๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด-๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜.

Jean Wesly,ย Micheline Taverne, andย Claudin Idoxis serve as LSM’s core Child Development team in Haiti. Jean Wesly, left, currently heads up LSM Tech. Claudin, right, manages our Child Development and Education Programs. Micheline, center, plays an integral role in implementing both our Trauma Healing and Child Development efforts, and she also heads up our student lending library. Claudin says, “For us, every day is a busy day, and these children’s road to success is met with constant challenges. But we are all well equipped with resources from LSM and grace from God. We love these children and are grateful for the opportunity that we have to speak encouragement and guidance into their lives!”

 

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—–๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€

Steve Gerber, the founder of Outdoor Conceptsย  here in Indiana, serves on LSM’s Board of Directors. Steve provides our leadership team with the prayerful stewardship and servant leadership that have guided him over his years as an entrepreneur and a father of four. Steve and his wife, Gayla, have three sons and a daughter, all married, plus a growing bevy of grandchildren. Steve sees a great need for programs helping vulnerable youth in this community, and he believes our merge with BrickHouse provides a great opportunity. He takes inspiration from Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

 

๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†

Ridersonย Brown, LSM’s Haiti Administrator, andย Michael Brown, President of LSM’s Produits Beton, brothers in ministry – as well as biological brothers – are on a mission to transform Haiti. “Haitians have been desperate and poor for generations,” says Riderson. “Many people think and act in ways that actually keep them in poverty. A big part of what motivates us is to see this country change the way it thinks and operates, starting at a young age with the kids in our Home of Hope families.” Michael agrees: “That’s what made the difference for us. We had excellent parents who raised us to love God, work hard, and serve others. At a young age, I learned my favorite Bible verse, 1 Cor. 10:31: ‘Do all for the glory of God.’ Ultimately, God is the one who is blessing, healing, and helping Haiti.”

 

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฟ

Rebecca Webb, LSM’s Administrative Assistant, wears many hats. As she puts it, a big part of her job is “creating and maintaining a good first impression of LSM.” Anyone who’s ever visited or called our U.S. office has almost certainly interacted with Rebecca, who besides serving as a public face, manages our gift shop, supports our effort to record gifts and stay in touch with donors, assists with event planning, manages our supply inventory, schedules the staff calendar, and plans our recurring “Lunch and Learns,” which have become a highly anticipated tradition for the team each month. She says: “My heart’s been touched to learn about dire situations in Haiti and Ethiopia, as well as the promise of a brighter future.”

“๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€. ๐—œ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—”๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป: ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ!” ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐Ÿฐ:๐Ÿฐ
This reminder comes from Lencia Saintuma, who serves LSM Tech as our Administrative Assistant and Cafeteria Manager. She is also wife of LSM Tech Director Jean Wesly. Our students love Lencia and the light of Christ that she shines wherever she goes. “God is so clearly present in this place!” Lencia says. “Since going to work for the kids, I’ve noticed Him refining my heart, making me more faithful to Him and more patient to those I serve.”

๐—˜๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: ๐—” ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

Emily Selking Ringger joined our Board of Directors in 2018. She brings valuable expertise to the role thanks to her background as a controller for Selking International, a truck dealership company with ten locations across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Emily and her husband Dustin have two young daughters, Maddie and Claire. Emily has a reputation on our board for her insightful questions and detail oriented approach. Fiscal responsibility is paramount here at LSM, so we’re grateful to Emily for helping us constantly refine and innovate. “I’m truly astonished by the generational impact LSM is making, often despite limited resources,” she says. “I’m honored to help LSM reach even more kids in the future!”

๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ:

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