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Joseph: A Valiant Example

Published December 24, 2013 – Categories: Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family

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.

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Towers, Beaks & Relationships

Published December 12, 2013 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM, News

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.

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Training at the Ranch

Published December 10, 2013 – Categories: Business, Haiti, LSM

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:

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Max: A Testimony of God's Power

Published November 15, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM

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.

Max’s Story:

It’s helpful before we talk about our partnership to know a little bit of where Max came from.

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Adoption: Worth Fighting For

Published October 29, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family

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.

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Being a Voice on Orphan Sunday

Published October 25, 2013 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, LSM

“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?

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A Night of Thanks & Stories

Published October 17, 2013 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, Combating Exploitation, Ethiopia, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

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.

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Pray With Us

Published October 10, 2013 – Categories: LSM, News

We’ve got some big events coming up, and we’d love your prayers! With each event and step we take to deepen our programs around the world, we are confident in the reality that it is preceded with your prayers.

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What's been Changing at LSM?

Published October 5, 2013 – Categories: LSM, News

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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One

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

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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