Sunday, October 1, 2017

TAKING A STEP INTO SUCCESS - ONE DAY AT A TIME

YOUTH THAT WILL LEAD
THE
WAY

We are so proud of this young man - his success is HIS HARD WORK and commitment to succeed.  Janibeck is a young man where resilience shows.  And look here - on the Dean's List at the International University of Central Asia!  Yes - Success - one step at a time.  GREAT JOB Janibeck!  We are very proud of you!


Janibeck
Educat. achiv. in IUCA, 3 gr.:  3.5 from 4
Age: 21y.o. (25.04.96)
Came to program: 28.04.2014
Future goal: Continue studying in the Master's program in the USA


Genya
Educat. achiv.in high school, 8 gr.: excellent student
Age: 14y.o.(18.07.2003)
Came to program: 29.11.2011
Future goal: to finish school well and become a confectioner and cook


Aima
Educat.achiv. in IUCA, 4 gr.: 2.7 from 4
Age: 23y.o.(11.04.1994)
Came to program: 2015e.- 2016 beg.
Future goal: continue study in the Master's program(magistracy).


JUST A LITTLE REVIEW OF FOUR AMAZING YOUTH WHO ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THEIR DREAMS AND GOALS

We have 7 youth in University this year.

Thank you sponsor for this support - one child at a time - heading for success.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

LIFE IS PRECIOUS - HELPING YOUTH UNDERSTAND THIS - CRITICAL TODAY!

JUST A FEW THOUGHTS
Jeremiah 29:11
"...for I know the plans I have for you...."

Over the last number of months, we have been preparing to conduct training for trainers in the area of Suicide Intervention and Prevention for Adolescents.  Today - we are en route to carry out this task. And as we sit here in the airport - my heart is heavy with the knowledge that vulnerable, exploited and orphaned children walk wounded, lost and feeling hopeless.  And as a result, youth are suiciding across the globe feeling hopeless, worthless and helpless.

Yet there is hope!  Who is going to share the message?  Youth need caring adults who will come along side of them - sharing the message of their worth, their value, and their purpose.  As a dear friend, Pam Parish says - who will  "step into their story?"

Sometimes their stories are full of trauma, loss, and sadness. They need an adult who will listen, care for them and coach them.  Someone to believe in them.  Their journey is fresh and uncharted. That is where the helping adult can be most supportive - helping youth who are suffering - learn the skills needed for navigating the pressures of adolescents. 

Bullying, poverty, judging, cliques, criticism, reminders of difficult and/or traumatic experiences such as abuse or neglect are a few of the pressures put on an adolescent.  The pressures that most adults would find difficult today.  And today our youth are walking this journey without the resiliency factors we adults have learned.  Yet, we can offer this resiliency back - by stepping into the life of a hurting child, building a relationship, teaching them to problem solve and learning to manage the conflicts of life.  We can introduce them to their Heavenly Father.

Our LAMb team is committed to the youth we work with - committed to helping and serving.  We are committed to teaching and training - to sharing the message of resiliency, life and safety.  Step by step we can work together as we reach out to those around us who are vulnerable.  We can be a voice in their story,  the voice of HOPE.

Thanks,
The LAMb Team


Monday, July 3, 2017

THE MIRACLE OF FAMILY

DAYSPRING 
IS ABOUT 
REUNIFICATION AND PERMANENCY



We are so happy to now be in contact with the father of one of our Dayspring girls - who has been with us for several years - Kristina! 

Her father even came to visit her.  He lives in Russia.  He came with his new family and two little girls (Kristina's sisters) one is 6 and the other is 3.  

Kristina spent time with her family from Russia and her birth father helped her with the process of getting her passport and getting registered with a family member who lives in Kyrgyzstan.

This is a beginning - starting to build a relationship - open connections.  Kristina is so happy to have been able to reunite with and visit with her father.  

Please just pray for wisdom and direction as we move slowly with this new beginning.

CHILDREN BELONG IN FAMILIES!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

KYRGYZSTAN WITHOUT ORPHANS - CONFERECE

KYRGYZSTAN WITHOUT ORPHANS
Conference in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Video Recap

video

Bringing leaders together to strategize and inspire - to bring children into families.

Believing in a Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans

Thanks for your support - a difference is being made!

CHILDREN ARE GETTING FAMILIES

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SO PROUD OF OUR OLDER JEREMIAH YOUTH - ADULT LIFE SUCCESS

!!!OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST!!!

