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Trotter Family Transition Home

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The funds from this campaign will be received by Roger Trotter.

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Roger Trotter Pocomoke City, MD

$7,941 of $25,000

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My family and I have been active in Guatemala at the Hope of Life Ministry for over 10 years. My wife Lori, initially went on a mission trip and fell in love with the people of Guatemala. Last Thanksgiving (2016) was my first trip, I had previously stayed home and managed our home and took care of our children.
During my first trip, my wife and I discussed moving to Guatemala. My wife felt our calling was to become a parent family for orphans in the orphanage at Hope of Life Ministries. We connected with a orphan that is nearly 18 years old who yearned to come to the United States and attend college. We began that process and learned that it was very difficult especially with an orphan and all the red tape between the two countries. After about 6 months of prayer my wife and I spoke with the founder of Hope of Life and began our walk toward fulfilling our destiny. Becoming parents of a "Transistion Home" to help prepare the orphans for the "real world" right in Guatemala.
As we spoke of this we learned that a organization had just built a home for that purpose (see the photo). We were so excited and felt confirmation that this was what God had planned for us. This past Thanksgiving we viewed the home and learned that it wasnt large enough to house my wife and I, plus our two daughters that will go with us.
We also learned of the increasing need for this service, to help place in perspective; Hope of Life gives lives dignity and rescues children and adults from poverished areas that "We" can not imagine. For example a family living in a dump, burning trash and melting plastic to recycle, making pennies a day to survive.
Hope of Life has been in existence now for nearly 20 years, with that; those children orphans are now young adults. 
My wife worked in the local school system and for a small local credit union for the schools. We are working now to pay off our debt, so that we will be able to fully immerse ourselves into Gods work in Guatemala. 
Since this began we have visited Guatemala, went to Ohio for training and readied ourselves for this important mission in changing the lives of orphans.
Since we first started this Give Send Go Campaign, the Hope of Life Ministries has told us that we could start our mission in the existing home. The Hope of Life is prepared to allow us to stay in a existing facility and work toward our goal while in country, thats just how bad the transistion home is needed. With the amount of orphans and our family, we will need an additional bedroom and bath so that we can have adequate use of the home.
The $22,000 will be used to help pay off our vehicle for use and transport in Guatemala as well as to assist with construction cost and sustainment while on the mission field. In the event you feel led to give, please know that 100% of your donation will go to Gods kingdom and our work for him in Guatemala.

Time is of the essense, God has the wheel rolling, lets all be obedient and make this more than a dream and make it a reality.

God has a plan for each of us, together with his Love we can make a difference.

Our home church is Bayside Community Church in Pocomoke City MD and your donation is tax deductible.

Thanks for reading this, please feel free to contact me with any question or concern.

Keri Brumbley

2018-03-05 17:58:21

God bless you on this adventure! I will be praying for you. Love, Dave and Keri Crowell

lynn dodenhoff

2018-03-06 02:49:28

I love that you have a heart for missions. God Bless you.

Christina Ager

2018-03-21 22:00:04

Happy birthday Dale! God bless you and your family today and always!

Neshawn Jubilee

2019-12-16 19:11:41

God Bless this wonderful family on your amazing journey!


2020-01-26 14:11:08

I have many reasons for giving, but mostly because I am blessed to have known you and your family. God Bless you on your adventure.

Kevin Farley

2020-02-10 20:02:20

God Bless the Trotters in their mission.

Jessica and Brandon

2020-03-10 21:20:55

Love you guys! Praying for you daily ❤️

Wendy Davis

2020-03-10 22:16:53

I have a heart for orphans and when Jessica told me your story, I had to give. I'll be praying for your family.


2020-03-22 16:29:07

Best of luck favorite Maryland family...luv u


2020-04-26 22:46:54

Show em Jesus!

Sue & Bill Tull

2020-04-28 13:32:39

Tk You and God Bless You Trotters for answering the call to be the hands and feet of Jesus!!!! Praying for you and sending our love!!! Oh, the lives to be touched and changed!! Thank You Jesus!!!

Gina Dean

2020-05-19 00:03:52

Happy Birthday to Cody Lewis from GROOT Youth Group!

Donna R. Huff

2020-05-19 00:07:30

This is donated in honor of Traci Trotter's birthday.

Gina Dean

2020-06-10 14:14:43

Happy 15th Birthday Bekah Trotter from your GROOT Youth Group!

Donna R. Huff

2020-06-14 04:35:40

In honor of Bekah's birthday! I hope you had a great birthday!


2020-06-25 12:34:22

Love you Trotters


2020-07-01 21:18:47

God's will be done


2020-07-07 01:03:16

Bless you and your family!

