Saturday, July 26, 2014

WHEN CARING MEANS SACRIFICE AND SACRIFICE MEANS LOVE

Sacrificial Giving
of
Oneself

Almost three years ago we approached Costa and Olga from Ukraine with a life changing question: 

 "Will you move to Kyrgyzstan as missionaries for LAMb, and grow a family of children who will not see the doors of an orphanage? We ask you to become their parents and our leaders in all the work of LAMb in Kyrgyzstan." 

And they said, YES.

Just a few years before, they had purchased their first house, had good jobs in Ukraine and a life of calm and promise.  But what is promise when you are being stirred to serve God in a most sacrificial way.  And they did not know what that meant.  So the question asked was their moment of truth.

In Kyrgyzstan, Costa and Olga have been faithful to the call along with their two children for over two years now.  They are parents to our family of little girls - all rescued from lives of abuse, neglect and abandonment.  They are mentors and guides to our older youth who have faced the realities of leaving an orphanage with no one or no where to go.  They have shared knowledge with others struggling to work with children from a hard place.  And they have made the land of mountains, yurts, and poverty their home.

God has blessed Kyrgyzstan, Dayspring, Jeremiah House and us by raising up Costa and Olga as a family who is ready, willing and eager to serve Him....no matter the cost.  

YOU, our supporters have invested into their lives - but more importantly you have been the catalyst for them to invest into the lives of 
  • a little girl that was rescued from the cement floor of an abandoned building, 
  • a child who was sold to work in a field, 
  • a young man who had been tossed to and fro from person to person never knowing where he would live, 
  • a young woman who lost everything and every family member to death, 
  • a child who had been sexually abused and neglected, 
  • a little girl who was not allowed to attend school and was dragged from pillar to post by an alcoholic mother, 
  • a child that had been charged wrongfully by police and taken to jail and beaten, 
  • a young woman who was discharged from an orphanage because they were too full
  • a little girl whose mother abandoned her to go to another country
  • a little girl who was found in squalor and filth and never knowing when the next meal would come
  • a young girl that was promised many things - led astray by others - and left alone
  • an orphanage graduate who had dreams and yet no one to encourage her and no where to go for help
  • an orphanage child that no one took the time to see she had family she could live with
  • a family that wanted desperately to have their three children out of the orphanage and home with them where just a little help could make this happen
  • an orphanage where children are deemed disabled and without hope - heading to the adult disabled home 
  • senior women and men who are sheltered in a safe place, yet have few persons who spend time with them - and build relationships with them
AND so many and much more.  We cannot do the work God has called us to do without your support.  We know the fields are ready for the harvest - and the labourers are few.  Yet, our team has heard the call and they have said, SEND ME, SEND ME.

Marching forward - carrying the passion to serve - thanking you for your much needed support and not forgetting!

The LAMb Team
video
Video by Costa..

Sunday, July 20, 2014

OPPORTUNITY FOR KYRGYZSTAN - WITH SAMARITANS FEET AND LAMb

Opportunity for YOU!
JOIN US IN KYRGYZSTAN
September 2014
We have been given the wonderful opportunity once again to host Samaritans Feet in Kyrgyzstan - a great way to bless many orphans, disabled and crisis families.  We delivered over 500 pairs of new shoes in the  spring of 2014 - and now we will have a second team coming and 

YOU CAN JOIN THEM!  
WE ARE HOPING TO DISTRIBUTE OVER 800 PAIRS OF SHOES!
  • STATE RUN ORPHANAGE - ORPHANS, STAFF AND THEIR CHILDREN
  • DISABLED HOME FOR MEN - MEN, STAFF AND THEIR CHILDREN
  • CRISIS FAMILIES - MOMS, DADS, AND ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY
  • VULNERABLE YOUTH - AND A FRIEND

This team will come September 19 - 28, 2014.  You will join up with others from North America to bring new shoes to those in need of support, encouragement and the connection you can make with them as a servant leader, showing and demonstrating the love of Jesus.

HOWEVER - YOU MUST ACT FAST.  
Everything in the information below to get you registered!

HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS TO JOIN OUR TEAM - YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO REGISTER








































Friday, July 4, 2014

WHEN TRAUMA IS THEIR STORY

LAUNCHING
A NEW 
TRAUMA 
SERIES
OF 
TRAINING


So often we receive calls from parents - adoptive and foster parents - asking for help in working with their children whom have experienced difficult life situations and have come from a hard place.  You might ask, "What is a HARD PLACE?"  

All children who have been adopted or come to us as a foster child, come from loss - separation from their birth families.  Many come out of abuse, neglect and abandonment.  Some have experienced years of disappointments, rejection and even total humiliation.  We cannot know or even fully understand what a "hard place" might have been like for our child.  Yet, when we become the parent, the lover of their hearts, we have a responsibility to a journey of helping our child heal.

Becoming a healing, helping parent is not an easy journey.  No one taught us how to do this, no one is walking beside us in the darkness of confusion, sadness and grieving for the depth of hurt inside our little one.  Our hope is sometimes so weak we don't even know if we can go on.  

Yet there is hope.  Our first hope is in Him - the comforter and healer of all hurts.  And He has given us words of healing, along with knowledge that can make a difference.  

We at LAMb are committed to carrying forth the message of healing.   We offer you solid training and support through teaching and coaching.  Trauma training is a critical foundation to helping a child.  We as caregivers and parents must know and understand trauma, the impact it has on brain development and the impact on the whole child.  We need to know what strategies help and which strategies hurt.  

In our role as a ministry to share and help, we have a series of modules for helping.  We want to keep you informed and open the doors to you for these modules.  God has a plan for your family - and just as Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." NIV,
as this speaks to you as a parent and as a family.  God's plan is one of a hope and a future - not to harm you or your family.  

Contact us if this series is one that might be used as a tool in moving forward your ministry, families or even you as an individual.  LAMb is committed to equipping and activating those persons for the purpose of ministry...Ephesians 4:12-17.

THE SERIES... (Soon to be offered in Ontario, Canada - Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Mongolia, India, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Africa)

BECOMING TRAUMA AND LOSS INFORMED

  • Module 1:  Becoming a Trauma Informed Caregiver/Worker/Parent – 3 days
  • Module 2:  Adolescents and Psychological Trauma - 3 days
  • Module 3:  Sensory Integration for Children Who Have Suffered Psychological Trauma – 2 days
  • Module 4:  Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma of the Caregiver/Worker – 2 days
  • Module 5:  Building a Trauma Informed Program for Foster and/or Adoptive Parents and Professionals (2 days)
  • Module 6: Helping A Psychologically Traumatized Child Learn to Regulate their Emotions – 1 day
  • Module 7:  Creating Nurture Groups for Traumatized Children – 1 day

Sunday, June 29, 2014

JEREMIAH HOUSE - DAYSPRING - GREAT NEWS

JEREMIAH YOUTH
AZIZ GRADUATES
WE ARE SO PLEASED!  AZIZ HAS GRADUATED FROM HIS FINAL GRADES OF SCHOOL.  HE HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED GRADE 11.  THE GRADUATION IS A GREAT SUCCESS FOR THIS YOUNG MAN WHO HAS COME FROM A HARD PLACE. 

HE WILL NOW BE LIVING WITH HIS BROTHERS IN BISHKEK AND CONSIDERING A UNIVERSITY TO ATTEND.  WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HIM!

JEREMIAH HOUSE YOUTH AND TEAM
ENJOYING AN EVENING TO CELEBRATE AZIZ GRADUATION


TWO NEW RESIDENTS
ON THE WAY to JEREMIAH HOUSE

We will be receiving two new residents into Jeremiah House from Chui Orphanage.  We are following the students at both Chui and Red River Orphansge - where they will go, with whom and who needs a place to live - therefore we have two young girls that need our help with Jeremiah House. 


DAYSPRING UPDATE
Summer time is sometimes really hot in Kyrgyzstsan - we just got word that it was 50 C in Tokmok recently.  Oh my....so that means staying indoors or finding a place to cool down.  There is a large lake in Kyrgyzstan - but it is hours away.  So an alternative is a large pond that was build by a developer in a place he has named Hawaii.  (not quite the same as the real Hawaii!).  So this week, our Dayspring family took off for the pond and had a wonderful day.  


Experiences like this just do not happen to children in the orphanages, we are blessed to have Dayspring to bring hope and joy to these little girls.  Their stories are so hard - so sad, yet we see them growing and changing.  

