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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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May 22, 2017

Bright Hope for Tomorrow | Zambia Update

Richard and his mother and grandmother live in a small house in the nearby village. 15 people live in the house together. His grandfather died 2 years ago after a long illness. His father has been gone for a few years. Richard had the opportunity to attend Lifesong School for the past 3 years, but Richard needs the opportunity to transition into a different environment to give him a chance to succeed outside the classroom. The only person working to support the family is Richard’s grandmother, Kenia. She has been employed at Lifesong Farms for 3 years and faithfully gives what she has to support a large family. At Lifesong School we make a promise to “our children.” Specifically, we pledge that our children will– not want for food, clothing, medical care, or shelter be taught the Gospel and how to live as followers of Jesus Christ receive a quality education to provide a … Continue reading

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April 24, 2017

Grief and Grace | Liberia Update

Grace is a girl who lives up to her name. Though she has experienced trauma, loss, grief, and great uncertainty in her young life, her eyes are filled with light and her smile is radiant. She has grown into a lovely young woman with hopes and dreams. She lives in God’s promise to be near to the brokenhearted. Her father, who was a pastor, contracted the Ebola virus while ministering to others who were sick. He passed away after four days in the treatment center. After that, Grace and her young sister were not allowed to interact with anyone in the community. They were truly desolate when the Lifesong team reached out to them. They know what it is to grieve and mourn, to have to adjust to new everything. The heartbreak was overwhelming at times. These days, there is a new spirit about Grace. She was our first high … Continue reading

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