Wednesday, September 21, 2016

THEY CAN EAT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY - THANKS TO OUR DONOR

DINNER IS READY
FAMILY
COME TO THE TABLE

This likely sound familiar to you all - however for Jeremiah House it is a NEW call.  Up until now, they have not had a dining room or a table and chairs. They have eaten in the kitchen in shifts - with just a little counter that would seat two.

 But that has changed!  With the help of an amazing donor we now have:

  • A brand new dining room - built off the side of the kitchen.
  • A brand new table and chairs that will easily seat 10 to 12 for dinner.

YES, "dinner is on the table - ya'll come to eat now together!"  It is family time!

This is something we all take for granted - sitting together talking about our day and enjoying family time.  We have prayed for this day - dreamed of having this room built and for the family to be able to be together like this.  Now they can do homework here, play games, sit and discuss life's challenges and life's blessings - pray together and in general - JUST BE A FAMILY.

THANK YOU ALL - We dream of curtains, a lovely picture for the wall, and a little update in the kitchen with the wall having been broken out for the new dining room.  Would you consider being a little helper for our Jeremiah boys?

The LAMb Team


So beautiful

Check out the new floor and rug!

Jeremiah House "mom" and son - sitting with Eagles Nest transition project manager - Sondra.
Just in awe of this blessing!

NAME OF THE GAME? SUSTAINABILITY

CELEBRATING
13 YEARS
FOR 
LAMb International

2003 started our international journey for LAMb International - starting with Ukraine - conducting training in orphanages, churches and with other organizations.  We offered best practice child welfare training, leadership training and discipleship.   Little did we know what the beginning of our journey would lead to.  HERE IS JUST A GLIMPSE ...

Here it is 2016 - 13 years later and LAMb has:
  • Served 26 countries sharing and training
  • Loved and nurtured100's of children who have been exploited, orphaned and left vulnerable
  • Registered ILDC in Ukraine over 8 years ago.   
    • Partnered with IHS, Father's House and Christian Broadcasting Network to register the training center in Ukraine, which is now the "go to" place for child welfare training for the country, has an amazing team of trainers who are traveling across the country to ensure children and families are strengthened, that workers are equipped to do the family-based work to keep families together.  
  • Registered ILDC in Kyrgyzstan over 8 years ago.
  • Opened Dayspring in Kyrgyzstan.
    • A pilot project to demonstrate children who would otherwise have gone to an orphanage CAN be reunited, adopted and permanency can be found for them.
    • Have reunited 17 youth back with their families
  • Opened Jeremiah 29:11 program in Kyrgyzstan.
    • Developing a program to help youth who are graduating from the orphanages and have no place to go and want our help
  • Sponsored 14 youth to college or university from our programs in Kyrgyzstan
  • Completed two adoptions for older youth from our programs in Kyrgyzstan and now working on the third
  • Developed a one-year certification program for the Biskek Humanities University
    • Worked with a partner to bring this program to completion using Institute for Human Services - best practice training core along with the Field Guide to Child Welfare to be used as the text book for this program
    • This is part of their 5-year degree for Social Work
  • Trained trainers across the globe to go forth and train in the area of Trauma Informed Care - presently conducting training in their own country or region, examples:
    • South Africa - 5 new trainers
    • Botswana - 2 trainers in Gabarone and 2 trainers in Maun
    • Bangladesh - 5 trainers working across the country
    • India - 8 trainers
    • Tajikistan - 9 trainers
    • etc. 
  • Trained government workers across the globe, in best practice and evidence-based knowledge - to raise the level of care for vulnerable, exploited and orphaned children
  • Conducted three major vision casting conferences (and several smaller ones) in Kyrgyzstan to bring awareness to children needing families - not orphanages
  • Developed best practice training program for working with Crisis Families for church workers in Ukraine - completed for the organization - Alliance Ukraine Without Orphans
    • Risk to Resiliency  - 10 sessions
  • Implemented a 5-day training program for medical workers in Kazakhstan who are working with vulnerable and exploited children - bringing a social behavioral model into their present medical model
  • Provided food, shelter, a home, jobs, and many other resources for seniors, homeless, and needy persons to bring hope and dignity to their lives
  • Sponsored numerous renovations in a senior home and in a home for disabled persons in Kyrgyzstan
  • Shared the Work of God in churches across the globe - in countries where we have served 
  • Developed a three-year comprehensive training program for organizations serving orphanages in Nicaragua, Tajikistan, Peru
  • Developed a comprehensive Life Skill Training program with our partner CBN of Ukraine
  • Registered LAMb International USA - as a 501c(3) a partner organization to the Canadian Registered LAMb International Canada
AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING....STAY TUNED FOR WHAT IS NEXT!

