Meet Our Ethiopia Team

 

๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ: ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€, ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ’๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€

Paulos Mamo, one of our dedicated program managers in Ethiopia, has served LSM for more than ten years, helping children and their single moms break cycles of desperation and poverty through our business, education, trauma healing, and discipleship programs. Early in Paulos’ ministry, he still remembers the first time he and LSM helped a young mother who was on the verge of resorting to prostitution to feed her kids. A decade later, Paulos has collected hundreds of similar stories. The work is difficult, but also inspiring. Paulos says he has “no greater joy” than helping our moms become business owners and seeing the kids achieve their full, God-given potential.

 

 

๐—›๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ: “๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ!”
Hlina Wondwossen developed a heart for the overwhelming needs she saw growing up as a child in Ethiopia. Today, she has realized that calling by working with LSM, helping vulnerable young women who have been forced to make desperate decisions to provide for their families. Hilina and Paulos Mamo help our single moms find dignified jobs. LSM also provides counseling, educational opportunities, and local church support for our moms and their kids, empowering the next generation to break recurring cycles of poverty and desperation. “For me,” Hlina says “There’s no greater success than seeing someone find true hope!”

 

 

๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—›๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ-๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ-๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ, ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€, ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ’๐˜€ ๐—ฉ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป
Before becoming an incredible husband-and-wife ministry team for LSM in Ethiopia, Johney and Mekdes grew up as kids in a massive orphanage. They received food and education, but they were not prepared for the outside world, given the nurturing of a family, or introduced to Jesus. Both came to faith outside the orphanage. The pair reconnected and eventually married. Due to their history, Johnny and Mekdes have huge hearts for the single mothers and their children for whom LSM is providing educational help, counseling, small business training, and physical support. “A parent,” Mekdes says, “is like the loving shepherd who sacrifices their own life for their sheep.” We are so thankful for these two and their transformative work for families in Ethiopia!

 

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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Semira: The Gift of Empowerment

 

I am a 33-year old single mother living in Ethiopia, and my family is a living testament to the faithfulness of our awesome God, who has walked with us through our darkest days. Our little family has seen many stormy times, and I can’t say that I’ve always understood the Lord’s plan. All I know for certain is that He’s never abandoned us, and His grace has always been enough.

 

 

๐—” ๐—•๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

From the beginning, my life never seemed to go as planned. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Following cultural customs, I married at the young age of 17 and moved over 300 miles away from my family to a new town, where I gave birth to my first child. When my son was 6 years old, my husband passed away without warning. The pain of losing him was very difficult, but I pressed on.

 

 

Alone with my son, I moved back to Addis Ababa to restart my life. For two years, I worked hard and cared for my son. Every day was difficult, and I feared for our future. During this time, I met a nice man and remarried. A year later, I gave birth to my second child, a daughter. My husband worked hard, yet our growing family’s financial struggles began to strain our marriage.

 

I was desperate to help solve my familyโ€™s financial problems, so I made the difficult decision to leave my two children and travel to the city of Dubai. I worked hard as a housemaid in order to give my kids an education and future opportunities. After five years, I returned to my family with money saved and a renewed hope for our future. Our lives were good for a short time. A year after I returned from Dubai, I gave birth to our third child. My husband and I planned to use our savings to start a business so our growing family could become more financially stable.

 

๐—” ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป

But one day changed everything. Our house was robbed, and the money I had worked so hard for during my five years in Dubai was stolen. My hopes and plans for a better future evaporated instantly, and the painful sacrifice of being separated from my seemed to have been all for nothing. Adding to the devastation, my husband blamed me for the robbery. Our conflict spiraled, and soon my husband divorced me. I was once again left alone as a single mother, now with three children. Without money, I was unable to pay my family’s rent, and we were soon evicted. While we were homeless, I used the small amount of money I had to send my children to school. We slept on the street at night, hungry, scared and never knowing what the next day would bring.

