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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
“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