Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TUESDAY IS FAST APPROACHING - YES - GIVING TUESDAY



GIVING TUESDAY IS FAST APPROACHING

Imagine a day dedicated to giving back … around the world, across Canada and in your own community!
Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

TO GIVE TO THE WORK OF LAMb International - just hit the button on the side of the blog.
Thank you so much!
HAPPY GIVING!

Monday, November 17, 2014

HIS NAME IS MATTHEW; HIS GOAL IS TO SERVE

"Satisfaction (peace, joy, comfort) is not in the preaching/teaching or evangelizing of thousands, rather it exists in the imitation of Him in the ordinary, everyday relationships of life. It's in the ordinary, that through Him, we become extraordinary."
L.Johnston

Matthew teaching our youth - helping them better understand who they are and how precious they
are!  Sons and Daughters of the Most High God!

Treasures!

And building Life Skills - learning to make Spagetti!

LAMb Note:  Matthew Hallick, from Winnipeg, Manitoba is serving in Kyrgyzstan with LAMb for three months - he has been Hands and Feet of the Most High and to hear in his own words what his time has meant will touch your hearts.  Here is a report from Matthew - he did for our LAMb Board:

Greetings Dearest LAMb Board Members,

As I sit in my wonderful apartment I'm in a state of reflection.  Looking back on my adventure, that started nearly two months ago now, I'm filled with tons of emotions. It's truly been a whirlwind adventure, one in which the likes I've yet to experience.

You see, whether it's been serving with the Samaritan's feet team, visiting orphanages, serving the men at Iskra, or even teaching drums to 5 different kids, it's all been a true dose, of what I like to call, uncomfortable grace.

I truly believe that God often takes us where we would've never chosen to go, in order to produce in us what we could've never accomplished on our own. You see, despite my years of playing drums, I can't even claim that teaching drums is in my comfort zone. In fact, I had to learn how read drum music for the sole purpose of teaching the kids here. From start to finish, God has been working his way into every aspect of this journey.

I wish I could regale you with a laundry list of exciting stories, and magnificent achievements during my time here but I can't. The truth is it's been much quieter, much steadier, much more unassuming, than the frantic pace of my first week here. At times I've wonder if I've done a good enough job serving, if I've done enough. But as I sit in the back of Costa and Olga's van this past Saturday, on our way back from Bishkek after a lovely day with the seven wonderful kids in their family, a moment of confirmation happened. It was in this moment, with Snijana, Julia, Dasha and Jenna all fast asleep laying on top of me that the Holy Spirit came upon me. I sat in the back of the van, with tears running down my face knowing that in these last few months I've become, to steal a phrase from Ruby "forever ruined," and this ruining HAS made a difference in others lives.

Honestly, as I reflect on my time here, I'm having a hard time trying decide who has gained more from this journey; me or the people I'm here to serve. Perhaps, that's what Christian community is all about though, maybe just maybe that's why we are called to serve others.  As we learn to serve those in need, to love others as ourselves, not based upon their loveliness or the fact we are rather "swell chaps", we also learn a deeper love,  a love of which we could never hope to produce on our own. This love not only transforms those around us but transforms us from the inside out, a love that reveals the true character of the One we serve.
This love has been the crux of my journey!

I'd like thank you all for the work you do, and for allowing this bearded, tattooed, punk-rock weirdo to be apart of your mission. It's truly been a life changing experience and I hope to help serve in the future. In closing, I'd like to leave you with a quote from the wonderful book "mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, a quote I believe captures the essence of the Christian life in between the already and the not quite yet.

"Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with ever fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

Blessings,
Matthew David Hallick


Sunday, November 9, 2014

SOMETIMES IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER THE MOST


YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN OUR TEAM

We have been blessed to have some amazing partnerships with organizations in Kyrgyzstan - our owb organizations Dayspring, Jeremiah 29:11 are teamed up well with Strong Tower, an organization we work with in many ways.  In fact we employ one of the founders of Strong Tower to conduct our Life Skills and relationship building activities with the youth from the orphanages where we are doing Life Skills.

Here Strong Tower and LAMb are building for the future with JUST A LITTLE GAME OF SOCCER!  With the children from the orphanage and with our Jeremiah 29:11 youth - it was a day of joy, laughter and just a good time - as you can see from the photos.

We have some big dreams - NEXT our mentoring program; a training component of our organization, foster care and adoption that is coming from our registered organization in Kyrgyzstan.

Oh we could post all the pictures of the sad faces, the desperate situations - but somehow we want to give you the picture of the hope - pictures of the joy and pictures of the little things that matter the most!


OUR REQUEST:  As we prepare for the upcoming winter and holidays - may we invite you to partner with us to help us provide for these youth.  Our monthly budget in Kyrgyzstan alone is over $4,000 per month and we cannot do this without your help.  Please consider your year end giving to include the work of ministry of LAMb.  You will be our partners to build Kingdom Workers for the future, giving hope and dignity to many.  WE WELCOME MONTHLY DONORS -  AS THIS HELPS US BUILD A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET.




Friday, October 31, 2014

ORPHAN SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 2, 2014


CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD WILL BE CELEBRATING
ORPHAN SUNDAY THIS WEEK

WHY?

TO BRING AWARENESS TO COMMUNITIES OF THE NEED FOR FAMILIES FOR ALL CHILDREN - LET'S WORK TOGETHER FOR
A
WORLD WITHOUT ORPHANS

ONE CHILD, ONE FAMILY, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME!

AND IT IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH IN CANADA


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NOVEMBER 2, 2014 - ORPHAN SUNDAY AROUND THE WORLD - NOW IN BARRIE, ONTARIO TOO


ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN NEED YOU

JOIN US ON SUNDAY,  NOVEMBER 2, 2014

HI-WAY PENTECOSTAL CHURCH

BARRIE, ONTARIO


LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP

We will be sharing the church's role
with James 1:27 for all of us to work together 
for...

BARRIE WITHOUT ORPHANS

JEREMIAH HOUSE - GETTING READY FOR WINTER WITH SOME GREAT CHANGES

FINALLY - COAL HAS ARRIVED FOR WINTER
The wood is in and now the coal is here.  


Matty doing some amazing work with youth in KG...teaching what he loves - Music.
Matty is an amazing blessing to the team in KG.

New windows at Jeremiah House - finally - we have been needing these and
waiting for them to be put in!  Deal is now almost completely
done!  Thank you sponsor!

What a difference this will make for the winter!

No more cold drafts coming in between the cracks!