Our One Year Anniversary
Can you believe it? This week marks the one year anniversary of our launch of Forever Changed International. God has blessed us in that time.
It is so hard to believe that just a year ago we were putting together our nonprofit status, building the website, making changes at Dorie’s Promise, and getting ready to let you know about our ministry launch.
We have seen God do some amazing things in the last year. I want to take just a moment to reflect on those and ask you to join me in thanking God for all he has done to care for our precious children.
This year has been a tight financial year – BUT God has provided every step of the way. Our goal was to get Dorie’s Promise 100 percent sponsored. We haven’t made that goal yet – but God has stepped in and provided a few friends to make up the difference. We will – Lord willing – see Dorie’s Promise 100 percent sponsored in the next year! Wait till you read about our upcoming child sponsorship plan.
We have seen exciting thing happen in the lives of many of our children. They continue to grow. Each and every day is something new. You can see the changes in their little faces in every picture taken. We are praising God for taking care of our little ones. He has provided for their every need. In the last year we have brought in some new children too. We are so blessed to have Ingrid, Alejandra, Maria, Abraham, Koreli, Gerson, Max, Danielle, and Christian join our family. As you thank God for them also ask for his continued blessing on their lives.
This year we saw the passing of little Carlitos. He was a sick little boy with very special needs. He blessed all our lives during his time with us. Doctor Castro took such good care of him. We rejoice that he is now with the Lord and has a perfect body. We all smile when we think of him dancing and playing on the streets of gold in Heaven.
Our whole team looks around each day in amazement at God’s providence. He is the great provider and looks after Dorie’s Promise in a special way. He has brought you into our lives. He has protected us from terrible storms and other natural disasters. He has blessed us with wonderful children who love to be loved!
In the last year, God has put on our hearts the plan to build an incredible playground in the backyard of Dorie’s Promise. Several donors have come forward with lead gifts. Construction is almost ready to start. Ask the Lord to give us the right person to manage the project and the right Guatemalan construction team.
God has made it possible for us to finally put together an individual child sponsorship program. Yes – you read that right! In the next 30 days, you will be able to support whatever child you choose. We’ve been working on this program since before we started Forever Changed International. It is so wonderful to see it so close to completion. Be praying for this project. It is very detailed and complicated. Current sponsors will be contacted via email to do the first child sponsorships. If you’re a sponsor, be looking for that email.
God has blessed us! We give him all the glory and honor for what He has done. Thank you for standing with us in the last year. Thank you for continuing to love the children in our care. Together – let us ask God for his continued blessing and to give us many more years together serving the children of Guatemala.