Welcome To Caroline's Promise
Caroline’s Promise connects North American Christian communities with communities in Guatemala in an effort to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. 

Mission & Vision


A world where hope grows and communities thrive

Growing relationships that nourish individuals and communities to be whole and thrive in Jesus Christ

Meet Our Director & Co-Founder
Lisa Best co-founded Caroline’s Promise in 2003 while waiting for her daughter, Caroline, to join her family through adoption.  Through years of involvement in short term missions, Lisa developed a heart for the people of Latin America.  It was during her first trip to Guatemala that her love of missions and God’s call to adopt came together.   

Caroline’s Promise originally focused on educating North Americans on the need for adoption and provided grants to adoptive couples from North and South Carolina until 2013.  During this time, the ministry was able to continue investing in local leaders in Guatemala through short term trips and eventually began a child sponsorship program.  

Caroline’s Promise focuses on growing relationships that nourish individuals and communities to be whole and thrive in Jesus Christ.  Our heart is to invest in local leaders in Guatemala and the United States and create communities that thrive.

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in private practice in North Carolina where she lives with her three young adult children who are all involved in the ministry.  

Our Model

Caroline’s Promise connects North American Christian communities with communities in Guatemala in an effort to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs. By working with local Christian communities, we are better able to empower those who are impoverished while honoring the culture of the people. In the end, our goal is to empower local leaders to invest in their communities.


These ongoing partnerships result in the development of Christ-centered programs, built specifically to address the needs of children and their families.  Each program is created with sustainability in mind, ensuring that it can eventually be directed without depending on monthly donor support.

Each community has different needs and methods. Our current programs include but are not limited to:


  • Child sponsorship
  • Short term mission & vision trips
  • Job skills & training
  • Discipleship and leadership training of local leaders
  • Supporting artisans through social enterprise
  • Horticulture projects
  • Life-saving water projects

Our Values

Caroline's Promise is an Evangelical Christian Organization and through all of our work we seek to share the love of Christ.  

Our Statement of Faith affirms our core beliefs and doctrine.  We believe that each adult in our partner churches was created in the image of God and possesses unique traits, abilities, and gifts.


  • We value  building relationships with local church leaders through partnership rather than just assisting.


  • We value training our partners to empower their communities in the way God has shared with them rather than accomplishing our own agenda.


  • We value sustainable programs rather than handouts. We value Isaiah 61, which means we work to:
  1. proclaim good news to the poor and comfort the brokenhearted
  2. proclaim freedom for the captives and bring prisoners out of darkness
  3. bestow beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, and praise rather than despair
  • We value planting empowered and equipped leaders in the local community in order to become oaks of righteousness

In all of our work we seek to protect the children that we work with. Our goal is to tell their stories with dignity and sensitivity.


Please download and read our Child and Youth Protection Program Guidelines for Information



Caroline’s Promise is blessed to have a number of passionate individuals available for speaking engagements for your group or organization. We embrace the opportunity to share and educate on the work going on in Guatemala; how the Lord has and is providing and moving in the ministry, the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of children and families, and the current projects and needs. Our speaking talent covers a range of topics including spiritual and emotional health and development, leadership development, self care and more.


As a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry, Caroline’s Promise relies on the contributions of generous individuals, churches, and businesses. When you give to Caroline’s Promise you can be assured that you are making a life changing difference for a child.

Caroline’s Promise treats donor information with the utmost confidence.  Accordingly, the board of directors has adopted the following Donor Privacy Policy to safeguard every donor’s personal and financial information