Saturday, April 23, 2016

BEAUTY AND ASHES

PUERTO CABEZAS, NICARAGUA
A place of beauty and ashes...

We have posted again and again about Capacity Building around the globe - being in many lands with different issues and needs.  

Everything depends on fishing.

Serving 11 childen in a village along the sea.

Our partners school for children.

The village.

The village.
We see beauty and we see ashes - our hearts move from awe and wonder to pain and being overwhelmed...

Here, again we are taken aback as we see the realities of the people living here along the beautiful Carribean Sea.  This land of beauty, with white sand beaches, banana, mango and palm trees swaying from the gentle breezes of the sea.

Yet there are other not so beautiful sites, places where struggles are obvious where children and their families never know from day to day what  provisions they will have or not have.  Here in this amazingly beautiful area of Nicaragua, the unemployment rate is at 75%.  Lobster fishing is their main industry.  The dependence on the lobster season is shared with stories of how the village comes to life during this time - restaurants have patrons, markets have buyers for their fruits and vegetables and children even enjoy the amazing little frozen treats that are sold during this time of harvest.

But the harvest only lasts for a short time and the lean months arrive - about 5-6 in  total, when the village is not permitted to harvest the lobster.

And there is no PLAN B.  Many turn to selling/running drugs and some never return to fish again.  The village suffers from this cycle again and again.  But the suffering of the village is only one of the devastating facts left in the wake of this cycle. The children suffer, families suffer, marriages suffer, and darkness enters.  We heard the stories, the hurts and the pain.  It can overwhelm you quickly and it is only one village story - there are many others along this Easter Coast of Nicaragua.

The nearby Rio Coco River carries yet another part of this story - where the jungles along the river tell another part of the story.  Darkness abounds.  The area along the Rio Coco River is known as the "Frontier" due to its extreme remoteness and way of life.  Second only to the Amazon, the Rio Coco River region is the second largest rain forest in the hemisphere with an annual average rainfall of nine to ten feet.  This is home to the Miskito Indians, where dugout canoes and push poles are still the primary means of transportation.  And Voodoo abounds.

All lead to children being victims - and help desperately needed.  In this area there are those who have come to serve.  They work tirelessly and sacrifice much.  We have been honored to be a small part of their work.  Training those who are serving, living and working in this area of Nicaragua has been our focus for the past weeks.  We bring a small package - it is a package of hope that is being delivered in the wrappings of training.   Helping the servants understand Psychological Trauma and its impact, how to look and act differently to become a healing caregiver.  How to serve the children who are displaced, abandoned and traumatized by the environmental, cultural and abusive realities in which they live.

We did what we were sent to do and felt it was far too little - we left humbled ready to return to bring more hope packaged in training - five months from now.   We pray and ask you to pray - for the country of Nicaragua and for the unselfish servants who love and cherish every child they care for.
The sea.

A home along the sea shore.

One group in training.

A goup in training.

Our servants in Puerto Cabezsas, Nicaragua.

The village.

thank you sponsors
your generous hearts are impacting many

The LAMb Team






Friday, April 15, 2016

NICARAGUA - TRANSFER OF LEARNING - TALK ABOUT COMMITMENT

SO AMAZED 
AT THE 
TRANSFER OF LEARNING
Johanna processing the role play of the group that demonstrated how to develop a
contract with an adolescent.

Ended the first five days with a celebration from our coordinators.  A beautiful Thank You cake
that says, Trauma, 2016.

Our coordinating team and translator.  Peggy an amazing volunteer for ORPHANetwork, Alfred
our very talented interpreter and Eddie the dedicated and passionate Executive Director in Nicaragua for ON.

ORPHANetwork is an amazing organization that serves six orphanages in Nicaragua.  We have been honored to serve them and develop a three-year training plan with them!