 

 

๐—” ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€

But I soon learned that God had plans for my family! After living on a crowded street in the slums with my family for a number of weeks, I met LSM staff members Paulos and Hilina. They had been praying that God would direct them to vulnerable families like mine, and they could see my familyโ€™s despair, as well as signs of the trauma we had endured. They showed us Godโ€™s grace by taking us off the streets that same day and inviting us to stay at the Family Renewal office. I was humbled to receive help from strangers, but I was also grateful that my children could feel safe at last. Over the next 8 days, LSM’s Family Renewal staff helped me find a new home. I knew God was giving my family a second chance.

 

LSM’s Family Renewal program has provided us with counseling, encouragement, and support in our time of desperate need. Besides my family, LSM’s Ethiopia staff is also reaching 40 other single mothers just like me who were on the brink of giving up hope. We thank God every day for LSM, and for this program, which is helping us restore both our dignity and our faith!

 

๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†

My three children are continuing their education. They attend LSMโ€™s after-school tutoring program three days a week with a meal before lessons. Each Saturday, my children are given trauma recovery training, taught life skills, and provided with individual counseling sessions. Along with these tools, my children enjoy daily meals, Bible studies, and activities that empower them to build safe, healthy relationships with other children. When my children first came to LSM, they were often sick and had low self worth and poor hygiene. Now they are happy, healthy, confident young leaders who are performing well in school and who are hopeful about their future for the first time!

 

 

The Family Renewal program also provides my family with food support and medical care. I attend life skills and pre-business training, which is equipping me to start my own business! I never wanted to depend on charity, but LSM’s program does not feel like charity. Instead, Family Renewal is helping me build long-term independence. I feel like am regaining confidence every day. Above all, LSM is teaching my family that God is in control and that He knows everything our family has been through.ย  Despite hardships, we are learning God has a purpose in our lives and that He loves us dearly. After years of desperation, my familyโ€™s emotional and physical wellness is being restored. Hope is replacing despair. Dignity is replacing shame. God is showing us our worth in Him and planting seeds of hope in our hearts!

 

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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Child Snapshots

 

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ!

Learn more about the stories of redemption God is telling in the lives of a few of our children in Haiti!

 

 

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต: ๐—” ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜, ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€

Sarah’s father died when she was young. Her mother, who suffers from a mental health condition, gave Sarah to another family as a restavek (child slave) and moved to Port-au-Prince. Sarah worked long hours carrying water, and her family beat her when she was tired. Thanks to the help of supporters like you, Sarah was rescued and welcomed into one of our Homes of Hope. Today, her future looks a lot brighter. She studies and works hard, and she is dearly loved by her parents and eleven sisters. We are all thankful to see Sarah’s heart healing and shining for Jesus!

 

 

 

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐—” ๐—™๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

Wilson grew up the youngest of eleven children in rural Haiti. His father was old and unable to provide for the family, so they ate just once each day. The family’s situation was so desperate that Wilson was in danger of becoming a child slave. Today, living in a Home of Hope, Wilson still counts himself as part of a large family (twelve boys), but everything else about his life has changed. He never wants for food, shelter, or educational opportunities. Wilson is known within his family for his gentle words and courteous attitude. He has a sharp mind and is pursuing a career in mechanical engineering!

 

 

 

๐—๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ต: ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ’๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ

Joseph’s father died when he was very young. His mother, who was unable to provide for her kids, often mistreated and beat Joseph. He was on the verge of starving or becoming a slave when LSM found him and welcomed him into a Home of Hope. Joseph is now five years old, and his life today looks very different. He has food to eat, his own bed,ย brothers to play with, and parents who teach him about Jesus. When we see Joseph’s beaming smile, it’s easy to miss signs of his traumatic history โ€“ a powerful testament to God’s redemptive work in his life. By providing a quality education and trauma recovery programs, we are setting Joseph up to succeed and bless those around him.

