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2 Million Messages

Published December 20, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

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.

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5 Inspiring Gift Ideas for Christmas

Published December 17, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News

Still looking for that meaningful Christmas gift but running out of time? Here’s a few ideas from our LSM family to yours.

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Towers, Beaks & Relationships

Published December 12, 2013 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, News

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.

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Training at the Ranch

Published December 10, 2013 – Categories: Business, Haiti, LSM

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:

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Restaveks & A Story of Rescue

Published December 6, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

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.

Bertina’s Story

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.

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Combating Exploitation Event

Published December 4, 2013 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, LSM

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).

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Missionaries & Holidays

Published November 26, 2013 – Categories: Ethiopia, Family, Haiti, LSM

“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

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We Cannot Change What We Do Not Know Is Wrong

Published November 19, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, News

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.”

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Max: A Testimony of God's Power

Published November 15, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

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.

Max’s Story:

It’s helpful before we talk about our partnership to know a little bit of where Max came from.

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Orphans & Adoption This November

Published November 12, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

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…

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