NOT A BRAG
BUT
A
PROUD SHOUT OUT ABOUT 
SOME 
OF
OUR "KIDS"
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
Jeremiah/Dayspring

Ira and her daughter. They are doing good, she is happily married to a man from Tokmok. 



Cholpon is married and has a daughter - recently reunited with her mother and members of her family.

Vika is doing good. Married to a young man with a strong and supportive family.

Dima (18 years old) is doing good. He is passing exams right now. Reunited with his mother after 8 years separated.  He has another 3 exams this summer and hopefully will get documents of graduating from 9th grade! He works - changing oil for the cars. 
We all is waiting for his graduation and very proud of him.

Aziz still passing all University exams. He has another two exams. Very smart and doing well.  Lives with his family. 

Umurbek and Janybek are doing well and are now living at one of our transition apartments - the Dayspring Steps Apartment. Janybek still on summer courses. Umurbek is looking for job right now. 

Sveta is living with Sondra at Eagles' Next Life Skill Farm for the summer.  

Aima has moved into the Jeremiah Steps transition apartment.  

Kristina, Jenya and Nargisa are living at Jeremiah House and will be engaged in summer time work at Eagles' Nest.


Would you like to invest in these stories and more?  We are looking for investors - persons who see themselves as investing in the futures of these youth and others who come from a hard place.

SEE THE BUTTONS FOR INVESTING
One youth at a time!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO

DUE TO REALITIES 
WE 
 SERVE

For a number of reasons, my heart is heavy today.  
  • A dear friend serving in China has been going through a major loss with her family - after serving little children and babies with down syndrome and two months ago having them "ripped" from them to be put back into an orphanage....because of government incompetence...and watching the once thriving children fade back into their traumatic shell.
  • Another friend in India struggling after a theft of his passports/visas and funds he worked to raise on a recent trip to the USA.
  • Then there is the ministry in another area of India - believing God and building a state of the art Child Healing Center that will serve children and families across India that have experienced trauma.
  • A village in Botswana still struggling to "bounce back" from the recent devastating flood.
  • Our Nepal partners still struggling to bring help to remote villages and homes from the earthquake many around the world have forgotten about.
  • Seeing a dear friend continue to struggle with her adoption and realizing how difficult it is to raise a child who has experienced trauma - and severe sexual abuse.
  • Hearing the story of a little 3 year old sold for sex by her birth mother at the age of 3 - now a school age child with severe physical issues and the caregiver in great pain and confusion of how to help her and now learning she likely need major medical attention due to the damage to her body.
AND then there are our Jeremiah/Dayspring children in Kyrgyzstan - struggling to beat the odds - of what happens to youth and children who have grown up in an orphanage.  Now living in Jeremiah/Dayspring homes - we see the change - the hope and the successes.  We also see the struggles they have, the lack of self-regulation, low competence, and difficult attachment issues.  We witness their hopes and their moments of doubts.

Every moment of every day we are reminded of our own shortcomings, and we ask ourself many difficult questions about the past, the present, and even the future.  People ask us questions about why we do this at our age.  Others ask when are we going to retire.  Still others remind us that we are nothing special and how others are doing it better, are younger, better equipped or have better backgrounds for this.  We are reminded of our past failures by some and questioned as to how we could be doing this all now at our age?

WHY?  Well, the only answer IS "WHY NOT?"  You see, none of us will ever be good enough, or equipped enough.  But we don't need to be - all we need to do is to be obedient to what we know we have been called to do.  All of us can SHOW UP AND STOP FOR THE ONE IN FRONT OF US! Each and eevery oneof us can make a difference, no matter how we have failed in the past, no matter that we don't know everything, or have all the answers.

We can step out!  We can show we care!  The world is not being kind to children.  Around the globe, there are orphans living in bondage of governments and literally passed over.  But we can show a different side - we can encourage those serving, we can pray and we can make a difference.

SO FOR US - WE CONTINUE TO WHAT WE CAN DO...

We have just completed a training with 25 caregivers who care and trying hard to make a difference in some very difficult circumstances.  Those 25 caregivers represent over 200 children who are both in residential placement and living with families in the area.  We just praise God that we can continue to grow the youth in Jeremiah/Dayspring, encourage our partners in different countries by praying, training and consulting.  So maybe we become reflective at times - and even have a heavy heart.  But we know we have a purpose - we CHOOSE TO DO WHAT WE CAN DO.

And we do THANK YOU - as you make it possible for us to serve and show up!