  • Finding families for children in care - focus on de-institutionalization
  • Opening a new Foster and Adoptive Family Training Center in Kyrgyzstan
  • New training organization in Bangladesh
  • Partnering to develop a new Trauma Center in India
  • Developing a comprehensive Scouting Program from vulnerable youth in Kyrgyzstan to accompany our Eagles Nest Project
  • More adoptions of older youth - a comprehensive focus in Kyrgyzstan to see this happen
  • and more.....


NOW TAKE A LOOK AT ILDC UKRAINE
PICTURES OF OUR RECENT
 "DREAM TEAM"
The Team Leader

The Team Perfectionist

The Team Boss

The Teams Brains

The Team Clowns

The Team Glue

The Traveling Team

The Working Team - Step by Step

The Moving Team and Cleaning Team

The Cohesive Team


Monday, September 5, 2016

BRAIN FOOD FOR JEREMIAH YOUTH! LAUGHTER AND FUN ALONG WITH SOME HARD WORK

SUMMER SUN FUN
WINTER HEAT COMFORT

All part and parcel to the Jeremiah 29:11 needs.

Excited to see the youth from our Dayspring and Jeremiah House enjoying a wonderful outing at Lake Issakul!  As we all know - laughter, and fun are amazing healing agents for the brain that has experienced loss, trauma and disappointments.  Our team has been working together to bring these experiences to our youth.  This trip away from Tokmok is a joy to see - 

AND WE THANK YOU SPONSOR WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE!






AND YOU SUPPLIED COAL FOR THE WINTER

Right now, coal is at an all time low - and will increase in price dramatically over the next weeks.  We were able to purchase 7.5 tonnes of coal for the winter for the youth - YES, WARM COMFORTABLE HOMES will bring smiles to the faces of all once the wild winter sets in.  For now, we have been blessed once again - BY YOU OUR SPONSORS....

NEXT NEEDS - MIGHT YOU WANT TO SPONSOR
 A WINTER COAT? - $50
PAIR OF BOOTS? - $45
MITTS AND HAT? - $10

WE NEED THIS HELP FOR OUR YOUTH'S WINTER NEEDS






Sunday, September 4, 2016

JOY CAN BE FOUND IN SOME WONDERFUL MOMENTS - MEET JOYCE THE ADOPTED COW

JOYCE'S HOMECOMING
"MILK COW BLESSING"

We have posted before about this little gift - a milk cow for our adoptive family for Dasha.  Seems they really wanted a milk cow for a couple of reasons:
1.  Milk of course
2.  To learn to make butter and cheese
3.  Life Skill - responsibility for the children

So, they found the cow they wanted and we posted for a donor - and voila - cow was bought and delivered.  

(sorry about the camera date - it is wrong of course!!)








I love the excitement that was in the air at the delivery of Joyce, the milk cow!  Balloons, party, and celebration.

Next challenge for our Dayspring children? - adoptive homes for two more girls whom we have just received full custody of - please Pray!

Dayspring and Jeremiah House are about safety, permanency and well-being for all our children.  The journey to become sons and daughters on "earth as it is in heaven".

THANK YOU DONORS....

