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Walk in Her Shoes

Published March 14, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

This video started making its way into my news feeds this week, and I am struck by a simple reality… we forget to walk in someone else’s shoes too often. We see responses of anger, and we want to make it stop. We see reactions of fear and we want to make it all better right now. But I invite you to walk in this little girl’s shoes for a while – shoes that represent so many broken stories of children around the world. 


Make a Difference

Published March 11, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM

“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: they hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters.

They get excited over one smile. They are walking to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities, and nations, and yes, the world.” – Beth Clark


Uniting to Care for the Vulnerable

Published March 5, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Caring for Orphans, Family, LSM, News

We’re pretty excited for  CAFO’s Orphan Summit on May 1-2. If you’re in the Mid-west, this is the time to come! This year, we’re meeting in Chicago for a moving event with one goal: to inspire and equip Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love. 


Business & Developmental Growth in Haiti

Published February 28, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Haiti, LSM

Do you ever wonder what happens in a week in Haiti? Our US and Haitian staff are hard at work creating sustainability for our Home of Hope families. This means there’s a lot going on!

Here’s just a few of the projects currently in the works:


It's a Busy Weekend!

Published February 19, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, LSM

This weekend, we hope you’re around for one of several events we’re at! We’d really appreciate prayers for the many different directions our staff and several volunteers are heading. Pray for good conversations, connections with LSM and  that we would accurately and powerfully share the heart of  LSM.

Here’s where we’ll be at:


What Can You Do?

Published January 28, 2014 – Categories: Caring for Orphans, LSM

Lira* is a beautiful little girl in Ethiopia, and the perfect example of the vulnerability that orphaned children are faced with. Her father died months ago, her mom is dying of AIDS. She’s already the sole provider for her baby brother. She has no one left to protect her – no one to provide for her and her baby brother. What options does she have? 

Because she lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, her resources and opportunities are minimal. As a 10 year old girl, she may try to find work as a house maid. But in reality, she will likely join the 140,000 women and young girls on the streets in prostitution – unless someone intervenes. 


"Finish the Vision" of the Cancer Redemption Project

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

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.


Shade Houses & A Bright Future

Published January 7, 2014 – Categories: Business, Caring for Orphans, Family, Haiti, LSM, News

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:


5 Things To Do When You're Snowed In

Published January 6, 2014 – Categories: Adoption, Family, LSM

Snowed in? Here’s 5 ideas to give your day some purpose.


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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