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A Connection with Merary

Monday, May 8th, 2017

By Alejandra Diaz –

Merary at Dorie's Promise GuatemalaWhile numerous donors have visited Dorie’s Promise, a couple of our most avid supporters have yet to come to Guatemala. However, Christina and Patrick Wallis are saving for the mission trip they plan to take with their five children.

The couple started following FCI after sensing a strong attraction to missions and short-term possibilities where they could serve as a family.

After discovering Dorie’s Promise in online research, they signed up for email updates and started a mission trip savings account.

Then, a few years ago, Patrick found himself repeating “Merary” at work. Later, the couple discovered several references to this name in the Bible and recognized the Holy Spirit was speaking.

“One day we got an email about a new girl at Dorie’s, whose name was Merary,” Christina says. “We both immediately knew that was the Merary we had been praying about. Immediately, we began to give and help support her.” (Learn how you can sponsor Merary too.)

Christina, Patrick and their children—Carissa, 17; Grace, 14; Elyse, 13; Hannah, 11; and Levi, 6—pray for Merary regularly. After learning her name means “bitter” or “sad,” their prayers included the request that she would know joy and happiness.

Recently, the Wallises learned they can correspond with the girl and plan to start writing her letters. As adoptive parents, the Wallises would love to take Merary into their family. Since Guatemala has closed internal adoptions they realize that isn’t possible, but they want Merary to know that she is loved.

Merary loves to color.Through the Special Mothers, Patrick has sent her pictures of the family and money to buy special gifts. In turn, we have sent them photographs of Merary enjoying the gifts.

Christina says they have read her profile online and watched videos of her, as well as keeping Merary’s picture on the refrigerator and their phones. “I know she likes most food, but not onions,” Christina says. “She loves jokes and to make people laugh—very much like our family does.”

The spiritual connection that originated with the Holy Spirit leading Patrick to repeat Merary’s name has dramatically affected the Wallises faith, which continues to grow.

“I think of how specifically, how personally, and with great detail the Lord worked to make sure Merary knows she is loved,” Christina says. “There is a God that loves her and He took great effort to communicate with a family across the world about her very existence.

“She can also know there is a mom, a dad, and siblings out there who know her name, who care what is happening to her, and love her because she is precious.”

Needless to say, these kinds of stories are an incredible blessing to us!

Child Sponsorship Needed

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The smiling faces of children whose lives have been Forever Changed at Dorie's Promise.

By Bradley Burck –

Orphans from fire in Guatemala

Marbely is a survivor of the fire at Virgen de Asuncion. She is now at Dorie’s Promise.

The current situation at Dorie’s Promise underscores the importance of Forever Changed International’s child sponsorship program.

As you may have read on our blog, the home recently accepted four children from the Virgen de Asuncion orphanage in Guatemala after a disastrous fire there in early March. The death toll at the state-run home recently reached 41, with several dozen others sustaining injuries.

In addition, we recently accepted three other children from desperate circumstances, which increased the number living at the home to 44, which is several above capacity.

Given the needs in Guatemala, sponsoring residents through FCI is an excellent way for people wanting to help to respond.

News reports outline the seriousness of the situation. Although designed to accommodate 400 people, the week of the fire the New York Times reported that 750 were crammed into the aging structures at the state-run orphanage.

The newspaper also reported that, although they had been removed from their homes for their own safety, many were victims of sexual assault and other abuse by staff members. The situation prompted criminal cases and complaints with the country’s human rights commission.

Alejandra Diaz, the director of Dorie’s Promise, says that feelings of frustration are common around Guatemala. This situation could have been avoided if the government had provided the care that the children at the state orphanage needed, she says.

Children like Elvis are in need of sponsors.

Children like Elvis (Age 5) are in need of sponsors.

“We are accepting the challenge to take more children, which has filled us beyond our capacity,” Alejandra says. “But we cannot stay indifferent to the need of a safe place for so many children.

