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A Week in Ethiopia: Part 1

Published November 6, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, LSM, News

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!


Today's Orphan Sunday!

Published November 3, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

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!



Published October 31, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

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.


Adoption: Worth Fighting For

Published October 29, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family

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.


Being a Voice on Orphan Sunday

Published October 25, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, LSM

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Silence in the wake of 153,000,000 children who are vulnerable and alone? King was wise in saying that when we fail to stand against these injustices, we lose. But sometimes, isn’t it just hard to know where to start?



Published October 23, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

“There is no event in my life that I would be better without.”  -Stephanie Fast

Have you heard Stephanie’s story? She just shared at a couple of events this last weekend in Indiana, but she speaks for LSM all across the country. We’re so thankful for her testimony of  how God has redeemed her life and how this story of incredible pain and rejection – and ultimate hope – is still transforming lives today.


A Night of Thanks & Stories

Published October 17, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

Over the last few weeks, LSM staff was able to say thanks to a few small groups of you who have meant a lot to the ministry. We’ll continue doing that with a few more events this year… These have been special nights, full of stories, vision and a good dose of awe at the power of God working in some very dark places.

We would love to sit down with every single one of you who have invested in LSM over the years and share these stories. But because of time and space, that’s not possible with everyone. So instead, grab a cup of cider and let me share some of these stories with you.


What's in Your Hand?

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

I first heard this phrase used in a Small Business Development training meant for men and women in developing nations with little to no visible resources to put towards starting a sustainable business. But it’s a simple question… “What’s in your hand?” A chicken? A bicycle? An oven? What can you do with that? A smile and an ability to talk to people? You’d be amazed at the small businesses that can be started with those simple tools – businesses that have transformed the lives of entire families who were desperately poor.

I’ve held onto that phrase and thought about that often in many different contexts, but I think it’s most valuable to start here, because thinking in terms of what you have, or what you do, can go a long way.


Pray With Us

Published October 10, 2013 – Categories: LSM, News

We’ve got some big events coming up, and we’d love your prayers! With each event and step we take to deepen our programs around the world, we are confident in the reality that it is preceded with your prayers.


Together for Adoption

Published October 8, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

Together for Adoption’s conference this last weekend was powerful. If you followed us on Twitter or Instagram the last few days, you’ll have seen evidence of some deep theological discussions, helpful resources and compelling calls to care for the orphan. Two words remain with me as I think about this time: fatherless and redemption.


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