We are hoping to send them to a Christian Summer Camp this next month.  This will be a place of normalcy, a place to play, laugh and just be children.  We cannot do this without your help.  You send the resources for all we do.  AND WE THANK YOU.  Dayspring little girls are growing into lovely youth women and with each one - we are working hard to bring families into their lives - forever families that will love and cherish them for the treasure they are.

We have reunited 8 children over the last two years.  We attribute this to the diligent work of our team - Costa, Olga, Lubov, Zukrah and Gulnara.  Praise Him for Dayspring, Jeremiah House and YOU!

Finally - please pray for help here with this need...

Our van is really not safe anymore.  We need to get a new Van for Dayspring.  We will sell this one and use the profits to help purchase the next one.  With between $5,000 and $6,000 more we can purchase a newer - YET still older - VW van for the girls and resolve this need.  Please pray with us for this provision.  Summer time is not an easy time to raise funds for a need like this.

THANKS.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DAYSPRING - URGENT NEED - AN APPEAL FROM LAMB

Dayspring Van – TOAST

Well, it has finally caused us the final amount of trouble.  

This VW van is 23 years old (1991) and has served Dayspring well.  We MUST replace this as soon as possible to ensure we are keeping our little girls safe.  When we were there we broke down on the highway and that was not fun – yet the weather was good and our wait and final tow was okay.


ANOTHER BREAKDOWN - TRANSMISSION GONE OUT
 

But we cannot take the chance any longer.  We just had the transmission go.  It is in the repair shop, but we must look for a replacement.  Here is the plan – it can become a workhorse for someone who is a mechanic/carpenter.  We will sell it and likely be able to get around $3,000 for it.  Then we will take the funds and purchase a better van – which will cost about $9,000. Hmmmm – a little short  fall there!

YES

We need to raise $6000 for the new van – are you able to help us?  Please consider this appeal for help – as the need is great and the cause just.  These children do not need to be in this van over the summer and next winter.


We must seek an alternative!

$6,000 NEEDED

Monday, June 16, 2014

AND THE STORY CONTINUES - JEREMIAH YOUTH SEWING UP A STORM

TEACH A PERSON TO FISH
AND THEY EAT FOR A LIFETIME

"Teach youth a SKILL and they potentially have
employment for a lifetime!"





When mother taught the youth at Jeremiah House to sew - she taught them to make some great items, little did we know what the result would be. The youth were given choices to be involved and interestingly enough, it was the boys that wanted to learn the most.  

After mom returned home to Arizona - the sewing did not stop at Jeremiah House.  We have LOTS OF ITEMS FOR SALE NOW - with sales we are helping the youth to purchase more materials, and give you a beautiful Kyrgyz item that represents all that an orphan experiences and can have when someone cares  - really cares.  Youth are given 1/2 of the profits. 1/2 goes to purchase new fabric and the other goes to them.   Out of their 1/2; .......2/3 goes into a savings account in their name and 1/3 goes into their pocket!

Yes, these youth feel worth and value.  They know they are loved and respected.  AND THEY HAVE LEARNED A SKILL!  Let's help our transitioning youth in their move toward adulthood.

PRAY, ENCOURAGE AND JOIN US IN HELPING

"TEACHING A CHILD TO FISH"

Saturday, June 14, 2014

REUNIFICATION FOR JEREMIAH YOUTH





















THE SMILE ON ALTANAI'S FACE SAYS IT ALL
REUNIFICATION - #8!

Sometimes when a youth is in the orphanage - all work towards reunification stops. Such was the case with Altanai.  She came to Jeremiah House and we discovered she had an Aunt that cared about her very much.  Her Aunt is a social worker in another town and has been in touch with her niece and has worked to get her moved in with her.

It has happened.  REUNIFICATION  with family.  This is now the 8th child that our team has been able to get back home to their family!  ALL CHILDREN DESERVE A FAMILY and sometimes it just takes hard work to find then, reconnect with them and help then work through the piles of documents to make this happen.

Today we are rejoicing to know that this young gal is with her Aunt - given a new chance to grow up with someone that wants her, loves her and calls her family!

WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THOSE AROUND US - TO BRING THE ORPHANS HOME!