Saturday, December 31, 2011

DAYSPRING - 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. We are honoured by you over and over again. This year DAYSPRING really became a reality with children running around Acel's feet. She is busy now with five children and enjoying her days being mother to all. We are so blessed by the giving and sharing of both her and Talant, her husband.

DAYSPRING is growing - and we have all of you to thank for supporting the project. We are looking forward to building a new playground in the spring, thanks to a generous donation. We have support for one child to attend School of Blessing - thanks to a supporter. We are building this project little by little and will keep you informed of the needs later. Today we just want to thank you and tell you from Dayspring....

HAPPY NEW YEAR. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU..

THE LAMb Team

Friday, December 30, 2011

BROTHER TO BROTHER - CULTURES APART



JAMES WEENING - from here in Barrie, Ontario is one of our team members in Kyrgyzstan getting the amazing opportunity to share in the Christmas Blessing. He is here with Jenish from Bishkek, Kygyzstan. Jenish is a committed servant of God. He leads so many different project - most specifically the work being done at Teen Challenge. Right now he is the "buddy" for James in our Christmas Blessing. This blessing is the creation of our on the ground team the Wrights. Christmas Blessing 2011 is serving over 2,000 orphans, elderly and disabled.

You cannot imagine the mark it is making - bringing Hope and Dignity to all. The BEST JESUS CELEBRATION you would ever find in Kyrgyzstan!

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT, PRAYERS AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AS WE CARRY FORTH.

THE LAMb Team

Thursday, December 29, 2011

CHRISTMAS BLESSING - CATCH THE BLOG TO BE IN THE KNOW!


John and Julie are in full gear...the parties have begun! We are thrilled to have a NEW LAMb "explorer" there with our on the ground team - the Wrights. James Weening from Barrie is there too - scouting out and helping out. Go James! We are praying for you and for your time serving our dear friends, children, elderly and disabled.

Check the blog:

www.actofkindness.blogspot.com

THE LAMb Team

ISKRA, KYRGYZSTAN UPDATE ON MEN'S HOME



WOW..Larissa just sent this picture of the completed ceilings in the Iskra Men's Home - (Jordan! look at this!). We are so excited to see in this picture three MAJOR renovations - the heating system is DONE, the ceilings are DONE, and the new windows are DONE!

Now, our team on the ground right now will be bringing new track suites, socks and under ware for ALL 250 men! Watch this happen. Thank you all for the donations for the heat, windows and the ceilings. Walls and floors are next...then tables and chairs and new eating utensils.

WHAT A BLESSING FOR THESE FORGOTTEN AND ABANDONED MEN! HOPE AND DIGNITY BEING RESTORED.

THE LAMb Team..

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

9 SMILING FACES ARE LANDING IN BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN



THEY SMILE SO HARD IT HURTS - BUT IT IS OH SO GOOD! Our LAMb Team is arriving into Bishkek as I type this blog. They have traveled over 30 hours and have been sitting, sitting and sitting some more getting ready for this GRAND ENTRY into Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Our 9 team members are being led by LAMB Search and Rescue leaders - John and Julie Wright. The Wrights are critical to the work that is being done on the ground in Kyrgyzstan - most specifically this trip for the CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS.

As they deliver food, clothing, gifts, vitamins and have lots of parties with the children (orphans), the elderly and the disabled, they bring HOPE AND DIGNITY once again into the lives - bringing SMILES AND MORE SMILES.

Thank you for all your generous support in funds and prayers to make this possible.

THE LAMb Team

Sunday, December 25, 2011

SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM ON THE MOVE TOMORROW MORNING




WHEN THE LAMb SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM GOES TO WORK - LOOK OUT! Things happen! Our prayers are with you team - as you journey tomorrow to Kyrgyzstan to carry forth the Christmas Blessing. We are behind you with prayers, encouragement and love!

The LAMb Team

KYRGYZSTAN CHRISTMAS - BLESSINGS TO CONTINUE TO SO MANY






TEAM LEAVES TOMORROW.

