Ministry Highlights

 

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:

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THE BEST ON THE BLOG IN 2019

In case youโ€™ve missed some of the incredible stories from this year on the blog, we wanted to share a few of our favorites. There are many testimonies praising Godโ€™s faithful work here at LSM – from volunteers in the States to staff in Ethiopia and an orphaned child in Haiti. Their stories are a beacon of hope. Each life touched is precious and each life is connected to you. It takes money, sacrifice, love and prayer to make this ministry possible. That has come from all of you!

 

The beauty of this ministry is seeing lives changed, as well as watching the Body of Christ come together with genuine love on behalf of the vulnerable children and families we serve. You are the life blood of LSM โ€“ and we hope that youโ€™ll be deeply encouraged by these stories today. And if youโ€™re not feeling connected, weโ€™d love to bring you closer into the LSM family this coming year so you can witness these miraculous stories first hand.

 


 

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE AUCTION โ€“ A VOLUNTEER TESTIMONY

EVENTS THAT ARE INSPIRING AND CHANGING LIVES

LEARNING TO LISTEN –ย  A FOSTER DADโ€™S JOURNEY

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ETHIOPIA

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FROM ORPHANS TO ADVOCATES โ€“ A STAFF TESTIMONY

TIMMY โ€“ A BOYโ€™S TRANSFORMATION

ABANDONED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN โ€“ A SINGLE MOMโ€™S JOURNEY

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HAITI

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DIO โ€“ ONE JOB SECUREโ€™S A FAMILYโ€™S SURVIVAL

THE GOSPEL IS SPREADING IN HAITI

THE POWER OF ONE – ROSELINE

 


 

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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!

 


 

HOW DO WE SAY THANK YOU?

We can say โ€œthank youโ€ with our mouths and type it out here so you can read it on your screen, but a true heart of thankfulness comes from within.

 

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say, โ€œThank you.โ€ย  You have given to LSM through the years, and your gifts have transformed the lives of many desperately vulnerable children in Haiti and Ethiopia. This year, weโ€™re also expanding that reach to right here in the U.S. as we open our arms to care for vulnerable teens through the BrickHouse Program.

 


THANKS FROM A VULNERABLE TEEN IN FOSTER CARE

โ€œThank youโ€ from the young boy whose addictions cost him everything. He lost it all and thought there was no one left to care for him. He is waking up today free from bondage and with more blessings than he can count.

 

 


MESI FROM HAITI

โ€œMรจsiโ€ (thank you in Haitian Creole) from the Home of Hope children who were once abandoned, lonely, hungry and afraid but now have a mom and dad who love them and care for them. They are happy. They are safe.

 

 

โ€œMรจsiโ€ from the Home of Hope parents whose once empty arms are now full of children to love. They are joyfully making memories together and praising God for the gift of family.

 

 

โ€œMรจsiโ€ from our Haitian staff who have stable jobs and can provide for their families, too.ย  Theyย  are pursuing their own God given talents as they daily serve on behalf of our Home of Hope families.

 

 

โ€œMรจsiโ€ from the communities who are benefitting from the Gospel Kits that our Home of Hope families are giving out. They are hearing about the Good News of Jesus!

 


แŠ แˆ˜แˆฐแŒแŠ“แˆˆแˆ FROM ETHIOPIA

 

โ€œ แŠ แˆ˜แˆฐแŒแŠ“แˆˆแˆโ€ (thank you in Amharic) from single moms in Ethiopia who are off the streets andย  are now running their own small businesses. They have the ability to provide food, education and a home for their children that they desperately love.

 

 

โ€œ แŠ แˆ˜แˆฐแŒแŠ“แˆˆแˆโ€ (thank you in Amharic) from the vulnerable children in Addis Ababa who are going to school for the first time and have enough to eat every day. They know that without you, they wouldnโ€™t survive, much less thrive as they grow into adults. Because of your support for them and their moms, today they are dreaming of big things for their future!

