Friday, March 22, 2013

Getting Ready for Another Adventure

It has been a number of weeks since we have posted on our blog. So much has been happening and we wanted to grab a moment to share before leaving for overseas this weekend.
 Here at Home
For well over two years, David and I have been working on a trauma informed training curriculum to help workers guide families and for families to learn how to live with wounded, hurting children.  We recently had the opportunity to share with audiences in New York, California, West Virginia and Mississippi as well as around Ohio. We have integrated some key principles from the work of Dr. Karyn Purvis and her team who have written the Trust Based Relationship Intervention materials. Their work is amazing stuff!!!  TBRI is hope for children and families and we see it everyday.
Social workers and families share together in Tupelo, Mississippi at the  workshop called The Power of Healing Connections. This event was sponsored by New Beginnings, an adoption agency in that city.
However, this is just part of the story . We feel  we are getting ready for another God directed adventure  - one that would not or could not ever come together without God’s  leadership and direction.
Amazing New Adventures
Last October,  David was in Kyrgyzstan and I was home. I was out mowing the yard and while working,  I was thinking about what we were training and how that might fit in over time in our work overseas.  We recently had participated in the creation of a learning series for adoptive/foster parents with Orphan’s Promise (CBN)  and I felt prompted to ask them of what interest they might have in partnering with us.  Orphan’s Promise works in over 50 counties around the world in orphanages and villages where children are at risk.

So, I simply wrote an email and ask them – would you be interested in partnering with us to provide trauma informed training to orphanage caregivers in some of the locations where Orphan’s Promise is working.

 To make a long, but extremely exciting story short that answer came at the end of January – YES.  LAMb International has received a grant to provide training in different locations as a pilot run.  Over the next 12 months, our team will be working in Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland Armenia, and possibly  Nicargua and Zimbawe.


David and I are so awestruck and humbled by the opportunities to be His servant in touching the lives of devastated children and the encouraging those that care for them.
We leave this Sunday for both Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.  Although we have a lot of plans for our time there, we simply want God’s direction and leadership ministering alongside those He joins with us.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

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