𝗔 𝗙𝗲𝘄 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗦𝗠’𝘀 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆
Here are a few collected bullet points regarding LSM’s approach that are fairly unique within the world of ministry.
𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘆: 𝗔 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗺 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Haitian schools often rely on stock lectures and rote memorization. In contrast, LSM’s model emphasizes communication, collaboration, and problem solving. We believe kids will be best served in life by minds trained to work with others and find out-of-the-box solutions. That’s why half of our Homes of Hope receive supplemental educational training and the other half of our Homes attend schools operated by LSM. We’re trying to set an example of what education in Haiti can look like because we want to equip a new generation of innovators, problem solvers, job creators, entrepreneurs, engineers, and artists to build a prosperous future in Haiti!
𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵: 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗘𝗴𝗴 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 𝗮 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻?
Morning at LSM Tech in Haiti means it’s time to collect eggs! Some of the eggs from LSM Tech go to Homes of Hope, where children we have rescued from lives of poverty and abuse will enjoy tasty omelets and scrambled eggs for breakfast. Some eggs will be sold in a local grocery store, where several of our older students recently had internship opportunities. The opening of LSM Tech brings the journey of our eggs full circle, as children who enjoyed eating our eggs in LSM Homes and sold eggs as store interns now collect those eggs as LSM Tech student workers. That’s the LSM vision in an “eggshell” – those who benefit from LSM giving back to the ministry and Haiti, itself. One egg, one vision, blessed by God, can bring life to an entire nation!
𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗗𝗼 𝗪𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝘀?
One reason our sponsorship model is based on families, not individual kids, is that most child sponsor programs end after a certain age or grade level. We think in terms of family, which is a lifelong relationship. Rather than meet the basic needs of millions, we focus on the deep, whole person needs of the 240 kids we serve, believing this will have a farther-reaching impact. LSM sees our kids the way a parent sees a child – not as a name and age, but as a deeply known and loved family member. It’s difficult to succeed in Haiti whether you’re a child, or age 18 and up. As our kids grow, LSM walks alongside them, helping as needed as they become servant leaders, disciple others, and reach their culture for Christ!
𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁: 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶
LSM operates a 10-acre Industrial Park in Haiti, which produces high-quality concrete products. We are using these products to build LSM projects and to raise revenue that helps us advance the mission. In October 2016, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew, a horrible disaster that devastated Haiti’s infrastructure and that cut hundreds of lives tragically short, often due to structural collapse. Disasters have a greater fallout in places like Haiti because structures are poorly made and tend to crumble under stress or impact. The blocks LSM produces are built to withstand tremendous force, and therefore may save lives the next time a hurricane or earthquake strikes. LSM’s Industrial Park also provides a source of employment, commerce, and ministry!
𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱: