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February 12, 2018

Meet a Boy Who Is Changing Lives in Liberia | Liberia Update

Good things are happening in Liberia because of your prayer and support! Here at Lifesong Liberia we want to create opportunities for our kids to develop a plan for their future. As our teens grow in knowledge and experience, they are able to see firsthand that God has gifted them uniquely and has a purpose for their lives. Meet Abraham One of our students, Abraham, is in 11th grade and lives in the Master’s Home of Champions. He is leading the way in taking initiative and exercising his gifts in a positive way. Abraham loves plants. He took the time to gather decorative grasses and other plants and has created a lovely area of landscaping on the Marshall campus. He identified a need and did something about it … all on his own! His passion is spreading, as evidenced by his own words– I love agriculture, especially planting flowers in … Continue reading

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January 22, 2018

Big News in Zambia!

Today we are celebrating God’s goodness to our graduates in Zambia! We are excited to share with you that our newly graduated seniors just received word that 100% passed their grade 12 exams, administered by the official Examinations Council of Zambia. In a province where only 75% of all students passed this year, we praise God for this incredible accomplishment. This is the direct result of our students’ hard work and our teachers’ faithful effort. And it is because of the daily prayers of people around the world. Today, in Zambia, only approximately 37% of students even attend secondary school. And of those 37% who begin, only 8% complete it. Yet God is using faithful supporters of Lifesong Zambia to raise up generations of students who will finish the task and serve Him with their lives. Our hope … is that we continue living out our mission of bringing joy … Continue reading

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October 23, 2017

Cakes and Donuts and Pies! | Liberia Update

The aroma of fresh-baked bread or cookies … These days, you can follow your nose to Lifesong Liberia’s vocational classes where the girls are learning to bake. Over 20 of our girls from both the Rehab and Marshall homes are participating in a baking/catering unit as part of our vocational programming. The girls are enjoying hands-on training–producing doughnuts, cakes, gingerbread, cornbread, meat pies, and kala (which is a local Liberian pastry).   The classes are held twice a week after school and five days a week during summer break. An added benefit to this class is that they are able to sell some of what they make at our school snack shop. The proceeds are then used to buy more ingredients for the class. The baking class has been very popular, and the girls have continued to practice their new skills by producing pastries for breakfast at the homes. We are … Continue reading

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August 9, 2017

How Your School Can Reach Orphaned & Vulnerable Children

School is a good place to learn life-changing principles and ideas. So why not use the school year to educate students on the needs of peers around the world–specifically orphaned and vulnerable children? With a little time and effort, schools can make a tremendous impact on the lives of children in need. Here are some ideas to encourage students to learn and care about the world’s orphans. Don’t be intimidated by the size or scope of the need. Focus on one thing you can do to help one child, one orphanage, or one school. God has an incredible track record of multiplying human effort to accomplish His big, eternal purposes. (Look for a great example of this at the end of the post!) As a school or even as a class, you can: Adopt a school overseas. Support the education, discipleship, and nutrition for children in need at a school overseas. (Learn more here.) Adopt an orphanage overseas. Partner with an … Continue reading

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July 31, 2017

See What God Is Doing for Our Students in Liberia!

God has been doing big things for students and families in Liberia! The end of the academic year signals a break in classes and homework, and–for many of our kids–a milestone reached.  Last month, Lifesong Liberia had more graduates than ever from kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades, and our second high school graduate. We are excited by this growth and are so proud of these students. They have worked hard, and we are thankful they have the opportunity to attend school! In Liberia, receiving an education is a privilege, especially for girls. Statistically, only 4 out of every 10 Liberian girls attend school, and the rate declines sharply in the upper levels.  . The children and young adults who live at our homes are growing in their passion for education and learning. As they mature, they can articulate their hopes and dreams for the future. It is wonderful to be able to help our kids set goals … Continue reading

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July 24, 2017

Big Reasons to Celebrate in Ethiopia!

Lifesong School in Ethiopia recently ended for the summer, and that means one thing: Celebration! First, the annual preschool/kindergarten graduation ceremony brimmed with hope as a new class accepted their diplomas. These students represent the future of Ethiopia as well as Lifesong School. We rejoice to see what each child’s future holds.  Second, in addition to the annual kindergarten/preschool graduation ceremony, students in every grade celebrated the end to another excellent year. The kids did very well on their exams–receiving some of the highest scores in the city as compared to fellow schools. These students are dedicated, and they have taken a deep interest in their studies.    A final reason to celebrate! We are grateful to faithful sponsors whose monthly support provides the students with two daily meals and a quality education. For many students, this sponsorship is the difference between a bright future or no future at all. Good news: ALL of the students … Continue reading

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July 18, 2017

Meet Charity: Future World Changer

  Charity could never have guessed all that God had planned for her life when she first began attending Lifesong School in Garneton, Zambia. Though she was just a little girl in primary school, she was already well-acquainted with heartache and struggle. Her dad lost his job, for instance, and he could no longer provide for the family. Additionally, she had to move out of her parents’ home and live with her sister who was already a busy wife and mom. Despite the best efforts of a family who loved each other, life wasn’t easy and daily needs went unmet. Charity heard about a school in Garneton with a reputation for offering a good education and she wanted to attend. She hoped Lifesong School might be the ticket she needed to pursue a brighter future. So she applied, was accepted, and willingly walked the hour and a half each way to attend classes. When she arrived–without shoes, books, or … Continue reading

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