 

 

These smiles are because of you!

 

With all our hearts, we want to say, โ€œThank you!โ€ Your giving has changed entire lives, families and communities. We feel truly blessed to partner with you in this ministry that is so close to the heart of God! ย May you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 


Get Involved:

Give the gift of family. Sponsor one of our Homes of Hope in Haiti.

Give the gift of security. Sponsor a single Ethiopian mom.

Give the gift of loving support. Sponsor our BrickHouse Program.

Give the gift of Jesus. Help pack a Gospel Kit or Donate so we can send them to Haiti.


 

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.

 


 

CARING FOR FOSTER & ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

We are thrilled to be expanding our care for local foster and adoptive families through the LSM BrickHouse program. This summer, LSM gained a new arm to our domestic work with the merge of BrickHouse Family Ministries. (Read more about it here.) As we reimagine this program, weโ€™ve considered how we can best support foster youth in our community โ€“ and the families that welcome them home.

 

FREE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING FOR FOSTER & ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

 

Itโ€™s clear that foster and adoptive families often face unique challenges as they bring healing to children from hard places. Even if a child has been in the familyโ€™s care since they were very young, there are often attachment issues that they bring with them since before birth! Add on the complexities of racial integrations, neglect or abuse a child might have faced, and thereโ€™s a myriad of difficult scenarios to navigate through. We want to offer help!

 

 

Adam Carroll, LMFT-A, is our first Christian counselor on staff โ€“ and heโ€™s excited to be able to provide free counseling for local foster and adoptive families as he has availability. Weโ€™d love to offer this critical support for families in the Bluffton, IN area. If you know of a local family who is currently or who is considering adoption or fostering, please share this with them! To learn more, please email Adam at adam@loving-shepherd.org

 

ADOPTION RESOURCES

 

In addition, we continue to serve hundreds of families each year through our free adoption resources program. The road to adoption is complicated and sometimes eligibility within certain countries is not clear. Our staff can help answer those questions for you, break down the costs and coach you on the right questions to ask โ€“ all free of charge. Itโ€™s our prayer that these tools will empower you as you seek to care for the vulnerable child God has for you!

 

 

LEARN MORE AND START YOUR ADOPTION RESOURCES FORM TODAY!

 

Whether God has called you to be a foster or adoptive parent, or youโ€™re best suited to financially support others raising vulnerable children, we believe everyone has a place in His work! As we serve together, we want to thank you because none of this is possible without your prayerful support. You are enabling us to help care for these families โ€“ and the vulnerable children they love.

 


GET INVOLVED

  1. Pray for foster and adoptive families โ€“ and the children they are raising! We pray their stories can be testimonies of His goodness despite the brokenness of this world.

 

  1. Help us provide free counseling and adoption resources for families answering His call. We canโ€™t provide these resources without your help! GIVE HERE.

 

REMEMBERING HURRICANE MATTHEW

โ€œIn all of my 65 years in Haiti, I have never seen anything like this.โ€ โ€“ Pastor Wilfrid, LSM Home of Hope Director, after Hurricane Matthew, October 2016

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On October 4, 2016, a massive Category 5 hurricane struck southwest Haiti. Hurricane Matthewโ€™s destructive path hit near several of our Homes of Hope and the surrounding communities. Thankfully, because of good construction, our Home of Hope families were safe. But the wide-spread damage was devastating in surrounding areas. Read our blog from right after the hurricane here and here.

 

 

BBC ESTIMATED THAT DURING HURRICANE MATTHEW:

  • Nearly 900 people died
  • Up to 90% of some areas in SW Haiti were destroyed
  • Getting aid, clean water and clearing off roads took several days and even weeks
  • Some areas in southern Haiti faced โ€œcomplete destructionโ€

 

As our Haitian staff and families observed the horrifying destruction, they quickly went to work helping neighbors and friends. Many people lost loved ones. This hurricane had changed them forever. The love and support you showed during this difficult time was a reflection of Christ! YOU responded with tremendous generosity, and we were able to show love and support to the local communities as well as provide new roofs for many homes!

