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Building Living Stones


LEND Through Local Leaders

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Building Living Stones


LEND Through Local Leaders

Our Mission

Working with local churches to enable them to LEND to the neediest children in their community.

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Love


Provide a birthday party or holiday celebration

Love


Provide a birthday party or holiday celebration

The Problem

Many of these children do not know when their birthday is. 

There are many ways that poverty effects children, but not feeling loved or even seen by others is one of the worst. Not being able to celebrate basic holidays widens the distance between "me" and "them." 

Our Solution

We celebrate their birthdays

As well as Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, Christmas, and provide scholarships for church camp. While celebrating, we share the gospel and look every child in the eyes and say, "Jesus loves you and so do we." You can provide a present/part of a celebration for $10.

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Educate


Help us educate to eradicate poverty

Educate


Help us educate to eradicate poverty

The Problem

One out of three children in rural Northeast Brazil is illiterate or significantly behind their grade level for reading. 

http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/PR_2003/Messias_Brazil.html

Our Solution

We provide books and tutoring for the children in needy communities.

Partnering with the International School of Carpina, other volunteers, and teachers, we work to make sure that the children have basic reading and math skills, as well as opportunities to learn valuable job skills for the future. You can help contribute to our education fund. 

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Nourish


For $1 you can provide a meal

Nourish


For $1 you can provide a meal

The Problem

Over 41% of rural Brazil is in deep poverty (meaning living on less than $2.50 a day).

IFAD, Rural Poverty Portal, Brazil Statistics, 2009

When children are not sure where their next meal will come from, their brain switches into survival mode, making learning and growth difficult. 

Our Solution

$5 provides five meals for children that lack basic nutrition, security, and care.

We work to make sure each community is receiving the nutrition they need, from snacks and fruit to full, hot meals, so that the children can not only survive, but thrive in the security of knowing that they will receive their meals consistently. 

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Direct


Direct them to Jesus

Direct


Direct them to Jesus

The Problem

A lack of long-term investment has created a culture of dependency.

For those in need in Brazil, it is common to beg for money and spend it all right away, not thinking about the future when survival is all they know. For those who have money, it is common to have "band-aid" solutions: give them money or a food basket, and hope they will go away. The real heart of the matter,and true healing is not addressed. 

Our Solution

Providing consistent evangelism and discipleship through community in the local church.

We believe that by investing in local Christians, who are passionate about sharing Jesus and understand current issues and situations of the families that live around them, relationships can be built and slowly, through daily examples and love, God's transforming power can build up leaders in these Living Stones children. $30 a month enables us to continue offering these services, much like a child sponsorship program.