiola, 6, entered Dorie´s Promise in July. When I met Ana Lucía, I could see her joy for life, her enthusiasm to help others, and how protective she was of her sister. I had no idea of her past or what life was like for them before they came to live with us.

As it turns out, they were living with their mother in a very poor community close to Guatemala City, but at the end of last year their mother got sick and was diagnosed with cancer. Just six months later she passed away. Ana Lucía and Fabiola were able to stay with their oldest brother, who was 17 at the time. After two months, their brother went to jail, and the girls had nobody to take care of them. They went to live with a neighbor and stayed with her for some time.

Ana Lucía had to work in the mornings in order to earn money for her and her sister — she would to sell candies in the street or outside a big mall close to where they lived. She and Fabiola would attend school in the afternoons.

Meet Ana Lucía, age 13.In June of this year, these neighbors they were staying with decided they couldn’t take care of the girls anymore — she simply didn’t have enough money or resources for the girls and her own family. As a result, they were taken to Minor’s Court — and it’s how we in turn received a phone call asking if we had space for two girls aged 13 and 6. We said yes. And from my perspective, this is when the girls’ lives started changing.

We are so blessed to have the opportunity to make a difference for them. They are gaining weight, eating well, sleeping in nice beds, and will go to school next year. Most importantly, they are learning about God and are experiencing His love every day through the Special Moms and the entire staff at Dorie’s Promise.

Once again, we believe this is the reason for the children’s home of Dorie’s Promise: to passionately serve the world’s forgotten children in Guatemala City. To accomplish this mission, we need your continued prayers and support — we even have a special sponsorship opportunity to help us provide open beds so we can take in more children like Ana Lucía and Fabiola.

We praise God for these changed lives! And we pray we can continue changing lives every day!!

Meet Charity Danielson: Champion of Sponsorship

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Sponsor make s huge difference in the lives of Guatemalan orphans.

By Arwen McGilvra-

Charity DanielsonCharity Danielson started working for Forever Changed International in March as our Sponsorship Coordinator.

Prior to this position, Charity did administrative work, as she and her husband also had an insurance company. Her previous experience has been a good fit with FCI.

“I really enjoy the type of interactions I have with people through Forever Changed,” Charity says of her work. “Insurance was boring and impersonal. It’s great to work with people who have a heart for orphans and the poor. It’s a whole new way of thinking.”

She has also really enjoyed working with Heather, Naomi, and the others on the team.

She went down to Dorie’s Promise for a mission trip, where she experienced firsthand not JUST a mission trip, but also all the children and the care the Special Mothers give them.

“I am so thankful I went,” Charity said. “Pablo is an amazing leader and made it an incredible spiritual experience. Daily devotions were a heart-grabbing, emotional, and spiritual time.”

“I’ve been a sponsor with World Vision for years,” she continued. “World Vision was more about meeting the needs of the community by helping children on a material level. FCI is more holistic — meeting spiritual needs is a priority. Plus there is a real connection between the children and sponsors of FCI.”

Charity has seen how many people extend themselves beyond the monthly pledge amount. One couple went on a mission trip and saw that the bicycles needed to be replaced. They sent an extra gift for bicycles for the children. They noticed a need and then met that need without being asked. One woman always remembers the birthday of the child she sponsors and sends cards and a gift. Through FCI, sponsors have the opportunity to participate in the lives of the children.

Sponsors who have visited Dorie’s Promise know that they are changing lives. They’ve experienced the dumps and the ghettos of Guatemala, as well as the state orphanage. They’ve seen the night-and-day difference that our home and the love of the Special Mothers and staff make in the lives of children. They’ve seen where the children could have been and where they are today.

“When I updated the profiles of our children, I couldn’t believe the stories,” Charity shared. “Children thrown out, mothers selling their daughters, children unwanted and left alone on the street. We can change all that.

She added: “I encourage those thinking about sponsoring to read the bios of the children. Really think about which one you can make a heartfelt attachment with. Pray for them and then dedicate yourself to that child. Don’t stop with supporting the child financially. Make a heartfelt commitment. Sponsoring will become more than an automatic deduction from your bank account.

Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the children fo Dorie's Promise

Giving Thanks for the many blessing at Dorie's Promise in 2014.By Arwen McGilvra-

This Thanksgiving we’d like to look back over 2014 and the many things we have to be thankful for at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala.

To start the year off we shared the wonderful news of Chelsea going home to her Forever Family. This year we’ve seen many children go home to Forever Families, many of whom were stuck in the legal system when Guatemala closed it’s door to international adoptions in 2008. After an 8 year wait Amelia went home to her adoptive parents. Siblings Jackie, Jessie and Vanessa went home to the USA with their adoptive mother and Jazmin’s adoption was finalized within the same month, Saying Goodbye to Five. Most recently Brandon went home to his Forever Family just last month.

We’ve had many special gifts and donations to be thankful for as well. From new bicycles for the children to a new play house our donors have been very gracious this year. Air Force Cadet Cayce Dossett gave her winning from a NFL training camp event to Dorie’s Promise, Special Donation Through The Bronco Country Heroes Award. We are also thankful for the donor who have made special gifts to help us purchase new transportation for our home. We are close to our goal and hope that by the time the children return to school in January they’ll be riding in the new Microbus.

YOur support helps keep them smiling. Thank you!Thanks to faithful donors and sponsors we were also able to make some much needed updates to our home. House 6 got a much need transformation early this year. The biggest change came when we did makeovers on all the rooms for the children. You can read about that here New Look of Rooms Delight the Children of Dorie’s Promise, and here Extreme Make Over – Questions and Answers and watch the video here Room Makeovers Video Tour. What a huge blessing this was for our children and our home!

Of course we are extremely thankful for our supporters, donors, sponsors, prayer team member and those who have taken the time to serve with us on a missions trip. We couldn’t do this without each one of you. As the scripture says:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NIV

 Happy Thanksgiving!