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

“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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What Vulnerable Looks Like: Haiti

Published February 4, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

This week, we have a team in Haiti learning a lot about poverty and what it means to be vulnerable. These things – they’re just hard to understand without seeing faces, meeting people, hearing their circumstances. And so in an effort to bring this home, let’s take a visual walk with them as they see it first hand:

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What Can You Do?

Published January 28, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM

Lira* is a beautiful little girl in Ethiopia, and the perfect example of the vulnerability that orphaned children are faced with. Her father died months ago, her mom is dying of AIDS. She’s already the sole provider for her baby brother. She has no one left to protect her – no one to provide for her and her baby brother. What options does she have? 

Because she lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, her resources and opportunities are minimal. As a 10 year old girl, she may try to find work as a house maid. But in reality, she will likely join the 140,000 women and young girls on the streets in prostitution – unless someone intervenes. 

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Hope, Finally

Published January 21, 2014 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, LSM

Her real name is not really Mercy, but I think it fits the end of her story well.

 

Mercy was born in the most ancient countryside called Gondar. Eventually, after running away from a forced marriage at age 15, she ended up in Addis Ababa. She was supposed to work as a house maid for a man and his two children while the wife was away for work. But instead of having a good job like she’d been promised, she was regularly raped and soon became pregnant. As soon as the man found out, he made her leave – with no payment and nowhere to go. Alone and 5 months pregnant, she felt pretty hopeless.

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You Won't Want to Miss This

Published January 17, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News

We’ve got a lot of things planned for the Spring and would love to see you at some events. Not only will it provide opportunities to care for the vulnerable, each conference and event is also sure to be a great encouragement to you!

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"Finish the Vision" of the Cancer Redemption Project

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

In June 2010, the lives of Zach and Jenny Bertsch were faced with a decision. But God used a tragedy in their lives in some incredible ways. (If you need a recap, read the short story here.) In June 2013, Zach went home to be with Jesus. But the Cancer Redemption project – his lasting legacy – has continued on.

The last two Homes of Hope are being built as we speak. This will provide forever families for 24 for vulnerable children. It will continue to be a powerful testimony of redemption in Jesus Christ. But we need your help.

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Shade Houses & A Bright Future

Published January 7, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

We’ve shared a lot of pictures from different projects at the Ranch. We’re very excited for the opportunities for experts in a variety of areas (and many willing workers) to spend a week or two in Haiti with our Haitian staff, training in many different skills. Our staff there (and I think those who have traveled to Haiti) would say it’s an incredible time of building relationships. And men and women from both cultures learn things.

January is packed full of these Work teams. This week, the team is building a Shade House that will look something like this:

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5 Things To Do When You're Snowed In

Published January 6, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Family, LSM

Snowed in? Here’s 5 ideas to give your day some purpose.

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Looking back on 2013

Published December 31, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Haiti, LSM

If you had to sum up 2013 in a word, what would it be? 

For us at LSM, it’s been a year of focusing. We spent a lot of time thinking about what God has called LSM to be and ended up with a lot better vision for where we’re heading. After 10 years of ministry, this 11th year has been a good (and big) milestone for us! We got a fresh, new look and updated our mission, vision and values.

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Joseph: A Valiant Example

Published December 24, 2013 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family

This Christmas, I’ve been thinking about something Allen Stoller (LSM missionary) wrote recently. He said in reflection of the Christmas story:

Joseph was a very special man. When Mary came to him carrying the Messiah in her womb, the natural reaction would have been to reject any obligation to become her husband. His pride would have guaranteed that Jesus would have grown up in the very same predicament that we see with so many women in Ethiopia…no male role model or provider. His humble courage and heart for Mary and for her unborn child was eventually transferred into Jesus’ character and His heart for hurting women and children. Joseph’s heart came from God’s heart and Joseph’s heart is a role model for the work being done in Ethiopia.

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