Wednesday, February 12, 2020

ETHIOPIA IN FOCUS FOR YOU

LET'S NOT DENY 
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Training is a Catalyst to Change

"We need to create a platform to discuss this with key leaders, police, government, NGO's, churches and more."
... Counselor with a major NGO in Addis Abba

"This is so difficult within our culture - there is so much secrecy - I must work to help children find safety and healing and work differently with the mothers and children we work with."
....worker with a Theological Seminary in Addis Ababa.







We have just completed our time in Kenya and Ethiopia - with three major training events.  Now back in Addis Ababa and heading home tomorrow.

1.  In Nairobi, Kenya we worked with 20 key children's workers from Christian Broadcasting Network, different Orphan's Promise projects and other NGO workers. The training was in Trauma-Informed Care - three intense days - and out of this training, we have 17 potential new trainers.

2.  In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we had Adoptive families who were from a number of different organizations - these families attended training on The Impact of Trauma on Attachment and How to Tell The Truth to Your Adopted Child.

3.  In Sendafa, Ethiopia, we completed an intensive three days with 30 NGO leaders representing 16 different NGO's and 1 Orphan's Promise partner from Shire.  This training was to cover three different modules of the Child Sexual Abuse Series developed by the Institute for Human Services:  Module 1:  Overview of Child Sexual Abuse; Module 2:  Healthy Sexual Behaviors of Youth and Those Which Cause Concern; Module 3:  Helping Parents Work With Youth Who Have Been Sexually Abused.

In addition, we are working with the Child Development Training and Research Center/ Intergenerational Spiritual Transformation Ministry. 

We are honored to follow the calling of Ephesians 4:12 - 16.  

"....12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work...."

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Saturday, February 8, 2020

TRAINING INFORMATION FROM LAMb INTERNATIONAL



ACROSS THE GLOBE
SERVING
CHURCHES
NGO'S
KEY WORKERS 

ALL WHO SERVE
ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

"Developing Sustainable Systems to Serve Vulnerable, Exploited and Orphaned Children"


THROUGH TRAINING, DISCIPLESHIP, CONSULTATIONS, MENTORING, COACHING



















Friday, February 7, 2020

BRING THE CHILDREN BACK - WE MADE A MISTAKE

NAIROBI, KENYA
Trauma-Informed Training
 For Orphan's Promise
February 2020 

"They sent two boys away from their church outreach program because of their aggressive behavior - and after training, they changed their thinking - they now will ask that the boys be returned to the program."


Training is a catalyst to change and this is only one example.  This church program had sent two boys home and asked their grandmother not to send them again, as they were too aggressive.

As they went through the Trauma-Informed Training and learned that all behavior has meaning and speaks of needs - the leaders of this church outreach program began to question the needs of the two boys who were hitting, pushing and acting with aggression.  They came to realized that the ones they had just sent away are likely the two children that needed them the most.

Result?  They let us know,  they are going to the grandmother and ask that she send the boys back to the outreach program.  This program is offered each Saturday to children in the community who are vulnerable children. 

They left the training with a very different view of these two little ones - now wanting to "pour into" the lives of these little ones.

Oh, glorious day!  
YES, TRAINING IS A CATALYST TO CHANGE!


Sunday, January 19, 2020

INTENTIONAL - OUR 2020 WORD

INTENTIONAL 2020 
our word
FOR 
LAMb




The year past has been an amazing year for LAMb International/Global Capacity Building Network - 
  • we have ministered in 12 countries, 
  • trained over 300 practitioners and trainers in Trauma-Informed Care, 
  • met committed workers and consulted with them over serious concerns they had,  
  • helped coordinate the WWO Forum in Thailand that had over 500 persons from 70 countries,
  • poured into our Kyrgyzstan team and the youth in our programs there, 
  • worked with 15 amazing leaders to develop the National Child Care Collaborative in India,
  • trained over 30 new trainers in India alone to help in preparing foster, kinship and adoptive parents, 
  • witnessed our project to open the pre-school in Khwai, Botswana come to success
  •  and then spend time there at school closing to celebrate the 33 little ones completing the first year, 
  • cried a lot,
  • prayed even more,
  • honored to give rewards to 11 grandmothers in Khwai for getting their grandchildren to school each day for the year,
  • to give rewards to 28 little children for perfect attendance at the pre-school
  • training a group of 11 camp leaders to supervise and lead when working with employees who have suffered trauma,
  • enjoyed the opening of the senior center that LAMb team coordinated and funded to be built,
  • was there for the first week of the opening when 12 seniors were picked and brought to the center for the day,
  • heard stories, watched laughter and joy as they were given crafts to work on, a great meal and fellowship of others their age - just coming together to know they are loved,
  • hear the stories of how they now feel someone cares,
  • seeing seniors profess their faith in Jesus and pray for each other,
  • able to love on the seniors and spend time with the incredible Pastor Beauty and staff, 
  • met with key individuals who are wanting a church in the village of Khwai and 
  • helping to map out a potential way of seeing the church happen in the village, 
  • brought on a new board member in Canada, 
  • committed to and conducting activities for equipping and sending out many new African trainers across Africa to build the capacity of the Orphan Promise partners,
  • bringing two little (teens) to our Jeremiah House for the purpose of being able to complete IUCA College,
  • launching 3 older youth into IUCA University,
  • starting a new Life Skill training project with our Kyrgyzstan staff - reaching orphanage youth every week in the city of Tokmok,
  • teaching and equipping over 300  youth to be safe from trafficking and bride kidnapping across the country of Kyrgyzstan,
  • taking a part of the development of the World Without Orphans Roadmap to help our developing countries do more and better in serving in the family-based care journey,
  • being on the Executive team with 6 other awesome leaders in the World Without Orphans movement,
  • sharing and helping to build the Capacity Building Program with ORPHANetwork in Nicaragua,
  • working with a team in Nicaragua that really cares and is passionate about serving the hundreds of youth and families they serve through their outreach to hundreds of churches across Nicaragua,
  • consulting with many different ministries who are moving forward in serving the Orphans and Vulnerable children across the globe; Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America
JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG - THAT IS WHAT IS HERE.  
WE STAND OVERWHELMED IN THINKING ABOUT THE NEEDS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE.  
IT IS FOR THIS REASON - WE HAVE CHOSEN OUR NEW WORD -
 