 

 

 

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ ๐—จ๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ป๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ’๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Vanessa’s dad died of a fever when she was young, and her mother struggled to provide for the family. When LSM found Vanessa, she was thin and weak and had never attended school. Today, she lives in one of LSM’s Homes of Hope, where she excels in her literature and computer classes. She enjoys music and cooking and hopes to become a nurse. Vanessa’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27:7, “Hear my voice when I call, Lord. Be merciful to me and answer me.” At LSM, we want to help answer that prayer for Vanessa and hundreds of children like her by getting stories like Vanessa’s in front of as many people as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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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Ministry Distinctives

 

๐—” ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐— ’๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†

Here are a few collected bullet points regarding LSM’s approach that are fairly unique within the world of ministry.

 

 

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐—” ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป
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!

 

 

 

๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต: ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ฎ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป?
Morning at LSM Tech in Haiti means it’s time to collect eggs!ย Someย ofย 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.ย Some eggs will be sold inย a localย grocery store,ย where several of our older students recently had internship opportunities.ย 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. Thatโ€™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!

 

 

๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€?
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!

 

 

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜: ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ
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 Haitiโ€™s infrastructure and that cut hundreds of lives tragically short, often due to structural collapse.ย 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!

 

 


 

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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2020 Vision

 


 

Note: This message was recorded before the Coronavirus outbreak that has dramatically affected the U.S., Haiti, and Ethiopia in recent weeks. Therefore, the pandemic is not specifically mentioned or addressed in this message. Nevertheless, the key points of this video remain true.

 


 

๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ.

 

 

๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€:

  • We see a recurring theme of multiplication across the organization.
  • We’ve launched Family Preservation and Discipleship programs in Ethiopia.
  • Weโ€™re in the early stages of beginning a new Kinship Care program in Haiti.
  • Here in the U.S. we plan to continue ramping up our BrickHouse program.
  • We look forward to continued engagement with you through events and media.
  • Thanks for your continued prayers and partnership during these trying times!

 


 

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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Highlighted Updates

 

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ’๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ง๐—ผ!

We at LSM have been keeping busy these past 6 months. Here are a few highlights from our various programs and areas of outreach.

 

 

๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐—š๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐— ’๐˜€ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ (March 2020)

LSM’s Indiana Auction was one of our most successful to date! President Doug Isch shared an update on LSM’s new Kinship Program in Haiti that will allow us to reach more hurting families than ever before. We were also excited to highlight the opening of our LSM Tech campus in Haiti and the in-depth spiritual training that students will receive there. Cheerful giving was displayed by all ages, including a group of young people who helped raise money again this year by selling candy to their peers. LSMโ€™s Indiana Auction is made possible by a remarkable army of volunteers and businesses from Adams and Wells counties who come together each year to raise support for orphaned and vulnerable children. We thank and praise God for all who were involved!

 

 

๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—– ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ: ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ! (February 2020)

LSM recently had an opportunity to invest in the next generation of advocates for vulnerable children and families atย Taylor University‘s Care Conference, hosted by TU’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) office. We had numerous exciting encounters throughout the scheduled lineup of speakers, panels, and breakout sessions, including Keegan, a junior at TU who was mentored years ago by an LSM staff member that shared with him our Business Development Plan for Haiti, inspiring him to attend TU and study OVC and Business Development. Seeds planted today may bring a harvest in generations to come!

 

 

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ (January 2020)

Construction Project Manager Troy Leyse recently used our office studio to record a video for Haitian Home of Hope parents in which he explained and demonstrated some exciting new cooking equipment. A rice cooker and warmer, two induction burners, and a set of compatible pots and pans are being shipped down to nearly all of LSM’s Homes of Hope to replace more expensive and less reliable propane burners and equipment. The cost of propane has been going up, and we expect the rise to continue. The unrest in Haiti a few months ago caused a supply shortage that further escalated the issue. Our solution uses electrical solar panels, meaning our Homes will be able to cook effectively and inexpensively without propane โ€“ or even local power. Bon Appรฉtit!

