“I am a student of Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. In May 2011, I saw my town devastated by a tornado. However, as Joplin began rebuilding I saw God moving, and my perspective on helping others really began to expand. When I discovered Show Hope, I was surprised by all the statistics about orphans and the evident call in Scripture to care for the fatherless.
“At first I didn’t think I was capable of doing anything because I am a college student, but after much prayer, I realized that my college was the perfect place to raise money and awareness for the fatherless. I didn’t quite know how everything was going to work, but I signed up as a Show Hope Advocate and registered my project with a goal of raising $500 for Show Hope.
“I made bandana bracelets for each of the 42 girls on my dorm floor to remind us to pray for orphans. Then I invited Troy Nelson, our Director of Admissions, to speak to us about his journey of adopting a little girl from Taiwan. His testimony of the blessings of adoption helped spur the girls’ interest. I realized that my own friends and relatives who are adopted are a large part of the reason the orphan crisis interests me. To illustrate this, I asked friends on my dorm floor to help decorate the hallway with posters of the people in our lives who are adopted along with posters that explained Show Hope’s mission. It was a fun project with a big impact.
“After prayer and persistence, I received approval from the college missions department to talk about Show Hope and take up an offering in our chapel service. The girls from my hall were all really excited, praying that this would help us reach our $500 goal. After chapel, we sold bandana bracelets, and added these sales to the total from the chapel offering and our dorm change collection. We raised $679.04! God worked on our students’ hearts to compel them to give generously and invest in the lives of orphans. This project helped to unite the girls on our floor in a special way and kindled our passion for the fatherless. I can’t to see what God does in our lives as we continue to care for His children!”
-Bethel Grove, Show Hope Advocate
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