Saturday, July 16, 2016

PREPARING THE EAGLES NEST FARM - JEREMIAH 29:11 - LIFE SKILLS IN ACTION

TEAM WORK - JEREMIAH YOUTH
“YOU CAN BLESS THEIR SOCKS OFF!”






 
When you have a team work together – there is much you learn:
ü  Things go faster
ü  It is fun
ü  There is much laughter
ü  You work hard
ü  You work together and help one another
ü  You see progress
ü  Others can do what you cannot do
ü  LIFE SKILLS ARE DEVELOPED BY WATCHING OTHERS AS WELL

JEREMIAH 29:11 Family and youth joined together out at Rot Front at the Eagles Nest Farm (named by the youth) to start the clean up of the property.  Sondra Adams, LAMb missionary is there to oversee the work and develop the farm to be a working farm for the youth. 

STEP BY STEP – WE WILL SEE AN AMAZING PART OF THE JEREMIAH PROGRAM IN ACTION!

WANT TO HELP SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM
GO TO THE DONATION AND BUTTON
AND BLESS THE
SOCKS OFF
THE YOUTH!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

SUCCESS - ALL HAVE PASSED EXAMS AND NOW HAVE SUMMER JOBS - SUCCESS IN KYRGYZSTAN



ALL OUR YOUTH HAVE PASSED
THEIR EXAMS!!!

PRE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
TECHNICAL COLLEGE STUDENTS
GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

And summer jobs for the older youth!!!
AND OF COURSE THEY WILL GO TO CAMP!

Jenya - is selling eggs - works 4 hours a day.
Omerbeck is washing and detailing cars.
Dima is selling car oil and doing oil changes.
Sveta is selling national drinks.
Janybek will work at the church this summer.
Kamilla is selling national drinks.
Kristina will visit her birth mother for the summer.


WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF ALL OUR YOUTH!

DIMA
Selling oil for cars!  And doing oil changes!


OMERBECK
Washing and detailing cars!
DIMA



Kristina visiting with her Birth Mother!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LET'S TEAM TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

ONE CHILD - ONE FAMILY
ONE CHURCH
THE IMPACT OF ONE!


How do you see your world?

To impact the ONE!  Imagine if everyone impacted just one person who was suffering from orphanism?  What a difference we all could make in the world we live in.

And why do we do what we do? LAMb is committed to Ephesians 4:12-17 to continue Capacity Building and equipping others to serve the widow, orphan and stranger.    James 1:27 gives us the challenge.

NOW - WE NEED YOU TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT THE WORK WE DO!  BY DOING SO YOU IMPACT YOUR WORLD!




Friday, May 20, 2016

RAVAGED BY AN EARTHQUAKE - COMPASSIONATE ABOUT THE ORPHANS - THIS IS NEPAL

THE CHURCH IS RISING

Nepal Without Orphans
"no one is scoffing!"



In 2014 we had our first meeting with leadership in Nepal to cast the vision of the World Without Orphans and it was at this time leadership stood together and committed to moving forward with  a Nepal Without Orphans.  One very real outcome was a leader who immediately set out to open an Orphan Home.  He now has a total of nine children, two of which are his biological children. 

Nepal does not have a foster care system and adoption is limited to only families who do not have biological children.  The only option for caring for orphans in a family setting at this time is to open an Orphan Home.  Yet that is changing with the rise of the leadership from the church - along with the new move of government to review these laws.