 

 

๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ (January 2020)

Classes are in session! LSM Tech, a project years in the making, has finally come to fruition. Below are photos from our opening ceremony, where LSM staff met with neighbors from the local area and with key representatives from the faith community in Haiti. An inaugural class of six young people from LSM’s Homes of Hope recently moved into our new residential dorms, where they will live and work while attending college classes. In addition, students will receive technical training and learn practical hands-on skills that will serve them well throughout life. The students’ technical work will also bring in revenue, providing sustainable funding for their ongoing education!

 

 

๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด: ๐—ž๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ ๐—ข๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป (December 2019)

This past fall, protests and political unrest kept our kids from attending school. To catch up, many grade school students are attending school for extended sessions and even some Saturday classes. Our kids have seen dark days in Haiti, and they’re leaning into their studies as way to help ensure a brighter future by cultivating healthy hearts and minds. We’re seeing incredible dedication from LSM Tech students as well.ย Jean Wesly, LSM’s Dean of Students, walked through the campus this past weekend and was delighted to see that the students had gathered of their own accord to do some extra studying. This is exam season, so let’s pray for those, as well as other tests our children will soon face!

 

 

๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: ๐—” ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ!ย (November 2019)

LSM staff members Paulos Mamo and Hilina Wondwossen recently launched a second location for ourย Family Preservation program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We’ve acquired a compound in one of the poorest slums of the city, and the program has grown quickly to meet needs, currently serving more than 60 children and their single mothers! For the first time in their lives, children are receiving educational enrichment, their mothers are receiving business training, and families as a whole are receiving the tools, discipleship, and sense of stable community they need to thrive. Thanks to your generous support, our work in Ethiopia continues to grow, making a multi-generational impact, mother-tested and child-approved!

 

 

๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฆ๐—  ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต (September 2019)

In previous posts, we’ve shared about the fuel shortage and political unrest in Haiti. Nevertheless, our building crew at LSM Tech continues to push forward in spite of challenges. Project Managerย Jose Delpecheย recently provided the team with a great example of servant leadership by picking up a shovel and helping to dig a footer for the foundation of our latest project: an apartment forย Jean Wesly, the Dean of Students. It’s rare to see a supervisor laboring in the trenches, but extraordinary challenges call for extraordinary, Christlike leadership and humility. We’re grateful to have a team that mirrors His heart and example!

 


 

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:

  1. Follow us onย Facebookย andย Instagram.
  2. Invite your friends to follow us on social too.
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  4. Learn moreย about LSM Family Sponsorship.
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CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

All around the world Christmas is one of the most important and highly anticipated holidays of the year. But the way Christmas is celebrated often varies from country to country. Here are some holiday traditions from Haiti and Ethiopia, where LSM operates.

 

WORSHIP AND FAMILY TOGETHERNESS IN HAITI

 

Haitian families celebrate the birth of Jesus by decorating their homes with candle-lit paper lanterns called “fanals” and candles called โ€œpetas.โ€ On Christmas Eve, Haitians traditionally attend church and sing songs like “Minuit Chretien,โ€ their version of โ€œO Holy Night.โ€ After church, families return home to celebrate Christmas together. Children enjoy playing “wosle,” a game similar to jacks. Popular food items at these gatherings include pumpkin soup and โ€œkremasโ€ or eggnog. Haitians rarely exchange gifts for Christmas. Time spent with family and worshipping God are activities Haitians tend to value most.

 

 

Last year, the staff at our grocery store in Les Cayes played an important part in the seasonal landscape. More than a place to find fresh produce, vegetables, and dry goods, our store serves as a source of hope and community for locals. To further this mission and shine a light on the reason for the season, our staff got in the holiday spirit by holding a raffle and decorating the store, inside and out. Check out this video of their work. Didnโ€™t they do a fantastic job?