“I wish we could have more space and resources to take more children so we could offer them the opportunities that we have provided to the children who have been with us for a long time.”

This situation cries out for prayer, which Alejandra says is one of the most important things that supporters in the United States and elsewhere can offer right now.

  • Pray for emotional relief for our newcomers
  • Pray that they would have a smooth transition
  • Pray too for the nation of Guatemala—that that positive changes can be made for so many children who live in poverty and serious circumstances

“The other important thing we need is their commitment to support us,” Alejandra says. “Not just now during this emergency, but ongoing support so we can offer as many children as possible a future and the opportunities to forever change their life.”

To read more about children who need sponsors, visit this page. Monthly sponsors provide ongoing safety and security for children and are needed now more than ever. Or give today, a special one time gift, to help the children who survived the fire at Virgen de Asuncion.

Merary is Added to the Sponsorship Program

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

meraryBy MJ Zelya –

Meet MeraryMerary (Age 9) came to Dorie’s Promise this last October. Since she was a small baby she had been living with a relative. Her birth mother is drug addict and was unable to care for her. Even then, the relative was abusing her and she was rescued by her aunt, who brought her to the Minor’s court. The judge sent Merary to Dorie’s Promise until her case is resolved.

Interestingly enough, Merary is Yire’s sister. They hadn’t actually met until Merary came to Dorie’s Promise.

At first Merary was very shy—she never spoke to anyone, hardly smiled and she was always distracted. Her gross motor skills were not developed. One of the things she really wanted to do was jump rope, but she wasn’t coordinated enough to do it.

It is so exciting to watch, as children come to our home and grow in the confidence and abilities!

Merary has done just that, she’s learned to jump rope, and it’s become a favorite activity for her. Lorena, one of the Supervisors says, “Now she talks all the time, she smiles and she is a joker.” What big changes in such a short time!

Lorena goes on to say, “She makes her bed neat and she likes to cooperate with us on housekeeping tasks. She shares freely and is very loving. She’s also able to expresses her feelings well.”Merary is a very smart girl.

Merary’s favorite color is red and her favorite television program is Princess Sofia.

She is very smart, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise to find out that she knows all the names of Bible’s books and she says them in order. She also has learned many proverbs from the Bible and she shares them with us.

Merary certainly enjoys living at Dorie’s Promise. “I like this place,” she says. “I eat delicious food. Many times a day! I also have clothes and shoes, and I will go to school soon. When I grow up I want to be a teacher. I’m happy because I have many friends and many moms that love me here.”

Merary has just been added to our sponsorship program. Will you consider becoming her sponsor? Your sponsorship helps us provide so much more than just room and board. It also helps us provide medical care, education and spiritual and emotional support. Sponsor Merary and help us make her dreams for the future come true.

Meet Jennifer: Help Make Her Dreams Come True

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Jennifer at Dorie's Promise in 2009.

Jennifer at Dorie’s Promise in 2009.

By MJ Zelya –

Jennifer at Dorie's Promise 2016

Jennifer (Age 12) came to Dorie’s Promise in 2007 when she was only 4 years old.  Her mother decided to give her up for adoption* because she remarried and had a new family.  When Jennifer came to live at Dorie’s Promise she did not speak Spanish just a Mayan language called Kakchiquel. It was difficult, at first, for everyone to understand her needs. In the end, she adapted very well and learned Spanish so quickly that she was able to enroll in school that same year.

She is a smart girl, we noticed that right away. She has always earned good grades in school, and her teachers say she is a great student. She would like to learn English and speak it fluently!

“I’d like to go to college someday,” says Jennifer.

Her Special Mothers see that as a real possibly, “She is very responsible, and does her homework all by herself.”

She enjoys Bible study time and shares the stories she learns there with the other girls. One of her favorites is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 when Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish and fed the multitude.

Jennifer is very optimistic and goal orientated. When she sets a goal, she works hard to accomplish it no matter the time it may take.

She is also a very creative girl. She loves to draw and make handicrafts (especially bracelets. See photo right.)

