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June 12, 2018

World Day Against Child Labour

The United Nations has declared today, June 12, to be World Day Against Child Labour. Who’s affected? Why does it matter? What should we do? Who’s affected? An estimated 152 million children around the world aged 5 to 14 work for a living–meaning they don’t go to school, they work long hours on brutal work sites, they display symptoms associated with trauma, and they suffer the effects of malnutrition. The reason?–in many, if not most, cases, steep poverty in the family often requires these children to help generate income so that the family can survive. Of the 152 million child laborers, an estimated 73 million of them are working in dangerous situations that regularly threaten their health or life. The good news?–The United Nations has set a goal of eliminating child labor by 2025. Why does it matter? Here at Lifesong, we believe God calls us to care for orphans … Continue reading

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April 23, 2018

13 Years Old, With a Baby of Her Own | Guatemala Update

As far back as Juana could remember, the gang her biological dad called family had called the shots in her life. As a tiny girl, Juana remembered the fear that would grip her when she was in the presences of the gang members. She instinctively knew she was in danger and unsafe, and her mother was in no place emotionally to protect her. She, too, was trying to survive and lived in constant fear of displeasing her husband and incurring his wrath that was not only reserved for her, but also their little daughter. As a 6-year-old, instead of a life that was filled with baby dolls and kindergarten, Juana remembers the first time her dad, leaned in close to her face, alcohol on his breath, fear in his eyes and threatened to kill her. Family life was a nightmare that was filled with fear, hunger, abuse, neglect, and living … Continue reading

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March 5, 2018

How Love Brought Jantu to Life | Cambodia/Thailand Update

God is doing big things in Cambodia because of your prayer and support! Meet Jantu Like most of the young children we meet on migrant construction sites in Thailand, 3-year-old Jantu was sorely lacking in basic developmental skills–both physical and social–when we were first introduced to her. Since she became a part of Construction of Hope with Lifesong Thailand, we have had the incredible privilege of watching her come alive. Once painfully shy–and unable to comprehend or interact with her surroundings–she is now an eager recipient of her newfound love and attention. Because of your faithful prayer and support, she knows she is loved. The new sensory bins project in the learning center is a favorite of hers. Her motor skills development is improving by leaps and bounds. Her growing confidence has allowed her to start helping other little ones acclimate. One little girl–Soksalai–recently joined our center and was having a … Continue reading

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March 1, 2018

Something to Celebrate!

You did it! You saw the need, stepped up, and met it. During the month of February, 40 people just like you stepped up to sponsor a child as we have shared pictures and stories of kids who need our help. Thank you for making an eternal difference in the lives of these precious children! For a child overseas, sponsorship can be the difference between life and death. Thanks to someone like you, Getabalew in Ethiopia has been fully sponsored this month. 6-year-old Getabalew lives with his mom and 3 siblings in a tiny, one-room house. His dad died while fishing to provide for the family. Currently, Getabalew attends Lifesong School which is incredibly helpful since he receives a quality education and two nutritious meals each day. He is taught many important things that will equip him for life. His siblings hope to be able to attend Lifesong School someday. … Continue reading

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February 16, 2018

A Life Transformed by Love

Your support is changing the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Vasiliy’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET VASILIY Vasiliy was just 6 years old when he lost his parents. As a result, he was brought to the local orphanage in Ukraine where he was taught from the beginning that he was an outcast. He was told, “You are going to be an alcoholic and drug addict just like your parents.” In his words– These words deeply penetrated my mind, and I started to believe this would be my destiny. But God had bigger plans for Vasiliy. A team of local Christians from Lifesong Ukraine began visiting the orphanage where Vasiliy lived. They began sharing the love of Christ with the children who most needed to hear that they were loved and cherished by the God Who made them. This team … Continue reading

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February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day: What It Should Mean to Christians

Valentine’s Day. Most people either love it or hate it. So what should it mean to people who love Jesus? Valentine’s Day–much like Santa at Christmas–began in legend with ties to a saint from early Christianity. Also like Santa and Christmas, Valentine’s Day has morphed into something completely different over time, leaving us where we are today with giving cards and candy and swimming in an almost nauseating sea of sentimentalism. Still, there is nothing wrong with celebrating love. In fact, for Christ-followers, love should be a big deal. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. –1 John 4:7-8 A question worth asking Particularly on a day like today when the whole world seems to be celebrating love, the question we ought to ask ourselves is this–“What love … Continue reading

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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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