HELPING BEAT THE COLD IN KENYA

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We are all looking forward to the arrival of spring and warmer weather here in the midwest. In Kenya they are approaching their cold season. Often our preconceived ideas about Africa do not include the thought that cold weather is a challenge, but it is.

Just a few weeks ago we were able to purchase and distribute new blankets to each of our lambs for the upcoming cold season. Your support helped make this possible. Your continued support helps us provide our Little Lambs with the basics that we so often take for granted - food, clothing, education and even warm blankets when it's cold.  

Check out the three ways to give to Little Lambs here.

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HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION

Sarah enjoyed studying Biology. She stared as a Little Lamb in preschool

Sarah enjoyed studying Biology. She stared as a Little Lamb in preschool

Foundations are increadibly important. Not just in construction, but also in life. Little Lambs seeks to establish a firm foundation in each child that will enable them to be productive adult followers of Jesus who contribute to their communities. The foundation of six of our lambs are about to be tested in new ways.

Victor hopre to study physics in college

Victor hopre to study physics in college

This past December six lambs graduated from high school. A high school deploma in Kenya is the bridge to opportunities. Employers for life sustaining jobs, insist on a high school education. If the student has high enough test scores they can qualify for scholarships and assitance that will allow them to continue their education at the university level which in turn offers broader career opportunities.

 

We are so proud of each graduate. We are grateful to God and to you, our Little Lambs donors, for funding the foundation that these young people will build their lives upon. Please join us in congratulating Beth, Boneface, Francis, Catherine, Sarah, Victor

Francis hopes to continue his studies in business

Francis hopes to continue his studies in business

Beth likes chemistry and is best friends with fellow graduate Sarah

Beth likes chemistry and is best friends with fellow graduate Sarah

Your sponsorship donations made this possible!

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Bonface became a little Lamb as a preschooler. He loves studying physics and hopes to continue he education.

Bonface became a little Lamb as a preschooler. He loves studying physics and hopes to continue he education.

Catherine a few months before high school graduation

Catherine a few months before high school graduation

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Some say it takes a village to raise a child.  I say it takes congregations to raise a village of children. The congregation at my church, Bethel Lutheran, in Morton IL is playing a meaningful role in helping raise our Little Lambs.

Bethel has helped raise me spiritually for almost 60 years and that’s why I consider myself part of the Bethel family. Bethel has, become part our Lambs families too. It has never been easy for me to ask for things, especially money. I have found that when I present a need to my Bethel family they listen and help. It is unbelievable how they shower Little Lambs with much needed supplies.

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In February, Bethel adopted Little Lambs as a mission project. They supplied book bags stuffed with wash clothes, socks, schools supplies and love. In August, Bethel raised over $2600 to buy children’s underwear and provide seed money for the new weekend feeding program. I offer heartfelt thanks for the Church’s love and generosity towards the Shepherd’s Little lambs.

I am grateful for partner churches like Bethel Lutheran. If you are interested in having a Little Lambs presentation or project at your church or civic organization contact me at LittleLambsKenya@yahoo.com

Janelle Crump
International Board Secretary
 

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HEROES WELCOME

New sponsor Claudia

New sponsor Claudia

Since late July we have been introducing one of our Little Lambs on Facebook each week. In a few short weeks, 7 new heroes have emerged and become Little Lambs sponsors. We consider each sponsor a hero because they have chosen to intervene in the life of a specific child with the hope of changing that life. Thank you Emily, Claudia, Allison, Ninous, Carley, Rebecca and Christia for joining the ranks of Little Lambs Heroes. Would you help us welcome these new heroes? There are still more Lambs waiting to be sponsored - More Heroes Welcome!

Diana a sponsor since 2016

Diana a sponsor since 2016

New sponsor emily

New sponsor emily

SANDALS ON THE GROUND

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Life can become a series of patterns. Occasionally, we may stop and question why a particular pattern exists. Why is it that we keep doing this year after year and time after time? So it is with the annual Little Lambs International board trip to Kenya. Three things are kept in mind during each trip: looking, listening and learning.

Look:

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There is no substitute for seeing first hand each Little Lambs facility. There is nothing more important than looking into the eyes of each child, caregiver and staff member. Nothing is more inspiring than to see your generosity at work in the lives God touches through Little lambs. God always opens our eyes in new ways when we have our sandals on the ground in Kenya.

Listen:

No music is sweeter than the singing of our Lambs. There is nothing that can touch you more deeply than to hear a caregiver express their gratitude for the help Little Lambs provides. God’s voice seems to carry better and penetrate deeper when our sandals are dancing with our Lambs.

An imprmtu discussion about how to help keep 8th graders from dropping out of school.

An imprmtu discussion about how to help keep 8th graders from dropping out of school.

Learn:

We learn many things and work through many challenges throughout the year via email and conference calls. Some things God only teaches us when our Sandals are covered in the dust of Kenya.

Our trips to Kenya are planned with purpose and are an important pattern that keeps Little Lambs focused on what God intends.

Note: Board members personally pay for all trip expenses. None of your donations are used to fund board trips.