What's Happening

What's been Changing at LSM?

What’s this? Something’s different around here! We’ve updated a lot, and we’re so excited to share what’s been happening at LSM over the last year.

Why the change?

We grew a lot in the first 10 years of ministry. In 2002, when we opened our doors, we provided free adoption resources (which we still do). But then we started growing in leaps and bounds and now we’re caring for vulnerable children on multiple continents with deep, solid programs. Because of that, we knew we needed to step back and ask “Where are we going, and why are we going there?”

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Published October 5, 2013 – Categories: LSM, News

One

Guest Blog today by Kelly McAvoy:

It finally hit me today. We all–you, me, generations before us, and generations after–have been looking at the statistics all wrong. We see “163,000,000 orphans” and think it’s impossible to move that number. We see “AIDS death every 14 seconds” and wonder why God would let such a horrible thing happen. We see “800,000 children in U.S. foster care” and wish we weren’t so helpless to the cause. We see all these numbers and more, when we should see the only number that matters:

 One.

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Published September 24, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM

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.

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Published September 17, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

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.

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Published September 12, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family

Vulnerable Kids & Orphan Sunday

Caring about orphans is a way to define your faith… It is the heart of God that we care for widows and orphans in their distress. Caring for orphans is a reflection of what God has done for you and me. We were vulnerable and helpless, and orphans are vulnerable and helpless.” – Rick and Kay Warren, God’s Heart for the Orphan

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Published September 10, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

Strength, Prosperity & A Reality to Come

Yesterday, Americans celebrated Labor Day, a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s a celebration of the many people who have worked for the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country (source: United States Dept of Labor).

As I think about that, I think of the plights of the countries that we work in, and long for the day when Labor Day celebrations are something they can claim for themselves and their countries as well. Today, reality looks much different than that for many vulnerable children though.

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Published September 3, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Haiti

VBS & our Haitian Staff

Our 5th annual VBS in Haiti runs all next week (August 19-23)! Two of our staff from the States are going down and three LSM missionaries are on the ground that will be there. We’re all present as background support.

With a total of about 300 people present at VBS, how does Camp run with that little American influence? Quite simply, it’s just not an American event. And we think that’s the best thing possible!

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Published August 14, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

Vehicle Maintenance & A Long-term Vision

At LSM, we’re constantly looking ahead to how what we’re doing translates into long-term sustainability for our kids and their futures. It’s a critical part of our mission in helping vulnerable children reach their God-given potential. This comes in many creative ways that will help guide kids towards the areas they’re gifted in.

One of our latest projects in Haiti is no exception. Bruce Aschliman and his wife Lisa (who’s working with Child Development) are some of the most recent additions to our staff in Haiti. Bruce has been hard at work since hitting the ground earlier this year and we wanted to share some of the exciting progress he’s coordinating!

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Published August 12, 2013 – Categories: Business, Haiti, LSM, News

Driven to Our Knees

“I have been many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” -Abraham Lincoln

We see this kind of vulnerability every day, brought on because of deep-seated poverty and generations of spiritual confusion. But unlike Lincoln, these vulnerable children often don’t know where to turn. Orphaned, abandoned, HIV+, child slaves, forced into prostitution, starving… all without any hope that life will turn around.

These are the things Jesus came to change. These are things we have the privilege to walk into too, offering hope in His name and a future to those the world has discarded.
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Published August 7, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Haiti, LSM

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.

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Published August 1, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

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