Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DON'T JUDGE - YOU DON'T KNOW MY STORY


“Please don't be mad, you don’t know my story.”

 
He was a teacher, is a believer and had a very soft spot for vulnerable children.  One day when a young boy showed up at school without his homework, he was about to issue the consequences, when the boy turned to him and said words that would change his course in life forever!

“Please Mr. Yashin, I am sorry.  I wanted to get the homework done, but my mother and I had to hide last night because my father was chasing us with an ax.”

He walked away, went into a room and wept.  The realities of children who come from a hard place hit him square between the eyes.  History was being made that day.

Mr. Yashin – now Pastor Yashin and his wife Natasha care for 25 vulnerable, exploited and orphaned children.  He is now our leader in the Kyrgyzstan Without Orphans Movement and he carries the message of hope everywhere – the message of adoption and the message of permanence for children. 

You see every child – has a story.  We can be quick to judge behavior and define a child – but have we taken the time to know their story?

Our work here is to hear the stories, to calm the hearts and love each child through the brokenness.  Today, we were reminded of our years in this journey:

Seeing our Dayspring Yulia in her adopted home.


Visiting with Isulu and Kumashai (former Jeremiah and Dayspring youth) in their home – where they were reunited along with their two (Jeremiah) brothers – visiting with mom and dad and hearing stories of hope and promise.  Being served tea and monte prepared just for us.






And yes – just knowing that each day there is opportunity to make a difference.  Today we celebrated the reason we are here!  Bringing orphans home.  

Thank you Father!



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"Please just say you came for ME!" THE CRY OF A TEENAGER IN AN ORPHANAGE


WHAT EVERY CHILD WANTS – TO BE IMPORTANT – TO SOMEONE - AND THERE IS NO BETTER WAY – THAN FOR SOMEONE TO BE COMING JUST FOR YOU

THAT IS WHAT FAMILY DOES - LOVE AND CHERISH YOU – LETS YOU KNOW THEY CAME JUST FOR YOU.

Today, we focused on the challenges of poverty – when children want to live with their family and the barriers all have to do with poverty.  Yes, there are issues, like alcoholism, refusing to work, etc.  Yet, not every family member has the above mentioned issues, but when one does,  it does impacts all the family members.

Today we visited Anya’s (former Dayspring child) family – where she lives in a little tiny place with her 6 brothers, mother and father.  We helped move her home almost two years ago, along with her two brothers from another orphanage.  The father and  mother were both there today, house was tidy and children were smiles from ear to ear – with joy and orneriness which is so common among young siblings.  The needs abound everywhere.  Clothing, space, food, resources and encouragement.  So, we continue to help, give psychological support and even physical support when possible.



We are planning to bring in a fence for them – one that was being torn down in another area from an NGO replacing and putting in a new and better one.  This project in partnership with Strong Tower here in Tokmok and together this will help to secure their property, upgrade some of the dangerous surroundings.   

We brought water into the house two years ago and have been active with the family for these years. When we visited today, they told us their heating system is not working.  They need a new furnace and the father can build it – he just needs the resources to purchase the parts.   

Then we visited another family – the sister and male cousin of one of our Dayspring girls, Snejhanna.  Our plan is one of permanency and stability for Snejhanna and to move her into the home with her sister.  The sister has been working toward this for over a year.  We are nearing success, but there are still barriers, space to sleep two females and one male .  They have two rooms; a kitchen and a room where they all sleep.  However there is another room that could be used easily with heat and would then be a private space for the sisters. 

THE PRESENT FURNACE - DOES NOT HAVE PIPES
INTO THE HOUSE - RADIENT HEAT ONLY
THE ONE ROOM FOR EVERYTHING
SISTERS - THEY LOVE EACH OTHER
SHE JUST SAID, "IT IS MY HOME"
Here is another furnace situation and the cost has been estimated – 45,000 coms – which comes to about $790. And she needs a little electrical work – which will cost about 4,000 coms or about $70.  For $860, Snejhannna could be home with here sister for good!  Family – who cares for her – that tells her she is special! 

YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL – OUR DEAR SUPPORTERS – AND THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF THE THINGS WE SEE EACH DAY – PERMANENCY BEING HINDERED BY SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NOT BE!

We want Annya, her brothers and Snejhanna to know they are special – they are loved, and safely living with family.  Can you see the picture?


LET US KNOW!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"WHAT I COULD ONCE DO, I AM SO SORRY BECAUSE I NOW NEED HELP. CAN YOU HELP ME?"

BEING A SENIOR
ALONE
YET STILL WITH HOPES

Only one year ago my mother was here to help orphan children in our Jeremiah and Dayspring home learn to sew.  She was 85 years old.  

During her time here she met Valentina and they hit it off as good new friends.  They would sit and talk for hours outside our apartment  - sitting on the bench enjoying the beautiful Tien Shan mountains, the sunshine and the love of life.  One spoke English and NO Russian.  The other spoke Russian and NO English.  Yet, they conversed with passion, laughter and lots of gestures.  

Mom would come in and tell me stories of what they talked about.  I don't know - but she certainly seemed to have a sense of some real conversation.  Mom love Valentina and I do believe Valentina loved mom.  Mom went to be with the Lord in January of this year.  There was sadness in Kyrgyzstan when they heard of her death.  

Mom had planned to be with us again in Kyrgyzstan - in fact, here right now - once again helping the orphans, loving on Valentina and just leaving her mark.
Mother and Valentina
Valentina lost her husband and son - is now alone.  She has a sister in another city, but here in Tokmok, she is alone on the very bench where she sat with my mother - just one year ago.  She stopped my yesterday and asked, "Can you help me get someone to rake my garden?  I want it to be beautiful and I once could do this easy, but it is very hard this year."

To bring joy - to serve - to love on a senior - and to know the gift of giving, we asked our Dayspring children if they wanted to help?  We had five who were there at home at the time and they eagerly said YES!.  While other neighbourhood children were laughing and playing on the nearby swings and playground (that mother helped put in) our little Dayspring children laughed and enjoyed serving this very dear senior - in her winter years - VALENTINA IS STILL WITH HOPES - HOPE FOR BEAUTY IN HER GARDEN - ONE SHE WILL ALONE BE PLANTING, WATERING AND SEEING THE BEAUTY OF HER PRECIOUS FLOWERS UNFOLD.

And our Dayspring Children?  Growing with hope and dreams because of YOU!




Thank you all who help to support our Dayspring Family!  They are growing and unfolding in a beautiful way as well.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

15 ALONE, SCARED, WANTING FREEDOM - YET WANTING HELP - A DIFFICULT PLACE FOR A TEEN!

"I WANT HELP, NOT RULES"

"BUT IT IS THE RULE THAT KEEP YOU SAFE!"

6 youth at Jeremiah House
two new girls...
one young boy coming soon...



At Jeremiah House, we hear this all the time.  Our youth - ages from 14-18 are looking for help. You see -  they have struggled, had nights of fear, tears no one cared about and even moments of pure joy from the freedoms they so desire.

But ultimately, the world is not a safe place for a 15 year old who is attempting to make it alone in the world.  No job, no money, no stable home and no one to care.  Jeremiah House, along with Jeremiah team reach into the hearts of the youth and attempt to find that soft spot - that spot that is eager for a friend - an adult friend to guide them and be "tough" showing them the way.

Although the "toughness" is hard to accept, we have youth who thank us for this - while others rebel and cannot live in the safe environment we have created for them.

During our strategic plan, we have made some major changes to our Jeremiah 29:11 program - changes that work to further the help that is needed for the youth we serve.  We will be posting this plan soon.

For now, we ask for your prayers.  Jeremiah House had just received two new residents.  Both 15 year old girls, who are struggling between WANTING HELP AND WANTING FREEDOM TO DO WHAT THEY WANT.  

Life is so difficult when you are 15, alone, sad, and unable to make effective decisions for your own life.  Our Jeremiah mentors are there - ready and eager to love, nurture, direct and even be "tough" when needed.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US WITH THIS PROJECT.....


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

YES, YOU CAN BE A SUCCESSFUL PARENT - YOUR PAST DOES NOT DEFINE YOU!

What if I Have Not Done Things
Right as a Parent?

WELL, THERE IS HOPE!
Successful Parenting School
nearing completion at
Dayspring in Kyrgyzstan


 Ephesians 4:12-17 in ACTION 
at 
Dayspring 
Successful Parenting School

LAMb International ILDC Kyrgyzstan started a Successful Parenting School - and it has been going on now for several months.  The parents are all from families who are in crisis - wanting to ensure keeping their family together - keeping their children in their home and proving they can parent a child successfully.  Costa, Olga, Katya and Andre have been conducting the school, which is being held at the Dayspring Home Training Room.