 

 

Long after the storm has passed, and the roofs are replaced, we are still seeing the effects. ย Many of our young kids suffered PTSD after the hurricane. Water flooded several homes. The sights and sounds were horrific, and they knew people who did die in the natural disaster. For others, it reminded them of the 2010 earthquake that took hundreds of thousands of Haitianโ€™s lives. That natural disaster stole many of their mothers, fathers and loved ones. It is the reason several of them are orphans today.

 

Through these devastating natural disasters, we are incredibly grateful for our amazing staff and programs that we have to help our children process these difficult experiences. The emotions are immense and sometimes the children donโ€™t know how to verbalize all that is going on inside. Our Trauma Healing Program is there for them and are a safe place for them to process through their emotions. They have learned to discuss whatโ€™s troubling them in order to find hope and healing going forward.

 

As we reflect ย on Hurricane Matthew, will you join us in praying for those who have suffered much over the last three years? ย Some of our children have lost loved ones, and this week is a reminder of that pain. But there is always hope in Jesus and healing from the traumatic circumstances they have faced. It is our desire to point them to our One true Healer!

 


GET INVOLVED:

  1. PRAY FOR HAITI.
  2. DONATE TO THE TRAUMA HEALING PROGRAM AND SUPPORT.
  3. STAY IN TOUCH. Weโ€™d love keep you updated as major events like this and new things happen at LSM and in the countries we serve!

 

BUILDING A FUTURE AT LSM TECH

 

Working all day in 100 degree + temps outside doing heavy lifting is exhausting! Thatโ€™s what our construction crew is navigating this summer at our LSM Tech campus. We are preparing to welcome our first round of Home of Hope students in January 2020!

 

 

Six students will be coming this year. Four children have just graduating, and two more graduated last year and attend local universities. They were waiting for the campus to be completed, and a bigger group to transition with. Magda* is one of those early graduates.

 

 

For young adults like Magda, this is a tremendous opportunity! Magda was orphaned at eight. She was very skinny and looked frail. When she came into her Home of Hope family, she had nothing โ€“ no joy, no hope and no idea what lay ahead.

 

 

Today, Magda knows what hope is because of the chance sheโ€™s been given! She adores her new mom and dad, and has learned a lot from them. She looks forward to attending LSM Tech. She also looks forward to the opportunity to go home, and enjoy sitting on their front steps, braiding her sisterโ€™s hair and laughing together.

 

 

Going to LSM Tech is a wonderful opportunity to learn valuable skills and have better work than most in the surrounding cities. Magda recently received some great references from her internship with LSM last summer. Sheโ€™s attending a local business and technology institute already. She is looking forward to getting additional training, life skills and community at LSM Tech. We canโ€™t wait to see where these opportunities take her!

 

But weโ€™re not quite ready for Magda and the others yet! Our construction team, Education Directors and the entire staff will be working hard to get everything ready for January!

 

 


 

PLEASE PRAY WITH US FOR:

  • Smooth construction schedule and work at the campus before students arrive
  • Peace with the Fondfrede community where LSM Tech is located
  • Magda and the other five students who will be moving to the campus this winter
  • For our Dean of Students, Jean Wesly, and his new bride Valencia, who will be working with administration at LSM Tech

 


 

*name changed for privacy

CELEBRATING FREEDOM

Happy 4th of July! This weekend, as you celebrate the values of freedom, we hope youโ€™ll join us in the fight to bring those basics to vulnerable children. It takes our collective voices to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Our passion is to help those who have lost their natural advocates in life. You can provide the help that is desperately needed for children.