Just a few pictures from our dear caregivers here in Nicaragua from last week.










Saturday, June 3, 2017

SUNSHINE FOR OUR HEARTS - RELATIONSHIPS


LAMb International


THE CHILDREN OF 
JEREMIAH/DAYSPRING
Brave, Strong, Smart

Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
May  2017 - Report from Zuhra











This month was very busy. The end of the quarter, the end of the school year for school children and students, exams are over.  Of course, everyone is glad to see the end of the year - as they are ready for a great summer.
The Jeremiah/Dayspring family helped the children finish their studies and prepare for the exams.  One amazing news is that Jenya - who ended the year at the top of her class was EXEMPTED from all exams - since she did so well all year long.  She was ecstatic and we are so proud of her.
In the evenings they played board games, weaved with beads, talked, went out for shish kebab, went for a walk to Hawaii ground outside of Tokmok, were guests at a circus, and after the show went to a Chinese restaurant and walked around Bishkek.  This was an awesome month for family time.
Jenya’s brother Aleksei from Red River came to 2 times to visit her at JH/DS. They played Monopoly, watched cartoons, and played ball in the yard. Aleksei was leaving with reluctance.  He was very pleased with the conversation with Jenya during his visit.
The girls did lots of homework over the month and helped in cooking. In the summer they will have a culinary day when they will learn to prepare new dishes and practice those that have already prepared. In addition, Jenya and Sveta had the opportunity to help Sandra at Eagles' Nest Life Skill Farm clean the area of weeds and plant corn with LAMb staff.
And the month ended with ALL successful passing of exams!
Now on to summertime!  This summer - we will have four youth moving into our steps apartments - 2 boys into Dayspring Steps and 2 girls into Jeremiah Steps.  The boys will be completing additional courses at University.  Sveta will work with Sondra at Eagles' Nest Life Skill Farm and Aima will be working a full time job.
The girls at Jeremiah/Dayspring House will be working with Sondra at the Farm and with mom and papa at home in additon to summer activities for all.


Thank you for your partnership!
Jeremiah 29:11 

The LAMb Team

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HEAVEN CAME DOWN AND GLORY FILLED MY SOUL...

WATCHING THE HAND OF GOD
AT WORK

We stand in humble praise and adoration at the hand of God in so many ways.  We are sitting here in Bangalore, India today looking at the work of ministry for our team in Kyrgyzstan, India, and on.  We bow and say - Thank you, Lord.

And we are in thanksgiving for the wonderful life of our dear board member, Harvey Quinn who passed away this week....so thankful to have know him and be mentored by him - and as we grieve his passing, we find joy in his life's story and his commitment to LAMb and the work of ministry.  He was a rock for us.  

The many years of LAMb past do not equal the potential of LAMb future.  May God Be the Glory...

1.  The Kyrgyzstan Jeremiah 29:11 Eagles' Nest roof is going on - the fence to help in safety soon to be added on one side.
2.  A new girl will be joining our Jeremiah family!  She is from a local orphanage and has no one to help her.  She will live with our Dayspring children and parents.
3.  Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans Conference is over and was successfully held in Karakul with over 60 participants - learning about adoption, foster care and bringing children into families and OUT OF ORPHANAGES.
4.  Reports coming in from Bangladesh - our new trainers are spreading the word and doing training across their network...meeting the needs of children who are traumatized and needing healing interventions.
5. India trainers we have been working with -  having met and trained over 800 persons in the last four months.  Training in Trauma Informed Care - and promoting CHILDREN IN FAMILIES  - NOT ORPHANAGES.
6.  The Child Healing Center in Bangalore, India under construction.
7.  Our South Africa team  - serving in Khwai putting on roofs on huts destroyed in the recent flood - ongoing work with this wonderful project.
8.  The Senior Center in Maun, Botswana under construction - little by little - and fundraising ongoing....with a bike marathon to be held for the project in July in Barrie, Ontario!
9.  Our Tajikistan team strong and ready for more intervention training.
10.  Bringing the Training of Trainers together for the Child Status Index  - to serve globally.
11.  Seeing the gardens starting to flourish at the Eagles' Nest Life Skill farm.
12.  Training foster and adoptive parents in different parts of the globe.
13.  Helping develop systems for interventions of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Botswana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Nicaragua
14. Building skills for those serving in orphanages in Nicaragua
15. BRINGING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER - TO SONS AND DAUGHTERS.

