Posts Tagged With 'Parenting'

  • Mar
  • 14
  • 2014

Walk in Her Shoes

Posted by Amber Steffen In Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM | No Comments »
Walk in Her Shoes

This video started making its way into my news feeds this week, and I am struck by a simple reality… we forget to walk in someone else’s shoes too often. We see responses of anger, and we want to make it stop. We see reactions of fear and we want to make it all better right now. But I invite you to walk in this little girl’s shoes for a while – shoes that represent so many broken stories of children around the world. 

  • Mar
  • 05
  • 2014

Uniting to Care for the Vulnerable

Posted by Amber Steffen In Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News | No Comments »

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. 

  • Oct
  • 31
  • 2013

Samuel

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Samuel

I love this little guy. His smile and tender personality just light up the room. I love his family, and all 11 of his little brothers. They giggle and tease and are the best of friends. And I love everything that this little guy represents – because his smile is a part of a big story.

  • Oct
  • 29
  • 2013

Adoption: Worth Fighting For

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Adoption: Worth Fighting For

Jen Hatmaker just wrote a beautiful blog post about her adoption journey. With her wit and humor and raw honesty, she paints a clear picture… and less you get scared half way through reading it and vow never to adopt, check out what she says at the end:

“Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting through, and adoption is one of them. I can hardly think of something closer to God’s character, who is the “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy.” Certainly, we are his difficult children who spaz out and pull away and manipulate and struggle. We distrust His good love and sabotage our blessings, imagining our shame disqualifies us or that God couldn’t possibly be faithful to such orphans.

  • Sep
  • 30
  • 2013

School is Starting in Haiti!

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School is Starting in Haiti!

Things have been gearing up for the new school year (which runs from October – July) in Haiti for the last couple of weeks! Last week, some generous gifts of school kits arrived in Les Cayes. All of our Home of Hope dads came to the office there to help unload them. This was a pretty cool day for our families and so exciting (just like school shopping here is a fun, exciting thing for kids!)

  • Sep
  • 17
  • 2013

Love is Changing Stories

Posted by Amber Steffen In Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM | 2 Comments »
Love is Changing Stories

We sat across from each other on benches under a tarp to hide us from the blaring sun, these families and a few of us staff. Worship music drifted our way from the church, and a few kids skipped by every so often. It was VBS, and in the heat of the day, we were happy to sit in the shade. I reveled in the families that God’s brought together through so many people’s giving and hard work and passion.

  • Sep
  • 12
  • 2013

The Color of your Skin & T4A

Posted by Amber Steffen In Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family | 1 Comment »
The Color of your Skin & T4A

She asked my son an honest question, and he gave her a surprising answer: ”Noah, why is your mommy white?”

Noah’s answer was immediate and matter-of-fact. He simply replied (actually, not so simply), “That’s not a question that Martin Luther King, Jr. would ask. It’s the content of your character that matters, not the color of your skin.” Wow… (source: T4A blog post by Dan Cruver)

That’s a pretty powerful response, and I’m sure one that would make every multi-ethnic family glow with pride… this child gets it. He knows he’s loved and a part of a family – accepted for who he is. Skin color has nothing to do with it.

  • Aug
  • 29
  • 2013

Bethany

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Bethany

Bethany* is the biological daughter of one of our Home of Hope couples. She’s got some pretty cool parents (who you can read more about here) and 12 older sisters who love her to pieces. When I think about the unique place she has in her Home of Hope family, I’m encouraged as I think about the example she’ll see in her mom and dad. I think about the things they’ll instill in her as she grows. And when I think of that, I’m excited, because generational change is happening right now.

  • Aug
  • 01
  • 2013

Child Development: Equipping our Kids

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Child Development: Equipping our Kids

Jen Schwartz (LSM Adoption &  Child Development) and team were just in Haiti working with Lisa Aschliman (LSM Haiti Child Development Coordinator) to start several educational enhancements for our Home of Hope kids. Jen describes their recent trip below:

We were so excited to have a team from Emmanuel Community Church travel to Haiti to work in our Homes of Hope for Child Education Development. This was the beginning step for our ongoing project of bringing education and excellence to our LSM kids. God put together a wonderful ECC team of women who were gifted and passionate to help our kids.  As the LSM team leader for the trip, I was so touched by each woman’s desire to be the feet of Jesus as we walked alongside our Haiti families and introduced them to critical and creative thinking education skills.

  • Jun
  • 14
  • 2013

Father’s Day Anthem

Posted by Amber Steffen In Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News | No Comments »
Father's Day Anthem

This weekend is special as we celebrate the dads in our lives. Today’s post is by Joe Gerber, National Mobilization Coordinator for LSM. As a passionate advocate for the fatherless, and a dad himself, Joe’s got a wide expanse of knowledge and heart to share our Father’s Day message. 

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