 

 

GAMES AND FAMILY FESTIVITIES IN ETHIOPIA

 

Ethiopians follow the Julian calendar, which means they celebrate Christmas a bit later than we do. On January 7, they observe their version of Christmas called, “Gena,” meaning โ€œthe birthday of Jesus.โ€ They attend church services on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, and then return home. Children often play games like โ€œYe-Gena Chewata” which is a combination of hockey and soccer. Families also gather to enjoy their favorite Ethiopian dishes, such as โ€œwot,โ€ a spicy Ethiopian Christmas stew. Like Haitians, Ethiopian families do not usually exchange gifts. Instead, they dedicate their time to family togetherness and thanking God for sending his Son to earth!

 

 

In years past, our Ethiopian staff has marked the Christmas holiday with parties for the children, including crafts, lessons, food, singing, and giveaways of clothes and school supplies. One year, we celebrated by sharing the Gospel with locals and by handing out food and aid.

 

 

REMEMBERING THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

 

Itโ€™s fun to learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world, as well as the different traditions and values that are emphasized by various cultures. But no matter how we celebrate the season outwardly, whatโ€™s more important โ€“ and universal โ€“ is the celebration that takes place in our hearts. Merry Christmas from our LSM families around the world. As we celebrate, letโ€™s keep Jesus first!

 


 

WHAT CAN I DO?

 

  1. You can learn more facts and statistics about how Christmas is celebrated around the world at WhyChristmas.com. And while learning about the countries and peoples of the world, perhaps use the site as an opportunity to pray for them. Ask God to move in their lives.
  2. You can follow all of our other Christmas coverage on Facebook and Instagram, including the story of a young lady here in the United States who took action to raise money and help vulnerable children and orphans through our family assistance program in Ethiopia.
  3. Finally, open your Bible to Luke 2 for a great reminder of what the season is truly all about. How does God sending his precious son to earth inspire and compel us to live differently? Perhaps in 2020, you have a new idea for how you would like to partner with LSM as we spread the hope of Christmas to all by serving the worldโ€™s most vulnerable. Tell us your idea, and letโ€™s work together to shine the light of Christmas around the world in 2020, starting in the darkest places!

 


 

GODโ€™S HEART FOR THE ORPHAN

 

November 10 is Orphan Sunday, a global day that churches and individuals set aside to pray and advocate on behalf of the orphan. We hope your church or family takes a moment this weekend to learn more and to get involved as well!

 

John 14:18 teaches that all believers are former spiritual orphans who have been adopted by God. This means that Godโ€™s special affection for the orphans in our world is the same love that prompted Him to send His son to die for us. For this reason, helping and advocating on behalf of orphans is a cause that should resonate with each us personally.

 

 

Christian Alliance for Orphans estimates that there are 140 million orphans worldwide. Here in the U.S., 112,000 foster children are waiting to be adopted, some of whom are classified as โ€œhard to place. โ€ The term โ€œhard to placeโ€ can be due to several factors. Some children have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse, leaving them with PTSD and detachment disorder. Trust is difficult for them. Sibling groups and children with special needs are also difficult to place.

 

In developing countries, the plight of an orphan can be even more dire. Twenty percent of the worldโ€™s young people never attend school, and eight percent of the world lives on less than two dollars a day. These realities disproportionately affect those living in developing countries, especially the most vulnerable. A childโ€™s nation of origin may even determine their chances of living past 5 years old. Tragically, about 15,000 children in the world die daily from preventable causes, especially in developing countries.

 

 

But the wonderful news is that since 1990, that number has been cut in half! Global poverty has also been reduced by more than half in the last 20 years, due largely to the united efforts of governments, nonprofits, and advocates like you.

 

Among other examples, international and domestic adoption have provided a tremendous benefit to the world. CAFO reports that over the last decade, more than 112,000 domestic and 103,000 international adoptions have occurred here in the U.S. And many vulnerable children who havenโ€™t been adopted are being reached in their home countries through ministries like LSM.

