By Charity Norris-

Coming to Dorie's Promise  as been a very eye opening experience for me. This was my first overseas missions trip and the first time that I have ever been to an orphanage. I was prompted to come here by a friend who had adopted a daughter from Guatemala six years ago. I came here to serve and help love on the children.

Warmness and love is the way that I would describe the families that we visited at the Maria Theresa Ghetto. While speaking with the President at the ghetto she described herself as "satisfied". When visiting the homes we gave food to the families and then prayed with them. Their homes were not anything like I have seen before. One of their homes were about the size of my bathroom. The reality of losing loved ones and a house were not just something seen on the news.

She was content and asked the Lord the bless our families. She didn't realize it but she was teaching me about being satisfied. " But godliness with contentment is a great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6

On Monday we visited the government ran orphanage. We were able to spend time with the Special Needs Children during therapy. We played, fed and cuddled with some of the little ones in the different complexes. Lastly we visited the Teen Mothers and had the opportunity to pray for them. As the gates closed behind us as we moved from area to area, and the children marched while moving  throughout the complex, it gave me chills. I learned that at age 7 years old the children are told they no longer need a mother. They are then given a supervisor. I just wanted to scream for Jesus to return.

I was glad we had a full day at Dorie's Promise the following day. The staff that work here are amazing. Love for the Lord is very evident through the way they nurture and play with the children. "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." – Mathew 25:40

I enjoyed playing dress-up, forming a marching band, jumping rope, feeding babies, building blocks, and just cuddling on the couch. Their smiles and hugs gave me hope. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future." – Jeremiah 29:11

Being here in Guatemala has not only challenged me as a mother but as a believer in the one true hope for this world, Jesus. I pray to always keep the smiles and hugs of these children close to my heart. I want to continue to find ways to help others in need. I want to show others that there is hope and they too can be "satisfied".

Charity Norris,
Williamsport, MD