Jennifer and friends showing off the bracelets Jennifer made.Her favorite foods are hamburgers, guacamole, and pasta.

Special Mother Nohemi, the supervisor of house 6 says, “Jennifer is always willing to help others and she is an obedient child.”

She goes on to say, “She is growing up quickly. She is so beautiful. You can see that she is leaving the childhood stage and entering into the teenage years. She is a very lovely girl in so many ways.”

Jennifer is grateful for the opportunity God’s given her to live at Dorie’s Promise. “To me, this home is like a family.” Yet still she desires a for a Forever Family to adopt her*. We will continue to pray for a loving, godly Guatemalan family for Jennifer. Yet we appreciate the privilege of knowing Jennifer and watching her grown into such a delightful young lady.

Please consider sponsoring Jennifer and helping her make her dreams come true!

*International adoptions from Guatemala closed in 2008

New Siblings at Dorie’s Promise Enter Sponsorship Program

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Three new siblings recently arrived at Dorie’s Promise via court order.

Three new siblings recently arrived at Dorie’s Promise via court order. Yojana (8), the eldest, has been very communicative and expressive since the first day. The boys, Alex (5) and Elvis (Age 3), were scared and sad — they came to our home very dirty and in torn clothes.

They had lived on the streets; their parents stole whatever they could in order to give them food. Yojana said that they did not have money, so it was OK that her mother stole from other people. With the help and support of the psychologist at our home, Yojana now knows that stealing is not right — that if she wants something she can’t harm anyone to get it. Alex and Elvis are too small to understand what happened with their parents.Yohana, Alex and Elvis

Due to the life these parents have chosen, both of them are in jail, and for a long time now that their sentence was determined. The children at first were sent to live with their grandfather, who rents a room with one bed. He is an alcoholic and was abusive with the children. At one point they were left in a parking lot because he forgot them. The police rescued them and took them to minor’s court. That’s when the judge decided to send the children to Dorie’s Promise, while the biological parents finish out their sentence, possibly even longer.

When we take in children who were abandoned or abused by family, it’s so easy to see the lack of care they received. Physically speaking we see malnutrition, insecurity, dirt on their skin, and cavities in their teeth. Once the children have been able to stay in our home for some time, we also see the effects of the lack of education, the poor moral standards, and the disrespect for others.

It’s a sad story that many kids call their own — and at such a young age — but we know that we are making a difference in their lives. Day by day, we see children like Yojana, Alex, and Elvis getting better, their health improving, becoming more secure and independent, and learning morals and how to respect those around them.

Elvis is the youngest of the siblings.This process of change is something we feel delighted and privileged to be part of, and it’s through this ministry that we know we are making a big impact in their lives!

Their special mother says of the siblings:

“Yojana has changed a lot. She is a happy girl who always smiles, and she likes to spend time with the girls and play dolls. She is very kind and humble. Now, she takes care of her appearance, she tries to stay neat and clean. She also likes to help the special mothers. She loves to walk around the neighborhood and loves to eat chocolate.

“Alex and Elvis have also changed a lot. Now they seem to be happy and enjoy sharing with the other boys. They are healthier, they eat all kinds of food, and they say they do not want to leave Dorie’s Promise.”

Since they will be staying with us for a long time, we’ve added Yojana, Alex, and Elvis to our sponsorship program. Please click on one of their names above to learn more about them and become their sponsor.

Update on Siblings Ana Lucia & Fabiola

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Sisters Lucia and Fabiola, back in December. They've come a long way since then.

By MJ Zelya –

Time is going so fast, and it’s amazing to see our kids growing and developing well at school and in the home. Ana Lucia and Fabiola came eight months ago (read Changing Lives Every Day!) and since then have had many positive changes both physically and emotionally.

Their nutrition is better, they are more confident in expressing their feelings, and their self-esteem has improved a lot. They have also learned to value things in life. They have expressed that they do not want to leave Dorie’s Promise because they have all they need here … a stark contrast to the conditions they lived in after their mother passed away. They did not have any family to support them, so a neighbor took them in for a while, but was not able to provide for the girls.

