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:

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ONE JOB SECURES A FAMILY’S SURVIVAL

When you talk to Dio, you are struck with the warmth of his smile. He is compassionate and cares deeply about others.ย  You would never guess the hardships this man has endured over his short 27 years on earth. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew stole his home and his farm. During the clean-up process, Dio was involved in a severe automobile accident. He shattered his hip and had multiple other injuries.ย  He laid in a hospital bed for weeks with a sheet tied around his pelvic bone. He was determined to use his healing time to educate himself and learn English.

 

 

One year later his father passed away. As the oldest of six children and a mother to care for, Dio knew what he had to do. But in a country where jobs are scarce, how would he provide for all of them?

 

Then he heard about Loving Shepherd Ministries. A mechanic was needed.

 

Dio had many of the skills needed for this job. And although he didnโ€™t yet know about the amazing ministry heโ€™d be a part of, he knew that applying meant the chance to feed his family and provide in a once hopeless situation.

 

 

Safe transportation is something Dio knows the importance of first hand. Like all Haitians, they know that the reality is, any time you travel on the difficult roads youโ€™re at some level of risk. Thatโ€™s why LSM prioritizes the safety and availability of our vehicles. It makes a huge difference for our staff and Home of Hope familes!

 

Vehicles are necessary so we can deliver supplies to our Homes of Hope and transport children for medical needs. Our staff needs safe transportation so they can access the homes and provide education services and deliver supplies. Without Dio and the other mechanics, we would not be able to effectively care for our children.

 

 

Today, Dio is the Vehicle Manager for LSM. His excellent communication in English has been a huge benefit as he daily corresponds with our US staff. It was as if God was gently showing Dio how every season of his life was preparing him for this new position!

 

As part of the automative program at LSM, Dioโ€™s job has made a profound difference in his life as well as his familyโ€™s. His brother also works as a mechanic alongside of him.ย  Dio says, โ€œWork is freedom! You have given me the freedom to provide for my family. I can now get them food and care for them because I have work. Thank you!โ€

 

One job has transformed the future for an entire family because of your prayers and financial support. Thank you for partnering with us. You are making a difference!

 


GET INVOLVED:ย 

  1. Pray for the country of Haiti, where many struggle to provide for their families. This leaves children some of the most vulnerable!
  2. Praise God with us for the 200+ Haitian employees that LSM is able to work with. These amazing people are giving back to their communities and providing for their families. We believe that ripple effect will have an impact in the Kingdom!
  3. Join us by making a financial gift to Haiti so we can maintain good vehicles that will keep our operations moving and our families and staff safe!

 

A New Beginning

On January 10, two days after Ethiopiaโ€™s Christmas, Biruan* and Greta bounded home from the LSM Christmas party in their rural village. Laughter filled the air as they chattered about the games and Bible lessons they shared. Ten year old Biruan talked about some of the recent discussions kids her class had with LSM staff about finding their identity and purpose.

 

 

Their mother Shashi smiles and thinks about the journey theyโ€™ve been on. These conversations and the quick smiles her children show are a far cry from their desperate, gaunt faces only three years ago. You see, after their father suddenly died nearly seven years ago, Biruan and Greta watched their mom struggle to make their small farm sustainable. They never had enough food, and there never seemed to be enough money for them to go to school or get new clothes. Life changed after joining LSMโ€™s programs. For the first time, the whole family experienced relief and true hope.

 

 

The laughter and smiles after a fun Christmas program are just the beginning. Today, Biruan and Greta have enough to eat because of LSMโ€™s support and intervention in their distress. Their mom has gained valuable training on how to run her small farming business effectively so she can provide for their family. The kids are learning in school and are passing classes with top grades! They are enjoying a variety of small group programs with LSM staff and local volunteers. Most importantly, theyโ€™re learning about their true identity and hope in Christ โ€“ and are seeing it lived out in tangible ways from the LSM staff around them.

 

 

Itโ€™s a testimony of hope we believe will change their future โ€“ and the future of their community as these kids grow with a heart for Jesus and skills to serve.

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Shashi said, โ€œYour support is bringing light in my life andย Iย am feeling that I found a helper to accomplish my dreams for my children. Before joining the project I didnโ€™t know about saving money. I wasted my money and lend my money to people who couldnโ€™t pay me back. Because of that, I had conflict with many people. Since I have joined the LSM project I have learned how to live with people and also manage and save money. The projectโ€™s training, coaching, mentoring has changed me a lot and taught me how to raise my children in ethical and biblical ways.โ€

 

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*names changed for privacy

 

Double Your Gift This Mother’s Day

Imagine a sprawling, broken and dirty city road dotted with storefronts full of trinkets being sold by men shooting leering looks in your direction. You tug the scarf a little tighter around your chin and grab your tiny childโ€™s hand, walking quickly towards the little vendor down the block, dodging motorcycles and mangy dogs scrounging through garbage in the street. The menโ€™s stares follow you the whole way.

 

Your childโ€™s eyes look up to meet yours, โ€œMama, can we buy some eggs today?โ€

 

The innocent face nearly breaks your heart because you know the cost of a dozen eggs is more than you make in an entire day. You clutch in your hand your meager bit of money as you try to forget about the bleak meal youโ€™ll be feeding your child once again. You wonder, โ€œWhat has life come to? How will I ever provide for my child without stooping to desperate measures?โ€

 

MILLIONS OF MOTHERS FACE THIS TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCE EVERY DAY.

 

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It Takes Many Hands to Make a Lasting Difference

Randy and LaNaeAs we were so happy to report in our Spring newsletter, Randy and LaNae Meyer are heading to Haiti soon where they will serve a two-year term with LSM. Randy will be in charge of a Haitian construction crew at LSM Technical Institute. LaNae will work in hospitality and keep LSMโ€™s U.S. staff connected with stories and pictures. (You can sign up for our e-newsletters at the bottom of this screen.)

 

As you might expect, moving abroad is no easy task. It takes many hands. Maybe even more than you think.

 

 

 

 

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5 Resources to Fuel Your Passion for the Fatherless

Is God calling you into a greater personal commitment to care for orphans? Being well-supported in your ministry will encourage, strengthen and equip you for the day-to-day journey.

 

Here are five organizations producing great content and resources that can help: ย 

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Help Children in a Way you Never Dreamed Possible

A reporter once told Mother Teresa that he couldnโ€™t do what she did if he was paid a million dollars. She answered, โ€œYes, for a million dollars, I wouldnโ€™t do it either.โ€

 

There is a pearlโ€”a prizeโ€”in your life worth risking everything for. Bur itโ€™s not something you can earn, because itโ€™s something youโ€™ve already been given.

 

โ€œTruly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.โ€ โ€”Matthew 25:40

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What Does it Mean to Empower a Child?

Within each child lies a set of unique talents and passions that God longs to use. But millions of these children never have the chance to reach their full potential because of their circumstances. When you live in desperate poverty, big dreams must give way to day-to-day survival. Thatโ€™s not the way it has to be.

 

So what does it mean to empower a child?

The answer might surprise you.

It canโ€™t be taught. It canโ€™t be learned. It must be given.

 

The fruit of empowered giving is ripening right now for 216 children in Haiti.

 

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Five Things You Can Do This Year

There is so much to look forward to at the start of a New Year. Fresh starts, new opportunities, trips to plan, goals to reach and the potential of so many amazing things as you look at the days ahead. Have you also considered what you could do toย change a vulnerable child’sย life this year?

 

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