Steven & Laura Atkins

2020-07-10 19:42:30

You all continue to be in our prayers.

Leo Ehrisman

2020-07-28 10:00:09

God Bless...!

Aves Ruffin-Justis

2020-09-04 16:23:22

Please give Tracy and Rebekah a hug for me!!

Joshua & Tammy Trotter

2020-10-21 02:09:56

Mark 16:15

Homes4Hope Recovery Houses

2020-11-15 15:12:52

We are praying for you, your safety and your work.


2020-11-18 19:49:05

Praying Continually

Ed & Carol Bell/Sonrise

2020-11-19 20:27:15

Praying the storm missed you!

Update #8
November 30, 2020, 2:58 am
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As Thanksgiving week comes to a close. We can’t help but see how much we have to be Thankful for!
As many know the Trotter family came home to the states for a short visit. Our first stop was to Parkway Church of God in Salisbury who had blessed the mission families here from proceeds of a fundraiser. The team Hope Rising also had changed plans due to Covid and was completing a “Stay at home” mission for Hope of Life that directly benefited us with new appliances greatly needed for our kitchen. We are so grateful and wanted to thank the church in person.
Because of the distance geographically and past weather issues, a hurricane that changed Jessica’s wedding plans in the fall of 2018, the older girls Ashley and Jessica have not seen each other in years and had not had the opportunity to meet spouses or each other’s children. What a blessing it was to bring our whole family together for about a week in Florida. While in Florida we had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people at Jessica & Brandon’s church, New Hope Church in Bradenton. While in Florida we got news that our friends and neighbors here in Guatemala had been hit hard with Hurricane Eta. Our hearts were breaking as we learned that our neighbors were being evacuated from there home and even more so when we learned that they got out just in time and had lost everything to the river that made a new path directly through the village.
Upon our return to Maryland, we visited some friends and watched as another storm was forecast toward our home in Guatemala. We felt a strong calling to return early to start assisting with rebuilding and clean up. We were blessed to meet some wonderful new friends at SonRise Church in Berlin our last Sunday in the states. SonRise adopted a village here in Guatemala and we are excited to provide updates to them on San Filipe. Simultaneously the USA was having an influx of CoVid cases and talk was rising of shutdowns by state governments. With our hearts already longing to be back home in Guatemala and do what we could to help our friends, we felt an even stronger urge to return early. Then the news mentioning that state governments had toyed with the idea of another complete closure, we felt that was an early warning and we needed to change our plans.
Leaving early meant we would miss service at our home church, Bayside Community Church in Pocomoke. We were deeply saddened to miss that service. But we were so excited to surprise some and have dinner with several. There was still a lot of you that we missed seeing and visiting with. If we missed you, we are terribly sorry and hope to catch up with you on our next visit.
We returned to Guatemala just as the second storm passed by. Roads were again washed out which led to us remaining in Guatemala City a few days before arriving back at Hope of Life.
Once back on campus we were able to take a walk and see for ourselves what others had been trying to show us in pictures. I can only tell you that by looking at the pictures you can only see a small glimpse of the destruction that Hurricane Eta left. I can’t begin to explain the devastation we are looking at on the ground. Mud ridden flat land where houses once stood and held families, a family that used to smile and wave “Hola” to us each time we went by, now homeless. Leaving no sign of anything ever having been on that land. No debris, nothing but flat sand or in some areas huge boulders, huge as in bigger than a car “huge”. It left 50 families without their homes and belongings. 24 families are still living in a neighboring village school until they can find a place to rent and regain some sort of home again. I know areas of the USA have been hit and suffered tremendously by hurricanes and fires for that matter, and my heart goes out to you if you have suffered through that. But, I have never in my life been so close to the destruction. It makes you feel ridiculously small and vulnerable, knowing that within minutes nature can come and redefine the land. I will be posting pictures, but I honestly don’t even like the pictures because you cannot see the depth and magnitude of this reality. It is nothing short of a miracle that no lives in our area were lost during all this destruction, we can only praise God for His mercies.
Since our return we have been on quarantine due to the mission sites vulnerable residence. Dale has been able to work some, but we are hoping to be back in full swing this coming week. We do not know what God has planned for us to do, but we trust that He has us here to use us in helping His people recover.
We will also be starting our ministry with the young adults from the orphanage moving in within the next couple of weeks.
Please continue to keep our ministry and family in your prayers as we move forward in God’s calling for us.
We are trying to plan for our next trip home, our six months in country will be up at the beginning of May. For those that are not familiar, we are here on tourist visas that are 90-day visas. After the first 90 days we apply for an extension of an additional 90 days, after the second 90 days we are required to leave the county for a few days and then we can return. We are using this as an opportunity to come home for a visit and our yearly doctor check-ups. After this trip we will most likely only be coming to the States yearly due to the cost (it cost us $3,000 in airfare alone to come home) and will travel somewhere closer and less costly the other time we must leave country.
We appreciate your prayer and support as we serve here in Guatemala.