Lucia studying at Dorie's Promise.The most important thing is that they feel happy and safe here. They have found a family that loves them and wants the best for them, setting them up for success in the future. We also want them to know they need to chase after their hopes and dreams, no matter the obstacles, because the extraordinarily is possible through faith.

We wanted to share with you how are they doing these last months:

LUCIA

Ana Lucía is always willing to try new things. She loves to participate in activities at the home, and always tries her best. She gets involved in the house chores voluntarily and helps the Special Mothers take care of the younger kids.

At school, she has a small group of friends. Her teachers say she listens and follows instructions. She knows that she has to pay attention in order to grasp and learn the concepts. Her favorite subject is Art.

Special Mother Lorena says: “Ana Lucía is an intelligent, cooperative, kind, loving, honest teenager. She can easily relate to people. She likes to eat pizza and chicken.

“She has the ability to draw and paint. She also likes to play soccer.”

Fabiola getting ready for school at Dorie's Promise.FABIOLA

Fabiola is full of energy! She loves the activities involving movement. She is now very excited about her ballet lessons and dreams about training in gymnastics.

Sometimes she has a hard time listening at school, because of all her energy; but she loves to do her homework and to participate in class. She is starting to learn to read and write.

Special Mother Candida says:

“She has shown that she is smart, loving, and cooperative. She is the leader in group activities and likes to participate in them. She enjoys going on outings.”

Both girls are part of our sponsorship program, and you can help them by becoming a monthly sponsor for $35/month. As a sponsor you’ll have access to quarterly updates that includes photos, video and artwork from the children. Not only is it a great way to show you care, but it’s a great way to watch the children grow. Sponsor Lucia or Fabiola today!

2nd Quarter Sponsorship Updates Are Ready!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Sponsors: your 2nd quarter updates are waiting for you.

Sponsors: your 2nd quarter updates are waiting for you. You can log in and see the new video, pictures, art, and written updates. 

Sponsor MarioThank you for your support of the children at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala! Your sponsorship helps us provide more than room and board for these orphans- it’s education, extracurricular activities, specialized medical and psychological care, and a loving home where they can feel safe and belong.  The total cost of supporting a child at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala is around $1000 per child per month. It takes a team to make that happen. Sponsors are an integral part of that team. THANK YOU!

If you aren’t sponsoring yet… can you pray about sponsoring one of our children?

Mario (age 3) is one of our children who could really use your support. He is currently only 39% sponsored! Many mission-trippers fall in love with Mario because he is very snuggly and welcomes affection. He was born premature and was abandoned by his mother at the hospital. He’s had some struggles in his life and is making progress despite a growth delay.  Right now he thinks it’s fun to close and open doors. Mario is a loving and determined boy. Will you consider becoming his sponsor?

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!

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.

3rd Quarter Sponsor Updates Ready!!!

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Sheily was recently added to our sponsor program.Sponsors it’s time to sign-in to view the new artwork, pictures and video as well as read the latest update for your child. We want to thank you for your continued support of the children at Dorie’s Promise Guatemala. Your sponsorship helps us provide more than room and board for these orphans- it’s education, specialized medical and psychological care, and a loving home where they can feel safe and belong. We are always exceedingly appreciative for your faithful support of these precious little ones.

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If you are not a sponsor yet, we invite you to consider the opportunity to sponsor a child. Sheily (Age 1) was recently added to our program and is in need of more sponsors. She came to Dorie’s Promise when she was two months old because her birth mother abandoned her on the streets of Guatemala City. Today Sheily is growing and thriving even though she is tiny for her age. She is the baby everyone loves to hold. Sponsor Sheily now.

Every gift you give to our ministry goes toward improving the lives of children who would otherwise have no other hope. Please consider sponsoring a child today!

Once again to those of you who are current sponsors, “Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!” from our entire team.