Monday, November 7, 2016

THE AFRICAN VILLAGE THAT CALLED US TO TEACH - INSPIRE - CULTIVATE AND DISCIPLE

REMOTE AFRICAN VILLAGE 
IN BOTSWANA

AROUND 700 PEOPLE
CHILDREN SENT AWAY
FAMILIES BROKEN
HOPE WANES

Each time we answer yes to a call, it is with prayer and question.  TODAY WE HEAD TO BOTSWANA.

Yes, Lord we will go, but what is it you want us to say, to do and to share?  You called us to teach - (Ephesians 4: 12-16) and you have opened the hearts of many to listen and even desire to hear what they can do to carry out your command in James 1:27.  Yet we are just your simple servants - and pushing on in age.  Why us Lord?  Why us?

Then the floodgates of many different reminders of His calling:  "IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO, IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN?"  

So we go forth to spend the next month with this village in the lower end of the Delta in northern Botswana and to the city of Maun.  To work with a Trauma Team in "training", to share with village moms who really want to keep their children home and not send them away to schools, to share with village leaders stories, hope and the words from His walk on this earth.  The stories of the Old Testament, the hope in Jesus and that they are precious in His sight.

We will be joined with our LAMb partner and team member - who will also be a ROCK of teaching and encouragement.  We will serve the local Maun team coordinating the service in the villaga - Bushways Foundation and work with the Pastor of the local church to serve seniors. Then soon we will be joined by a group from the USA - Samaritans Feet - to bring hundreds of brand new shoes and socks to give the message physically - you are loved.  We will wash feet, pray and pass blessings on to these amazing sons and daughters.  Yes - we go!  We answer the call.  

Into the village where God has called us.  To do the work He has called us to do - and to leave what HE wants us to leave.  To Him be the Glory.






The Childen!

We serve them to serve their own village.


Unfortunately she ate the family dog and then proceeded to take a nap on their bed.






Photos compliments of our LAMb Team - the Richardsons

You can join us as well - are you ready to spend six months to a year in this village - teaching English, parenting skills, discipleship and more?  If so, contact us.  

The LAMb Team

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

WHERE IT ALL STARTED = UKRAINE, 2003

UKRAINE 2003
This is where LAMb started global ministry.

Anniversary of 13 years - global ministry
 this month.


It is hard to believe, but we are celebrating 13 years of LAMb Ministry this month.  Our very first international ministry training was done in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine in 2003.  From Ukraine, we were "sent" by a pastor to Kazakhstan and then on to Kyrgyzstan to serve in churches he had started.  

In Kyrgyzstan, we saw our fit and have been working there in depth ever since.  We added other former post-Soviet countries, such as Russia, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.  

Working to strengthen families, bring children out of orphanages, help graduating orphans, training workers, helping governments change paradigms and laws, implement training programs in the churches, universities and NGO's that helps children know they are precious and that their Heavenly Father loves them as a son or daugher - this has been our calling.  

We launched out on the command from Ephesians 4:12-16.  Our commitment has been to equip and activate - through training and consultation - using best practice and evidence-based information and skills to care for children and strengthen families.

Our years have seen countless lives changed, thousands of persons trained, hundreds of persons trained as trainers and system changing to embrace that children need safety, permanency and well-being.  We have worked with Bible colleges, churches, pastors, church workers and government staff and have written numerous training tools to share.

Through the years, we have poured sustainable interventions into Japan, Cambodia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Thailand, India, South Africa, Botswana, Indonesia, Nepal, Armenia, Canada, USA, Bangladesh - 21 countries in all.

We have cried, laughed and prayed through the night for countless reasons.  And we have seen miracles in many unexpected ways.  We have had donors come and go.  Resources available and resources lacking, with miracles waiting -  Walking out the door of our home to head overseas - with only $500 in our pocket for the month we were to be away - to receive a call from our church as we were ready to close the door - deciding to answer to have the question asked of us, "We just got a donation for you for $5,000, what would you like for us to do with this, as we know you are leaving today."  Yes, Lord!

God has been faithful - we have tried hard.  Never feeling we do enough, we are continually seeking His guidance for steps as we make our plans.

We walk in a calling that most do not understand and is very difficult to explain - both of us in our 70's as most of our friends are finding retirement to be something far different from our journey.  Yet, Obedient, committed and passionate about serving Him to bring children into families and make perhaps a little difference in our world.  We know we cannot save the world, but we can help to change the world for one child at a time.  We continue with determination.

Thank you for believing in us as we continue to carry out the journey as we have been called.

Lynn and Ruby
Ephesians 4:12-16


Monday, October 31, 2016

EAGLES NEST WANTS TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE WINDOWS, DOOR AND MORE

$2500 COVERED THE NEED

We are so thankful for the funds designated for the door and windows for Eagles Nest.  We thank the donor and all of you who continue to pray and support our older youth in Kyrgyzstan.