The voice of our Father cries out for the children - and reminds us daily of the many across the globe who are homeless, helpless and hurting. .... with no one to help them.  May our partners be strengthened and ready to serve - may we be the eyes, ears, hands and feet to serve them and prepare them for the work of ministry. May our imperfections be minimized and the strength given to us by our Heavenly Father take precedence.

WE THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING US!  WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU.  YOU ARE  IN EVERYTHING WE DO.

CHILD STATUS INDEX


CHILD HEALING CENTER  - INDIA


NEW ROOF - KYRGYZSTAN


TRAINING OF TRAINERS - INDIA



GLOBAL TRAINERS - CHILD STATUS INDEX

THANKFUL HEARTS - GLOBALLY

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SERVICE ON THE SILK ROAD CONTINUES...

SILK ROAD
"The journey of miracles continue...."
KYRGYZSTAN 

WE HAVE POSTED SO MANY TIMES ABOUT DASHA'S ADOPTION thinking it was going to be final any day.  Then each time adoptive mom and our LAMb Social Worker would go to court another obstacle would be brought forward by the judge.  We have had to produce countless papers about her father that passed away, bring her mother in to sign about the father (to find her sober long enough to do this) ensure her older brother would approve (and he had never shown any interest in her - except to ask if we would pay him to take her!), prove again and again that adoptive mom was serious and more.  

We felt strongly this was just an attack against the adoptive mother, since she had four other children. 
THEN WE SAW THE HAND OF GOD
 An incident where a woman fell on the ground in front of our adoptive mother - she picked her up and helped her brush off.  In the dialogue that followed, it was discovered this was a Deputy of the region.  Mom told here story and the Deputy said - "Let me take care of this."

You see a deputy has more authority than a judge.  

AND THE REST OF THE STORY? 
New court date sent - April 10, 2017.....ended up being April 11.  
AND THE RESULT?  
WELL TAKE A LOOK AT THE ADOPTION PARTY!  IT IF FINISHED AND WE CELEBRATED BIG TIME WITH THE FAMILY!  

DASHA IS A DAUGHTER
HER MOTHER IS A PASTOR AND MOM TO FIVE CHILDREN
SHE HAS THREE BROTHERS AND ONE SISTER
and the family cow - Joyce!

WE GAVE THEM TWO SETS OF BUNK BEDS TO HELP IN THE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS.

LAMb Team members Zukhra and Madline (our social worker) with the papers.

Dashs in Pink...look at that smile!

The family!

The party!

The Joy!


The PAPERS!

KISSES FROM A BROTHER!

AND ANOTHER BROTHER!

TEA, CAKE, CANDIES, PHOTOS AND LOTS OF LAUGHTER!


SPONSORS, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

THEY MIGHT STEAL OUR NEW FRUIT TREES, BUT THEY CANNOT STEAL OUR JOY

TWO TREES STOLEN
11 PLANTED IN THEIR PLACE
"and the joy, joy, joy was down in our hearts,
down in our hearts to stay!"

We had an entourage of Jeremiah Youth today join us out at EAGLES NEST LIFE SKILL FARM...and we had a wonderful sunshine day of preparing the gardens, planting 11 new trees and lots of vegetables and flowers.  Here is a recap of how life went today at EAGLES NEST.

1.  PURCHASED lots of tools we needed for the garden - hoes, rakes, shovels, etc.  
2.  PURCHASED new trees - to replace the ones stolen from our garden.
3.  MOVED trees that were left in the garden closer to the house where they could be watched.
4.  PREPARED the garden for tomatoes, peppers, onions and more - of course, flowers too.
5.  VLADY AND NURBEK came and put in the clothes line, rug beater pipe and grape climber.
6.  VLADY AND NURBEK primed the steel posts - concrete is setting as we sleep!
7.  JOHN WRIGHT dropped in unexpectedly and prepare the field behind the gardens - it is all ready for planting.  
8.  LAUGHED  and argued - should we plant the daffodils in a row, in a circle or in a clump.  The ones doing the planting won - and they are in a row.
9.  LUNCHED together under the beautiful Kyrgyz sun and took in the amazing view of the mountains surrounding us - on the great table that VLADY built for us.
10.  TIRED, smelling of smoke from the brush we burned today, we all headed home - except one girl who stayed on with Sondra for the night.  






























YES, life skills were in action today - along with relationship building, hard work and lots of fellowship fun.  

BUILDING MEMORIES!

THANK YOU SPONSORS AND PRAYER PARTNERS


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