Update #7
August 25, 2020, 1:00 pm
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Who knows what day it is? I do know but wanted to check with you guys. :)
But seriously, how is it possible for the time/days to go by so quickly. In just a few short weeks we will have been on the mission field for 6 months. It doesn't seem possible. Have we done what we had planned? NOPE Has God used us the way He had planned? We have no doubt the answer to that question is YES.
As many of you know we arrived in Guatemala on 9 MAR 2020. Our plan was to come down, take time to settle into our new home, Transition House, once acclimated move our teens we would be caring for into our home. Share the love of the Lord with them as we help them prepare for living independently. Oh and get our truck shipped down as soon as possible. Dale was supposed to go back to the States in May for a court case and bring some of the items that didn't fit in our bags and other items we needed, back with him. You guessed it none of that has happened yet.
As we all know life as we knew it has changed everywhere. A thing called CoVid snuck in and changed everything.
We are in Guatemala, and sharing the love of Christ, but not in the way we had envisioned.
We are still living in a temporary house because our house is being used for the rotation of workers needing to be quarantined. Let me explain this a little. The workers during normal times go home to their families after a day’s work, some live far away so may stay on campus but for the majority they get off work and go home. With CoVid and our “campus” working with children and elderly that are vulnerable we have precautions in place. One of those precautions is having the works quarantine for a week before they come in contact with others. They come to work for three weeks staying on campus (no leaving campus), this includes a week of quarantine. After three weeks they return home to their families for 8 days and then come back. How many of you only get to spend 8 days a month with your families? It is hard, and by the third week you can tell how hard it is on many of them, they are missing their families. Yes, we are also not able to go off campus, but at least we have our family (except for the girls and their families back in the States) here with us. So, we are in temporary housing. We are very anxious to get into our house, set it up and make it our home and stop living out of suitcases, but it is in God's time and not ours. Some days we must remind ourselves that a little more than others. But we are remaining faithful.
What are we doing while we wait?
Dale is helping with area maintenance and electrical work. And occasionally the girls help him out.
The girls and I help three days every other week at Kelly House, home for those with disabilities. I think I may have told you before, that this is an area I have always loved but the girls didn't know if they would enjoy. I am so thankful to God for allowing us the opportunity to work in Kelly House through the Pandemic. It has shown the girls a group of people that they now have in their hearts that they may not have otherwise gotten to know. We help Sponsorship with filling food bags that go out to villages. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot go out to help deliver the food bags, they have people that stay on the outside of campus that do that. These food bags that have always been so important in so many lives are so much more important now. They are going out to some that otherwise would not have food to put on their tables. CoVid is definitely playing havoc on so many lives right now. They do not have work and they do not have a welfare system like we do. Without the support of sponsorship and volunteer organizations they do not get the help they so need. And occasionally we help in the warehouses with sorting donated items.
We are adjusting to the weather. I have grown accustom to the constant humm of a fan :) Those that know how hot natured I am, I am doing my best to live without AC. We seem to be having a long rainy season, but I am not sure since it is my first one. Most of the time the rain is only in the evening and during the night. Electric.... reminds me of growing up in Berkley, MA where we seemed to lose power a lot more than we did in Pocomoke, MD. Here when the power goes out you never know for how long. We have been truly fortunate and the longest has been only hours. But the slightest blip of power outage, means the internet goes out. Sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for a few hours, days and even weeks. With no cellular signal in the house, this can be challenging. But we make do with what we are given. This is when we must ask for God's Grace to show our kindness through life's frustrations, especially when it interrupts Sunday Online Church Services or Meetings. So please continue to forgive us if we seem to leave you mid chat, or seem to just drop off for a day or two. We will be back and pick up where we left off. In the meantime, we will not miss our nightly family card game. See picture below.
Many have seen our post of some wildlife we have encountered. LOL Some of us, Dale (not to mention any names), handle this a little more comically than others. Those that know Dale personally know how funny his reactions to spiders, snakes, scorpions and such can be. Now think of his reaction when you wake up at 1:30 a.m. to a random cat sitting in your living room, a snake in your kitchen or ants climbing up or down from a light in the ceiling. We should have let the cat or snake stay to take care of the mouse that came in. But don't worry, we were lucky enough to have a friend with a live trap and our mousie friends are now living down the way in a field. These are just a few fun times that we get to laugh about, after the fact. No worries, most of these we did not encounter as weeklong missionaries, so you are still good to come on down… once the borders open up!!
But all in all, God has been so good to us! We have said many times that he had us get here just before the shutdowns for a reason. And we are letting Him use us as He needs. We are safe and well provided for. Are their things we would like to be doing differently, uhm yeah. It would be nice to be able to go out to the grocery store to get our own groceries. Currently we give a list and they are brought to us, so we are getting plenty of food we just can’t go out and get it ourselves. We would like to have our own mode of transportation down here. Dale is currently using whatever vehicle he can get a hold of for work on campus and we are trying to raise funds to buy a utility vehicle he can use for work. Once the borders open we will be able to get our truck down here. It would be nice to go walk the street in our little village getting to know our neighbors. I can’t wait for the day that I can go out to worship our Lord in a Church and not online. Online is very hard with an ADHD brain, just saying. But we will remain faithful that in His time we will be doing those things and so much more.
We miss teams being here to serve alongside of us and look forward to seeing you all again. May God continue to Bless you and keep you safe until the borders are opened!!
As for our visit home, our flights for September were canceled. We are bummed ☹ Now wait for the government to re-open international travel. As of now you can only fly to the United States on a repartition flight, but you cannot return until the borders reopen for tourist visas. No one knows when it will reopen. We do not know when things will reopen, but when they do… we will be home for a visit :) In the meantime, we praise God for taking such good care of us and for technology so that we can stay in touch and see our sweet grandbabies and their mommy's!!