We are so excited to know our team is leaving tomorrow early in the morning. One of our team members is a young man from our home church who wants very much to know more about the people of Kyrgyzstan. In addition, we have hundreds of pounds of vitamins going and some fabulous blessings for our dear orphans, seniors and disabled.

Our team leaders John and Julie Wright are ready and loaded with the resources to make a real difference in the lives of many. The schedule is packed full, and will compliment the work already being done by our team on the ground in Kyrgyzstan. Already, there have been food drops, orphanages blessed, children taken to parties and so much more.

JUST WAIT TO SEE THE BLOGS AND TO READ THE RESULTS. Imagine with us for just a minute:

1. You are 8 years old - you have a mother that cannot properly care for you and you are about to see the love of strangers give you, your mother and your family food, a dinner together in a restaurant, vitamins for a year and lots of love.
2. You were a homeless senior - now living in a safe and warm home that has been supported and visited by LAMb teams over and over again - and now they are going to show up to bless you with Christmas gifts, a special meal and some great fellowship and sharing. Giving of time is one of the most precious gifts of all time.
3. You are living in a home for disabled adults - same routine day after day and now the team is showing up AGAIN - the team that brings joy, surprises, food, and oh so much love. Yes, there is JOY, HOPE AND DIGNITY that flows from the hearts of the team to the lives of those in the disabled home.


ARE WE EXCITED? YES, WE ARE MORE THAN EXCITED. WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU WHO HAVE MADE THIS POSSIBLE. We do NOTHING but show up and stop for the one in front of us. YOU make this possible.

Thank you,

The LAMb Team

Thursday, December 22, 2011

TOMORROW IS THE DAY...VITAMINS WILL ARRIVE FOR KYRGYZSTAN




WE ARE EXCITED TO KNOW SOMEWHERE AROUND 2000#'S of vitamins will arrive tomorrow. They will be distributed to our team going to Kyrgyzstan on the 26th of December. 10 people will travel with two suitcases each - one carrying 50#'s of vitamins and the other just a few pieces of clothing and another 30-40#'s of vitamin. Just think - this trip that will make about 900 #'s. We are distributing vitamins for a year for those getting the vitamins. We will have an organized and efficient system to ensure these vitamins are into the hands of orphans, elderly and our seniors who are disabled. The next team will be taking the next shipment over.

John and Julie Wright will lead the team. They are our true "search and rescue" team. However, this trip rather than a "search and rescue" it will be return and restore. Potatoes, carrots, rice, vitamins, gifts and lots of love will be in store for our dear friends in Kemin, Iskra and in the different orphanages. Stay tuned for lots of stories and lots of ways you can pray and support our team in the future. We are so excited for the members of the team joining us...some from Quebec, some from around Norwood/Stirling and another team member from here in Barrie. Lives will be changed both here and there!

We are so thankful for your generous gifts this Christmas to make this truly a CHRISTMAS BLESSING for over 2000 dear friends in Kyrgyzstan!

Spacibo! (Russian for thank you!) THE LAMb Team

Monday, December 19, 2011

VITAMINS FOR KYRGYZSTAN



WE ARE SOOOOOO BLESSED TO HAVE THE VITAMINS BEING DELIVERED AGAIN - NOW SOMEWHERE OVER 2000#'S

We need all your prayers for Grace and Mercy as Randy and Kim bring these vitamins over the border into Canada for the team to take to Kyrgyzstan. It is a HUGE shipment of vitamins and street value HUGE. They were donated to LAMb International for the needs in Kyrgyzstan. We are prepared with the documents for this - have sent the appropriate letters, have the documents from the donor and just want to have the Grace and Mercy at the border for an easy crossing.

PLEASE PLEASE JOIN US AND PRAY FOR THIS. Randy and Kim have rented a huge van to bring them up - we have the teams gathering 20 large suitcases for carrying them. All our "ducks are in a row" we just need the shipment to arrive safe and sound in order to get it into the bags for the flight on the 26th of December!

Merry Christmas to you ALL and thank you for all your support.

