Monday, October 13, 2014

DAYSPRING PRAYER NEEDED - KYRGYZSTAN

WHEN THE PILOT WORKS
BUT THE AUTHORITIES HAVE AGENDAS THAT DON'T MATCH

We need your prayer.  Our Country Director and Residential Director in Kyrgyzstan have had troubling news last week, they did not get their work permits renewed.  Now, it is not for reasons of poor work, etc.  It is political and we cannot work in that challenge.  With the difficulties around the world, Kyrgyzstan is making some changes that they hope will protect their country and their efforts to develop.  That has recently meant that Ukraine, USA and Canada persons in Kyrgyzstan are considered "foreign agents."  Simply put, that means getting work permits and working in the country legally has become very difficult.

As you know - Kosta and  Olga are far more than staff - they are parents to our little girls and they have been extremely successful getting children returned to their birth families, and now have two little girls we are seeking adoptive homes for.  They are family to these children and NO MOVE is to be made except for a permanent "forever family."

We need intercession.  We need the authorities to find a way to give favor to those working for the good of the country and who love the work in Kyrgyzstan.  We need favor for our children who know what family is and who are safe, secure and loved.  We need intervention.  Please Pray for Dayspring.  

We had to "fire" Kosta and Olga.  They will remain doing exactly what they are doing, we just had to make different arrangements for the legal oversight - changing titles and responsibilities of other staff on the ground there.  

Dayspring is a success - well respected by authorities and we are working tirelessly to make sure the children do not suffer in the process of this change.

Thank you.
The LAMb Team


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TAJIKISTAN - CAPACITY BUILDING AND TRAINING NATIONAL TRAINERS TO HELP FAMILIES, VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ORPHANS


NO INTERNET FOR FIVE DAYS?
THAT IS RIGHT
IT WAS SHUT DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY

We were without internet for five days while in Tajikistan - and it was really strange.  Seems the internet is a means of sharing information that could have led to some difficulties in the country - so to be safe, the internet was shut down.  Really not happy about not being connected - but very happy about being safe. It will be shut down there until the 10th - at least that is what the authorities told everyone. We are back in Kyrgyzstan now and once again connected.

However, GREAT SUCCESS  while in Tajikistan -  FIVE AMAZING TRAINERS are well into the journey of being developed to do some great training and consulting.  Great times and so exciting to see the results.   Please pray for this beautiful country, their people and their children.  So much we would like to say and share.  





Thursday, October 2, 2014

NICARAGUA REPORT - FROM GLEN



CHURCH #6 - MAKING A DIFFERENCE
IN 
NICARAGUA

Some pictures of the new church in Nicaragua (led by Pastor Alex) just completed and dedicated for God's service on Friday, September 12.  Glenn had the privilege of speaking at their Dedication Service.  This is the sixth church The Barnabas Group has built over the past two years.  The first five are in remote regions of NE Nicaragua where there has been little Gospel influence or impact.  Two of the churches are accessible by inland waterways only.  Please pray for these growing pockets of influence and light in this region that God would use them to build HIS church. 

Imagine being able to build a church for around $4,000.  This is an awesome and much valued use of your support for Nicaragua.  

Next in Nicaragua?  A conference on Trauma!  Helping those who work directly with children - gain knowledge and skills in working with children who have experienced trauma.  Stay tuned for the details.







Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tajikistan - TRAINING TRAINERS - BUILDING CAPACITY

TAJIKISTAN
TRAINING OF TRAINERS 
To Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Serving and Blessing - all Wrapped up in One


We had the amazing opportunity to serve in Tajikistan - training a team of trainers.
The group represented four different agencies/organizations.  Powerful feedback
at the end of the three days.  ("from sand in our hands to gold in our hearts!"
WOW!

Three groups were given the challenge to summarize our three
days together - very exciting to see what was important to them!
This Dr. is in awe of what she can take back into her work and
to train her team.


Our next group - tomorrow we will begin work with intensity with a group
of trainers - preparing them to conduct three different Trauma Training programs.

Phase l:  Becoming Trauma Informed for Workers and Parent (3 days)
(LAMb Curriculum, written by our team - David, Jayne and Ruby)

3 Hour session:  Training of Parents - Trauma Informed 
(IHS Curriculum - written by Kelly Gruber)

3 Hour session:  Training of Workers - Trauma Informed 
(IHS Curriculum -written by Kelly Gruber)

FACTS ABOUT TAJIKISTAN
93% Mountains
99% Sunni Muslim
8.2 Million Population
Capital - Dushanbe
Language:  Tajik, Russian, Persian
Borders:  China, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan
Poorest of the 15 post-Soviet nations
47% of Tajiks live below the poverty line
Average wage is $135.00 USD

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 
TO SERVE IN THIS CENTRAL ASIAN 
COUNTRY!


Monday, September 29, 2014

SAMARITANS FEET TEAM IN THE MOUNTAINS - SAYING GOOD BYE TO KYRGYZSTAN

SAMARITANS FEET TEAM
SHARING
CARING
LEAVING BLESSINGS FOR ALL

The day in the mountains - at the camp and later to the waterfalls - was a great day with the Samaritans Feet Team from the USA.  We were able to enjoy a full day of sunshine and fellowship.  Shashleke, games, and washing the feet of all our volunteers and staff - were all highlights of the day.  A day that was predicted to be rain all day - was warm, sunny and ever so perfect for this special day.

Sergey preparing the Sashleke fire.  Cooked by Isar and Sergey.

The first batch of Sashleke about 100 sticks in all:  lamb and beef!

One of the wonderful mountain games!

Just sharing some girl time!

One silly guy from Manitoba...still a kid at heart.

Suddenly the rush hour began - sheep, goats, and horses - all guided by shepherds and their
trusty dogs.

Never tire of seeing the mountains.

The walk to the waterfalls is always fun - and the youth did the climb of course.  
We just walked to the falls and left the climbing to the "good knees."

Our cooks! and dear friends.

Over 40 for lunch - a great day of thanks!

Just a little fun time with our little Dayspring girls.

Another great mountain game.

Our Ohio - Josh - in a game...he is a GREAT sport and
oh so much fun!

Happiness brings good brain chemistry!

Kristina - just happy!

Cholpon enjoing..

Might this little one find a treasure?

Finger licking good!

Another mountain game.

Intensive and enjoyable.

Just loving her picture taken!

The beauty of Kyrgyzstan cakes...

Washing the feet of our volunteers!

Rush hour continues.

The shepherd.

THANK YOU FOR LOVING OUR YOUTH, OUR VOLUNTEERS AND OUR TEAMS.
WE CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!