Though the Earth Give Way

 

Dear LSM Supporters,

 

As you may have heard, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Les Cayes area of Haiti on Saturday morning. We have been in contact with our program directors and are thankful to report that, as far as we know, all of our staff and Home of Hope children are accounted for. However, some of our staff members lost family members in the tragedy. Also, LSM sustained structural damage at some of our properties. We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated on any significant developments. There will undoubtedly be more to report.

 

Saturday’s disaster came on the heels of a political unrest following a presidential assassination. And now the country braces for the arrival of a new calamity: Tropical Storm Grace.

 

Though our staff members maintain their strong faith in the Lord, many are feeling understandably discouraged. They will greatly appreciate your prayers and support in the days ahead. May we all take refuge in God’s sovereignty and faithfulness during these uncertain times!

 

“Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth give way, and though the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 42:6

 

Faces of LSM

𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗮 𝗙𝗲𝘄 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗟𝗦𝗠!

Our LSM staff is a large, international ensemble of dedicated, hard-working professionals that in many ways reflects the diversity of the Kingdom itself. Below are a few short stories, testimonies and blurbs about the wonderful people who challenge and encourage us every day and who work passionately week after week in our shared mission of serving the last, least, lost and lonely. Many of these friends of ours reflect important qualities of God’s character, and we hope that their examples inspire you as much as they inspire us!

 

 

𝗔𝗻 𝗘𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗡𝗲𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗲: 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹, 𝗡𝗼 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁

Nehemie serves the important role of accountant or “controller” for LSM in Haiti. Responsible use of funding is key to everything LSM has accomplished, and optimization through accounting is a subject Nehemie has cared deeply about since grade school. But even as “controller,” she recognizes it’s God who ultimately knows what’s best for each of us. When Nehemie needed a job, she took her prayer request to church. Her pastor, our own Wilfrid Remonvil opened the door for her to work at LSM. Next, Nehemie wanted to get married. Unable to resolve this herself, she simply attended to the task before her: helping LSM run effectively, serving as many vulnerable children as possible. Along the way, she fell in love with Evan Forges, a member of LSM’s business staff. The two married, and this summer, they celebrated the birth of a girl. As the name “LSM” reminds us, no matter the control we may or may not feel, the Lord is our shepherd. And because He loves us, we can trust that our true needs are never far from His attention or His Heart!

 

 

𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽𝘀 𝗢𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝘀: “𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗗𝗼 𝗜𝘁!”

When Jean Noel first agreed to direct our Welsh School in Haiti, the school was not under LSM management. They couldn’t even afford to pay him, but Jean Noel agreed to help because when he looked around his community, he saw a cycle of uneducated kids growing up to become adults without hope or opportunities – like their parents before them. “The school had no money to pay me, but I knew if I didn’t act in faith, then nothing would ever change. Someone had to step up in faith for these kids, and I couldn’t say no!” Since that time, LSM has acquired the school, and Jean now receives a living wage for his work. During this Season of Giving, let’s pause and reflect on Jean’s favorite Scripture: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). How is God asking you to step out in faith?

 

 

 

 

 

𝗗𝗶𝗼: 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲, 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗪𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗡𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗛𝗮𝘀 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗶𝗺 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲

Talking to Dio, LSM’s Vehicle Manager, one is struck by his smile, his compassion, and his deep care for others. You would never guess the hardships he’s endured. Four years ago, he lost his family’s farm and house to Hurricane Matthew. Dio also lost his father around that time and was the victim of a severe car accident. The oldest of six, he was left alone to care for his mother and siblings – but his injuries confined him to bed. Undeterred, Dio read books and taught himself English during the recovery. Soon after, he learned about a job opportunity at LSM, and Dio’s mechanical skills, as well as his new ability to speak English, earned him the job. Huge thanks to Dio for helping us keep essential LSM vehicles on the road!

