Latest News Category: Country Update

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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October 27, 2015

Life Skills 101 | Liberia Update

 Please enjoy this update from our team in Liberia … We are excited to announce that vocational training has begun at Lifesong Liberia! Thirty-one of our oldest kids from both homes have participated in computer training recently. They learned basic skills and have greatly improved their keyboarding ability. The students also enjoyed creating and printing documents. Eight of them, who have shown more interest and aptitude, will be continuing their studies in the computer program. They will also be functioning as “teacher aides” in the computer lab.  Several new areas of training are set to begin soon.  The children will be taught interior decorating skills, such as floral and jewelry design. They will also be learning about textile design, including tie-dye and other fabric design techniques. Each program is geared to include lots of hands-on experience and is directed by knowledgeable instructors. All of these programs will enhance the cognitive … Continue reading

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June 10, 2015

Reuniting Paolo with Family

Enjoy this update from Fundación Esperanza in Bolivia… “The very first baby to enter our care at Fundación Esperanza was a little boy named Paolo. When he was just a few days old, Paolo was abandoned at the hospital. Our social worker was able to find his mother and began a series of interviews with her and the extended family.  At the time of Paolo’s birth, his mother and father were separated and out of desperation his mother felt like she had no choice but to leave him at the hospital. After some time passed, Paolo’s mother and father reunited and began the process of regaining guardianship. They both underwent psychological therapy as well as parenting classes in hopes to have Paolo come home into their care.  Upon completion, the judge ruled in favor of Paolo’s reunification with his parents. We continued following up with Paolo and his parents and were … 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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May 11, 2015

A Mother Finds Hope…

Please enjoy this update from Construction of Hope in Cambodia… “This past month, we have had the blessing of being able to meet a little boy we now know as Vanna, as he is now off the streets and living inside the church in Phnom Penh. When Pastor Somnang first encountered Vanna, Pastor Somnang simply prayed for the boy and offered his information to the boy’s mother, who was begging alongside him. Three months later, the mother unexpectedly showed up in Phnom Penh at the church with Vanna asking for help. Please pray for Vanna and his continued development and transition. At eight years old with little prior experience of discipline, education, and proper care, Vanna is quite a handful in the church – a bundle of rambunctious unfocused energy! Please pray that God will bring out and redeem his unique talents and gifts and also give grace and wisdom … Continue reading

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May 6, 2015

Ping Pong Anyone? {Ukraine Update}

Enjoy this update from our staff in Ukraine…  “We continue serving our mighty God. Time in Ukraine is not easy now, however God provides us with everything we need. We would like to share a couple of bright moments from our ministry in the previous months.  First of all, want to tell you about our semi-annual Table Tennis Tournament. This year we had four teams from Loubetin, Sach, Gorodnya and local church, who were qualified. We spent three great days together around the Word of God, good rest, and tasty food (for the boys from orphanages it’s of a big importance and joy to be fed up well). Then there was the day of the tournament. Sach team took the first place (as usual, thanks to their coach, Alexei)! The following day we went to the church and had a nice day out in the city.  Also, we are glad … Continue reading

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April 9, 2015

Advocates Provide New Science Labs in Ethiopia

Enjoy this update from Ethiopia Advocate, Shonda Dietz, as she reflects on a recent trip to Ethiopia with her family…   “My family recently had the privilege of spending the week at the Lifesong for Orphans’ schools in Ethiopia. We have five children (ages 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12). Our youngest and middle sons were adopted from Ethiopia so it was a joy to take them back to visit their family and homeland. Leading up to our trip, Gary put a bug in my ear that the administrators and teachers in Ziway would love to have a hands-on science lab (a novelty in most Ethiopian schools). Solomon (the director of the three schools) talked about how growing up he always had a keen interest in science. However, they never had access to anything hands-on, learning only theory from textbooks. He desired our students to have this opportunity.  Being a … Continue reading

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