Last year we presented the LIFE SKILL training of trainers and are now in the process of completing two weeks of Trauma Informed Care and Adolescents With Psychological Trauma.  We have had reports from all the six orphanages of their transfer of the LIFE SKILL work - and it has been amazing!  Check this out:
  • Young people now training others in what they have learned in the life skills
  • Starting a parent group to teach parents life skills
  • An assessment tool they now use to check the ongoing life skill learning post the lessons
  • New trainers being taught by those trained by us last year
And so much more.   

Just reminded again and again that training is a catalyst to change!
Next stop for Nicaragua - Puerto Cabesas - we fly out tomorrow 
for the next five days of training.









Saturday, March 26, 2016

TOUCHING THE LIVES OF OVER 150 YOUTH EACH WEEK - AMAZING SUCCESS

IMPACTING A NATION
BY 
SERVING YOUTH

We are thrilled at the reception of the LIFE SKILL Classes being offered to youth by our LAMb team here in Kyrgyzstan.  Right now we have over 150 youth in Kyrgyzstan being met each week and taught life skill lessons by our team trainer!!!!    

Curriculum description 
The curriculum, developed by LAMb International and in partnership with Christian Broadcasting Network team in Ukraine -  consists of 10 modules. Each of the modules has 4 to 7 lessons totaling up to 48 lessons each 90 minutes long. Both Teacher’s and Student’s Manuals have been developed.

The module topics include:
  • Identity (who am I and how can I develop each part of my personality)
  • Social Skills (how to relate to others, manage conflicts and use good manners)
  • Health and Hygiene (nutrition, hygiene, bad habits, first aid)
  • Love and Sex (respect in friendship and girls/boys relationships, the purpose of sexual relationships and their possible consequences)
  • Gift of Marriage (things to consider before you agree to get married, way to express love and deal with disagreements in marriage)
  • Raising Children (how to create a family, be a positive parent and know child’s needs, teratogens)
  • Homemaking (food shopping and cooking, taking care of your home and clothing, hospitality)
  • Time and Money Management (what life costs and how to budget; how to manage time)
  • Job Skills (profession orientation, how to find and keep a job, people trafficking risk)
  • Legal Rights (human rights, orphan’s rights, law and the consequences of its breaking)
AND WOVEN INTO ALL THE LESSONS - HELPING YOUTH UNDERSTAND THEY ARE A TREASURE - A SON OR DAUGHTER OF THE KING OF KINGS!!



Friday, March 25, 2016

SUCCESS SUCCESS - YOU JUST GOTTA LOVE IT

WHERE DO WE BEGIN?

1.  KAZAKHSTAN - CAPACITY BUILDING

2.  DAYSPRING - RENOVATIONS AND LOTS OF GIRLS

3.  JEREMIAH HOUSE - RENOVATIONS AND GREAT PROGRESS WITH OUR GREAT GUYS

4.  THE UPCOMING ADOPTION - ALL IN ORDER AND SOON TO TAKE PLACE

5.  PERMANENCY - SHOWING IT'S FACE AND CAN HARDLY CONTAIN THE SMILES!


1.  KAZAKHSTAN.  Well, it was an awesome two weeks  - 10 days of training professionals in the medical field from the PolyClinics.  We have over 60 persons in the two days, doctors, medical social workers and psychologists.  All working with crisis families and wanting to apply best practice social work methodologies to their work.  AND helping children to stay in families and not head to orphanages.  PERMANENCY!  CHILD NEED FAMILIES NOT ORPHANAGES.

This was 10 intensive days of training and my co-leader Chris Tappan brought a wealth of knowledge and skill to the training.  TRAINING IS A CATALYST TO CHANGE!

AWARDED a Thank You from the Department of Health.

Children Need Families - Not Orphanages

We can make a difference as Medical Social Workers

Testimony:  "We will never practice the same way after this training."
2.  DAYSPRING RENOVATIONS AND OUR WONDERFUL GIRLS:  We just received a new girl, 15 years old and coming from a hard place.  She has joined five other girls and will also be meeting our 7th, 8th and 9th girls soon.  Our girls are working hard in school and soon we will be facing summer vacation and the return of our oldest girl from Russia, where she is studying as a special award to be an exchange student for one semester!  GREAT SUCCESS!

