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A Place to Call Home

Published November 25, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, Uncategorized

“The ache for home lives in all of us – the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou

We all long for the intimacy of a family – the stability of a place to call home. Some of us have that, and it evokes warm and tender emotions when we think of those we love, and places we gather. Others only dream of such a time.

Home is a vague word nine-year-old named Elise* only dreams of. Her father left when she was very young and died not long after that. She can’t remember what he even looks like. She lived in squalor with her mother, who struggled to find food for them. Life was hard. And then two years ago, Elise’s mother died. She’s nine years old and has never been to school. Scars cover her face and leg – and I wonder how many more scars are left inside?

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Prisoners of Hope

Published November 21, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Haiti

I’ve been thinking about our Home of Hope parents in Haiti who have brought 12 girls or boys into their lives. Their joy is evident, though I know it’s not easy. And it makes me wonder… on those dark nights when one of their children is crying in fear because of past pain, what keeps them going? When the kids aren’t obeying and they’re running in five directions, what gives them strength?

 

Katie Davis, who is an adoptive mother and advocate in Uganda, writes a beautiful answer that I think our parents understand and live out well. She writes of a discouraging time with one of her daughters when the pain from the past was threatening to overwhelm. It was there that God provided a beautiful picture of WHY we serve the orphan, of why we persevere, of why we give grace and live with hope.

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Perspectives in Adoption

Published November 18, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

November is National Adoption Month. As we consider the many facets and ways people can be involved in adoption, we wanted to share some different perspectives of the adoption journey and life experience.

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Donate Hope

Published November 8, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

Want to join something really fun and help spread a life-changing message? We’re so excited about a new campaign called Donate Hope that’s spreading across social media starting today! 

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What it Takes To Change A Story

Published November 5, 2014 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

What does it take to live a meaningful life? Is having your basic needs met enough? Having friends and family that love you? What would be on your list?

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Orphan Sunday

Published October 29, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, News, Uncategorized

This Sunday (November 2) is a globally recognized day for one very special reason: the orphan.

Where it all started:

A local pastor in a poor rural village in Zambia asked his struggling members to joyfully give to care for the orphans in their community. That day, an visiting American watched as those people gave what they could – a little money, a bit of food, even their own shoes. That day not only changed that American’s life, but would transform many more to come.

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Ebola and Orphans

Published October 23, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, News, Uncategorized

We’re hearing a lot about Ebola on the news, and for the most part, unless you know people traveling to or living in West Africa. But alongside the tragedy of adults dying across those countries, about 2-3 children are becoming orphaned. Exposed. Vulnerable. Together 4 Adoption shared this on their blog about the far-reaching effects of Ebola… if you haven’t thought about this aspect of it, it’s worth taking the time to read.

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He Will Grow Up With Hope

Published October 15, 2014 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

Dawit’s mom found out about his existence in one of the darkest times of her life. She’d been living on the streets of Addis Ababa for six months, selling her body just to survive. A child seemed like the one added burden she just couldn’t cope with. She considered an abortion. She considered ending both of their lives.

 

But just as the darkness threatened to completely overtake her spirit, hope came. LSM’s counselors were able to walk with her through rehabilitation, delivery of her healthy baby boy – all the way to starting a new life.

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Join us this Friday!

Published October 14, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, News, Uncategorized

We’ve got a big day on Friday in Central IL and we need you to join us in praying! Our Annual Benefit Auction in IL helps provide necessary funding so we can continue to rescue vulnerable children worldwide.

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How do we help?

Published October 7, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, News, Uncategorized

How do we approach global problems like helping the poor, reversing exploitation and giving children the best environments to thrive?

 

Brian Fikkert (who wrote the powerful book on successful poverty alleviation, When Helping Hurts, with Steve Corbett) shares some great thoughts in this video. It’s insightful, pointed and full of hope.

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