Just a few weeks ago, our kids started a new school year. Here in Guatemala, our school year runs from the middle of January until about the end of October. Our Guatemala summer, aka dry season, begins just as school ends for the year, giving us great weather for the kids’ school break and the Christmas holiday. Soccer rules Anyone who has ever visited our home,...

It’s Back-to-School time for the kids at Dorie’s Promise! This year we have 37 kids heading to 5 different private schools and our local public school. That’s a lot of lunches to pack, miles to drive, and homework to do. New schools for the new year The morning school runs are gonna look a little different this year for Oscar and Abel.   Elizabeth, Sofía, and Estela will all be starting school for...

With heavy hearts, we share the news of Jan Beazely’s passing. As the mother of Forever Changed International’s founder, Heather Radu, and mother-in-law of our Missions Director, Naomi Beazely, she was one of FCI’s most ardent supporters. Jan’s influence on our organization cannot be understated. Her lifelong friendship with our namesake, Dorie Van Stone, is the reason we exist today. Jan was one of Dorie’s dearest friends, and...

A lot can change in 10 years. We’re loving all the pictures our friends are sharing for the 2020 #decadechallenge, so we’re jumping in as well! Dorie’s Promise in 2010 Ten years ago, Dorie’s Promise as we know it today was in its infancy. Quite literally, our organization was wading through a major restructure AND our home was full of small children. For more than a year, Heather and...

If we could have just one wish for Dorie’s Promise this Christmas, we’d wake up on Christmas morning and be 100% funded by monthly sponsors! 🎄⭐ Our dream isn’t glamorous or made for flashy marketing campaigns. Instead, it’s the kind of thing that happens every day when no one’s really watching. Monthly sponsors are the people who quietly give each month without a special request. Sponsors are the foundation...

Call us extravagant, but we celebrate BIG when our kids reach milestones. Last month, Myra and Aracely finished their general school studies. Our girls are ready to take their first steps towards the future. Their hard work called for a party, with the girls serving as our guests of honor. We are incredibly proud of them. Looking towards the new school year For Myra and...

You know how people say “change is good?” What if we told you sometimes it’s best to stay the same? Over the last few years, our missions program has found a good, helpful (& not harmful) way to connect our visitors with local families. Under Bertha’s leadership, we’re working with passionate local leaders to serve great families. Going deeper in 2020 After honing where we serve,...

Running up and down the hill at Dorie’s Promise in the middle of a vigorous soccer game, you don’t notice any of the different conditions for most of our kids. When they’re playing at home or doing activities with visitors, they look like any other child. In many ways, the fact that you don’t notice any differences means they’re getting the care they need. About...

As you celebrated Thanksgiving with your friends and family this week, we hope you remembered the staff and children at Dorie’s Promise. Although the Thanksgiving season invites us to celebrate the good in our lives, being thankful when your story includes trauma can be difficult. This year we’re giving thanks for rescue, resources, restoration, and faithfulness. Giving thanks for rescue On more than one occasion, we’ve received an...

Winter is swiftly taking over November for most of us. We’re pulling out heavier coats, gloves, and hats to combat the cold winds and threats of wintry weather. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, they’re enjoying sunny skies, their annual school break, and pleasant temperatures. Winter is a great time to visit Dorie’s Promise. Reasons to Visit Dorie’s Promise this Winter Winter in Guatemala is warmer. You won’t need...