Saturday, February 21, 2015

INDIA IS A COUNTRY WITH OVER 33 MILLION ORPHANS - LET'S PRAY FOR AN INDIA WITHOUT ORPHANS

OUR FIRST STOP
INTO INDIA
VISAKHAPATNAM 
and
THEN ON TO
HYDERABAD
Training in the area of Trauma
results?

potentially thousands of children will be helped by those attending
Abode of Peace Orphanage
World Vision
Back 2 Back International
Compassion International
Blossom Network
Viva Network
and more

THIS VIDEO CAPTURES A TESTIMONY OF WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!
EPHESIANS 4:12

CLICK BELOW FOR THE 2 MINUTE VIDEO


"India - CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE AREA OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA



Monday, February 16, 2015

SUSTAINABILITY IN INDIA - TRAINING OF TRAINERS


WHEN YOU HAVE A TEAM THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING
THE 
VULNERABLE, EXPLOITED AND ORPHANED CHILDREN

Training in the area of Trauma Informed Care - has been done by LAMb in many countries over the last couple of years.  Pastor David and Jayne Schooler, along with Lynn and Ruby Johnston have been reaching out to countries where there is a desire to build capacity within their ministry teams, NGO's and other workers who work with vulnerable, exploited and orphaned children.  Together we have trained over a 1,000 workers and are in the process of mentoring and developing hundreds of trainers.
Poland, Botswana, South Africa, Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Haiti, Mexico are just the beginning - trainers trained and being mentored and developed to conduct training in their own language and in their own country.  LAMb International and the Institute for Human Services continues to work tirelessly to bring quality evidence-based, best practice and competency based training and consultation to the masses!  It is all about partnerships!

Partnerships to make this happen are essential to the movement of CAPACITY BUILDING.  We have many and we appreciate and value each partnership.  Our new partnership here - Blossoms Network - and the beginning of a great relationship!  Located in the center of a slum area!  Invested in micro-financing and building businesses - building community and serving the families in their community.  















Friday, February 13, 2015

ORPHANISM HAS A FACE


SOMETIMES OUR REALITIES JUST OVERWHELM US


Orphanism has a face.
Sometimes it's easy to sit at home and talk about orphans. You know how that can go, but face to face, hand to hand, hug to hug, each orphan has not simply a face, but a hope and a dream that some day, someone, will care enough to do something.

Here, at the Abode of Peace, an orphanage here in India, 150 children live in hope. Cared for by a loving couple and a few staff. Living in one rented room and depending on God through the power of prayer to provide. To provide food, clothing and hope. What a blessing it would be to be able to actually purchase this entire building and make a "permanent" home for these children. It is beyond their means, it is beyond our means, but it is not beyond hope.

Face to face, my heart strains at the extremes to minister, to help, to join with them in hope.
I could post pictures here, but I will not. You have seen them, but was it personal?
Face to face it is impossible to turn your back, to turn away, to ignore them.
Face to face, it is real.
Face to face church, the call is there, the children are real, the need is great.
Together we can make a difference.
Face to face, arm in arm, we can walk with these precious children. What a delight to see their faces light up with a smile.


Yes, orphanism has a face.
We need to be careful not to be overwhelmed. One face, one child, one family at a time and hope spreads. The dream begins to come true. Every child deserves a loving family.
Orphanism has a face, it is the face of a child wanting the love of a family.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

INDIA - SERVING TO BUILD CAPACITY OF LEADERS WORKING WITH VULNERABLE, EXPLOITED AND ORPHANED CHILDREN

WHEN TRAUMA STOPS
THE CHILD in INDIA
and
LEADERS MAKE 
THE COMMITMENT
FOR CHANGE

At Abobe of Peace
Think of a child you know that has experienced trauma....







We cannot begin to tell the stories that we have heard  - so sad and devastating that you just stop and ponder how you can help.  THIS GROUP OF LEADERS IS COMMITTED - and they work in many different areas:  churches, villages, orphanages, etc.

We had two join us on line via (Skype) from other countries: one woman from Singapore who works with prostitutes - helping to bring them out of bondage of the sex trade and another woman living in Australia.  All wanting to make a difference in a country where abuse, neglect and exploitation come in with devastating numbers.

India is the second most populated country in the world and have the most children of any country in the world.  There are over a half billion children in India.  Look at these facts... and Andhra Pradesh is high among the data.

According to one report, 40 percent of these children are in need of care and protection. With its multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious population, the problems of socially marginalized and economically backward groups, such as children are immense.

It has clearly emerged that across different kinds of abuse, it is young children, in the 5-12 year group, who are most at risk of abuse and exploitation.  According to one study the following statistics stand:

Physical Abuse

1. Two out of every three children were physically abused.
2. Out of 69% children physically abused in 13 sample states, 54.68% were boys.
3. Over 50% children in all the 13 sample states were being subjected to one or the other form of physical abuse.
4. Out of those children physically abused in family situations, 88.6% were physically abused by parents.
5. The State of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi have almost consistently reported higher rates of abuse in all forms as compared to other states.
6. Most children did not report the matter to anyone.
7. 50.2% children worked seven days a week.

