𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘: 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯
As we prepare for Giving Tuesday on November 28, we’re counting our blessings from 2023 by taking a moment to look back on some of the stories that inspire us!
𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲: 𝗛𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝘆𝗲𝘀 𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻!
Back in 2012, our donors made it possible for Caliste to join an LSM Home of Hope when she was 10 years old. A member of LSM’s Haitian staff recorded that Caliste’s family was very poor, that she suffered stomach pain due to hunger, and that she exhibited signs of depression and anxiety. In closing, the interviewer wrote “Caliste has very sad eyes.” Today, Caliste’s eyes tell a different story. She’s discovered a passion for music and says her dream is to tour the world. She also excels at school and has discovered a love for business. But she says the greatest change has been her acceptance of Jesus. She loves Psalm 100: “Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him with joyful songs!”
𝗢𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗿: 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗨𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝗨𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗩𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱?
We often feature vulnerable children and orphans who come from backgrounds of starvation, poverty, and slavery – whose lives have been changed through LSM’s Homes of Hope, through our Trauma Recovery program, and through our unique Continuum of Care. But what about about children and orphans who remain in harm’s way? Oscar, below, represents a child whose parents were killed or absent. Perhaps he’s out on the streets living on his own or worse, living as a child slave in the home of an abusive family who beats, starves and exploits him. There are countless children in Haiti with stories similar to Oscar’s. And that’s why LSM’s Gospel Project and Kinship Care program expand the scope of our work beyond Homes of Hope, providing more broadly in the communities we serve. When you give to LSM, it extends our reach so we can provide children like Oscar with living essentials, education resources, and the truth of the Gospel as soon as possible. Learn about Family Sponsorship and direct giving today!
𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱: 𝗔 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴!
Ephesians 1:5 says God “adopted us into His family through Jesus Christ.” Few can appreciate this better than Joëlle, whose lack of a family once made it difficult to find her way in the world. Joëlle became orphaned as an infant and went to live with her aunt, who lacked the means to care for her and was often abusive. Joëlle grew up not even knowing whether she had biological siblings. Today, through the generosity of her sponsors, Joëlle enjoys the love of her Home of Hope parents and eleven sisters. She says she’s grateful for the change her LSM family and the family of God have brought about in her life. Now she’s sharing the blessing of family with others who are in need!
𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗔𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀
In Haiti, where many people – especially young children – suffer from malnutrition and starvation, we believe it’s crucial for us to educate our LSM Tech students about how to grow crops and raise livestock. Agricultural knowledge is highly valuable in Haiti, even for those who don’t plan to become farmers, because raising a few goats, chickens, and cows can provide vital income and nutrition for one’s family, and also for one’s community. In fact, one LSM Tech student is so serious about agriculture that they’ve already bought a goat as a personal investment. We love to see our children taking the lessons we’re teaching them about stewardship and applying them to their lives!
𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱: