𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗨𝘀 𝗔𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗔𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 “𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘅𝘁?”
When LSM was founded, ministries helping vulnerable kids were less common. How do we stand out today? One good answer is our unparalleled commitment to “what’s next?” We started in Adoption Resources, but what was next? We established Homes of Hope to provide in-country care for kids who weren’t adopted. We helped them heal from abuse and trauma, but what was next? Discipleship, internships, and vocational training to help those children become adult leaders. Donors provided generous support, but what was next in terms of our stewardship? We established businesses to supplement giving and help even more kids. Today, LSM is still set apart by relentless innovation, plus the long view we take on our kids and the Kingdom. You make it possible!
This is what it looks like when God takes a piece from each of twelve broken family situations and glues them together to make a new family, a Home of Hope. How does it work? First, local churches in Haiti help LSM locate an upstanding Christian couple that feels a strong call from God to care for vulnerable kids. Next, our staff works with churches to locate twelve boys or girls who are orphaned, child slaves, or at high risk of becoming slaves. We search for kids who have the greatest needs and highest potential, then match them with our carefully chosen couple to create a permanent family, a Home of Hope. Through your support, we offer trauma recovery, mentorship, and other tools to help equip our kids to achieve their full potential and reach their culture for Christ!
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗔𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁: 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗜𝘀 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁
LSM employs more than 150 Haitians across our businesses, our child development staff, and our construction crews. But did you know that not one of our permanent, on-site Haitian employees is an American? Our Haitian operations employ Haitians. Likewise, our Ethiopian ministries employ Ethiopians. We rarely send short-term teams, and those we do are mainly focused on teaching, not doing. This avoids cultural erosion and unintentionally taking employment from the local workforce. The work we’re doing to build productivity and resilience in our individual children is crucial. But someday, our kids will move out into society, where they will have their best shot at success in a community and local economy which LSM is helping to ensure is also productive and healthy.
𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀’ 𝗥𝗼𝗹𝗲: 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀
We’re often asked how LSM identifies vulnerable Haitian kids who are most in need. The answer is that we work with local leaders, especially churches, which are often deeply aware of concerns in their communities. Churches also help us identify candidates to be Home of Hope parents. Typically, LSM looks for couples who don’t yet have children of their own, but who show leadership in their church and neighborhood. Once we identify twelve boys or girls and a couple to serve as parents, we build them a home – at which point the Haitian church provides our newly formed family with emotional and spiritual support, including tools for trauma recovery, discipleship, and leadership that complement LSM’s own programs. In Haitian culture, anyone – regardless of age – who has a gift for singing or preaching in church is treated as a community leader. From helping us identify vulnerable children to empowering them with leadership opportunities, Haitian churches offer a crucial source of stability and spiritual growth for our kids!