Friday, April 18, 2014

Help Desperately Needed

Dear friends of ours were devastated by a fire in their home last night.  It destroyed everything. Dabu and Tanya are ministry partners with us and we have known them from our first days in KG in 2008.  They have been saving for many, many months to have enough funds to attend their daughter's wedding in America next month. Their entire household, clothing, furniture, wedding gifts, etc are gone. They have no place to go.   Please visit the LAMb blog to see all the details. If you can help us restore hope to this family, it would be greatly appreciated.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Children graduating from orphanages around the world, leave with no life skills, no understanding of how to manage the basics of life.  As a result, LAMb in partnership with CBN Ukraine has written a nine module program for orphanage caregivers or anyone working with teens aging out of care.

We are excited to announce that registration for the June session training of Life Skills is now open. Please help us pass the word.  Here is the link for registration:

Life Skills Training

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

David's Time with Pastors

Following David's week long seminar on pastoral counseling, we visited the sponsoring church. We were very surprised to see a video capture of some of the week's teaching events. We weren't expecting it so when it came up on the screen it was a great surprise.  We wanted to share it with you.

Many of these pastors are graduates of Teen Challenge.  They have experienced devastation and the amazing restoration found in Christ.  What testimonies we have heard!


Our Time With Adoptive Families

We find the hearts of adoptive families in Russia, just like other adoptive parents where we have been. They love their children and desperately want to know how to help them heal.  We hope our brief time with them on Friday and Saturday helped in some small way.  We also met with a number of them yesterday and today (Tuesday) to go more in-depth.

Here is a short video of the families we met...


Thursday morning very early, David and I leave to join Lynn and Ruby Johnston (LAMb) at the Orphan's Promise Adoption Conference in Ukraine......the journey continues.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ending Our Time

Friday afternoon, we ended the pastors' four day seminar. So many folks expressed their appreciation to David for the content - pastoral counseling. It is not something here that is often done. Our prayer is that they will feel better equipped to carry on their ministry of healing in very difficult situations.

Here is the group

After class on Friday, we went into the city about 45 minutes away to share in training with foster and adoptive parents.  It is now Saturday morning and we are heading back there today for a full day with many parents who are caring for these children with trauma history and have no preparation to do so. What a privilege to be able to share what God has given us.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More Pictures from Teen Challenge Chapel

During our time on the campus of Teen Challenge, we have looked around and watched the men whose lives were once devastated by drugs and alcohol. We see what God is doing, and there really are words to describe what we see and hear. These men are now moving toward freedom in every way. They will in turn, help others. Here are some more pictures from David's evening at a chapel service.

Special new friends - Olya and Pasha on the left are the directors of the Teen Challenge Center

George and Katya are on the Teen Challenge staff.

Pastors, Youth Workers and Trauma

Do pastors and church youth leaders need to have any understanding of the lifelong impact of trauma on a person? That question was answered with a resounding yes today as we finished our third day with pastors and youth leaders.

Often called to minister to deeply hurting people, the pastors' commented today that it gave them a much greater understanding of the unique needs of their people.  More than one pastor commented that today's classes took them to their own place of hurt and pain from childhood and they realized that they have some healing work to do themselves.

Our hearts were deeply touched today by these men and women who have such a heart for wounded people - adults and children alike.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days.

Taking a walk at has been warm here in Siberia!!!! Quite amazing

Time for lunch - Victor keeps us right on schedule.

Going over class notes before a test.

Oksana is our excellent translator and so much help.

While David was conducting the afternoon teaching session, I went with friends to a local orphanage for a program they do there weekly.
Sharing a story
Picture is a tad fuzzy - but we ended a long but great day with David sharing at the Teen Challenge chapel services last night.  This was a time to "always be ready to give the reason for the hope within you"  as he had no time to prepare when he was asked to share.

Sharing with the Teen Challenge participants.  This is always a time we regret that we cannot speak the same language.

We will finish the pastors' seminar on Friday afternoon and then head into the city for a weekend (Friday night and Saturday)  sharing with foster and adoptive parents.  Our plans for next week are still in development as the original ones were changed.

So much is happening with our LAMb  team members and friends. Visit their blogs - quite amazing     (Lynn and Ruby Johnston)    ( John and Julie Wright)

Thanks for your caring and support...