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Identity & Family

“Our parents create an environment in which we can grow. We call it the home. The home is the most powerful place on earth. It is the cradle of the soul. Our minds and personalities, our loves and our hates, our fears and our dreams are all molded in the home. The home is the workshop of God, where the process of character-making is silently, lovingly, imperceptibly carried on. We search throughout our lives for love and identity, and if we are fortunate, we may find it.” – An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, James Bryan Smith

Our Home of Hope families in Haiti are giving extremely vulnerable children a loving family again where death, exploitation and desperate poverty had taken away that nurturing environment.  Today, it’s an incredible privilege to watch these families grow and interact in that powerful place.

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Published March 25, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

Five Years Later

I met Grace* five years ago, not long after she’d come into her Home of Hope family. She was a beautiful little girl but was somewhat tentative. She’d been through a lot already in life. But I remember she was bright and caught on quickly to things, like her spirit was just waiting for the chance to bloom. And over the last five years, I’ve watched Grace grow up.

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Published March 20, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti

Walk in Her Shoes

This video started making its way into my news feeds this week, and I am struck by a simple reality… we forget to walk in someone else’s shoes too often. We see responses of anger, and we want to make it stop. We see reactions of fear and we want to make it all better right now. But I invite you to walk in this little girl’s shoes for a while – shoes that represent so many broken stories of children around the world. 

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Published March 14, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

Make a Difference

“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: they hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters.

They get excited over one smile. They are walking to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities, and nations, and yes, the world.” – Beth Clark

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Published March 11, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

Uniting to Care for the Vulnerable

We’re pretty excited for  CAFO’s Orphan Summit on May 1-2. If you’re in the Mid-west, this is the time to come! This year, we’re meeting in Chicago for a moving event with one goal: to inspire and equip Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love. 

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Published March 5, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News

Business & Developmental Growth in Haiti

Do you ever wonder what happens in a week in Haiti? Our US and Haitian staff are hard at work creating sustainability for our Home of Hope families. This means there’s a lot going on!

Here’s just a few of the projects currently in the works:

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Published February 28, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM

A Testimony & A Great Hope

Life is a funny thing. You don’t control where you were born or who you were born to. In fact, there’s very little you do control in the early years of your life (or probably in adult life for that matter.) Which is why I can say with great confidence, that there is a BIG GOD who loves us as individuals deeply.

I know that because I don’t believe Stephanie Fast’s story would be possible without that reality. 

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Published February 25, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

It's a Busy Weekend!

This weekend, we hope you’re around for one of several events we’re at! We’d really appreciate prayers for the many different directions our staff and several volunteers are heading. Pray for good conversations, connections with LSM and  that we would accurately and powerfully share the heart of  LSM.

Here’s where we’ll be at:

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Published February 19, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, LSM

This Valentine's Day

We’re all too familiar with the candy hearts and teddy bears of this commercialized Western holiday. This year, I’d challenge you to do something different and make an effort to show God’s love to vulnerable children and their mothers.

There’s 140,000 women and children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, trapped in a desperate cycle of poverty that leads them to the streets. These young moms don’t know real love, and many of them have never heard about the love of Jesus – the love that can ultimately set them free. Their children are growing up in this loveless environment too. Unless someone intervenes.

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Published February 14, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, LSM


“You’d be surprised by the jewels that are locked in the foster care/orphan care systems, without a family, without an outlet to grow…” 

That simple statement made me pause. Jewels. Children who are just waiting to be discovered, empowered, helped… so they can reach their God-given potential. Jewels that need someone to discover them – to clean their rough edges and give them a space to shine.

Just think about that… there are children out there today who could be so much more, but instead, they are trapped in political systems, just waiting on someone to notice their potential.

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Published February 11, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, LSM, News

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