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Purses Are Creating A New Life

It is life’s greatest privilege to see people who were once vulnerable and hopeless find meaning and purpose. We believe this is only completely possible through the power of Jesus Christ in a life, and with each program and project we start, LSM’s heart is to tap into a person’s greatest potential.

 

In Ethiopia, we’ve found this to be true of each mother who has found herself desperate to provide for her children. Vulnerability leads to exploitation – and a generational cycle of hopelessness. But if a woman can find hope in something else and discover that she is capable of providing for her family with dignity, something powerful changes. Through extensive counselling, discipleship and vocational training, we’ve seen hundreds of women and children leave the streets and start new lives, reaching for their greatest potential.

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Published February 3, 2015 – Categories: Business, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

About Addis

There’s a beautiful city in Eastern Africa where ancient culture, devoutly religious people and extreme poverty all meet. It is captivating – a paradox of rich and poor and great pain.

 

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Published February 2, 2015 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, LSM

Vulnerability & Where It Leads

“All I ever wanted was to be loved and have a family…” – Shana, sex trafficked in the US

 

Deep within us is a desire to be loved and accepted. We are made for family. For community. For a place and people who are there for us. When that is stripped away through death, abandonment, or abuse, it leave a void at our very core. Voids are tricky things. Without guidance or support, we’ll go searching for something to fulfill that – and the results are often horrific.

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Published January 27, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, News, Uncategorized

Five Years Ago Today…

Five years ago today, an entire country was flipped upside down in a massive earthquake. We just want to take a moment to remember and pray for Haiti.

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Published January 12, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

This Year

We’re off to a great start in 2015 and are so excited for what we’ve got planned this year! As we look for deeper ways to invest in the lives of the children we serve, we are so thankful for how God’s providing for each step we take.

 

Check out some of what’s happening:

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Published January 5, 2015 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, Haiti, LSM, News, Uncategorized

Welcoming Home

This week, we welcome 24 children home. 

 

24 vulnerable children who have been abused, rejected, abandoned, orphaned and forgotten are going to walk into a Home of Hope and leave those words and that identity of hopelessness behind. Because in this home, they are going to hear different words from their new mom and dad: words like acceptance, love, family, hope… future.

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Published December 15, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

Give with Meaning this Christmas

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Maya Angelou

I love Christmas. I love the spirit of giving and love that follows everyone. I love the presence of family and friends. There are so many warm memories for me wrapped up in the holiday dinners and twinkling lights. And because I’m so blessed, I think often about how I can give back.

 

I imagine there’s a few of you who consider the same thing, looking for ways to be meaningful and intentional throughout the holidays. This Christmas, we’re excited about several new ways we can help you spread that love to vulnerable children!

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Published December 10, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, Uncategorized

What Would Adoption or Foster Care Look like for my Family?

What does it look like when you open up your life to a vulnerable child? How might that change your family’s dynamics? What are some ethics and potential issues that you should consider before hand? We compiled some great articles this week covering everything from racial issues in adoption to how to care for your foster care workers. Would love to hear what connects with you or other great articles like this you’ve found or written. Share with us in the comments!

 

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Published December 4, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, Uncategorized

A Place to Call Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us – the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou

We all long for the intimacy of a family – the stability of a place to call home. Some of us have that, and it evokes warm and tender emotions when we think of those we love, and places we gather. Others only dream of such a time.

Home is a vague word nine-year-old named Elise* only dreams of. Her father left when she was very young and died not long after that. She can’t remember what he even looks like. She lived in squalor with her mother, who struggled to find food for them. Life was hard. And then two years ago, Elise’s mother died. She’s nine years old and has never been to school. Scars cover her face and leg – and I wonder how many more scars are left inside?

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Published November 25, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM, Uncategorized

Prisoners of Hope

I’ve been thinking about our Home of Hope parents in Haiti who have brought 12 girls or boys into their lives. Their joy is evident, though I know it’s not easy. And it makes me wonder… on those dark nights when one of their children is crying in fear because of past pain, what keeps them going? When the kids aren’t obeying and they’re running in five directions, what gives them strength?

 

Katie Davis, who is an adoptive mother and advocate in Uganda, writes a beautiful answer that I think our parents understand and live out well. She writes of a discouraging time with one of her daughters when the pain from the past was threatening to overwhelm. It was there that God provided a beautiful picture of WHY we serve the orphan, of why we persevere, of why we give grace and live with hope.

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Published November 21, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Haiti

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