Here is a little video that shows some of the youth there last weekend...
video

NEXT PROJECTS:

PUT IN AN INSIDE BATHROOM 
(Already have the plumbing )
FIX ALL WALLS
UPDATE THE HEATING SYSTEM
NEW CEILING, FLOORS AND ROOF
FIX CULVERT SO WE CAN DRIVE IN
COAL FOR WINTER
PUT IN A KITCHEN
FURNITURE
(You get the picture - lots to do - lots already done.)

A PROCESS OF LOVE FOR OUR GRADUATING ORPHANS


Thank you
The LAMb Team

Saturday, October 29, 2016

EAGLES NEST JEREMIAH 29:11 LIFE SKILLS - JUST IN TIME FOR SOME

JUST IMAGINE

No one to teach you about life...
Each day just being one of 200...
Lining up every day for food...
No momma or papa to tuck you in...
and 
SUDDENLY
you "graduate" from the orphanage...
Where do you go?
What do you do?

Certainly you think - 

I Wish I Had Been a Kid a Lot Longer

You can make a difference with our youth in Kyrgyzstan who have experienced this and worse. 

video
We need your help as they get older and older - Let's build a strong Life Skill program together. We have the following strategies active and need you to join as one of our partners - prayer, financial support, encouragement
  • Jeremiah House - residential for older boys
  • Dayspring Home - residential for younger and older girls
  • Step Apartment - a place to transition from Jeremiah or Dayspring and "practice" living interdependently
  • Life Skill Classes - over 250 youth each week receive these classes
  • Eagles Nest Life Skill Farm - a living Life Skill teaching home
    • Gardening
    • Animal care in the future
    • Learning to repair things
    • Preserving foods through canning and freezing
    • Scouting program where you can earn badges (modeled after Scouts in North America
    • Weekend and summer retreat place for youth and staff
Thank you so much - and if you decide to financially support - you can go to the buttons on the side of this post.  

Jeremiah 29:11 is for you too!

The LAMb Team

Sunday, October 9, 2016

WHEN YOU ARE STANDING FACE TO FACE WITH WINTER - THE NEED IS SHIVERING

WE NEED YOUR HELP
WINTER IS FAST APPROACHING IN KYRGYZSTAN

EAGLES NEST Jeremiah 29:11 PROJECT 
IS 
NOT YET READY
We desperately need your help.  This project is up and started - yet not ready for winter.  Sondra is living here - and we need to help make it winter ready.  Already, youth have:
  • Started to learn about gardens
  • Canned numerous vegetables
  • Frozen numerous fresh fruits and vegetables for winter food
  • Learned the art of canning and freezing
  • Learned about putting in winter crops for spring use - such as garlic (a much loved item in Kyrgyzstan)
  • Now preparing for the Scout program for our youth....badges for all they learn and can do - LIFE SKILLS IN ACTION.
  • Sons and Daughters preparing for LIFE and knowing they are loved and cared for.
  • Removing the orphan spirit - one step and one skill at a time.
AND WE KNOW THERE IS SO MUCH MORE OVER THE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING

WE NEED WINDOWS - 11 WINDOWS FOR $700 TOTAL 

WE NEED A NEW DOOR AND FLOORS REPAIRED - TOTAL COST $1,800

CAN you sponsor a window?  a door?  a part of the floor?  All help is so appreciated!  Our youth are praying for a good report for winter.

AN AMAZING PROGRAM FOR OUR YOUTH AT DAYSPRING AND JEREMIAH HOUSE
MAYBE YOU CAN BE A WINTER OR CHRISTMAS BLESSING FOR THEM?

COLD AIR WON'T STAY OUT






THIS IS WHERE SONDRA IS LIVING - LET'S MAKE IT READY FOR WINTER

THE DOOR IS WAITING FOR YOUR HELP
THANK YOU FROM THE
LAMb TEAM

Sunday, September 25, 2016

SHE IS THE TOP OF HER CLASS - ONE AMAZING LITTLE GIRL

DAYSPRING 
SUCCESS STORY
LITTLE GENIA

She is such an amazing little girl - well shall I say emerging adolescent,  maybe not so young any more.  When she came to Dayspring - from a very hard place, she entered a new era of growth and development.

Let us brag on her....
  • Picks up English quickly
  • Loves people
  • Has a kind and gentle spirit (most of the time)
  • Loves animals
  • Love nurturing and attention
  • Is a hug lover too
  • Is an incredible helper
  • One of the smartest students in her class
  • Has been elevated to a high level math class
BUT WE HAVE ONE PROBLEM - we are looking for an adoptive home for Genia - a family that will love her and be there for her in those moments of doubt, sadness, loneliness and loss.  A family who will understand her journey and be willing to walk the distance with her.  We need a national family, as she has a brother that she is connected with who lives in an orphanage.  We do not want to see them separated by countries.

Please pray for this family.  We know they are there - we need your prayers.

Thank you
The LAMb Team

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!

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