 

 

 

𝗧𝗿𝗼𝘆 𝗟𝗲𝘆𝘀𝗲: 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗨𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶

In his first letter to Thessalonica, Paul reminds the church to “encourage each other and build each other up.” The person on LSM’s team who knows the most about physical building is Troy Leyse, our Construction Manager. Troy is the primary staff person responsible for managing construction of our new Homes of Hope and businesses in Haiti, as well as installation of other key features such as wells, security walls, bridges, and solar panel arrays. But as Troy would be the first to tell you, his biggest responsibility is overseeing the building up of people, not structures. In everything LSM does, our goal is to equip local workers and to empower local leaders who God is raising up to help usher in a new dawn for Haiti!

 

𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗧𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀

Micheline Taverne, LSM’s Impact Program Coordinator, says a big part of her role is encouraging our children and empowering them to reach their full potential. She helps the children track individual progress and reach academic and behavioral benchmarks so that they can unlock advanced educational support through LSM’s new Impact Program. “Working together, LSM staff and Home of Hope parents are creating an environment for these kids’ hearts and minds to be transformed,” Micheline says. “We want them to achieve their potential so they can share that success with others and bless Haiti, beginning with those around them.” Micheline’s favorite Scripture is Col. 3:23: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men!”

 

𝗥𝗲𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗰𝗮: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗦𝗲𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗗𝗼𝗼𝗿

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.”

 

 

𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗮: 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘀, 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀

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.

God’s Hand at Work

𝗨𝗦𝗔 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀: 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝘄𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆!
While many of the stories we tell come to us from Haiti and Ethiopia, the addition of the BrickHouse program to our LSM family has given us more to talk about on the domestic front. The BrickHouse program provides structured foster care services to hard-to-place young people living in Northeast Indiana and offers free counseling services to area foster and adoptive families. Our BrickHouse farm store helps fund our efforts by selling delicious, reasonably-priced meat and eggs, and all for an excellent cause. In addition to BrickHouse, we must also remember that God is working through LSM family sponsorship and service opportunities to touch the hearts of those here in the U.S. who are freely giving and volunteering. We often tell the stories of those who are recipients of generosity, but sometimes the stories of how God transforms and touches the heart of the giver are equally important. Here are several stories of generosity and ingenuity that have come out of the U.S. recently – as well as a notes regarding a couple of crucial opportunities that are still available.

 

𝗟𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝘂𝗰𝗵: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽
“At the heart of LSM Family Sponsorship is the idea of a lot of people doing a little bit. For us, budgeting to give to LSM each month is something we can do fairly easily. It hardly changes our lives. And yet we see that for those hurting or in need, our giving truly can make a life-changing impact. We appreciate how LSM takes the long approach, not just in terms of sustainable change, but also eternity. We’ve been particularly impressed by how LSM uses business as a tool for ministry, and we always look forward to Ed’s updates. But fundamentally, we know that the focus remains on helping vulnerable children and families. We love the concept of families helping families for God’s glory. Glad to do our part!”  –Blaine and Alyssa Aschliman
 

 

 

𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱𝗺𝗮𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲

The best person to guide any of us on our path to obtaining a new quality of character or new set of skills is a mentor, someone who has walked the path ahead of us. Mentors are particularly crucial to the hard-to-place foster youth in our care at LSM BrickHouse, who often need a little extra help in finding their way to the path that is possible for them. Do you have a skill that you would like to teach our children, such as leadership or public speaking? Maybe something hands-on like servicing a vehicle or playing a musical instrument? Contact Adam Carroll, adam@loving-shepherd.org, to learn how you can step up and change the course of young lives!

 

𝗟𝗦𝗠’𝘀 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗳𝗳𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀
LSM BrickHouse offers structured foster care for hard-to-place foster care youth living in Northeast Indiana. At our girls’ home in downtown Bluffton, Kevin and Michele Mechling provide a loving home, plus valuable mentorship opportunities, skills training, and life experiences to help the girls reach their God-given potential. Do you know a couple in the Bluffton area who might be a good fit for our program? LSM is seeking foster parents to take residence at our 40-acre farm and provide a home for hard-to-place boys. After empowering vulnerable children in Haiti and Ethiopia for years, we’re excited to see God bring similar restoration and redemption to our own community here in the United States!