INTENTIONAL!

We are a small team, with the desire to help.  We have limited capacity and limited resources, just a huge desire to do what He has called us to do. 
So we MUST work with INTENTIONALITY.  
For us that means 
DISCERN, DISCUSS THEN DECIDE  
all wrapped with prayer.

Will you pray with us for 2020?  Will you jump on the ICEBERG with us and help us to DISCERN, DISCUSS AND THEN DECIDE?

We Cannot Do This Without You.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

WHEN SENIORS ARE DISMISSED....

GETTING OLD
AND BEING DISMISSED
CAN BE DEVASTATING

HOPE RETURNED
DIGNITY RETURNED

When Pastor Beauty Bogwasi told our team the stories of how seniors were being abandoned, stolen from, left without help to meet daily needs and neglected for long periods of time, she set forth to make a change.  

#1:  She initiated a feeding program - taking food to the seniors on a regular route and on a regular basis.  She could not feed all the seniors who had the need for help, but she could do something for some of them...AND SHE DID.

#2:  She gathered volunteers to help - someone to cook the food, persons to deliver it, transportation to carry volunteers and food.  

#3:  All done out of faith and following the command and encouragement noted in James 1:27.

Then ideas began to surface!  
A DREAM TAKING SHAPE....

  • What about a place for the seniors to gather
  • Where they can get a shower
  • Where they can meet with other seniors and talk, laugh and play
  • Where a meal can be served to them as they sit together
  • A place where they can make things, sing songs
  • A time to pray and be prayed for
THE BIRTH OF THE SENIOR CENTER BEGAN TO TAKE SHAPE

She obtained land and started to DREAM OF THE CENTER

ENTER LAMb

When LAMb Team members Jenny and Bryan Richardson went to Botswana to review and determine the next steps there for LAMb, they returned home having caught the vision.  

"Let's help her build this center!"

THREE YEARS LATER LOOK AT THE RESULTS



SELFIE?  WHAT IS THAT?  ALL WITH "GIGGLES" GALORE!







Thursday, December 5, 2019

TRAFFICKING IS REAL - OUR PROJECT UPDATE ON BRIDE KIDNAPPING

OVER 100 STUDENTS
IMPACTED
BY LAMb's 
TRAFFICKING
TRAINING 
"this month alone"

The work of LAMb/GCBN in Kyrgyzstan and surrounding countries has several focuses - one being the illegal practice of Bride Kidnapping.  This month our team did training for over 100 young persons and adults on the topic of Bride Kidnapping and the issues around trafficking.
LAMb trainer provided education about trafficking to school students...

Ala Kachuu– trafficking/bride kidnapping.  This part of the project is growing dramatically and offers a strong potential for safety for many as a result of the educational process of the team.  We have been presenting information almost weekly in Tokmok and monthly in other parts of Kyrgyzstan.  We are finding a lot of interest increasing in this topic – although illegal in KG – it still happens across the country.  

Education about Ala Kachuu - and the illegal practice of Bride Kidnapping
Education to help youth be safe and protected is a start!
We conducted three more classes this month on Ala-Kachuu.  One was held in the IUCA for medical students who are visiting from another university and attending some IUCA university classes here. They were very excited about the information and asked if we would come to their university and educate the students there.
The other training was at a local village school.  We had over 40 girls in attendance (see photos). One of the girls told us that she did not want to come to the training, BUT her mother said she MUST attend.  Many of the parents do not want their daughters to be kidnapped, but if they are the parents they make them stay once this has happened.  They do this because the girl and her family will be shamed by family and the community if she leaves the forced marriage.
One of our translators tells her story of Bride Kidnapping in this training:
She had been kidnapped in her village, three times.  The first time neighbors helped her to escape.  The second time she was able to convince her kidnappers that she was too young.  The third time she was able to escape from the house when no one was looking.  The young man ended up in jail for one year for the kidnapping.  He and his family moved out of the village because of the 'shame' of not succeeding in the kidnapping.
The third training this month was training for six boys.  This was held at the students apartment.  One of the boys is going to translate our boys power point into Kyrgyz…we are very excited about this.  
We continue to offer education on this and other important areas to serve vulnerable, exploited and orphaned youth - as a critical component of our LAMb/GCBN outreach!

You can invest in this opportunity to help young girls be safe 
- check the investor button on the side of the blog.

Thank you so much,
The LAMb Team





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