• Jun
  • 04
  • 2013

Justice is a Long Obedience

Justice is a Long Obedience

Earlier this year, I heard Gary Haugen, President of IJM (International Justice Mission) speak at the Justice Conference. It was a powerful message with one statement that I’ve thought back to often. He said this:

“Justice requires LONG obedience in the same direction.”

  • May
  • 30
  • 2013

Swimming and The Gospel

Posted by Amber Steffen In Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, News | 3 Comments »
Swimming and The Gospel

The tension was unnaturally thick in the concrete building last week.  Nearly 40 people were there facing several LSM staff in what was quickly turning into a different meeting than LSM anticipated. They’d met last Tuesday to discuss with the community the security issues around the 40-acre LSM Ranch. Some local boys had been wriggling through the barbed wire and cactus fence to go swimming in a steep and deep pond on the LSM property. Concerned for their safety, LSM staff had told the boys to stop, and then approached the mayor when they kept sneaking over. But now, sitting across from some upset men, women and the local judge, LSM staff sensed it was about a lot more than boys swimming where they shouldn’t.

  • May
  • 28
  • 2013

Two Kids and a Bible Program

Posted by Amber Steffen In Caring for Orphans, Ethiopia, Family, LSM | 1 Comment »
Two Kids and a Bible Program

Ethiopia’s orphan crisis is notorious with nearly 13% of its children having lost one or both parents (according to this UNICEF report), 800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Those are staggering statistics with huge, horrible consequences for a generation of orphans.

Ester* and Tabi* were no exception, except that instead of a huge statistic, they’re kids that I know personally. (Many of you know what I mean by saying that statistics look a lot different when there’s individual faces attached to them.)

  • May
  • 23
  • 2013

Growing Up

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Growing Up

Mercy* lost her mother mother several years ago, and her father wasn’t in the picture at all. Her grandmother struggled to care for her and her little cousin. The grandmother was desperate, knowing that the girls were malnourished and that she wouldn’t be around forever to care for them. This story is all too common in Haiti. But what happened next is not so common. In fact, her grandmother would call it a miracle.

  • May
  • 21
  • 2013

5 Things to Make Your Summer Inspiring

Posted by Amber Steffen In Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM | 2 Comments »
5 Things to Make Your Summer Inspiring

Summer’s here! Kids are getting out of school, barbecues, bonfires, pool parties and vacations will most likely fill your calendars quickly. It’s a fun time! But how can you make your summer intentional and inspiring? Here’s a few ideas for making an epic summer you won’t regret!

  • May
  • 17
  • 2013

Building Up

Posted by Amber Steffen In Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM | No Comments »
Building Up

If you keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter you’ll see construction pictures coming through every once in a while. So what’s going on in Haiti? Several things actually. Here’s a quick look at some of the big projects we’re currently working on.

  • May
  • 14
  • 2013

Possum Trot

Posted by Amber Steffen In Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family | No Comments »
Possum Trot

“They’re teaching us some God-kind of love…” -Bishop W.C. Martin

This year at Summit 9 we heard about the little town of Possum Trot, Texas (yes, that’s the real name of the place.) Bishop W.C. Martin shared his family’s moving story of fostering to adopt and the orphan care movement that rose up in his church from that. Think about this with me for a moment. A family in the church takes two troubled kids into their family, and it starts changing them. Their church family sees the difference it’s making in both the children’s lives and the couple. And that family starts talking about it – and calling the church to stand with them.

  • May
  • 09
  • 2013

Recommended Reads: 5 Powerhouse Books

Recommended Reads: 5 Powerhouse Books

Every so often, I like to post some of the great books on orphan care and related issues that I come across (if you’ve ever got some ideas let me know about them so we can share the resources!) I’d love to know what you think of these, and if you’ve been as impacted as I am reading through them.

  • May
  • 07
  • 2013

Every Child deserves…

Posted by Amber Steffen In Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM | No Comments »
Every Child deserves...

“Every child deserves to know that at least one person in the world is crazy about them.” -Michele Bachmann (Summit 9)

She said it, and immediately the crowd responded. I sat there, one in a sea of 2,500 conference-goers, pondering such a simple, powerful statement. And in an instant, faces multiplied in my mind – scenes of transformed hope.

  • Apr
  • 30
  • 2013

Ethiopia: Culture, Stories & Restoration

Posted by Amber Steffen In Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, LSM, News | 2 Comments »
Ethiopia: Culture, Stories & Restoration

Remember reading about a group of advocates who wanted to help families understand life in Ethiopia? (Check here if you need a refresher.) Friday night, their vision culminated in an interactive open house where hundreds of people showed up to learn about Ethiopia, children and their mothers in prostitution and what they can do about about it with LSM. Here’s some of the highlights:

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