The LAMb Team

Sunday, December 18, 2011

WHEN A FIVE YEAR OLD UNDERSTANDS



SHE KNOWS WHERE KYRGYZSTAN IS LOCATED, UNDERSTANDS CHILDREN SOMETIMES ARE SENT TO ORPHANAGES, SHE ASKS QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS.... Her name is Evie and she is my great niece. I was amazed by the questions and by her knowledge of Kyrygzstan and the plight of the orphans. She asked about their families, "were they sad they did not have a mommy and daddy?", "how do they live?", "do they have enough to eat, warm boots?" And she wanted to look at picture after picture of the children, the people, the grandma and grandpas. She told me what she knew about Kyrgyzstan and she was accurate.

Her curiosity was first sparked by a project she did for her Kindergarden class - a report on Kyrygzstan and the work of LAMb International with the orphans. But it did not end there - she asked me - if she could please go with us to see the children and help. While other children were playing with toys from Christmas giving - she sat close to me and wanted to know more and more.

It so brought to mind the responsibility we adults have to grow children in the way they should go - to understand and be thankful for their blessings and to be sensitive and caring for those in need. Little Evie will keep in contact via email, she will follow the blog (and she knows how - as she helped me work through some computer challenges!) and she will grow to get questions answered. One question she asked again and again...."How old do I have to be to go with you to help?" I suggested to her maybe 12. Not perhaps the answer her parents wanted - but for sure - we will take that question up again and again. How this child opened my eyes once again of how important the work our team does - the Christmas Blessing that is started and ongoing for the next several weeks -how critical it is for us to SHOW UP AND STOP FOR THE ONE IN FRONT OF US...and how we must continue to spread the word to those who will follow us in helping others - even a five year old who is right now learning how!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tis the season


Maybe it's just me? Maybe? Seems wherever I go I hear "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" and when I respond with Merry Christmas I seem to get that look. Not exactly sure what that look is, but it's something akin to 'get with it buddy'. Maybe it's just me getting a little older.
When I was looking for gift bags in a large retail store, 99% of them said happy holidays. One just had the word merry repeated again and again. As I began to reflect a bit, I wondered if somehow business and people had forgotten why there is a holiday coming up at this time of year. Or what is the significance of "seasons greetings"? Do we say seasons greetings when spring arrives or any other season for that reason. No, the reason for this season is special. Of course not everyone may believe in or participate in Christmas, but that does not change the fact that this season originates from and revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ. For me the greeting remains "Merry Christmas".

Lynn - who's calendar still says Christmas on December 25th.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Blessings bigger than your door


Most of you who follow this blog know that we were involved with the 'pie in the face' challenge. The idea was that each one who let their name stand would 'receive' a pie in the face if they raised $500. Again most of you know we not only met that target but exceeded it. The goal was to be able to have a Jesus party for over 2000 orphans, to give each of them a small gift and a years' supply of vitamins.

So far so good. Well some of the vitamins arrived today. Six out of eight boxes arrived. We still don't know what UPS did with the other two. We had some feeble idea of picking up this boxes and bringing them home with us to Canada next week. Then transferring them to the team of nine that is leaving for Kyrgyzstan on Dec. 26th.

Guess what? Each box weighs one hundred and fifty pounds. Yes, 150 lbs!! Times six, actually eight when we find the other two. That's 1,200 pounds. Just barely will a box go thru a doorway, let alone into my truck or backseat. Oh for the days when I had a Yukon XL, but those days are gone replaced with a 6 cylinder gas sipper.

My thought is this. When we ask God to bless us, we better make sure our door is big enough to hold His blessing. Praise Him for His abundance.

By the way, arrangments are in the works to ensure these vitamins reach their destination. We want to thank all of you who were/are involved. Thanks on behalf of every orphan, senior and disabled person who will receive this gift.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

GEARING UP FOR THE KYRGYZSTAN CHRISTMAS BLESSING



WE ARE THRILLED AND EXCITED....LIKE THE SONG...I'm so excited....

