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April 6, 2015

Joys & Struggles of Life on the Field

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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March 9, 2015

Giving JOY Through Student Life Homes

ZAMBIA UPDATE: High School senior Emily Hayes decided to graduate early, giving up a team sport and senior memories to serve as an intern in Zambia. Please enjoy reading her perspective and insight on the new Student Life Homes… “My time here thus far has been incredible. With that being said, it has also been the most difficult time of my life. God has stretched me in ways that I could have never imagined possible, and I cannot wait to see what He has in store for the rest of my time here.  Zambia is a miraculous place, and the work being done here is truly changing lives. Students are invested in every single day, and the difference it is making is evident in the kids here. One of the most incredible things happening currently is the Student Life Homes.  They have been built (with even more houses currently under … Continue reading

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November 26, 2014

Have you heard about Zambia’s Student Life Homes?

GIVE the gift of…MENTORSHIP & DISCIPLESHIP.   Student Life Homes are currently being built to give students like Elizabeth a safe, family environment to learn and grow towards a hopeful future. Elizabeth and her classmates are so excited for the opportunity to leave the negative influences of living in the compound and be integrated into a situation surrounded by godly mentors and ways to become involved with the community and grow in their relationship with Christ.    This is especially hopeful a young woman like Elizabeth, because often girls do not have the chance to attend secondary education because of the family’s need for them at home, an unplanned pregnancy, etc  We invite you to join the work happening in the lives of our students in Zambia! Support Zambia’s Student Life Homes… $100 covers daily operating costs for 4 homes $816 supports a student for 1 year Until December 31st, your … Continue reading

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October 27, 2014

Introducing: Mangos for Christmas

We are so excited to introduce one of Lifesong’s most recent projects, Mangos for Christmas, a children’s book written & illustrated by former Zambian missionary (along with some illustrations from our students in Zambia!). Mangos for Christmas takes place in a small Zambian town and steps into the world of young Gift, who is about to experience the joy of giving for the first time. Inspired by the children and staff at Lifesong School in Zambia, this story shows the power of a teacher’s love for her students and how the smallest gift, when given in love, can make a big difference. This book would be a perfect addition to your Christmas book collection to read as a family. Make this part of your yearly tradition, reminding each other of the joy of giving in love!  Purchase Your Copy Today! Proceeds from the purchase of this book will go towards bringing … Continue reading

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October 20, 2014

First Look at Student Life Homes!

Last October, the dream of Student Life Homes was born. Now, a year later, after fundraising, construction, and faithful advocacy, our freshman class gets a sneak-peak on the progress of the building that soon be their home! WATCH below… This residential program will help provide a safe environment for students to thrive. The homes you see in the video will house some of our freshman class students, with the hope of eventually ramping up to 13 homes for 125 students.  Student Life Homes will serve as a safe haven for some of our students who live in the compound. The compound can be a place of violence, crime, or abuse, not giving our kids an environment to thrive not only in their education but their relationship and growth in Christ. “When I was living in the compound, my life was not good.  My mom was drinking and when she would … Continue reading

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August 21, 2014

Zambia: Serving Even When School’s Out

One of the advantages of year round schooling is that the kids have a one month break three times a year.  As a school, it’s our goal to make sure the learning doesn’t stop and the life lessons continue being taught.   This term break we had two amazing events for our students to engage in. The first was a community outreach in partnership with a church in Texas and Mission Regan.  Our kids served right along side of a medical team, not administering prescriptions or pulling teeth, but translating and praying for each and every patient. FBC McKinney and Mission Regan were able to give high quality medical care, some life saving, to over 1,700 people in the Garneton Community – all for free (pictured above).  The second life lesson that our students learned was while they were at J-Life Camp. We had 44 students, and 2 AMAZING TEACHERS, … Continue reading

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June 16, 2014

Using Business to Sustain Orphan Care

A common goal for any orphan care project is to become self-sustaining and thus, less dependent on donor dollars. Several of our orphan care initiatives have been growing towards sustainability through businesses that have been set up in country. Although it presents unique challenges, there can also be great opportunity.   “While working in sustainable business, you need a mission heart and a business mind.” –LUKE GUDEMAN, Farm Manager | Lifesong Farms-Zambia  Here are some basic principles we have learned through our years of experience that can help in making a sustainable business succeed. We’d love for you to join the conversation, sharing principles that you have used or seen used for business as mission. General Sustainable Business Principles…  1. APPROACH AS BUSINESS. Develop a business plan with organized structure.  Understand local markets. Be financially prepared & accountable.  2. DEVELOP A STRONG TEAM.  Recognize importance of blended team (not only indigenous & … Continue reading

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