 

𝗘𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘆𝗹𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗧𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻 – 𝟯𝟱 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿!

In 1985, our founder, Ed Schwartz, who was a church minister back then, traveled to Haiti for the first time to help build a school. That trip planted the seed for what would become LSM’s work in the country 20 years later. On his 1985 trip, Ed met a hard-working young man named Sylvain, a former orphan who was being helped by the two missionaries overseeing the repair project. Fast forward to 2019 when Sylvain, now an experienced supervisor, was hired to join our construction team. He recently played a significant part in our construction of the new steel building at LSM’s Industrial Site: “I never dreamed I’d work with Ed again. It is only by God’s grace!”

 

𝗕𝗼𝘆 𝗦𝗰𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗽 𝟭𝟰𝟬 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝘀
In the summer of 2020, a group of local Boy Scouts donated their time at LSM’s BrickHouse farm in Bluffton, IN. Projects included stacking nearly 180 bales of straw, mulching around and cleaning the interior of the farm house, cleaning out pens and a feeder wagon, and washing vehicles. During the group’s lunch break, Adam Carroll led a short training on the importance of positive thinking. When their projects were completed, the boys celebrated their hard work with a water balloon fight. Our farm exists to help bring vital foster care and counseling resources to hard-to-place youth in the area. August Stettner, 13, says, “Volunteering at BrickHouse was a great chance to work with friends and to help others at the same time!” Thanks for lending us a hand, Troop 140!

 

𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗜𝗻!
In the summer of 2020, Kevin and Michele Mechling moved into LSM’s BrickHouse property in downtown Bluffton as foster parents. Together, the two of them provide the love of a Christian family for up to five hard-to-place teenage girls! LSM BrickHouse also provides additional support by helping to equip these young ladies with valuable life skills, including emotional and spiritual counseling, preparing them to thrive and positively impact our community for Christ! Thank you for your continued support as we pursue these exciting avenues for helping vulnerable teens in Adams and Wells Counties and engage with the needs here on our own doorstep!

 

 

𝗢𝗩𝗖 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: 𝗥𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲!

IN early 2020, LSM received an opportunity to invest in the next generation of advocates for vulnerable children and families at 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!

 

𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗨𝗽 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗽 𝗜𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶

In early 2020, Construction Project Manager Troy Leyse 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 were 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 was going up, and we anticipated that the rise would continue. Also, unrest in Haiti at the time was causing 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 – or even local power. Bon Appétit!

 

Milestones of Lasting Change

𝗜𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝘁: 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗽 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 of 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶

LSM’s Haitian Home of Hope children are at the center of all our efforts there. Our Trauma Program helps them recover from the deep debilitating mental injuries of the past that many of them suffer. Our  Child Development and Education programs help them become mentally strong problem solvers. Our discipleship and mentorship programs accelerate spiritual growth. Our Gospel Project provides formative opportunities for our children to serve those around them. And our businesses provide internship and hands-on teaching opportunities for our kids, as well as income that we use to help us reach even more vulnerable children. Here are some exciting updates on the young people we serve in Haiti.

 

𝗕𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆: 𝗙𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗛𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀
Three boys and two girls from our Welsh 1 and Welsh 2 Homes of Hope all recently made the decision to get baptized! Luke 5 tells us the angels rejoice over just one sinner who repents. Here we have not one, but five young souls overcoming traumatic baggage and claiming victory in Jesus. Perhaps news like this will cause an angelic celebration that lasts this entire week? We can all certainly celebrate their decision here on earth. As a Kingdom-centered ministry, this is the best kind of news we can ever receive. The most sustainable change of all is the eternal kind!

