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August 9, 2016

Family Found! | Guatemala

Some days the work we do is heartbreaking. Other days we literally weep with joy. Recently our Village of Hope Guatemala team was able to sit with one of our 18-year-olds who has spent her entire life in an orphanage (she joined us at at age 15) and tell her that we found her family. Her paperwork stated that her mother–who was 14 when she gave birth–was now deceased and that there was no other family … and yet our social worker, Rosalinda, worked many extra hours never giving up, going above and beyond, and continued to search–finally locating an aunt and a grandmother last week. She did a home visit and they are a precious family who had also been looking for our 18-year-old throughout the years. Her grandfather was also committed to finding her, but unfortunately he passed away a couple of years ago. Searches take money and they didn’t always … Continue reading

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August 1, 2016

Water Is Life | Liberia Update

A New Venture for Lifesong Liberia. Lifesong Liberia has started a new business! A new venture named Lifesong Water was recently launched in Monrovia, where there is great need for purified drinking water. Lifesong Water is helping meet that need, while providing production and marketing training for some of our kids. As this project grows, it will become a sustainable business for us. We are hopeful that this business will continue to grow and will lead to more sustainability for Lifesong Liberia in the future. Water from city wells is purified and then packaged into small plastic bags. The bags are further packaged into larger sacks, which are sold to schools, churches and other businesses. Several of our students are involved in production three days each week and others are learning accounting practices, as they track sales and inventory. This project has already shown a profit, and is particularly valuable during the … Continue reading

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July 28, 2016

Moving Day! | Bolivia Update

It was moving day in Bolivia. Both the Boys’ and the Girls’ homes moved into new houses this month. There was an amazing property that became available for the boys, who have been looking for more space for a year, and the homeowner also had a family member with a nice house available for the girls. These opportunities were too good to pass up. Since Bolivia is on winter break right now, it was a perfect time for both homes to pack up and move. It was an “all hands on deck” endeavor as all the staff, boys, and teams of volunteers joined in to help. Both houses required 3 huge truckloads to move to their new spaces. Loading, unloading, and putting things in their place took all day. The relationships formed in a few short days were very profound for all parties involved, and one of the volunteer families have … Continue reading

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July 12, 2016

How Camp Is Changing Lives in Ukraine

Endless laughter, sunkissed faces, lifelong friends… With summer officially underway, camps here in the U.S. and around the world are in full swing. At Lifesong Ukraine, staff and children are in the midst of their busy camp season. These 5- to 7-day camps include studying the Bible, playing games, hiking outdoors, and singing around the campfire. Would you pray with us that God would be pleased to bless this summer camp season abundantly? During the past 5 years, over 5,000 campers have attended one of Lifesong Ukraine’s summer camps. This staggering statistic has provided unprecedented opportunity to invest in the lives of these orphaned and vulnerable children in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. “It was my dream come true; I never felt so great in any of the camps before.” –Yarik (18)  In part because of relationships established or strengthened during the summer camp season, 84% of the children in orphanages served by Lifesong Ukraine continue on to … Continue reading

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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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May 30, 2016

Next Generation Leaders | Cambodia Update

Enjoy this update from our Cambodia team– In our learning center in Bangpli, Thailand, one of the main goals is developing young leaders that have a heart for reaching their own community. The kids are given responsibilities that not only affect the other children at the learning center–but their families and other people in need. Chris, age 13, is responsible for helping Joel, the 3-year old son of a Pakistani Pastor who has been jailed, assimilate into the activities in the church, including helping him with basic skills such as eating and drinking on his own. David (left), one of the assistant leaders, has a heart for evangelism and prayer and loves to pray for God’s blessing over anyone he comes in contact with, especially during outreach ministry. David’s mother, Kai, recently gave birth and is part of a new ministry outreach through Pastor Vino that helps ensure pregnant women in … Continue reading

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May 18, 2016

Hope Changes Everything | Guatemala Update

Enjoy this update from our Guatemala team– Gabriella was just 4 years old when she remembers learning that her father was sick. “Well,” she thought, “as long as he’s stuck in bed, he won’t be able to hit me.” Gabriella had no idea how this sickness would affect her for the rest of her life. Shortly after her father got sick, her family ran out of money and little Gabriella was sent to the streets to work, selling candies and packs of cigarettes–or sometimes stealing–to survive. It was cold and dark, and she had to run into alleys or hide in gutters to protect herself from abusers, because she couldn’t return until she had enough money. Her father’s condition continued to worsen, and she noticed her mother, too, was looking weak. When Gabriella was 7, her father passed away. Curled up in the fetal position next to the casket, Gabriella … Continue reading

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