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May 11, 2015

A Mother Finds Hope…

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Please enjoy this update from Construction of Hope in Cambodia… “This past month, we have had the blessing of being able to meet a little boy we now know as Vanna, as he is now off the streets and living inside the church in Phnom Penh. When Pastor Somnang first encountered Vanna, Pastor Somnang simply prayed for the boy and offered his information to the boy’s mother, who was begging alongside him. Three months later, the mother unexpectedly showed up in Phnom Penh at the church with Vanna asking for help. Please pray for Vanna and his continued development and transition. At eight years old with little prior experience of discipline, education, and proper care, Vanna is quite a handful in the church – a bundle of rambunctious unfocused energy! Please pray that God will bring out and redeem his unique talents and gifts and also give grace and wisdom … Continue reading

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May 6, 2015

Ping Pong Anyone? {Ukraine Update}

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Enjoy this update from our staff in Ukraine…  “We continue serving our mighty God. Time in Ukraine is not easy now, however God provides us with everything we need. We would like to share a couple of bright moments from our ministry in the previous months.  First of all, want to tell you about our semi-annual Table Tennis Tournament. This year we had four teams from Loubetin, Sach, Gorodnya and local church, who were qualified. We spent three great days together around the Word of God, good rest, and tasty food (for the boys from orphanages it’s of a big importance and joy to be fed up well). Then there was the day of the tournament. Sach team took the first place (as usual, thanks to their coach, Alexei)! The following day we went to the church and had a nice day out in the city.  Also, we are glad … Continue reading

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April 27, 2015

Lizzy: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Enjoy this update from Village of Hope missionary, Amy Block: “She was abandoned at 10 days old in a cold, stark hospital room. The social worker called around for hours looking for a children’s home who would take her in. Children with a diagnosis such as hers are hard to place. The responsibilities are huge, the cost is high. But we know a Savior who already covered the cost. Three days later, Lizzy had a shunt put into her head to alleviate the pressure.  “I will not leave you as orphans:  I will come to you.” John 14:18 Lizzy was diagnosed with Hydranencephaly. Hydranencephaly is a rare neurological condition in which most of the cerebral hemispheres are absent and replaced with fluid. The MRI showed she only had 10% of her brain. The doctors looked at us with no hope in their eyes, saying she would have no quality of … Continue reading

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April 22, 2015

Back to School After Ebola Crisis!

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Please enjoy this update from Liberia…  “The bell rings and the children come running to stand in line, say the pledge and start the school day. An ordinary event that takes place all over the world…but one that has not been so ordinary after all in West Africa. After months of being closed as part of efforts to stop the spread of Ebola, schools in Liberia are up and running again, including ours! Classrooms have been painted, the children have new uniforms, shoes and backpacks and teachers are once again in front of their students. The opening of schools is a huge indicator of a new spirit of hope as well as a sense of life slowly returning to ‘normal” as the Ebola crisis eases.   Students and teachers alike have had to adjust to being back in the classroom after so many months. The first period tests were given … Continue reading

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April 15, 2015

Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

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“Slowly [the boys] are beginning to realize they’re getting the best…and to also give the best out of their lives.”–John & Mwila, houseparents at Zambia’s Student Life Homes    Since January, three Student Life Homes in Zambia are providing a safe environment for 39 students in the freshman class. This move gives them a place where they can thrive in a healthy, family environment away from the temptations and negative influences found in the compound where they were raised.  As expected, it’s been a bit of an adjustment for the 11 boys in John & Mwila’s home. Learning to function as a family with roles, rules, and certain expectations has taken some time to get used to for a group of boys who are accustomed to living on their own, answering only to themselves.  As you heard in their testimony, John & Mwila have not only met hardships along the way, … Continue reading

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April 9, 2015

Advocates Provide New Science Labs in Ethiopia

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Enjoy this update from Ethiopia Advocate, Shonda Dietz, as she reflects on a recent trip to Ethiopia with her family…   “My family recently had the privilege of spending the week at the Lifesong for Orphans’ schools in Ethiopia. We have five children (ages 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12). Our youngest and middle sons were adopted from Ethiopia so it was a joy to take them back to visit their family and homeland. Leading up to our trip, Gary put a bug in my ear that the administrators and teachers in Ziway would love to have a hands-on science lab (a novelty in most Ethiopian schools). Solomon (the director of the three schools) talked about how growing up he always had a keen interest in science. However, they never had access to anything hands-on, learning only theory from textbooks. He desired our students to have this opportunity.  Being a … Continue reading

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April 6, 2015

Joys & Struggles of Life on the Field

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Please enjoy this post from former missionary, Leslie Anne, as she shares the joys and struggles of the first months overseas… As I came up over the hill the sight before me almost took my breath away. The sun was still high and yet the colors of the sky were already changing from bold blues to corals and lavenders. In the hazy distance I saw the silhouettes of acacia trees standing tall, though from my perspective they might be no larger than a paperclip. The road I traveled on was broken asphalt, which continued to deteriorate on a daily basis, but the hills beyond the highway, with reddish dusty hues, were striking in their beauty. Somehow I hadn’t noticed this beauty before. Or had I? Never like this, though. Never with a sense of ownership or belonging, like I had in this moment. These were my hills. These broken roads … Continue reading

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