Forever Changed International Tag

Every year, hundreds of people visit Dorie’s Promise as part of our teams. Although we enjoy everyone who visits, when families serve together, something special happens. This week we want to highlight the Johnson family (Kevin, Debi, Sarah, and Josh) of Michigan. Their First Trip to Guatemala Many years ago, a little girl named Amelia opened the eyes of the Johnson family to both Guatemala and Dorie’s Promise....

Each of our children longs for a family where they feel loved and included. Our deepest desire is to see their dreams come true by being reunited with their birth families or placed in adoptive homes. For the times when this dream doesn’t come true, our staff dries tears, answers questions, and stands in the gap. Before coming to Dorie’s Promise, Flor and Mateo were living...

We believe God has called us to serve the forgotten children of Guatemala. Within our home, we care for 40 children who were orphaned or abandoned, but there are many more children who need our help as well. What if we could prevent children from entering Guatemala’s orphanages? Although we can’t prevent all vulnerable children from entering orphanages, we can work with families to make a difference....

The natural beauty of Guatemala’s landscape is rivaled only by the beauty of its people and traditions. This week we’re celebrating one of the country’s most significant holidays, Semana Santa (Holy Week). As a country with deep connections to the Catholic Church, Semana Santa represents the faith of many Guatemalans, their heritage, and cultural identity. For more than 500 years, Spanish influence and Catholicism have...

Have you ever wondered why we call the ladies who work in our homes “Special Mothers”? They are special, and most are mothers, but there is something more to these women. It takes a very special person to care for someone else’s children as if they are your own, and that is what the Special Mothers do for our children. These very special women work alternating days,...

Just one month ago, our children started a new school year. Once again the counters in our homes are lined with lunchboxes and book bags. Our kids are up early and headed to their various schools in bright, new uniforms. Unlike in the United States, the Guatemalan school year begins in January and ends in October. A few months ago we gave you a sneak peek...

The 2018 mission trip season is quickly approaching at Dorie’s Promise and we’re readying our home for more than 300 visitors. Recently, our staff met to discuss our home, our children, and what we want 2018 to look like at Dorie’s Promise. Mixing the daily needs of 40 children with 300 visitors can be overwhelming to both our staff and kids. Some may wonder why we...

It’s not every week we host a professional baseball player at Dorie’s Promise. So imagine the excitement for our children when New York Yankee’s pitcher Ben Heller visited in December. We caught up with Ben a few weeks ago to follow up on his trip and plans heading into spring training. Ben’s connection to Dorie’s Promise started long before he and his wife, Martha, visited our home...

Forever Changed International owes a debt of gratitude to the four women who serve along with founder, Heather Radu, as our Board of Directors. These women help guide us, make tremendous contributions with their time and talents, and are our biggest supporters. We would like to thank them for their commitment to our children and their support for our work in Guatemala. Our Board of Directors: Cari Burck: [caption...

For the last four years, visiting teams at Dorie’s Promise have faithfully served the children at Casa de Pan feeding center outside the Guatemala City landfill. The weekly visits with Pastora Mercedez and her staff have been a staple of our community work. Pastora Mercedez works with some of the poorest, most socially outcast residents of Guatemala City. The families she serves primarily work as “scavengers”...