 

 

Not all orphans and vulnerable children will be adopted. This is especially true with some governments closing their borders to international adoption in recent years. Itโ€™s crucial that we provide comprehensive, in-country support in the parts of the world where we see the greatest needs. Here at LSM, weโ€™re working hard to create generational change through Family Sponsorship, Child Development, Trauma Healing, Vocational Training, and much more.

 

Thank you for partnering with LSM to help ensure that every child is given an opportunity to achieve their God-given potential!

 

 


 

WHAT CAN I DO?

 

  1. Learn more details about the realities facing vulnerable children around the world by viewing research compiled at un.org, brookings.edu, and cafo.org. Talk to your church or family about ways you can do more to help orphans and vulnerable kids around the world.
  2. Join churches around the world on Orphan Sunday (Nov 10) in praying for the vulnerable. And ask God how heโ€™s calling you to help.
  3. If you believe God may be calling you to meet these needs by considering adoption or foster care, weโ€™d love to help you start gathering information. Please visit our free Adoption Resources page.

 


 

RUNNING ON EMPTY: HAITI’S FUEL CRISIS

There is a severe fuel shortage in Haiti. For years, Venezuela has provided Haitians with subsidized gasoline and diesel. However in recent months, Venezuela has become less accommodating due to the rise of a humanitarian crisis in their own country. Haitiโ€™s President, Jovenel Moise, and his government owe Venezuela $100 million, which they are unable to repay. The situation has created an extreme fuel shortage, further stoking political dissent and protests. Those most affected in times of crisis tend to be Haiti’s youngest and most vulnerable.

 

 

Rationing gas at the pump means Haitians are often prevented from filling their tanks. As a result of this shortfall, the Haitian black market has moved in quickly to run up prices and score a profit. Scarcity of fuel is preventing children from attending school, and transportation of people and commercial goods in Haiti is rapidly grinding to a halt, causing stores and businesses to shut down.

 

 

 

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT LSM?

 

Abdias Victor travels to our Homes of Hope to take pictures and assist with Child Development. He reports that Haitiโ€™s fuel crisis and the resulting riots have affected our ability to reach the children with supplies and training, as well as the general safety of the neighborhoods where our families reside. Many of our kids are missing school due to the riots. On a recent trip to one of LSMโ€™s Homes, Abdias even spotted a violent riot, including burning tires which can produce toxic fumes. Our staff reports that the difficulty of transporting workers and supplies has slowed construction at LSM Tech and also contributed to a shortage of sand at our Industrial Site. We pray that God will protect our staff and our Home of Hope families during these uncertain times!

 

 

 

WHAT IS LSMโ€™S RESPONSE?ย 

 

Moments like these provide a necessary reminder about the vulnerability of Haiti and the importance of LSMโ€™s work to bring holistic transformation by investing in children and in business ventures that move the country forward!ย While gas stations lock their doors and protesters fill the streets, our children continue to study hard as best they can and grow in their daily walk with Jesus. They areย building the foundation for a future in Haiti that looks very different from what we see today.ย ย 

 

 

Staff are also taking proactive measures. โ€œRoof installation has stalled at LSM Tech because of store closures,โ€ says Jose, one of our Project Supervisors. โ€œBut Iโ€™m proud of our workers, who have come up with creative ways to busy themselves, shift to other projects, and keep the site on schedule.โ€ย LSM continues to pursue exciting efforts in solar energy and other alternatives that reduce Haitiโ€™s dependence on fossil fuels, foreign assistance, and even the stability of its own government. In the future, a fuel shortage in Haiti may have far less of an impact.ย 

 


WHAT CAN I DO?ย 

 

  1. Sign up for our email listย and ourย ourย bi-monthly prayer emailsย to receive regular updates on this and other important issues affecting communities LSM serves around the world.ย 
  2. Pray for the safety of our Home of Hope families and staff. Pray also for those who are suffering and for Haitiโ€™s leaders, that they would seek wise solutions to end this crisis.ย ย 
  3. Ask God to embolden believers in Haiti who are reaching out to their neighbors with the love and mercy of Jesus!ย