𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻: 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘄𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀
Michael Brown is the Director of LSM’s Nouvelle Aube family of businesses in Haiti. “Nouvelle Aube” is a phrase that means “new dawn,” because we want our businesses to set a new standard for products and service in Haiti. “I help the managers of our Concrete Products, Construction and Automotive businesses. Many Haitians live in despair, but these businesses are bringing hope, changing mindsets, and lifting entire communities. I want our American friends to know that we are working hard every day to earn your support, and I believe that because of you, Haiti will be a totally different country ten years from now!” Michael’s favorite scripture, 1 Cor. 10:31, reminds us to “do everything for the glory of God!”
𝗝𝗲𝗻: 𝗔𝗻 𝗘𝘆𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗟𝗦𝗠
Jen Schwartz was the third employee to join LSM, following Ed and Doug. She has assisted more than 9,000 families with their adoption journeys. She also saw the launch of our first Home of Hope, and the 21 that followed. As LSM’s Family Sponsorship and Child Development Coordinator, Jen has seen firsthand the tragic situations of abuse and poverty that our Home of Hope children are taken from, and she works diligently to help them grow into godly leaders. In 2020, Jen picked up some new responsibilities, including our emails, newsletters, and print materials. As a part of the marketing team, Jen helps effectively tell our story to the LSM community. And who better to bear witness to the great magnitude of all that God has accomplished?
𝗥𝗼𝗻𝘆 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗼𝗻: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿
About twelve years ago, while assisting with the first job interviews at LSM Tech, our Construction Manager, Troy Leyse, first met Rony, serving as a translator at the time. After that, Rony helped translate for numerous important meetings and team projects. More than a translator, he was known for stepping in at times, mediating, and gently diffusing difficult situations. Rony recently completed a degree in theology at a Christian university in the U.S., and he now feels called to help Haiti realize its God-given potential through multiplication and discipleship. Today, he serves as our Director of Discipleship at LSM Tech, where he mentors future mentors. This week, let’s all pray for Rony and his students – as well as teachers and students everywhere!
𝗞𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝘆𝗲𝗿: 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲 – 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝗼 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴!
If you have given to LSM in the past, then you have likely had some contact with Kathy Meyer, who serves as our Donor Processor. This means that Kathy is responsible for mailing receipts and thank-you notes, as well as general information about our ongoing work. Kathy also processes payments received by LSM’s BrickHouse store. “I’ve loved working for LSM over the past 17 years,” Kathy says. “It is such a meaningful blessing to be involved in Kingdom work that is bettering the lives of so many of God’s children!” Kathy and Denny, her husband of 35 years, have three daughters and three sons-in-law: Alyssa and Tyler Knochel, Paige and Jackson Troxel, and Jenna and Gavin Fritz. We appreciate you, Kathy!
𝗗𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗺: 𝗦𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗮
“I am giving my everything to these amazing children,” says Dagim, one of LSM’s Family Preservation social workers in Ethiopia. “It’s what I am called to do!” The child of a single mom, himself, Dagim is passionate about our Family Preservation program’s mission of helping vulnerable children, as well as their single mothers, reach their full potential through mentoring, education resources, trauma recovery, and more. Dagim’s responsibilites include teaching the children, making home visits, and documenting families’ progress, but his favorite job is telling the children about Jesus. “My dream,” Dagim says, “is to make the world a better place for everyone, beginning with those who are most in need of hope!”