Latest News Tag: Sustainable Business

January 4, 2017

The Most Important Story: 2016 in Review

As we reflect on God’s goodness in 2016 … We are grateful beyond measure for your continued love and support for orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. We are also quick to remember that the most important stories are not easily communicated on charts or as statistics–children trusting Christ for salvation, volunteers sacrificing precious time, widows praying earnestly for the fatherless, missionaries choosing faithfulness on the field, donors giving sacrificially–that make the ministry possible every single day. UPDATE: Thank YOU for helping meet the match! Our goal: $1,ooo,ooo. What happened: You contributed $1,205,330 to help children and families. We praise God for His faithfulness–and yours–in exceeding our goal! Thank you for being a critical part of the mission of Lifesong. We look forward to what God allows us to accomplish together this year.   Take the next step in 2017. Join Lifesong by creatively and practically caring for orphans around the world through one of our many exciting … Continue reading

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March 23, 2016

50 Acres of Hope | Mission Moments

Introducing Lifesong Haiti 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty. With a 70% unemployment rate, many Haitians cannot provide the food, clothing, or shelter needed for themselves or their family, let alone pursue education or get necessary training. Worse still, many of these precious people live without any knowledge of God or the gospel. In November, 2015, Lifesong for Orphans and Ministre de Bras Ouverts (Open Arms Ministry) joined together to build a high school with residential dorms on an undeveloped 45-acre site in Bercy, Haiti. In the span of a few months, God has seen fit to allow much work to be done. Access roads have been built, a community center has opened, fencing has been installed, wells have been drilled, feeding programs have begun, and upgraded housing has been built for those who live on the site. Yet there is still much work to do. The need is great. … Continue reading

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August 10, 2015

Farming the Future: The Power of Sustainable Business

When you hear the term sustainable business, what comes to mind?–green business, renewable energy, or harnessing the power of the sun? So many possibilities … and in certain discussions, these answers would be correct. Sustainable business in our context refers to businesses or enterprises that are generating revenue and profit to enable orphan care ministry. As opposed to relying on donations or support, these businesses exist as stand-alone, self-sustaining entities that accomplish 3 specific things: 1. They generate revenue to fuel orphan care projects. Sustainable businesses do not require on-going donations to stay afloat. Hard-working entrepreneurs are making shoes, weaving rugs, farming strawberries–using creative means at their disposal to harness innovative sales for eternal purposes. Luke Gudeman, who spent 4 years working in Zambia on one of Lifesong’s strawberry farms said it best– Find the right people with a head for business and a heart for ministry. 2. They provide jobs for caretakers. … Continue reading

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September 1, 2014

Spiritual & Physical Harvest

Lifesong Farms-Ukraine has provided stable employment with a safe Christian environment to many of our graduates, older kids from adoptive families and church youth.  Two of our graduates, Ruslan (19) and Sveyta (19), are very active with the farm operation assisting Sergei with picking. They both have shown great work ethic, which is very inspiring for us and serve as a great example for others.  Ruslan and Sveyta both play a significant role in the harvest at our farm. It’s inspiring to see such a combination of spiritual and physical harvest. We are thankful our farm is much more than just growing, picking and selling berries. Being a part of our farm project is very affirming to our kids, building their self-worth in an environment that points them to Christ. Please join us in praying for the harvests going on at our farms in Ukraine – the berries AND the young men and women who we … Continue reading

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June 16, 2014

Using Business to Sustain Orphan Care

A common goal for any orphan care project is to become self-sustaining and thus, less dependent on donor dollars. Several of our orphan care initiatives have been growing towards sustainability through businesses that have been set up in country. Although it presents unique challenges, there can also be great opportunity.   “While working in sustainable business, you need a mission heart and a business mind.” –LUKE GUDEMAN, Farm Manager | Lifesong Farms-Zambia  Here are some basic principles we have learned through our years of experience that can help in making a sustainable business succeed. We’d love for you to join the conversation, sharing principles that you have used or seen used for business as mission. General Sustainable Business Principles…  1. APPROACH AS BUSINESS. Develop a business plan with organized structure.  Understand local markets. Be financially prepared & accountable.  2. DEVELOP A STRONG TEAM.  Recognize importance of blended team (not only indigenous & … Continue reading

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April 16, 2014

Bearing Fruit Through Lifesong Farms {Mission Moment}

Lifesong Farms. We are thankful, with the help and expertise of our friends at Plant Sciences, Inc., to have active strawberry farms in Ukraine and Zambia. Our hope is to not only create jobs & self-worth for orphan caregivers, but also  provide future employment opportunities as orphans grow into adults. Eventually, we aim to establish sustainability to help fund on-going orphan care. Hear the stories behind the farms… Bearing Fruit in Sergey {UKRAINE} Like each and every child our Ukraine team reaches out to through Constant Christian Presence, Sergey was full of potential. Coming from a life of hurt, God breathed hope into his heart and life. Through the team’s support, mentorship and love, Sergey came to know Christ while developing relationships and life skills that is leading him towards a fruitful future.  Now, he and another orphan graduate are involved in helping manage a nursery, as well as play an … Continue reading

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November 27, 2013

I am thankful for… {Part 1}

The week of Thanksgiving is here, tomorrow in fact! I’ve started to see signs of it for weeks. Thankful posts, quotes and pictures on Facebook, eating some of the favorite fall flavors, watching the leaves change, fall and then raked into piles only to be ruin by children’s play. It’s here and I don’t know about you, but I am thankful. I hope you’ve joined us for our I am Thankful series this week on Facebook — if not, I encourage you to check it out and join the conversation of giving thanks! Today, I’d like to feature thankfulness in opportunities and share a story with you of a loving father in Zambia who has been given just that. Meet Austin. He is a father who once struggled to make ends meet for his children. Lifesong Zambia gave him a micro loan opportunity where he took a $150 loan and raised … Continue reading

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