Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FOR A BOWL OF RICE



WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED WORD - EMMA'S DREAM WILL COME TRUE. 100 BAGS OF RICE TO BE GIVEN TO OUR DEAR FAMILIES AND PROJECTS.

A generous donation is making this possible! Can you imagine. Rice is a major "LIFE SAVER" for winter for many. Yet, the prices have increased beyond imagination and most families will eliminate this from their diet. We cannot supply the entire nation, but 100 will be blessed. Emma's dream will come true! We will be purchasing 100 (50 POUND Bags )bags of rice and a large amount of flour. Thanks to you.

And now we are ready to start the purchase of coal for Dayspring, Kemin and several churches we want to help this winter. Want to be a 'COAL ANGEL? LET US KNOW.....

$80 PER TONNE.....THAT IS GIFT OF WARMTH FOR THE WINTER.

THE LAMb TEAM


Friday, August 19, 2011

TEAM KYRGYZSTAN/UKRAINE - SPRING 2012


BREAKING NEWS!!!!! KYRGYZSTAN AND UKRAINE TEAM
SPRING 2012!!!! JOIN US!

Our team on the ground in Kyrgyzstan sends word about our seniors - saying they are all wanting our North American team to return soon. They continue to say "Please don't forget us!" And we won't.

Maybe you will want to join our SPRING TEAM? We will be taking a team in April/May 2012 (April 20 - May 5th) and this team will likely work with us in both Ukraine and in Kyrgyzstan. ARE YOU INTERESTED? Let us know and we will send you the information. The team will be limited in number.

LET US KNOW!!!!
The LAMb Team

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SEPTEMBER 24TH - BACK TO KYRGYZSTAN





SERVING DOES NOT STOP!

OUR TEAM IS GEARING UP FOR THE RETURN TO KYRYGZTAN...Pastor David and Jayne leave on the 27th of August; Chris Tappan leaves on the 6th of September and we will be following on the 24th of September. There is much to do and the team is ready, willing and hopefully able. Here are SOME of the activities:

1. IUCA (International University of Central Asia) opens for the new year with new departments, etc. Pastor David will be conducting a board meeting and getting things in order for the year.
2. Jayne will be working with Dayspring and doing some training with the staff....more preparation to ensure children are well taken care of and families are strengthened. She will also be doing a fair bit of training for LAMb - with the Ministry of Social Protection - developing trainers.
3. Chris will also be doing training for LAMb with the Ministry of Social Protection and also working on our project to strengthen the system of social protection for children by working on the project we have with the Bishkek Humanaties University.
4. Lynn will be working with the prison ministry and working to establish an ongoing work with nationals in this area - working with nationals who are committed to serving those in prison.
5. Ruby will be doing a lot of training and consultation in the are of child abuse and child development; working with the Ministry of Social Protection and with other key national organizations who are committed to helping families and children.

ALL OF US WILL BE FOCUSED ON BRINGING THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO THE NATION BY:
SERVING THE SENIORS IN KEMIN; THE DISABLED MEN AT ISKRA; THE ORPHANAGES SURROUNDING OUR CITY; BLESSING FAMILIES WITH AIDE, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.

LAMb International is committed to RELIEF, RESTORATION, AND DEVELOPMENT BY "Stopping for the one in front of us...."

Our on the ground team of nationals are visiting our seniors weekly - taking fruit, treats and lots of love.....SERVING DOES NOT STOP....

ADOPTION CONFERENCE IN CRIMEA, UKRAINE



She adopted with the help of our staff in Krivoy Rog - Vika Melenchinko - Adopt Ukraine is helping families in Ukraine adopt! We are so excited to see the success of this iniatitive. Adopt Ukraine was started by LAMb International about five years ago. Many families have adopted as a result of the work of Adopt Ukraine.

LEAVING SEPTEMBER 1 - FOR UKRAINE
We are working hard to prepare for the upcoming conference in Southern Ukraine - there will be about 100 families with their children; birth children, adopted children and foster children. We have been asked to conduct a conference for this four day weekend reatreat - where we will be staying on the shores of the Black Sea.

This will be our second conference for this group of families. We conducted a retreat for them about five years ago. Our focus will be on STRENGTHENING FAMILIES - with workshops on Communication, Spiritual Development for the Family, Trauma, Attachment, Managing Difficult Behaviors, Conflict, Marriage, etc. We are excited to be able to once again share with these families. Please pray for God's blessing to fall upon the families as they gather in the beautiful area of Ukraine known as Crimea.

AND stay tuned for lots of stories....as we witness first hand again the movement of Ukraine - getting closer and closer to UKRAINE WITHOUT ORPHANS...

Monday, August 15, 2011

BEING QUIET JUST MEANS PREPARING FOR WHAT IS NEXT....



Her name is Katya and she is asking for us to "Please do not forget us! You are the only ones that help us."

BLESSED QUIETNESS - HOLY QUIETNESS - WHAT ASSURANCE IN MY SOUL - ON THE STORMY SEAS HE SPEAKS PEACE TO ME - HOW THE BILLOWS CEASE TO ROLL. (and the quietness is in our soul as we know your willingness to help - as our hearts cry out to "cease the billows")

Yet, the billows continue to roll and tug at our hearts. The call for coal needed to prepare for winter, the cry of the orphans still waiting for their "release" from the complicated situation in Kyrgyzstan, the overwhelming needs of the little ones in the orphanages, our men's home for the disabled needing desperately to have a new kitchen, spoons, cups and plates, our seniors who need winter blankets and coats.

