So, what does Lahash hope to offer each sponsored child? Food on the table and school fees: yes. But that barely scratches the surface. Our Holistic Care Model covers the following five aspects of each child’s precious life:
We encourage and celebrate children’s faith and growth in Jesus, yet fully respect each child’s unique spiritual decisions. The love offered to each child in the Sponsorship Program is unconditional, with the hope of drawing them toward the perfect love of God. Our partner ministries are closely tied to their local churches, and the program staff lead children in spiritual instruction, times of worship, and a discipleship curriculum. Over and over, we see how the love and truth of Jesus Christ gives children a new inner life that is full of hope.
Lahash and our partners are deeply committed to the full education of both boys and girls. All children are given the opportunity to attend a local school and gain the knowledge needed to transition to the next stage of life. The students are encouraged and mentored by the staff at our partnerships, and academic progress is monitored. Many children receive practical training in the kitchen, the fields, technology, music, and leadership as they grow up. Our Stand With Students program comes alongside children to help them overcome educational obstacles and aim for the rigors and rewards of the Higher Education Program.
As we teach children to care for God’s creation and the communities within it, we are also teaching them to care for themselves and for others. We commit with our partners to being good stewards of land, resources, time, and money that we might mindfully protect, clean, and restore our communities. Depending on their location, children may engage in the planting, tending, and harvesting of garden crops, tending animals, cleaning and maintaining their surroundings, or simply learning to experience and appreciate God’s creation in new ways.