 

𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀
A voice is a voice, no matter the hardships you’ve faced or how much money you have. Many of the children you see below are former slaves and orphans who narrowly escaped poverty and death. Today, thanks to your generosity, they’re cared for in our Homes of Hope. Representing LSM in their communities, churches, and at ministry conferences, our kids are using music to testify throughout Haiti to the transformative love of God.

 

𝗔 𝗟𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗚𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗪𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁
LSM’s Gospel Kits, which all contain humanitarian supplies and evangelistic materials, are packed by volunteers here at our U.S. office. When the kits arrive in Haiti, they’re distributed to those in need – not by adult staff, but by Home of Hope children – some as young as four or five years old. The young man in a white shirt below is now a college student living at LSM Tech, but it is still crucial that we continue giving young adults like him opportunities to serve. Soon, they will earn degrees, and we want them to use the skills they’ve learned to build a brighter future for Haiti. At the heart of the LSM Gospel Project is the idea that when God blesses us, He asks us to bless others. Email Rick for more information.

 

𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶

Classes are in session! Early in 2020, LSM Tech, a project years in the making, finally came 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 moved into their new residential dorms, where they live and work while attending college classes. In addition, students receive technical training and learn practical hands-on skills that will serve them well throughout life. The students’ technical work also brings in a source of revenue, providing sustainable funding to help support their ongoing education and technical training.

Update: We now have 16 of our Home of Hope students living at LSM Tech, as well as more than 30 young people from the community.

 

𝗥𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗹𝗮𝗴: 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

In 2019, protests and political unrest kept our kids from attending school. To catch up, many grade schools chose to resume with extended sessions and even some Saturday classes. Our kids, who have seen dark days in Haiti, are 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. Jean Wesly, LSM’s Dean of Students, walked through the campus and was delighted to see the students taking the initiative to gather for additional studying.

Update: COVID presents unique challenges to education as well. Let’s remember to keep the students and educators in prayer!

Testifying to His Faithfulness

𝗪𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶

This past year, LSM marked some exciting programatic milestones in Haiti. We saw students’ academic performance rise measurably with the implementation of a new accountability program. We brought on a psychologist and a social worker to help us advance our crucial trauma recovery initiatives for the children. We opened our doors at LSM Tech and at our new Business Office. And we built a prefabricated steel warehouse structure at our Industrial Site, which represents a new high-water mark for our technical building expertise and precision in Haiti. Read on to learn more about these exciting milestones within LSM’s various Haitian teams and programs.

 

𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀!

LSM’s Impact Program in Haiti incentivizes our Home of Hope children to meet certain academic and behavioral benchmarks in order to earn special funding possibilities when they’re ready for college and technical school. And we’re already seeing great results! This past year, 32 out of 34 qualifying students successfully passed a critical, graduation-qualifying exam. Hope is a powerful motivator, as is accountability. Congratulations to LSM’s Haitian students!

 

 

𝗪𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗘𝗻𝗲𝗹: 𝗢𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘂𝗺𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗹 𝗦𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘆

Meet Wesly, a psychologist, and Enel, a social worker. Both joined our Haitian in 2020 to help LSM implement our Trauma Recovery program for the kids we serve, as well as to support overall mental health and well-being for our staff and families. In his letter to the Romans, Paul describes one key aspect of faith-based trauma recovery and healing: “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future…nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God.” We want those in our care to know that God loves them and that He’s given them incredible potential – even if they’ve seen tragedy or abuse. Did you know that Jesus Christ is also the victor in your own life?

𝗛𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗪𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗔𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗗𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀
Jean Wesly grew up in a Haitian orphanage, earned his MBA here in the United States, and returned to his country to join with LSM in helping vulnerable children. In 2019, Jean married Lencia from Cayes, who shares his passion for children, and who has a strong background in accounting and administration. Together, they oversee LSM Tech, which is equipping college-age Home of Hope students for a life of service to God and their community.” Sometimes we think ‘change’ has to be big,” Jean says. “But we cannot underestimate how God often uses a simple conversation at a key moment!”

𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗦𝗠 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗶𝘁𝗲
Among LSM’s businesses in Haiti, our Industrial Park and Block Plant have proven to have a significant profit potential, which we can use to help vulnerable children. As a result, we’re expanding to further harness a huge market demand. The structure below is an American pre-engineered steel building on a Haitian-designed, earthquake-resistant foundation. Creating the foundation to precisely match the dimensions of the building is an impressive feat, demonstrating how far our Haitian Construction Team has come. The frame was erected in a couple days, and the remainder of the building was completed in the weeks that followed. This cutting-edge project is among the first of its kind in Cayes, and it opens the door for exciting future possibilities!

𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶

This past summer, we launched a Business Center in Haiti for our Construction, Maintenance, Concrete Products, and Automotive businesses. The new Business Center also provides a home for key administrative functions, including Management, Sales, and Accounting. As we grow our existing businesses and start new ones, LSM collects revenue that we can use to help even more vulnerable kids – but we also want our businesses to be known for excellent products and service. A physical storefront is an important way for these businesses to increase visibility and engage as contributing members of the communities we serve!

 

Christmas in Haiti

All around the world, Christmas is celebrated through the lenses of various cultural traditions and perspectives, all pointing back to the hope that we find in Jesus Christ! And while culture and tradition may vastly change what Christmas looks from one part of the world to another, the holiday can also be changed through lens of personal perspective and experience.

 

 

COUNTING BLESSINGS: LET’S KEEP A THANKFUL, HEALTHY OUTLOOK

Here at LSM, our mission is to help and empower the world’s most vulnerable children, those who have suffered as a result of human trafficking, starvation, and extreme poverty. Even here in the United States, suffering has increased this year due to a global pandemic and a subsequent nationwide economic downturn affecting local businesses and jobs. Pains like these are even more deeply felt in developing countries that don’t have safety nets and economic surpluses to fall back on.

As we enter this Christmas holiday, let’s not let the disappointments of this year cause us to forget that there are still many in this world who are worse off. Let’s remember to count our blessings and to remember that our “rock bottom” would be considered a “mountaintop” for many in this world!

Let’s look to Scripture, our guide to understanding the mind and heart of Christ: the meaning of the Christmas season. Here we find plentiful reminders that his heart is with the last, least, lost and lonely at all times – but even more at this time of year. As we gather with family – or perhaps schedule video calls instead – let’s reflect on these passages below, and remember to say a prayer for those who have no family that loves them. How can these individuals ever hope to experience the love of God, if not for the Hands and Feet of Jesus?

 

 

IN THE SEASON OF FAMILY, GOD’S HEART IS WITH THOSE WITHOUT

James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Matthew 5:3-4 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Psalm 146:9 “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”

Psalm 82:3 “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 68:5 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”

Psalm 68:6 “God sets the lonely in families.”

 

 

INVISIBLE SCARS OF TRAUMA IN HAITI AND THE LONG ROAD BACK

One of the darkest realities in Haiti is the restavek system, which is a system of child slavery that results in all imaginable forms of abuse and deprivation. The children LSM helps are either former restaveks or are in a situation of desperate poverty that puts them in danger of being trafficked. The kinds of hardship our children have experienced results in psychological trauma, meaning our kids come to us mentally and spiritually broken. We can’t simply put them in school and hope for them to succeed. Our recognition of the deep soul surgery that our children need to heal and thrive is what led us to establish our Trauma Recovery program, which provides our children with the spiritual tools they need – not only to lead healthy, well-rounded lives, but to become leaders and help others in their communities.