There are 14 families attending the monthly classes.  We are pleased to report the families are finding the classes very helpful and want to bring new parents all the time.  We are nearly finished with our first  school - just two more classes to go and then we will start another Successful Parenting School.  

Classes covered so far are:
  • Abuse in the family - strategies to prevent this from happening again.
  • Disciplining children in a healthy manner - one that promotes healthy development.
  • Rights and obligations of the parent - working within the laws of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Spiritual foundation of your life as a parent.
  • Goals and motivation in your life
  • Communication styles and the implications in the family
  • Husband and wife relationship



Thursday, March 5, 2015

BANGLADESH - CLOSING ONE CHAPTER - READY TO OPEN THE NEXT

BUILDING A TEAM
TO 
INFLUENCE A NATION

THE PRESENT REALITIES OF BANGLADESH...
Bangladesh is a small country - only 55,000 square miles.  Yet there are 175 millon people in this small space.  It is estimated that between 250,000 and 400,000 children live on the streets in Dhaka alone and over one-half of them are under the age of 10. 

This is a terrible statistic. The Street children are often orphaned and most are forced onto the street due to family poverty or to escape abuse. When forced onto the street, not only do they have to fend for themselves finding food and shelter, but they are often abused or become victims of gangs or street crime.

In order to live, they have to beg, work or resort to crime. Reports show that most are exploited by gangs or sometimes by the very people who are supposed to be protecting them i.e. their parents.

In addition, according to Unicef there are over 33 million children living in poverty in Bangladesh.

It's hard to believe that in some parts of the world children are still being forced into this desperate and tragic lifestyle - through no fault of their own.

Orphanages, having very limited resources, are up to their capacity limits and cannot cope with the demand of ever increasing numbers of orphans. The orphanages that do exist lack the most basic of facilities such as clean water supplies or basic sanitation.

The geographical location of Bangladesh means that natural disasters occur nearly every year. Floods, cyclones, land erosion and diseases are killing thousands of people every year, and orphaning many more. 

We cannot carry on as if we do not see the strife of the Bangladeshi orphans, we all must act and we must act NOW. We could save thousands of lives if only we opened our eyes to see the troubles of the Bangladeshi children.

THE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

Generation Bangladesh is an organization that is making a difference and we want to help them continue.  Under the leadership of Sukhen Biswas and his team, they minister to children and young people through camps and leadership training.
Sukhen Biswas

Kids Camps — they run 60+ camps each year which involves games, crafts, teaching & gospel messages. Many children give their lives to Christ through this ministry.

Teen Time — for youth aged 12-16 yrs old and run with a similar programme to Kids Camps but include more sports activities.

Mailbox Club — correspondence club teaching children about Jesus at home.

National Children’s Workers Conference — this is run every 2 years and draws in 650 childrens workers from across all the denominations training them in Children’s ministry.

We will work with Generation Bangladesh to develop a......... 

COMPREHENSIVE COMPETENCY-BASED TRAINING SYSTEM which will reach out into the country and leadership now working with children across the nation, in orphanages, NGO's working with children, churches, etc.  In partnership with the Institute for Human Services located in Ohio, we will start the process with training the team at Generation Bangladesh:
  • Conduct a Study Tour of the key leaders - to learn how to build a system for national impact.  We will bring them to the Ohio,USA to learn from experts who are leaders in child welfare.
  • Bring the team to Ukraine to visit our organization there (ILDC) and learn how Ukraine broke though the mentality of a developing country to become a key leader in training churches, pastors, children's workers, etc.
  • Train a key group of trainers - we presently have a team identified and have started the process with the training we conducted in February.
  • Translate and deliver evidence based training materials for their trainers to use in working with persons who minister and serve children across the nation.
  • And more.  
Yes, the Chapter of February training has closed, but the Chapter for Developing Generation Bangladesh Training Institute is just beginning.  Praise Him for their vision to make a difference.  Ephesians 4:12-17 in action!

"...to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love."

THE COUNTRY, THE PEOPLE, THE STREETS

























PREPARED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
GENERATION BANGLADESH
ONE CHURCH, ONE FAMILY AND
ONE CHILD AT A TIME!






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