We’ve shared a lot of pictures from different projects at the Ranch. We’re very excited for the opportunities for experts in a variety of areas (and many willing workers) to spend a week or two in Haiti with our Haitian staff, training in many different skills. Our staff there (and I think those who have traveled to Haiti) would say it’s an incredible time of building relationships. And men and women from both cultures learn things.
January is packed full of these Work teams. This week, the team is building a Shade House that will look something like this:
If you had to sum up 2013 in a word, what would it be?
For us at LSM, it’s been a year of focusing. We spent a lot of time thinking about what God has called LSM to be and ended up with a lot better vision for where we’re heading. After 10 years of ministry, this 11th year has been a good (and big) milestone for us! We got a fresh, new look and updated our mission, vision and values.
This Christmas, I’ve been thinking about something Allen Stoller (LSM missionary) wrote recently. He said in reflection of the Christmas story:
Joseph was a very special man. When Mary came to him carrying the Messiah in her womb, the natural reaction would have been to reject any obligation to become her husband. His pride would have guaranteed that Jesus would have grown up in the very same predicament that we see with so many women in Ethiopia…no male role model or provider. His humble courage and heart for Mary and for her unborn child was eventually transferred into Jesus’ character and His heart for hurting women and children. Joseph’s heart came from God’s heart and Joseph’s heart is a role model for the work being done in Ethiopia.
“More than 2 billion children live in our world today, each ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and ‘carefully knit.. together’ in their mother’s womb. But fully half of them are born into the kind of poverty that robs their mothers of joy and stifles their God-given potential.
Still looking for that meaningful Christmas gift but running out of time? Here’s a few ideas from our LSM family to yours.
If you’re not familiar with what’s happening at the LSM Ranch this week, check out Part 1 here. This team is doing a great job building a security tower and training our Haitian Staff at the Ranch.
We’ve got a team in Haiti this week building a security tower at the Ranch. It will look something like this when it’s done:
There is a century-old practice embedded in the Haitian culture called the “restavek system.” Literally translating as “to stay with”, children locked in this system become child slaves – and there’s an estimated 300,000 of them in this little nation. That’s a LOT of desperate, hopeless kids who are looking towards a short and desolate future. Bertina* was one of them.
Her parents died when she was six years old, and she was sent to live with a family in the city. From the moment she entered the home, it was evident that she’d never be treated as part of the family. She was put to work immediately, from before the sun rose to long after it went down. She was deprived of the chance to go to school, of basic necessities like food, and treated horribly. Bertina was in all terms of the word, a slave.
We’ve had a very dedicated and passionate intern at the LSM office this semester, and we’re so glad for her passion and willingness to help us on all sorts of projects. Kelly McAvoy is finishing up this month with us, but we’re so excited to share about an event she’s hosting at her church this weekend!
Born from her passion for human trafficking and exploitation, Kelly wanted to spread the word in the community about the realities that many vulnerable women and children are facing around the world. She’s also had a first-hand glimpse into LSM’s work and what we’re doing in Ethiopia.
Sunday, December 8, she’s hosting an Ethiopia night complete with ethnic food samples, walk through displays and a presentation (by LSM staff).