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Discovery: A Vision Trip’s Experience in Haiti

Joe Gerber and Gabe Walder (LSM Staff), took a Vision Team to Haiti last week. Gabe shares his thoughts from their week on today’s blog!

 

Anyone that is experiencing Haiti for the first time experiences new emotions and realizations from day one. It can be overwhelming to take in any country for the first time and in the case of Haiti realities such as lack of infrastructure, poverty, and domestic slavery can be almost too difficult to understand. Unfortunately, many Americans traveling to Haiti are left feeling helpless or end up supporting non-profits that are thought up by, organized, and run by Americans. These initiatives often fizzle out within the first few years. In contrast LSM’s programs are sustained by the Haitians themselves and are dedicated to transforming the country for God’s glory over the long haul. The understanding that Americans will never save Haiti but only Haitians can have a lasting positive impact on the country remains central to LSM’s beliefs.

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Published January 15, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

Five Years Ago Today…

Five years ago today, an entire country was flipped upside down in a massive earthquake. We just want to take a moment to remember and pray for Haiti.

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Published January 12, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

A Look at Our Week

There always seems to be a lot going on at LSM. Our staff puts in great effort to maintain day-to-day operations, grow our programs and dream of new and exciting ways we can further change children’s lives. This week is no exception. Here’s just a hint of some exciting things happening in Haiti this week:

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Published January 8, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

This Year

We’re off to a great start in 2015 and are so excited for what we’ve got planned this year! As we look for deeper ways to invest in the lives of the children we serve, we are so thankful for how God’s providing for each step we take.

 

Check out some of what’s happening:

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Published January 5, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

Simplifying Christmas

Christmas is full of many beautiful things, but it can also be hectic and self-consumed if we’re not careful. Today, I watched an inspiring video from Q Ideas. They pulled several thoughts from leading Christian thinkers on a topic that hits really close to home for many of us through the holidays: “How can we celebrate Christmas and avoid consumerism?”

Here’s one response, and a few great ideas as we look toward a new year of giving back and simplifying out hearts.

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Published December 23, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

A Nativity, Coconut & Smelly Shepherd

I have this cute little nativity set on my coffee table, reminding me of so many good things surrounding this season. I look at the little baby Jesus, and I’m reminded of a great act of God’s redemptive plan as He sent his Son to earth. I look at the wise men, and see rich rulers who came to the same humble stable as some smelly shepherds, suddenly on the same plane – longing to pay homage to a child who would change the world. And I look at the simpleness of this nativity, made from a coconut, each little image wrapped in banana leaf, and I am reminded too that no matter where our nativity sets are from, the story is the same.

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Published December 18, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, Uncategorized

Welcoming Home

This week, we welcome 24 children home. 

 

24 vulnerable children who have been abused, rejected, abandoned, orphaned and forgotten are going to walk into a Home of Hope and leave those words and that identity of hopelessness behind. Because in this home, they are going to hear different words from their new mom and dad: words like acceptance, love, family, hope… future.

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Published December 15, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

Give with Meaning this Christmas

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Maya Angelou

I love Christmas. I love the spirit of giving and love that follows everyone. I love the presence of family and friends. There are so many warm memories for me wrapped up in the holiday dinners and twinkling lights. And because I’m so blessed, I think often about how I can give back.

 

I imagine there’s a few of you who consider the same thing, looking for ways to be meaningful and intentional throughout the holidays. This Christmas, we’re excited about several new ways we can help you spread that love to vulnerable children!

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Published December 10, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

What Would Adoption or Foster Care Look like for my Family?

What does it look like when you open up your life to a vulnerable child? How might that change your family’s dynamics? What are some ethics and potential issues that you should consider before hand? We compiled some great articles this week covering everything from racial issues in adoption to how to care for your foster care workers. Would love to hear what connects with you or other great articles like this you’ve found or written. Share with us in the comments!

 

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Published December 4, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, Uncategorized

A Place to Call Home

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

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