Friday, December 30, 2016

SUCCESS FOR YOUTH IS OUR GOAL - IN 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR
From Kyrgyzstan
We wish you joy, peace and many blessings for 2017.  We are honored to have you as our family, friends and supporters.  We could not continue without you.
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Thank You!



EXCITED ABOUT GOOD OUTCOMES?

JEREMIAH 29:11

WHAT CAN WE SAY - LET THIS DOCUMENT 
CATCH YOU UP
These are the older youth in our programs. And we are very proud of each of them and exceptionally proud of our team here in Tokmok!

CHECK THIS OUT
(Please print it and sit with a cup of hot tea or coffee, read our update and then pray for us please!)


Saturday, December 17, 2016

IF THIS WERE FOR CHILDREN - WOULD YOU JUMP TO HELP? HOW ABOUT FORGOTTEN SENIORS?

DREAM FOR A BETTER LIFE 
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN....
THE
SENIORS IN 
MAUN, BOTSWANA



Every day they feed seniors - going house to house - to home where seniors cannot do for themselves.  They have been forgotten, abandoned and left to die.  Yet, Pastor Beauty Bogwasi cannot remain still.  She fights fearlessly for their needs.  Let's recap a few things:

1.  She secured a piece of land to build a Senior Center. DONE
  • feed seniors - they will bring them to the center daily
  • provide health care for seniors
  • offer interactive fellowship time for seniors
  • provide for some residential needs
  • have a resourse room to help seniors with needs

2.  A group helped her to "claim" the land by building a fence completely around the land.  DONE

3.  She had an architect draw up the building plans.  DONE
  • kitchen
  • washrooms
  • water system and plumbing
  • shaded central courtyard
  • fellowship and dining hall
  • potential residential rooms
  • storage rooms
  • offices
  • and more...

LAMb entered the picture at about this time.  Bryan and Jenny Richardson then went to Botswana and visited the project.  They started developed an implementation  plan to build the center for the seniors.

The first step coordinated by the Richardsons was to build the water tower on the property - DONE!  (See the pictures)

Today, Bryan, Lynn, Pastor Beauty and the architect, Pierre went to the building site and here is the result!!

The next step will be to put in the sewage system and then the foundations for the buildings and enough of the first building to begin serving seniors.  This is where we are - we now need to collect funds for this next step.  Are you interested in helping?

Collecting for:  foundation blocks, septic system, footings, up to plinth height  - 30,000 pula...  $3750 CAD  

Fellowship rooms - office -  washrooms - 150,000 pula - $18,800 CAD

Kitchens and storage - 100,000 pula - $12,500 CAD

THE COMPLETED WATER TOWER
BEING INSPECTED BY
BRYAN, PASTOR BEAUTY AND PIERRE

FENCE AROUND PROPERTY AND WATER TOWER
STRUCTURE

PASTOR BEAUTY, BRYAN AN PIERRE - LOOKING OVER
THE PLANS

Any help toward this project will be most appreciated.  We hope to break ground for the footings soon.

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...
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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. 

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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!

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






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