Saturday, August 27, 2016

WOUNDED PEOPLE NEED HEALING TO LEAD WOUNDED PEOPLE

Healing and Serving

We all have a story and a journey.  Some of our work  -  called to teach and share -  has taken us to some of the deepest hurting places in the world, deep into the hearts of wounded people.  Cambodia, still reeling from the Khmer Rouge regime and the killing fields - and the ongoing exploitation of children.  In India the crowded cities, homelessness and poverty that prevails - exposing many to pain and suffering.  

We find persons who cannot forgive, holding onto the past and not being able to walk in the fullness of joy and peace - and the fullness of a life of well-being.  We hear stories of how some who work with wounded children have great difficulty due to the reminder of their own childhood and that no one protected them and kept them safe.

Here in India over the last weeks, many such stories were told and shared - journeys of caregivers - reaching deep into their own pain to find solace and peace - wanting to help children, but also wanting help themselves.  We cried, prayed and just listened over and over again.  We saw tears, heard hearts and enjoyed the laughter coming from those who are serving vulnerable and exploited children and youth and have stories.

One young woman grieves her lost childhood, another young person commits to bringing others off the street, another hugs his children and says they will never face these issues again.  One orphanage director pleads for us to come and teach all his staff, caregivers and church family members about the impact of trauma.  

Oh how difficult this all is.  Our hearts break over and over again, yet we also have hope.

"As a result of this training, I will do things so differently in the future," says one woman from Mumbai who works with those rescued from the sex trade. 

"We needed hundreds of people here," says another woman from Kolkata.  Going on to say, "we have 80 sites and everyone of them should have been here."

Yes, India is hurting - trauma is cutting away at the core of the helpers and those in their care.  With gentle hearts and strong determination they continue to go forth.  So we journey with them  - to bring healing to the wounded....so they can lead the little children to a life of safety and well-being.  We are called to activate and equip and the journey will continue as we are called to share and serve.  

Join us in the journey - support the work - encourage a hurting person - adopt a child.  There is much you can do. 

Pictures to follow - the streets of Kolkata...in the busy section of the city.

Mother Teresa's home.









Sunday, August 21, 2016

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA - said veeeajaywada

CHILDREN ARE BEING ADOPTED
training does make a difference

So excited to hear that our interpreter from last year has adopted a little girl!  They have three birth children and not this beautiful little adopted child.  Yes, sharing about adoption has an impact.

Training in Vijayawada has been awesome with 35 participants who are passionate about caring for children..  and out of the group a solid team of potential trainers which
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NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY

WHOOPS - I THINK THEY MEANT TRAUMA







Friday, August 19, 2016

MOOOOOVE OVER JOYCE THE COW IS NEEDING SPACE

THERE IS JOY IN THE FAMILY
ADOPTIVE FAMILY HAS THEIR NEW COW

(They cleaned the barn, readied the yard and prepared for JOYCE TO COME HOME)

SORRY ABOUT THE DATE ON THE PICTURE
SOMEONE HAS NOT CHANGED IT ON THEIR CAMERA!

DASHA'S NEW BARN AND "MASTER KEEPER"
THEY EVEN GAVE HER A RIBBON!

SHE IS GENTLE AND WILL BE THE BEST LOVED COW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

THE CHILDREN LOVE HER

ANIMALS HAVE THE HEALING POWER FOR A CHILD FROM A HARD PLACE

ADOPTED SHE IS - DASHA WITH THE ADOPTED COW JOYCE
ONE HAPPY GIRL - READY FOR THE COW ADOPTION PARTY

PARTY TIME

NO NEED FOR A LAWM MOWER HERE

PURE JOY
Her name is JOYCE and she is already in love with the children.  Tonya (the previous owner) was concerned that Joyce would be nervous and afraid by the move, but she wasn't. She really enjoyes the children and felt very much at home in her new barn.  They thought she would be traumatized in the move to her new adoptive home – but not the case as the children made her feel right at home and then proceeded to have a JOYCE PARTY. 


They had a cake and everything TO CELEBRATE THEIR NEW ARRIVAL.

SPONSORS MAKE THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN
YOU TOO CAN BRING JOY TO 
CHILDREN COMING FROM
A HARD PLACE!

AND WE DO NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

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