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June 7, 2016

Why Education Is Serious Joy | Zambia Update

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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February 22, 2016

Build a School, Build a Life | Zambia Update

Enjoy this update from our Zambia team– For some time, God has been laying it on our hearts to help prepare graduates and students in need of vocational training for future work. Through a series of events, the job of creating a building to house a vocational school has begun. We anticipate sharing more news about this development as it continues to unfold. For now, the building phase is progressing nicely. Recently, we had a team from Central Illinois spend a week giving us a huge head start on the construction. Our goal is to have the school built and ready for students in 2017-2018.  Many of the boys who are currently in school are making big plans for the future. We believe God, too, has plans for their lives and we want to support them in pursuing the best possible opportunities for growth and employment.  Fordson (pictured right) is in … Continue reading

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November 15, 2015

Small Seeds and Green Roofs {Zambia Update}

 Please enjoy this update from our team in Zambia … “Boss, can I have this piece of plastic?”  “Sir, are you going to use that cardboard box?”   I can tell rainy season is right around the corner.  Every year, the ladies on the farm start patching up their roofs for rainy season.  And every year, I give them what the farm can spare so they can stay dry. In the 4-5 months of rainy season, our area of Zambia will get OVER 3 FEET of rain. We need it to get through the other months of hot, dry weather.  But, it presents some pretty big challenges for our workers. In addition to the natural  increase in malaria in rainy season, they deal with wet houses. Their roofs are a collection of tin sheets, asbestos tiles, cardboard, plastic, feed bags, or whatever might shed water. Often, the kids go to bed wet and cold. This year, … Continue reading

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May 18, 2015

One Child’s Extraordinary Return {Zambia Update}

 Please enjoy this update from Mitzi McBride from Lifesong Zambia… Our growth and improvement as a program is all about the lives of children, and what we are trying to accomplish in those lives.  Today, I had a great picture of our vision…”Bringing Joy and Purpose” to life. Paul is a little boy who is living with a sickness since birth. He has been faithfully on medications for his lifetime. Unfortunately, due to some of the side effects of the medications, he suffered a stroke, experienced extreme dehydration, and refused to eat. It was as if his desire for life had left him. Things started turning around when a medical mission team came and started administering IV fluids at home for a few days. It was as if Paul just needed to see someone cared about him and wanted him in this world.  After that, his stroke symptoms worsened and … Continue reading

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April 15, 2015

Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

“Slowly [the boys] are beginning to realize they’re getting the best…and to also give the best out of their lives.”–John & Mwila, houseparents at Zambia’s Student Life Homes    Since January, three Student Life Homes in Zambia are providing a safe environment for 39 students in the freshman class. This move gives them a place where they can thrive in a healthy, family environment away from the temptations and negative influences found in the compound where they were raised.  As expected, it’s been a bit of an adjustment for the 11 boys in John & Mwila’s home. Learning to function as a family with roles, rules, and certain expectations has taken some time to get used to for a group of boys who are accustomed to living on their own, answering only to themselves.  As you heard in their testimony, John & Mwila have not only met hardships along the way, … Continue reading

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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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