Oh the billows roll and in the months we have been passing we have been hard at work, thinking of ways to cover needs, preparing for more training, gearing up for time and more time to serve in the far reaches of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

What are we doing? Praying, crying, laughing and preparing. And we are actively working on bringing Slavik home....stay tuned.

Please know we appreciate you all for helping us...look at the teams next steps:

1. Pastor David and Jayne leave for Kyrgyzstan on August 27th.
2. Lynn and Ruby leave for Ukraine on September 1 to conduct a retreat for Christian families who have adopted and/or are fostering children.
3. Lynn and Ruby then head to Kyrgyzstan on September 24th.
4. John and Julie leave for Kyrgyzstan in December...
5. Pastor Glen preparing for Nicaragua..
6. Lynn and Ruby preparing for Siberia...and Ruby preparing for an opportunity to help with creating centers where best practice in child welfare will be promoted in three or four centers in the Russian Federation..
7. Pastor David and Jayne preparing for an adoption conference in November...
8. Dayspring children - the doors are now open and ALL IS MOVING FORWARD....
9. Ruby preparing for training of trainers in Kyrgyzstan - developing key professionals for implementing best practice methodology in child welfare
10. Lynn preparing for the prison ministry in Kyrgyzstan...
11. Pastor David preparing for a full fundraising campagne for tuition for the needy students of the International University of Central Asia...
12. Jayne preparing for the a video that will be helpful for families who have adopted - being created with the sponsorship of CBN - USA.
13. John - agressively raising funds for the many different projects of LAMb International...
14. AND ON AND ON......

And that is just a glimpse. There is so much more...but we need you to continue caring and serving in your own way too. Thanks so much FOR ALL YOU DO AND FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT.

The LAMb Team

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Land of Buryatia - Siberia


Siberia - the City of Ulan Ude
Natasha and Ruby at the Forum - President of Buryatia held dinner for invited guests.
The bondfire - and the Buryatia greeting.
The Lake Baikal village of Sohio.
Another Buryatia greeting.
Lenin still is evident on the square in Ulan Ude - this is Soviet Square.
The beautiful children of Ulan Ude.
Buddist Temple in Ulan Ude...this is a major complex of temples where study is conducted - seven years for the newly recruited young men.
The St. Basil church on Red Square in Moscow.
And finally - where so much history has marked the era of the former Soviet Union - RED SQUARE

KNOW HIS HAND IS EVER PRESENT...we have faced some major challenges and major rewards in the last three weeks here in Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Siberia.

We still await the information on the location of Slavik - and trust he will soon return to Kyrgyzstan and the safety we so are praying will be surrounding him.

We passed through Russia and headed to the Land of Buryatia - and the city of Ulan Ude and then on to Lake Baikal - for the first ever forum on child welfare - titled: The Russian American Forum on Child Welfare. It was here we articulated many different resolutions for the improvement of child welfare in Russia. We pray these resolutions will be received well by authorities and services for children and families will improve as a result.

Our time in Buryatia was filled with activity. Buryatia is very close to the Mongolian culture and is filled with the mystery of Shamans and Buddist temples of study. One cannot be in the area for long, before you begin to understand the people and the challenges they face. As this area of Siberia is as beautiful as any area one might visit in the world, it is isolated from the rest of Russia and faces the hardships of distance and history. The past history of Siberia is often misread to be the present reality and definately not the case. Buryatia people are kind, gentle people, and want the best for their land, country, children and families.

An amazing evening ending our time in Buryatia was spent by the shores of Lake Baikal around an amazing campfire. National songs were being offered by our Buryatia hosts and they asked for us to sing for them. We broke out in song - singing Amazing Grace - resounding the words so near and dear to our hearts. Amazing Grace - how sweet the sound........that saved a wretch like me....I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I SEE.....

Children and families were the focus of this time in Siberia - making life better for them. It is our prayer that every word and every action of our time with our friends in Buryatia will be a lasting impressing for a better tomorrow and one that truly is filled with AMAZING GRACE.

THE JOURNAL WILL HAVE MORE ....NEXT?

LAMb International will be in Ukraine in just a few weeks - we will be teaching at a conference/retreat for Christian foster and adoptive parents in the south of the country on the shores of the Black Sea. Stay tuned for more on this and updates on Slavik.

POSTPONED

Please be advised that the TASTE THE MISSION event scheduled for August 13th has been postponed.

This event will be re-scheduled for later this fall. If you, or someone you know, was planning to attend please let them know.

Thanks, the LAMb team.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tech Glitch for TASTE THE MISSION

A few blogs ago you were invited to TASTE THE MISSION, a discovery of culture change. This will take place in Barrie, Ontario on August 13th from 7pm to 9 pm.

The e-mail address to reply had an error. It should be ianjforsyth@gmail.com

E-mail us if you need more information or directions.

Please let us know if you can make it.

Food, music and fellowship as we hear from the LAMb team what the Lord is doing in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and other regions of the world.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.