Loving Shepherd Ministries’ Home of Hope Supported by Bethlehem
In September 2009 several people from Bethlehem visited Loving Shepherd Ministries in Les Cayes, Haiti. The mission of LSM, led by Pastor Ed Schwartz, is to care for abandoned, orphaned and at-risk children around the world and help others to do the same. They now have nine Homes of Hope in operation in Haiti with another 4 on the construction schedule for next year.
Bethlehem, through the Global Diaconate, gave funds in March 2010 to help in the construction of an LSM Home of Hope for 12 HIV+ orphaned and vulnerable boys. The construction of the home was finished this summer and the boys are living there and have adjusted very well. Two of the HIV positive boys are brothers. The Bethlehem team met them and saw that one especially was in dire circumstances. Ed notes, “The difference that a few months can make when a child has food, clothing and shelter, not to mention love, family, a mom and dad, and Bible teaching, is stark.” Both brothers are now in the Home of Hope supported by Bethlehem. They are doing well and all you see are smiles!