 

NEARLY 10 YEARS AGO, A LITTLE GIRL HAD LOST HOPE. ย 

 

 

She shifted a heavy load of water on her tiny, bony shoulders and took another weary step. Eight year old Velinda* had been carrying water for over a mile. She did this three times a day for the family she lived with. As a restavek (child slave), Velinda worked 12-14 hour days. She was skin and bones and bore the physical and emotional scars of a broken childhood. After her parents died, she had no idea how hard life was going to be without them.

 

On day, as Velinda was walking home from the river, she met someone very special who works for LSM. She heard about this man, and knew that if there was ever hope at freedom, this was her chance. She dropped her heavy bucket, and ran up to him.

 

โ€œIโ€™m tired of carrying water,โ€ she breathlessly said. โ€œPlease, help me!โ€

 

TODAY, VELINDA KNOWS THE BEAUTY OF FREEDOM.

 

 

LSM was able to negotiate with the family that Velinda had been living with. She was rescued out of that horrible situation, and is now thriving in her Home of Hope family! She no longer carries water from the river, working 12-14 hour days. Instead, she is experiencing true freedom and love in a nurturing family. But most importantly, she knows about the true living water, found in Jesus Christ!

 

Because of the opportunities she has today, Velinda can go to college, get a good paying job and provide for her own family someday.ย These are dreams she never imagined as a child slave ten years ago.

 

 

ARE YOU WILLING TO LISTEN TO A DESPERATE CRY FOR HELP?

 

We long for all vulnerable children like Velinda to have the freedom to grow as a valued child of God. We want them to know their worth, find healing and love, and have the chance to reach their full, God-given potential.

 

Freedom is a gift. And itโ€™s one we can give together.

 

 


GET INVOLVED:

  1. Help rescue children forced into child slavery in Haiti. Order your copy of Edโ€™s book โ€œA Rose Among Thornsโ€ to learn more about their plight and help rescue children like Velinda.
  2. Become a Prayer Partner and receive bi-monthly updates from LSM on specific ways to intercede.
  3. Spread the Gospel message of FREEDOM in Haiti through the Gospel Project.

 


*name changed for privacy

HOUSE OF WONDERFUL, GREAT LOVE

By Becky Browning, LSM Staff in Haiti

 

When I was a little girl, every picture that I drew of our house had a happy smiling sun above it. I used my red crayon and made big smiles on my dad, my mom and us four little girls. We were lined up next to our little dog. He too had a smile drawn on his fluffy face. I drew colorful flowers around my pretty house, and warm smoke coming out of the chimney. Inside the smoky clouds, written in my best handwriting were these words: โ€œHouse of Wonderful Great Love.โ€ย It was a picture of my childhood. I felt loved, happy and secure tucked away in my safe home with my family all around me.

 

 

 

35 years later, my husband and I walked through a village in Haiti. There was a much different picture. Crying toddlers with distended bellies, sitting in front of a crooked hut, diaper-less babies covered in itching scabies and skinny stray dogs digging in piles of trash. Food and water was scarce. And hope seemed even more scarce. I did not see many smiling faces. What words would be written over their homes?

Hungry?ย Sad?ย Despair?ย Hopelesness?

 

 

It caused me to think, โ€œWhat if our lives were switched? What would I want?โ€ I would want food and clothing. I would want someone to love and care about me. I would want someone to take me to the doctors when I am sick. I would want to feel safe. And most importantly, I would want someone to care beyond this earthly life and introduce me to Jesus.

 

 

This is what Loving Shepherd Ministries does. There are many vulnerable children who need homes of โ€œwonderful great love.โ€ We call them โ€œHomes of Hope.โ€ We would love to have you partner with us and support one of our Homes.

 

 


GET INVOLVED:

 

  1. Learn more about our unique model that provides a complete Continuum of Care for vulnerable children from childhood through adulthood โ€“ within the love and stability of a FAMILY.

 

  1. Become a Family Sponsor (min $35/month) and partner directly with vulnerable children you can get to know!

 

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