NOW COMPLETELY FINISHED - GREAT NEW COURTYARD AREA
AND FOUNDATION REPAIRED ALL AROUND HOUSE

PIZZA PARTIES ARE ALWAYS A SUCCESS TO BRING TOGETHER BOTH JEREMIAH HOUSE
AND DAYSPRING YOUTH

OUR CHAMPION SEAMSTRESS - MAKING HERSELF A DRESS
The schools sewing machines were all broken and this is the assignment!  HOW?
Well, we have a sewing "gold mine" at Dayspring thanks to mom and others!  Voila!

And our CHAMPION SEAMSTRESS is the "go to person" for repairs.
Yes, she is the one who fixes EVERYTHING!  A real CHAMPION!

3.  JEREMIAH HOUSE RENOVATIONS AND A FULL HOUSE OF AMAZING YOUNG MEN!  We are so proud of our boys for so many reasons!  First THEY ARE ALL PASSING THEIR SCHOOL COURSES!  Secondly they are kind and respectful and are showing GREAT growth for maturity!  Our newest boy, a 17 year old is studying at home to catch up his grade levels - he has only completed grade 6 - a big lad and will do best with this plan.  Our college students - YES, PASSED!  

One very sad situation is a former boy - who was arrested for breaking and entering and stealing.  He was living with his brother/uncle and then put in jail - released and reoffended.  Our JH boys have gathered up clothing for him and we have supplied him food, tea, shoes, socks and clothing in jail for him.  We love this young man and will pray for a compete turn around to all that he knows and understands that is good, honest and healthy.  He is a son of the most High and is greatly loved.

Yet we are so proud of our boys from JH to sacrificially give of their own clothing for their friend and brother who has fallen by hard times.  PLEASE PRAY!

RENOVATIONS are underway at JH.  We will have a new dining room soon - along with some additional great changes to make the house so much more comfortable!  Watch for pictures!

Omerbeck rescuing Sondra's Spinning Wheel Spindles!

Janybeck showing what we discovered in Sondra's barn!  Cannot with to have Eagle's Nest up and working for
the youth to explore, garden and enjoy some wonderful night time campfires!

Chris joined us as we visited Eagle's Nest!
4.  ADOPTION SOON TO BE A REALITY!  We have been working on this for some time.  OUR first Dayspring little girl is going to her adoptive family soon.  Imagine this - she is 13 year old!

 WHO SAID OLDER CHILDREN CANNOT BE ADOPTED?  Today we delivered some wonderful supports to her new family:  a washing machine, new stove, microwave and two great folding tables for her kindergarden school.  Mom has a school to help local village children prepare for school.  Kg is costly for families and this offers a free alternative!  We are so proud of this momma!

Zuhra has some fund with the little ones while they install the new washer, stove and microwave.

Jeremiah House "papa" is leading the install for the new appliances!  Our adoptive mom
was overjoyed and in tears at the surprise and blessing for her family.

Installed and ready to go.  This adoptive mom will have her load lightened as a
result of this amazing blessing.

5.  PERMANENCY SHOWING IT'S FACE - CAN YOU SEE WE ARE SMILING?   First, our reunification of our little family with the two boys coming out of an orphanage and our little girl heading home to her family.  We have been working with them to help them all along and they are doing their part too....mom has serious arthritis in her hands and wringing out clothes she has to wash by hand was becoming extremely difficult!  Blessing produced!  A new washing machine!  This family was just overwhelmed with this donor gift!

This house holds a wonderful family that is working hard to keep their children home!
No orphanage care for them anymore.

And the new washer has arrived for mom!

Our Jeremiah House dad is installing the washer, while mom, dad and little guys
see the wonder of a tumbling water display!
THEN THE BANYA THAT MEANS BATHING AT HOME NOT THE NEIGHBOR!  Another Dayspring girl that has gone home - reunification and permanency for her!

The new BANYA furnace - bathing now a delight!

