The Discriminated Orphan: Europe’s Forgotten People Group
February 6, 2018
7 – 8 PM CST
A look into Eastern Europe’s most discriminated individuals, the Roma people group and the overlooked orphan. These overlooked children have faced discrimination from the day they were born, not only as orphans but because of their heritage. We want to share with you how to advocate for and engage with these children who so desperately need a family.
Jana Lombardo: Jana has been with Lifeline since 1992 after she graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She worked for six and a half years as a domestic social worker/ birthmother counselor until the birth of her first son Eli. Jana and her husband, Luke, are also proud parents of another son, Gideon. Jana has been serving Lifeline for over twenty-two years and serves Lifeline as the program coordinator for Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Kyrgyzstan. She helps to oversee the Bulgaria and Hungary programs as well. This encompasses all of Lifeline’s Eastern European Countries and Kyrgyzstan.
Brianna Labello: Brianna graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work form the University of Alabama and will graduate in May of 2018. She has always had a connection to Lifeline and was excited to join the team in January of 2016. Six years ago, the Lord confirmed her outlook on caring for orphans around the world and international adoption when close family friends adopted from Uganda and brought home a very special little boy that changed her life and heart forever. Brianna is thankful to be a part of the Eurasia team to serve families throughout their adoption journey! She is grateful for Lifeline and the opportunity to work for a gospel centered ministry who cares for vulnerable children all over the world. Brianna is recently engaged and getting married to Blake in May of 2018.
Toria Parsons: Toria feels blessed to have started at Lifeline in 2017. She serves as an International Social Worker on the Eurasia team. A Louisiana native, Toria graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from CIU in South Carolina. Toria has a deep passion for welcoming the foreigner, caring for the orphan, and reaching those who have not yet heard of the Gospel! She and her husband, Samuel Parsons, currently live in downtown Birmingham and attempt to keep their plants alive!