We were part of a growing movement in the country - training and sharing with key leaders who are from major denominations, heads of groups serving the church and key persons who have made the call of safe, nurturing and healthy families for orphans their passionate intentional activity.   The data from Nepal shines light on the challenges:
  • 30 million people live in Nepal
  • 650,000 estimated orphans before the earthquake
  • 12,000 estimated children trafficked out of Nepal to India each year (UNICEF Data)
  • 15,000 children lived in child care homes prior to the earthquake in Nepal, and were potentially at risk of poorly-regulated adoption, exploitation and abuse.  More than 85 per cent of these children had at least one living parent.
  • $2.00 per day is the average salary for a laborer
  • Nepal is the poorest nations in South Asia
  • 1/3 of the population lives in poverty
  • 3 million adolescent girls live in Nepal - 2/3 live in poverty and face discrimination and exploitation
  • 75% of the street children suffer ongoing sexual abuse


But, the CHURCH IS RISING.  With each intentional intervention - each time we set into action planning, new leaders emerge.  From 2014 until today - May 2016, we see a HUGE difference with story after story of children being brought into care - churches taking action and plans to be the key influencers as laws change in Nepal.

Please pray for Nepal. And believe along with us for a 
NEPAL WITHOUT ORPHANS!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE CAUSES THOUSANDS MORE ORPHANS - THE CHURCH STEPPED IN


NEPAL WITHOUT ORPHANS

"The realities are overwhelming."

"He walked 8 hours and then rode a bus for two days to come to the seminar!  This is passion about Nepal Without Orphans!"

....others rode buses for over 16 hours....
Would you do this for the cause of the fatherless?

The earthquake alone - caused thousands of additional orphans in Nepal.  The church is setting the pace, and doing what it can.  There is clear knowledge that the orphan situation needs the church, yet there are all sorts of legal barriers set in place to hinder this from happening.  Being in Nepal and working with these leaders, we have seen the passion to make a difference.  They gathered together with us to move forward the national movember of Nepal Without Orphans.  Below is our report from working with these leaders for the last three days.




Butwal, Nepal
May 15-17, 2016

Leadership from across the seven states attended the May, 2016 Nepal Without Orphans seminar held in Butwal, Nepal.  Pastor Tek Prasad Rijal coordinated the event for the purpose of mobilizing the group of leaders to carry the family based care message out across the country to the churches and others serving orphans.  The leaders who convened together were senior pastors and congregation leaders representing thousands of churches across the country.

National church leaders conducted critical sessions, such as: The Role of The Church in Orphan Care, Biblical Perspective on Orphans, Counseling, and The Heart of Jesus for Orphans and Children. 

Lynn and Ruby conducted a planning session for mobilization with the leadership along with training related to topics needed in building an orphan care/family based strategy.  The topics included:  The Father’s Heart, Impact of Trauma, Family Based Care, Building a National Movement, and Capacity Building.

The key foundation of strategies for a WWO movement was emphasized with leadership – Activating, Connecting and Equipping.  This foundation encompasses four cornerstone with a center guiding point being God.  The four cornerstones then extend from the guiding point and they are:  child, family, church and movement.

This is not the first NWO gathering of this type in Nepal – Pastor Tek Prasad Rijal has been bringing leadership together since he first heard the call for a World Without Orphans in 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand at the 4/14 Conference.   Since that time the WWOs Activating team conducted a Nepal Without Orphans National Conference in 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal where 110 leaders gathered and were encouraged to take the message out to their teams.   And other regional meetings and conferences have been held across the country since that time.

The milestone with this seminar of May 2016 is that it brought together ALL SEVEN states with representation from key leadership.  Through this seminar, there were many different stories of outcomes from the previous work that has been done in Nepal.  One such story came from Pastor Inda.  He shared his journey.

Nepal does not have a foster care system.  In addition if you have birth children you cannot adopt.  Adoption is only permitted if you do not have children.  Pastor Inda heard the call to become a home for an orphan and the only option he had was to open a legalized Orphan Home.  This would be sanctioned by the government and allow him to care for children in his home.  He followed the lead and he and his wife are the parents of seven “foster children” and two birth children.  He shares that this was done as a direct result of him attending the 2014 WWO Conference in Kathmandu.  What a blessing to hear this result – nine children have become part of a family as a result of one small intervention. 

Our prayer is that the group of leaders who came to the May 2016 Seminar will go forth with the message and as a result – more children will soon wake up each morning to their new mommy and daddy.   There is a national movement and it is mighty – Nepal Without Orphans

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.









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