Why? Soon our team will be arriving into the Bishkek airport geared up for the Christmas Blessing of a life time for 2000 of our dear Kyrgyzstan friends. Orphans, elderly and the disabled will be the subject of this blessing. Each will receive a small gift, vitamins for a year, and a Jesus Party to celebrate Christmas together.

The fundraising was a HUGE success - raising over $30,000 for the blessing. The project is patterned after Ed Dickson Ministry McJoyful Christmas in Ukraine where Ed takes thousands of kids to Mc Donalds for Christmas. They also get vitamins, and a gift. We have always loved this and have witnessed first hand the joy of taking an orphanage to Mc Donalds and seeing the excitement as they get their "happy meals." Well, first, Kyrgyzstan does not have Mc Donalds and second, we need to have a coordinator for this and that is where John steps up.

Last year was the first event in Kyrgyzstan - blessing 1,000 orphans. This was funded through the creative Pie in the Face contest, where volunteers step forward to get a pie in the face by raising $500 each. We had 40 plus volunteers this year. The Wrights will be leading a team - leaving Canada on December 6th - to head for Kyrgyzstan to carry out the wonderful event of blessing 2,000.

What ever you do - stay tuned for the updates and pictures as they conduct the Kyrgyzstan Christmas Blessing.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EACH OF YOU.

THE LAMb TEAM

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Y.A.C.


In football there is a term called YAC. It means Yards After Contact. It refers to how far the player, who receives the ball, goes after being hit or tackled. It is term which is relevant to our lives and the lives of others. How far do you get after being 'hit'?

My case in point refers to Don, one of the co-founders of LAMb International. He is ever faithful and ever serving. Once again, a few short weeks ago, he was hit with what turned out to be septic. Needless to say it was touch and go for awhile. The good news is that early next week he should be able to return home.

Nonetheless he is hard at it while still in hospital. Yesterday, in his intensive care isolation unit, we had a LAMb US Board meeting. Today after visiting with him for over four hours he wanted his computer set up. It is voice activated and he is busy with the LAMb newsletter that is to be sent out in the next day or so. Check out the photo. As we were leaving to come home, he was suiting up to work.

What a testimony to YAC. Yards Achieved thru Christ. There are those who might have counted him down and out. But just as Don is a faithful servant, so also is our Lord faithful. Don is back in play, gaining more Kingdom ground. A lesson in persistence and faith demonstrated for each of us.

Thank you Don.

P.S. I know Don would want me to thank each of you for your prayers. Thank you.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

AUCTION SUCCESS AND THE PIES HAVE BEEN TOSSED!

THE EVENT IS OVER AND IT WAS FABULOUS! Ian and Arlene along with their daughter Hannajoy put on one fabulous silent auctioN. Many will be blessed by the support raised on this day. The final totals are not in yet, but we will keep you posted when we learn the numbers.

One of the highlights of the day was the Pie in the Face being given to both Lynn and myself. The contest raised over $30,000 for those orphans, elderly and disabled in Kyrgyzstan. John, Julie and Bekah will be leaving with a team on December 26th to have one of the most exciting of times - delivering BLESSINGS GALORE. Gifts, food, vitamins and the JESUS PARTY THAT WILL BE WAY OVER THE TOP!

WE THANK YO ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT - THANK YOU FOR CARING and working with us to bring Hope and Dignity to many.

Be Blessed in this wonderful Christmas Season!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

LAMb SILENT AUCTION TOMORROW


TOMORROW IS THE DAY....AND OF COURSE YOU ARE INVITED - YOU WILL WITNESS LYNN AND RUBY GETTING THEIR PIE IN THE FACE AND:

1. SILENT AUCTION WITH SOME GREAT CHRISTMAS IDEAS
2. SALE OF LOVELY CRAFTS MADE BY ORPHANS IN KYRGYZSTAN
3. DISPLAYS OF THE WORK OF LAMB
4. DOOR PRIZES
5. GREAT DONATION IDEAS
6. OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A PHILANTHROPIST!

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