Sexual Abuse

1. 53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
2. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls.
3. 21.90% child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76% other forms of sexual abuse.
4. Out of the child respondents, 5.69% reported being sexually assaulted.
5. Children on street, children at work and children in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
6. 50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility.

Emotional Abuse and Girl Child Neglect

1. Every second child reported facing emotional abuse.
2. Equal percentage of both girls and boys reported facing emotional abuse.
3. In 83% of the cases parents were the abusers.
4. 48.4% of girls wished they were boys.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

INDIA - BUILDING CAPACITY TO HELP VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ORPHANS

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AS WE HEAD TO INDIA
We are honored to be heading to India to serve,
train and support the work of ministry to vulnerable children
and orphans.  Yet the realities are difficult.  


  • Street children – over 20 million in India
  • 59 Million have no access to school
  • One our of two children between the ages of 6 and 14 has no access to primary education
  • Out of the 27 million children born in India every year, 2 million do not survive to celebrate their first birthday
  • About 60 million Indian children under the age of 6 live below the poverty line
  • 500,000 children are forced into commercial sex trade every year
  • 10 out of every 3 girls do not live to see her 15th birthday
  • Every sixth girl child’s death is due to gender discrimination
  • 53% of girls in the age group of 5-9 years are illiterate
  • 5.2 million HIV/AIDS infected children
  • 46% of children under 5 years of age are malnourished

Please pray for the ministry while there.  Training those who work
with the most vulnerable - we will be training Trauma Informed skills and knowledge.  Thank you so much for your support.  The need is great!

"He told us how his brother went out for a walk and heard a baby crying at the corner - looking further he saw dogs chewing on the baby - still alive - who had been dumped off at the side of the road. Abandoned - tossed away like garbage.   The baby was a girl - under valued by some in the society. He hit the dogs away and picked up the baby and got her to a hospital - too late."  

We must go forth - educate, encourage and help those who can make a difference - one child, one family at a time.  Training is a catalyst for change.  


Friday, February 6, 2015

IMPACT OF TWO YEARS - OUR TEAM IN KRGYZSTAN

LAMb in KYRGYZSTAN

OUR TEAM SHINES

When we registered ILDC in Kyrgyzstan, we knew we needed to have a legal presence in the country to do the work we were called to do.  ILDC was to be just that.  ILDC was registered just a few short years ago.  We started by doing consultation and training, added Dayspring (a pilot to demonstrate diverting children from going into an orphanage), then Jeremiah 29:11 (to work with vulnerable youth who are aging out of the orphanages), Life Skills (being delivered in two different orphanages to grade 8 and 9 students - soon to leave the orphanage) and continued with training across the region.

After Natasha our Kyrgyz Country Director moved out of country, we hired our present leaders Kosta and Olga from Ukraine to join us in KG and serve as the Country Director and Residential Director and they have done a great job.  Along with team members from Kyrgyzstan, much has been accomplished over the last several years.  Recently Kosta developed an infograph to give a little insight of what the last two years have been like for them - from 2012 - 2014. 

And there is more to come.  You, our sponsors have been there to support this and we THANK YOU FOR THIS.  Making sustainable change - one church, one family, one child at a time.

AND NEXT?  We will join up with the team in March and away we go to further the work of ministry and Ephesians 4:12-17:
Mentoring Program
Jeremiah Steps Youth 
Increased use of Jeremiah Drop-in Center
and more training - through the development of the soon to be - ILDC Kyrgyzstan Training Center.
Conference - Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans
Expanded Orphan Sunday Impact
Working with South Kyrgyzstan to join the movement for orphans
Foster Parent Network 
AND MORE!!!!!


NICARAGUA LEADERS - LAUNCHED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE - LIFE SKILLS FOR VULNERABLE YOUTH

NICARAGUA ORPHANetwork LEADERSHIP
one word...

AMAZING

The training for Life Skills is now beginning - oh yes, we have completed the time for the Training of Trainers.  LAMb served the ORPHANetwork and delivered 3 1/3 days of training - equipping the leadership to begin their journey to serve youth.  

This team represented 6 orphanges, one transition program and hundreds of churches through their Local Church Initiative.  Let's consider the potential impact from these leaders and the areas in which they work and serve:

- schools with over 1000 youth
- church programs - countless numbers
- parent groups -hundreds of parents
- orphanage training - over 400 youth
- community outreach - countless numbers

God was at the center of all our work.  He reigned and the team of trainers continued to thank Him for the gift of knowledge, skills and tools to work with vulnerable children, orphans and crisis families.  

Creativity
Passion
Knowledge
Celebration
Graduation and Certificates
A gift of thanks - thank you all!  They are beautiful!
Our group!

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