Well, just checking out the BANYA with our family!  It is an awesome new
place for them to bathe.

Might you say they need a new washing machine?  NEXT?  Wanna help out here?

Banya is in need of a new roof - maybe net...and to stucko the outside of the building?

BLESSED
SO MANY THANKS TO YOU OUR SPONSORS

The LAMb Team








Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FROM VULNERABLE AND EXPLOITED TO VALUED AND ENRICHED

VULNERABLE, EXPLOITED
THEN HOPE ENTERS IN...





Imagine being exploited due to poverty, hopelessness or crisis in your family.  You are not who they think you are - you have dreams!  You see a picture of yourself being valued not used. That is the picture of many women who are being served by New Image in Nicaragua.  Beautiful women wanting to have a family, a future and a hope.  New Image is about rehabilitation - HOPE and HEALING.

Then imagine being a child who is living in the poverty - you are vulnerable and already being exploited in many ways.  You attend school, but are "different."  Where other children have the nice uniform that is required, you struggle to find one, struggle to look the same.  Yet you show up at school to be ridiculed for not being dressed properly.  You don't have the required uniform.

Then HOPE enters.  New Image women agree to make uniforms for vulnerable children.  They are being hired for this task. This brings needed funds to the many women in the program of New Image, it gives them skills and a sense of responsibility.  Empowerment is evident everywhere.  Pride surfaces as their work becomes reality.  They are astonished at what they can create with their own hands.  The final product is 110 uniforms!  That is shirts, pants and skirts for vulnerable and exploited little children in grades 1-6.  They cannot uniform the country - but for these 110 children, hope has entered through the hands of the women.

New Image is helping many - these women exploited into the dark side of life and children who are walking a fine line of vulnerability.  New Image is rehabilitation, HOPE and HEALING.

The work of Helen Castro at New Image is both challenging and rewarding - for each woman or child who sees their future as a treasure of the Heavenly Father, a princess, a prince, a daughter, a son - this is the reward on earth.  However the real blessing is to know the work of New Image is close to the very heart of the Father.

We give honor today to New Image and their leader Helen Castro.  We give thanks to Jenna Dollin for loving them and being the Canadian LAMb connection to this program of HOPE and HEALING.  

You can support them through prayer and finances.  Let us know if you want to help.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPONSORS OF THE UNIFORMS -THEY WERE SPONSORED AT $35.00 PER UNIFORM!




Saturday, January 23, 2016

SERVING ONE ANOTHER - LEARNING THE LIFE SKILL OF GIVING...

JEREMIAH BOYS
SERVING
OTHERS

It has been a thrill to see the boys from Jeremiah House serve others.  They packed and  delivered food over Christmas to others - delivered coal to a family in crisis.  And now they are helping the Dayspring girls with shovelling coal into the coal bin for winter use. We just ordered another 2 1/2 tons of coal and they delivered it along the side of the coal bin.  The boys graciously came and did the hard labor.  

We are so very proud of these youth and how God is touching their hearts for 

GIVING NOT JUST RECEIVING!


Lots of coal!

Almost done!

THANK YOU BOYS FOR YOUR GENEROUS HEARTS!

NATASHA AND DASHA
(just back home from a long visit with her prospective new family!)

School will start in two days - the youth are all back home and preparing to study hard for the next weeks.  The team has lots to do as well.  Prepare for our new family, build the mentor/youth matches and support them, tutoring to help develop study skills and everyday discipleship to strengthen the spiritual development of each youth.

The youth are precious treasures and sons and daughters of the Most High.

A FEW UPDATES

Aima is preparing to head to Russian for a semester of study as a University Exchange Student - GREAT HONOR
Genia is enrolled in her music (piano) classes and doing well
Omerbeck is preparing to take extra classes after school days and study German
Janybeck is preparing to take extra classes after school and study Chinese
Dima will begin his schooling to catch up three missed years of school and will have a tutor to help him
Kumashai will take and additional advanced course for her cosmetology certificate


SPONSORS WE THANK YOU SO MUCH
because this is not possible
without you!