Are you looking for some great resources to share about orphans in your church or small group? Do you want to do something to help people around you stand up for vulnerable children?
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.
This week, as we look forward to Father’s Day this weekend, we want to celebrate and talk about one of the most important relationships we have in life – dads.
We believe that fathers are a foundational part of helping children become all they can be. It’s a core value that we hold as an organization, and we work hard to create and sustain families with a mom and dad present when at all possible because we know the sense of worth and example that dads bring to the family. It’s not hard to see the value and impact that a dad has in a child’s life. But what about the kids who don’t have that?
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!
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent Van Gogh
With summer upon us and schools letting out, I’m sure there’s a few moms out there wondering how you’re going keep your kids occupied! If that sounds familiar, keep reading for some surprisingly simple ideas that could have a huge impact on your family.
As of this morning, we only need $253/ month yet to “Finish the Vision.” Would you stand with us to provide forever families for 24 vulnerable children in Haiti?
Becoming a sponsor means that you’re providing a lifelong difference for children just like Kay*. She is a daughter in one of the Cancer Redemption Project Homes that’s been open for about a year. Before she was able to come into the Abba family, Kay lived in pretty desperate circumstances. Kay’s father was a drunk who was abusive. She was beaten a lot and was severely malnourished. All she’d known in life was pain, fear and hunger. At 10 years old, she’d never been to school.
We’re so close to reaching a monumental goal and we’re looking for YOU to help us “Finish the Vision.” We are so excited for the progress – and look forward to seeing God come through in some incredible ways as we gain the final sponsorship for the last two Homes of Hope at the Cancer Redemption Project.
Do you think it’s possible to end poverty in the next 25 years? Do you think you can make a personal impact in that possibility?
Barna Group just released an article that’s well worth the time to read. Check it out here: “Global Poverty is on the Decline, But Almost No One Believes It – Barna Group”
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.
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.