This is where LAMb started global ministry.
Anniversary of 13 years - global ministry
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