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:
This Christmas, I’ve been thinking about something Allen Stoller (LSM missionary) wrote recently. He said in reflection of the Christmas story:
Joseph was a very special man. When Mary came to him carrying the Messiah in her womb, the natural reaction would have been to reject any obligation to become her husband. His pride would have guaranteed that Jesus would have grown up in the very same predicament that we see with so many women in Ethiopia…no male role model or provider. His humble courage and heart for Mary and for her unborn child was eventually transferred into Jesus’ character and His heart for hurting women and children. Joseph’s heart came from God’s heart and Joseph’s heart is a role model for the work being done in Ethiopia.
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.
We’ve got a team in Haiti this week building a security tower at the Ranch. It will look something like this when it’s done:
We’ve got another very special guest in the LSM office this week. Maxon Clersaint is part of our Haiti Staff and one of those kind, passionate men that you just want to sit down and talk with for hours. We got a chance to catch up with him in the office today and heard some of his insights into LSM’s work and partnership in Haiti.
It’s helpful before we talk about our partnership to know a little bit of where Max came from.
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.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Silence in the wake of 153,000,000 children who are vulnerable and alone? King was wise in saying that when we fail to stand against these injustices, we lose. But sometimes, isn’t it just hard to know where to start?
Over the last few weeks, LSM staff was able to say thanks to a few small groups of you who have meant a lot to the ministry. We’ll continue doing that with a few more events this year… These have been special nights, full of stories, vision and a good dose of awe at the power of God working in some very dark places.
We would love to sit down with every single one of you who have invested in LSM over the years and share these stories. But because of time and space, that’s not possible with everyone. So instead, grab a cup of cider and let me share some of these stories with you.