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!






Sunday, March 1, 2015

BANGLADESH - ORPHAN CHALLENGE TEAM - OFF TO A GREAT START

BANGLADESH 
ORPHAN CHALLENGE 
TEAM

Representing over 1,000 churches across Bangladesh, 11 leaders from across the country came together to plan - how would they grow and move the orphan challenge into the churches.  We had the privilege of facilitating this strategy planning session.  The final results were so exciting:
1.  A mission focus and statement
2.  Clear priorities and persons to "champion" those priorities.
3.  The first steps for a plan for two of the priorities.

You see, in order to truly make a difference in the orphan crisis across the globe, there must be churches who are ready to take the call of James 1:27 seriously.  Bangladesh leaders in this session are there.  They totally understand it is ONE CHURCH, ONE FAMILY AND ONE CHILD AT A TIME!






THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!
  


Saturday, February 21, 2015

INDIA IS A COUNTRY WITH OVER 33 MILLION ORPHANS - LET'S PRAY FOR AN INDIA WITHOUT ORPHANS

OUR FIRST STOP
INTO INDIA
VISAKHAPATNAM 
and
THEN ON TO
HYDERABAD
Training in the area of Trauma
results?

potentially thousands of children will be helped by those attending
Abode of Peace Orphanage
World Vision
Back 2 Back International
Compassion International
Blossom Network
Viva Network
and more

THIS VIDEO CAPTURES A TESTIMONY OF WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!
EPHESIANS 4:12

CLICK BELOW FOR THE 2 MINUTE VIDEO


"India - CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE AREA OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA



Monday, February 16, 2015

SUSTAINABILITY IN INDIA - TRAINING OF TRAINERS


WHEN YOU HAVE A TEAM THAT IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING
THE 
VULNERABLE, EXPLOITED AND ORPHANED CHILDREN

Training in the area of Trauma Informed Care - has been done by LAMb in many countries over the last couple of years.  Pastor David and Jayne Schooler, along with Lynn and Ruby Johnston have been reaching out to countries where there is a desire to build capacity within their ministry teams, NGO's and other workers who work with vulnerable, exploited and orphaned children.  Together we have trained over a 1,000 workers and are in the process of mentoring and developing hundreds of trainers.
Poland, Botswana, South Africa, Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Haiti, Mexico are just the beginning - trainers trained and being mentored and developed to conduct training in their own language and in their own country.  LAMb International and the Institute for Human Services continues to work tirelessly to bring quality evidence-based, best practice and competency based training and consultation to the masses!  It is all about partnerships!

Partnerships to make this happen are essential to the movement of CAPACITY BUILDING.  We have many and we appreciate and value each partnership.  Our new partnership here - Blossoms Network - and the beginning of a great relationship!  Located in the center of a slum area!  Invested in micro-financing and building businesses - building community and serving the families in their community.  















Friday, February 13, 2015

ORPHANISM HAS A FACE


SOMETIMES OUR REALITIES JUST OVERWHELM US


Orphanism has a face.
Sometimes it's easy to sit at home and talk about orphans. You know how that can go, but face to face, hand to hand, hug to hug, each orphan has not simply a face, but a hope and a dream that some day, someone, will care enough to do something.

Here, at the Abode of Peace, an orphanage here in India, 150 children live in hope. Cared for by a loving couple and a few staff. Living in one rented room and depending on God through the power of prayer to provide. To provide food, clothing and hope. What a blessing it would be to be able to actually purchase this entire building and make a "permanent" home for these children. It is beyond their means, it is beyond our means, but it is not beyond hope.

Face to face, my heart strains at the extremes to minister, to help, to join with them in hope.
I could post pictures here, but I will not. You have seen them, but was it personal?
Face to face it is impossible to turn your back, to turn away, to ignore them.
Face to face, it is real.
Face to face church, the call is there, the children are real, the need is great.
Together we can make a difference.
Face to face, arm in arm, we can walk with these precious children. What a delight to see their faces light up with a smile.


Yes, orphanism has a face.
We need to be careful not to be overwhelmed. One face, one child, one family at a time and hope spreads. The dream begins to come true. Every child deserves a loving family.
Orphanism has a face, it is the face of a child wanting the love of a family.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

INDIA - SERVING TO BUILD CAPACITY OF LEADERS WORKING WITH VULNERABLE, EXPLOITED AND ORPHANED CHILDREN

WHEN TRAUMA STOPS
THE CHILD in INDIA
and
LEADERS MAKE 
THE COMMITMENT
FOR CHANGE

At Abobe of Peace
Think of a child you know that has experienced trauma....







We cannot begin to tell the stories that we have heard  - so sad and devastating that you just stop and ponder how you can help.  THIS GROUP OF LEADERS IS COMMITTED - and they work in many different areas:  churches, villages, orphanages, etc.

We had two join us on line via (Skype) from other countries: one woman from Singapore who works with prostitutes - helping to bring them out of bondage of the sex trade and another woman living in Australia.  All wanting to make a difference in a country where abuse, neglect and exploitation come in with devastating numbers.

India is the second most populated country in the world and have the most children of any country in the world.  There are over a half billion children in India.  Look at these facts... and Andhra Pradesh is high among the data.

According to one report, 40 percent of these children are in need of care and protection. With its multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious population, the problems of socially marginalized and economically backward groups, such as children are immense.

It has clearly emerged that across different kinds of abuse, it is young children, in the 5-12 year group, who are most at risk of abuse and exploitation.  According to one study the following statistics stand:

Physical Abuse

1. Two out of every three children were physically abused.
2. Out of 69% children physically abused in 13 sample states, 54.68% were boys.
3. Over 50% children in all the 13 sample states were being subjected to one or the other form of physical abuse.
4. Out of those children physically abused in family situations, 88.6% were physically abused by parents.
5. The State of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi have almost consistently reported higher rates of abuse in all forms as compared to other states.
6. Most children did not report the matter to anyone.
7. 50.2% children worked seven days a week.

Sexual Abuse

1. 53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
2. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls.
3. 21.90% child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76% other forms of sexual abuse.
4. Out of the child respondents, 5.69% reported being sexually assaulted.
5. Children on street, children at work and children in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
6. 50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility.

Emotional Abuse and Girl Child Neglect

1. Every second child reported facing emotional abuse.
2. Equal percentage of both girls and boys reported facing emotional abuse.
3. In 83% of the cases parents were the abusers.
4. 48.4% of girls wished they were boys.