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In an Unforgiving City

Anna* spent seven months working on the streets, enduring long nights in dark alleys and wishing there was something – anything better than the life she was living. This had never been the plan. But what hope did she have?

 

Growing up in a rural village in Southern Ethiopia, Anna knew of God. He was just not a big part of her life. She got a boyfriend and soon found out she was pregnant. The boyfriend was soon out of the picture and Anna felt very alone and ashamed of her life in the small village. After giving birth to a little boy, she decided to try and start a new life in Addis Ababa where she had some relatives she could stay with. When she got to the capital though, things didn’t go like she’d planned. After a particularly heavy disagreement with her aunt and uncle, Anna was forced to leave, and suddenly she found herself on the street in a strange city with her little boy, all alone.

 

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Published July 23, 2014 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, LSM, Uncategorized

What if you could step into Haiti for a night?

What if you could step into another culture for an evening? What would you see? What would you learn? How would it change you?

Recently, we did just that with a local youth group. We started the evening with some walk through exhibits where they could read about global poverty and then walk into “Haiti” complete with a hut, market and yard area.

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Published July 11, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM

Joy & Hurt

Frederick Buechner once said that “the place God calls you to should be the place where your deepest gladness and the world’s deepest hurts meet.”

Like many new phases of life, that means stepping outside our comfort zones to discover where the world’s deepest hurts are. And this week, there’s a small group of men in Haiti doing just that.

Ed Schwartz, LSM’s President is leading a Vision team through Les Cayes, Haiti to teach about some of the world’s deepest hurts that nearly a million vulnerable children in Haiti are exposed to. He’s also showing them our response to those painful realities.

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Published June 17, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM

Dads Part 2

We talked about the importance of fathers in our lives earlier this week here. And as we celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we want to send a big shout out to some amazing dads who are raising their kids to love Jesus.

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Published June 13, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

One Year & A Completed Vision

One year ago today, Zach Bertsch (Cancer Redemption Project) went home to be with Jesus.

(Read the story here.) We have been so blessed to walk with you all over the last few years and see God provide along this bittersweet journey. The Cancer Redemption Project in Cavaillon, Haiti has provided forever families for 72 orphaned and extremely vulnerable children. A church and school for the surrounding area are now the highest point in that village – shining brightly as a remembrance of God’s faithfulness and eternal hope.

Since Zach’s death, his wife Jenny has tirelessly continued the vision to raise the rest of the ongoing support they committed to finding for the Home of Hope families. The office has been full of anticipation over the last several months as we’ve watched funds come in to complete their fundraising goals. God has been faithful!

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Published June 6, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

CAFO Summit 2014

Last week, several of our staff and some advocates headed to Chicago for Christian Alliance for Orphan’s 10th Annual Orphan Summit. Nearly 3,000 attendees spanning 26 nations gathered to stand together for vulnerable children. Think about the impact a gathering like that can have!

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Published May 6, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, News

Growth at the Ranch

If you’ve heard about our Ranch in Fondfrede, Haiti, you’ll know that there’s some incredible, innovative things happening there. What you might not know at a glance though, is the research and development efforts going into it. Or what it means for an entire generation of children in Haiti. Or what a difference its making in the surrounding communities today.

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Published April 30, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM

Dads Leading the Charge

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.

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Published April 16, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

Firsts & Lasting Impressions

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.

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Published April 1, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, News

Uniting to Care for the Vulnerable

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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Published March 5, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News

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