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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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June 4, 2018

See an Exciting Story in Pictures! | Haiti Update

God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children and families in Haiti. Yesterday morning at 9:00–under a bright blue sky, surrounded by friends and family–a group of believers decided to publicly proclaim their faith by becoming the first (ever!) group to be baptized at Lifesong Haiti/MBO. Imagine the joy and excitement as each person entered the pool–dressed in his or her best clothes–to meet Pastor Octavian. Friends and church members in the crowd sang hymns of praise throughout the entire baptism. One woman baptized–Alerte–has 7 children and has been excited to grow in her walk with God. (She can be seen in the first photo with the mint headband, white shirt, and black skirt.) 3 others who were baptized are students who live in the family residence. The rest have been faithful church attenders who saw their need to obey God with a public profession of faith. … Continue reading

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May 2, 2018

See What Grace Is Doing Today | Liberia Update

God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children in Liberia. Last year, we introduced you to Grace–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. Update on Grace Today, Grace continues to heal from her losses, surrounded by people who love her and want God’s best for her future. She is presently enrolled in a teacher’s college program, and hopes to receive her certificate of completion this summer. She is a kindergarten teacher at one of our schools, … 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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April 16, 2018

See an Exciting New Church Partnership in Haiti!

Not only does individual support–like yours–help change the lives of orphans around the world, but churches are also working together in exciting ways to transform the lives of orphans with the Gospel. Here is the story of Summit Church and their partnership with Lifesong Haiti. MEET NATE Nate Johnson (seen in the blue shirt in the video above), serves as Executive Pastor of Central Ministry at Summit Life Church. He and Jim Hines, one of the directing Elders of Summit Life, recently traveled to Bercy Haiti. Why?–Summit Life has formed a unique and life-changing, Gospel-driven relationship in Bercy with Lifesong Haiti. In Nate’s words– “We have had the opportunity to partner with 2 other churches to own the lostness of Bercy, Haiti with the goal of giving every man, woman and child in Bercy repeated opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the gospel of Jesus.  And the wonderful thing about … 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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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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