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July 12, 2016

How Camp Is Changing Lives in Ukraine

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Endless laughter, sunkissed faces, lifelong friends… With summer officially underway, camps here in the U.S. and around the world are in full swing. At Lifesong Ukraine, staff and children are in the midst of their busy camp season. These 5- to 7-day camps include studying the Bible, playing games, hiking outdoors, and singing around the campfire. Would you pray with us that God would be pleased to bless this summer camp season abundantly? During the past 5 years, over 5,000 campers have attended one of Lifesong Ukraine’s summer camps. This staggering statistic has provided unprecedented opportunity to invest in the lives of these orphaned and vulnerable children in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. “It was my dream come true; I never felt so great in any of the camps before.” –Yarik (18)  In part because of relationships established or strengthened during the summer camp season, 84% of the children in orphanages served by Lifesong Ukraine continue on to … Continue reading

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June 7, 2016

Why Education Is Serious Joy | Zambia Update

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Recently, a small team from Lifesong had the opportunity to put feet on the ground in Zambia to see first-hand what God is doing through ministry partners and supporters like you. What the team discovered in their brief but beneficial visit was an overwhelming testament to the goodness of God. Even greater than the magnificent scenery and the kind reception, the team was excited to meet children and families anxious to know the love of Christ. In poverty-stricken communities like Kitwe, children are often left to fend for themselves and end up dropping out of school. Without education or vocational training, these precious kids-turned-young-adults have little to no hope of breaking the poverty cycle. Because of these trends, Lifesong Zambia established a school almost a decade ago for the purpose of providing over 300 orphaned and vulnerable children with a quality Christian education, ultimately equipping young people with tools and training that will promote family preservation … Continue reading

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May 30, 2016

Next Generation Leaders | Cambodia Update

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Enjoy this update from our Cambodia team– In our learning center in Bangpli, Thailand, one of the main goals is developing young leaders that have a heart for reaching their own community. The kids are given responsibilities that not only affect the other children at the learning center–but their families and other people in need. Chris, age 13, is responsible for helping Joel, the 3-year old son of a Pakistani Pastor who has been jailed, assimilate into the activities in the church, including helping him with basic skills such as eating and drinking on his own. David (left), one of the assistant leaders, has a heart for evangelism and prayer and loves to pray for God’s blessing over anyone he comes in contact with, especially during outreach ministry. David’s mother, Kai, recently gave birth and is part of a new ministry outreach through Pastor Vino that helps ensure pregnant women in … Continue reading

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May 18, 2016

Hope Changes Everything | Guatemala Update

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Enjoy this update from our Guatemala team– Gabriella was just 4 years old when she remembers learning that her father was sick. “Well,” she thought, “as long as he’s stuck in bed, he won’t be able to hit me.” Gabriella had no idea how this sickness would affect her for the rest of her life. Shortly after her father got sick, her family ran out of money and little Gabriella was sent to the streets to work, selling candies and packs of cigarettes–or sometimes stealing–to survive. It was cold and dark, and she had to run into alleys or hide in gutters to protect herself from abusers, because she couldn’t return until she had enough money. Her father’s condition continued to worsen, and she noticed her mother, too, was looking weak. When Gabriella was 7, her father passed away. Curled up in the fetal position next to the casket, Gabriella … Continue reading

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April 25, 2016

Tie and Dye and Other Fun Skills | Liberia Update

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Enjoy this update from our Liberia team– Energy. Excitement. Learning. Life skills. Lifesong Liberia’s vocational training is in high gear! Since its inception last summer, our vocational program has focused on practical instruction in several areas of study, including basic computer skills, tie and dye, and interior decoration. Students in the tie and dye class learned how colors blend and the intricacies of many different designs. They were thrilled to be able to sell some of their dyed shirts and other items! The interior design group learned various techniques for party decorations, including balloon bouquets and flower arranging. They also created woven placemats and other decorative items for the home. We have moved into several new areas of classes and hands-on training.  The girls have been studying cosmetology, hair care, and design. This is a very popular class! They are enjoying practicing on each other, and learning skills they will always … Continue reading

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March 23, 2016

50 Acres of Hope | Mission Moments

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Introducing Lifesong Haiti 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty. With a 70% unemployment rate, many Haitians cannot provide the food, clothing, or shelter needed for themselves or their family, let alone pursue education or get necessary training. Worse still, many of these precious people live without any knowledge of God or the gospel. In November, 2015, Lifesong for Orphans and Ministre de Bras Ouverts (Open Arms Ministry) joined together to build a high school with residential dorms on an undeveloped 45-acre site in Bercy, Haiti. In the span of a few months, God has seen fit to allow much work to be done. Access roads have been built, a community center has opened, fencing has been installed, wells have been drilled, feeding programs have begun, and upgraded housing has been built for those who live on the site. Yet there is still much work to do. The need is great. … Continue reading

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March 20, 2016

With Thankful, Broken Hearts | India Update

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Last month a group from the U.S. traveled to India to visit with the children of Santhi Nivas and Bethel Nivas, part of Lifesong India. Enjoy this report from Lifesong Program Director, Rich Metcalf– Who takes almost 90 hours to travel over 20,000 miles to spend 3 sleep deprived nights in a foreign country where there will be no sight-seeing other than the travel itself? I’m sure you could (and might want to) answer that question in many different vaguely humorous ways! But the real answer: people ready to have their view of the world, their view of God, and their understanding of the blessings in their own lives challenged, expanded, and even exploded.   What we witnessed was inspiring story after inspiring story of Christ-followers grateful to give of the little they had to bless others who had even less. The common theme of such genuine generosity was the … Continue reading

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