 

 

A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM OUR CHILDREN IN HAITI

In 2020, our children took a moment to say “thank you” to our donors here in the United States. Without your generous gifts, it wouldn’t be possible for LSM to help bring about God’s redemptive work in the lives of children. One of the most powerful lessons we teach our kids is through the LSM Gospel Project, in which our children go out into their communities with humanitarian supplies and evangelistic materials. The takeaway that we teach our kids is that when we’ve been blessed, God wants us to bless others in return. As you and your family count your blessings this holiday season, please take a moment to consider how God is calling you to partner with us to bless LSM’s children in Jesus’s name, empowering them to become leaders and pay your gift forward!

 

 

 

HOW DO HAITIANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?

 

Haitian families celebrate the birth of Jesus by decorating their homes with candle-lit paper lanterns called “fanals” and candles called “petas.” On Christmas Eve, Haitians traditionally attend church and sing songs like “Minuit Chretien,” their version of “O Holy Night.” 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 “kremas” or eggnog. Haitians rarely exchange gifts for Christmas. As we thank God for our family this Christmas holiday, don’t forget to thank God for the broader family of God – and the incredible opportunity we have to serve one another!

 


 

>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 our Year-End 2020 video and more!
  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 world’s most vulnerable. Tell us your idea, and let’s work together to shine the light of Christmas around the world in 2020, starting in the darkest places!

 


 

Gospel Project

 

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁?

LSM’s Gospel Project begins at our U.S. Office in Bluffton, Indiana where groups of visitors learn about our work in Haiti through our immersive Haiti Education Wing and then pack Gospel kits containing living essentials and evangelistic materials, which we ship down to our Home of Hope children in Haiti, who distribute the kits within their communities to those in need. Many of our HOH kids come from backgrounds of poverty and trauma, themselves, due to experiences they sufferred before entering our care. These kids may have been harmed by Haiti’s societal problems, but we believe they can also be a part of God’s solution for their country, because one of the best ways to help someone heal is giving them an opportunity to help others. No matter what we’ve experienced in our past, when God blesses us, He wants us to bless others in return, magnifying His message of hope and love!

 

𝗔𝗻 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀

Visitors begin by walking through nine immersive rooms filled with exhibits explaining the plight of Haiti and the work that LSM does to help vulnerable children and to lift up impoverished communities in Haiti through business, child development and more.

 

𝗦𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲: 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗹 𝗞𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱

Next, volunteers donate their time and treasure to pack food, hygiene supplies, New Testaments, and other Gospel literature into drawstring kits, which we send to our Home of Hope children in Haiti for distribution. We’re never too young to serve others!

   

 

𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗶!
Here is a powerful story about what happened one day while our children distributed Gospel Kits, as told by Haitian LSM staff member Abdias Victor: “While passing out Gospel Kits this week, our Home of Hope children told a young girl (1st photo below) about the Gospel, and she accepted Jesus! We also met an elderly man (2nd photo, below) whose home was damaged by Hurricane Matthew and who can’t walk without aid. He has no friends who can help, so our kids offered to assist him in walking to church on Sunday.”
 
To plan a tour and pack kits, email rick@loving-shepherd.org. Thanks for playing a part in God’s work!

 

 

 

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱:

  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
  2. Invite your friends to follow us on social too.
  3. Sign up for our enewsletter and prayer list.
  4. Learn more about LSM Family Sponsorship.
  5. Give directly to support our work.

Meet Our Ethiopia Team

 

𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗮: 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹𝗼𝘀, 𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀

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.

 

 

𝗛𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗮: “𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗡𝗼 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲!”
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!”

 

 

𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗲𝗸𝗱𝗲𝘀: 𝗛𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗪𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺, 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗢𝗿𝗽𝗵𝗮𝗻𝘀, 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗮’𝘀 𝗩𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻
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!

 

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘃𝗲𝗱:

  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
  2. Invite your friends to follow us on social too.
  3. Sign up for our enewsletter and prayer list.
  4. Learn more about LSM Family Sponsorship.
  5. Give directly to support our work.
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