Update #6
April 25, 2020, 3:39 pm
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After a week of arriving in Guatemala, our family was placed in lock down or quarantine here at Hope of Life. We are grateful for the forward thinking of the Administration with the organization to provide safety and security to us for our medical well-being.
The same approach has been taken here with closing airport, stores etc and social distancing as in the USA. The difference is there are so many people that depend on the organization we serve for life sustaining assistance when times are normal, so I am sure you understand the devastation. Guatemala does not have the systems in place to continue assistance when others cant reach out. Churches can not operate and people are starving. We are thankful that we serve a wonderful God that sees us thru these tough times. 
We have been tasked with filling food bags, preparing medical supplies and sorting valuable needed items for families in the hills of Guatemala and neighboring villages. The temperatures have averaged 104 each day, with a feel like of 111. We will soon be in the rainy season and the humidity will increase sharply.
Please pray for HOL and the missionaries here as we work to continue Gods work thru HOL without the weekly assistance of teams that were visiting.
We are prayerful that COVID will end soon and teams can return to work for Christ and fulfill the needs of these people.
Thank you for your financial support. Once we are able to be moved into our permanent home and out of the village of Safe Haven we will post photographs of our home and discuss future goals.
God is good and we are obedient to His message and desire, see ya soon!  

Update #5
March 12, 2020, 2:09 am
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We have arrived at Hope of Life International in Guatemala. Please continue to pray for our mission as God begins to expose his plan to us. Every cent that you donate will be used toward this mission of insuring orphans transistion into caring, productive adults in a society that they can be successful.
Our goal is to nurture each child that comes into our care as if they were our natural children. We are eager to watch them grow and go to college, join the work force and begin there own families while instilling the love of Jesus Christ. 
Please keep us in prayer, as days will not always be easy and struggles will abound. But, with the love and steadfast support of people like you, this mission will be a success! 
Much love and more to follow! 

In His service,
Dale, Lori, Traci Lee and Bekah 

Update #4
December 11, 2019, 11:56 pm
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Thank you for viewing, we appreciate all that God has done already for His mission for our family. Please pray that God will continue to move in mighty ways.

Update #3
November 25, 2018, 7:44 pm
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Ok folks its getting close and here is your chance to help in a huge way, below is a link that will take you to our home in Maryland. It needs to sell so that we can take that income and put it to work for God's kingdom in Guatemala.

Update #2
May 14, 2018, 7:49 pm
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YOU can make it possible for my family to travel to Guatemala and "break ground" on a home that will radically change the lives of orphans forever! Thank you in advance for your donation, and most importantly thanks for praying for my family that we may answer God's call.

Update #1
March 7, 2018, 6:22 pm
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... to help put this in perspective, if everyone who views this on our friends list, gave $41 (less than a tank of fuel) we could build this house and be one step closer to reality in Guatemala. So, truely every dollar counts and will go toward building this home for countless generations beyond us to benefit from!

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