Posted on August 28, 2020

It’s that time of the month again, the time when we celebrate our birthday kids! We’re excited to share a little update about each of July’s birthday kids! In July, we celebrated two very special boys—Emanuel and Josue. 🎂  Emanuel Three years ago, Emanuel and his older brother Omar came to live at Dorie’s Promise. Both boys are part of our foster care program while the court searches...

Posted on August 21, 2020

Next month, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dorie’s Promise!   I am proud of the home our team has created and I am looking ahead to many more years serving our children and the impoverished people in Guatemala.  Looking Back I have to say that 2020 has brought many painful challenges for me personally. In January, I lost my mother, my best friend. She taught me...

Posted on August 14, 2020

Imagine someone stopping your car in the middle of a parking lot and offering to jump on a plane to Guatemala with you, trudge through the airport with 20 suitcases, and spend a week redecorating two homes.  Sound a little strange and far-fetched? Maybe, but that’s the short version of how Lisa came to Dorie’s Promise the first time. Today, Lisa leads a women’s trip to...

Posted on August 7, 2020

As we wrap up the first week of August, we also end what should have been our last big summer mission week at Dorie’s Promise. But as you know, the summer of 2020 has not gone as anticipated for any of us. Looking back, we’re reflecting on the lasting impact of mission team gifts, even when we can’t host mission teams. A Summer without Mission Teams During...

Posted on July 25, 2020

At the end of June, we celebrated another batch of birthdays at Dorie’s Promise. 🎉 We’re excited to share a little update about each of June’s birthday kids! In June, we celebrated four very special kids—Aron, Isaias, Merari, and Yohana. 🎂 Aron Last May, Aron and his two younger sisters joined our Dorie’s Promise family as foster children. At first, Aron may seem quiet and shy, but when...

Posted on July 24, 2020

Every child in our home has a story, all of them difficult. Efrain’s story is especially hard, given all we know and the many things we may never know about his birth and complex medical conditions. A Baby in Need of Help Most of Efrain’s family history and birth story are a mystery to us. Even now, 15 years after arriving at our home, we don’t have...

Posted on July 18, 2020

The past few weeks have been hard for us. We have officially been home for 4 months. Since March, our kids have been doing e-learning, the whole country has been under varying degrees of a nationwide curfew, and most businesses are shut down. Becoming anxious and extremely disappointed is fairly easy at this point, but we know there is still good in the middle of...

Posted on July 10, 2020

One of the best parts of the educational system in Guatemala is the practical career training students are offered during their high school years. We have two future chefs and a future doctor living in our home, waiting for the day they can hone their craft in a classroom again. Brayan, Myra, and Aracely have all transitioned into diversificado, specialized career training, during their high...

Posted on July 3, 2020

Feliz Cumpleanos from Dorie’s Promise. At the end of May, we enjoyed our family birthday party in the backyard at Dorie’s Promise. We’re excited to share birthday updates about our May birthday kiddos! In May, we celebrated four very special kids—Dulce, Jimena, Manuel, and Elvis. Dulce Our sweet Dulce just turned 8! It seems almost impossible that the tiny baby who came to our home during the summer...

Posted on June 26, 2020

In April, Doc Castro shared an update with us about COVID-19 in Guatemala. With so many developments surrounding the virus in recent months, we asked Doc to update us again about the current situation. Today, we’re sharing his most recent update. Can you describe the current COVID-19 situation in Guatemala? It has been 3 ½ months since the pandemic reached our country. The first person infected was...