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).
“I have always said that I have no idea how or why God has carried me over so many funny and hard places, and made these hordes of people submit to me, or why the Government should have given me the privilege of a Magistrate among them, except in answer to prayer made at home for me. It is all beyond my comprehension. The only way I can explain it is on the ground that I have been prayed for more than most. Pray on, dear one — the power lies that way.” — Mary Slessor, missionary to Nigeria
Guest Blog: Kelly McAvoy is interning at LSM this fall. She just watched a moving documentary that we’ve talked about before here. Here’s her response:
“The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.” –Lucretia Mott
I used to think this was a good quote. Then I watched Half the Sky, a documentary portraying a “passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.”
We’ve got another very special guest in the LSM office this week. Maxon Clersaint is part of our Haiti Staff and one of those kind, passionate men that you just want to sit down and talk with for hours. We got a chance to catch up with him in the office today and heard some of his insights into LSM’s work and partnership in Haiti.
It’s helpful before we talk about our partnership to know a little bit of where Max came from.
Guest Post today from Jen Schwartz, LSM’s Adoption Services Manager:
Isn’t it ironic that our worldly view bows down to the rich and powerful? The prized possessions in this world are what can be seen as wealth.
But God’s view clearly bows down to the poor, weak and lowly. God’s prized ones are the ones who honor Him. The weak and poor are looked upon by many with disdain and questions of why they can not “better” themselves. God’s heart clearly wants his followers to serve and help the orphans.
We often see snapshots into an orphan’s life. We see pictures of starving children, those who are too young defending themselves in the streets around the world. We see hands that reach out to steal food in hopes of surviving another day and children whose pain is so strong because they are hopeless against hands that abuse. We see hearts that do not know laughter, safety or God’s love…
If you missed the background of this group’s trip to Ethiopia, check out Part 1 here.
The Vision Team on the ground in Ethiopia this week is having an incredible time. They’ve been keeping busy meeting staff and visiting facilities and seeing the transformation that is happening in so many lives.
Check out just a few of the things they’ve been doing in Addis:
We’ve got a Vision Team on the ground in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week! They’re there to see how God’s moving among some of the most marginalized women and children in the country. We’re so excited for them to be there and see everything that’s happening first hand.
But reality is that many of you won’t ever see what we’re doing in person because of the distance. Instead, let’s travel with the team virtually and learn along with them!
We hope you’re taking some time today to pray for the 153,000,000 orphans around the world. As you’re praying for the orphan, also pray for believers to stand up and care for them in effective ways!
I love this little guy. His smile and tender personality just light up the room. I love his family, and all 11 of his little brothers. They giggle and tease and are the best of friends. And I love everything that this little guy represents – because his smile is a part of a big story.
Jen Hatmaker just wrote a beautiful blog post about her adoption journey. With her wit and humor and raw honesty, she paints a clear picture… and less you get scared half way through reading it and vow never to adopt, check out what she says at the end:
“Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting through, and adoption is one of them. I can hardly think of something closer to God’s character, who is the “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy.” Certainly, we are his difficult children who spaz out and pull away and manipulate and struggle. We distrust His good love and sabotage our blessings, imagining our shame disqualifies us or that God couldn’t possibly be faithful to such orphans.