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Our team at Forever Changed International is comprised of a few dedicated individuals who are passionate about the children of Dorie’s Promise. Given our small size and shared passion, we’re very much like family. As a family, we’re excited to share big news. Over the summer, our own Charity Danielson got married. Cue the confetti and cheers! Words can’t fully describe how excited we are for her. You probably recognize...

Encouraging transformation is one of our primary goals at Dorie’s Promise. Not only do we strive to transform the lives of our children, but we also hope to transform the lives of those who visit our home. Attempting to transform the lives of people is hard work, and it would be really easy for us to fail. In fact, we aren’t always successful. But, the...

Due to a multitude of circumstances, including abuse, trafficking, and poverty, thousands of Guatemalan children find themselves in the care of public and private orphanages. More than 100 private and public facilities throughout the country are responsible for children during their court processes, some until adulthood. Although we wish every child in our home could be reunited with their families in a safe and happy...

Helping our kids be healthy, happy, and find ways to channel their emotions is something we’re always working on. For our founder, Heather Radu, the overall well-being of our children is her highest priority. Not only does she want to raise kids in a safe home, she wants to help them become healthy in every way. Keeping up with Heather’s energy and passion takes everything we’ve...

People find their way to Dorie’s Promise through a variety of paths, but most frequently they find us and visit our home because of our passionate supporters. Last February, Sara Keller visited our home for the first time thanks to longtime supporter Ken Perry. Building connections For many years, Ken and Mindy Perry, along with their family, have been some of our most faithful supporters, sharing about our work with friends and consistently...

As our children grow older, we’re keenly aware that we’re preparing them to become confident, independent adults. Guatemala needs confident men who will fight for the rights and dignity of everyone, especially women and those who struggle. A Leader in the Making Mateo exemplifies these traits and is a leader within our home. Although he’s only lived with us for two short years, Mateo has quickly...

Some people may believe in chance encounters, but we believe God connects us with those he wants us to serve in Guatemala. Earlier this year, Bertha, our Community Projects Director, met a wonderfully kind woman at one of her regular appointments in Guatemala City. Although a chance meeting during the normal course of business would usually only include casual conversation, Bertha left the office that day with her new friend Tula’s...

Visitors to Dorie’s Promise are often shocked by the widespread poverty they encounter. The vast differences between the familiar sights of modern Guatemala City with its American restaurants, gated communities, and shopping malls are a stark contrast to the families they meet working in the dump community or rural villages. Understandably, visitors want to solve problems and help as many families as possible. The needs of...

At the beginning of 2019, we made a bold statement. We want to be fully funded by monthly sponsorships this year. Quite honestly, it’s scary to share. This has always been our dream, but we don’t want to make a bold statement and then fail. What happens if we reach December 31st and the website says we’re not 100% funded? We know caring for children in Guatemala is...

(Camas, WA – July 28, 2019) Author, missionary, orphan ambassador, and speaker Dorie Van Stone passed away today in a retirement community in Florence, South Carolina, at the age of 97. Dorie was a remarkable woman with an amazing faith. Her life was a living testament to God’s incredible faithfulness amid the most hopeless circumstances. She was abandoned at a San Francisco-area orphanage as a very young child. Shunned by her...