Throughout the Bible, God continually shows His love for the most vulnerable children – the fatherless. Think about that… there’s a profound theological and practical connection between men and the fatherless. What kind of radical implications should that have in the lives of Christian men and the way we care for the orphan?
We see countless examples in our culture today of absent dads. There are very real and staggering statistics that drive home the effects this has in the lives of our youth. But when Christian men stand together to care for the fatherless, we see solid examples for vulnerable children filling the role every child needs most.
The first time you fly into Port-au-Prince, it leaves an impression. Gorgeous Caribbean waters fade into rusted rooflines of dilapidated shanties. And the closer you get, the greater the paradox. Bodies cram in around you as you hit the heat wave, trying to help with your bags for a fee. Drums and melodies you can’t understand welcoming you to this struggling little nation where the only thing you’re certain of in that moment is that life will never quite look the same after this experience. It’s intoxicating.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.