Introducing the 2013 Show Hope Summer Interns

June 25, 2013 | Posted In Featured | Share

Show Hope is excited to work with six incredible young people this summer! These students and recent graduates have chosen to spend their summer interning for Show Hope–in our office and at Maria’s Big House of Hope–and to use their talents to care for waiting children. Each one possesses maturity, servanthood, and passion for orphan care. We’re thankful and excited to have them as a part of our team and want to take a moment to introduce them to you! Be sure to say hello in the comments section!

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Show Hope intern in the future, please visit our website!


Summer 2013 Intern--Emily Grace BennettI am from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and I am a senior at Auburn University where I study Spanish-International Trade.  I am a pre-law student and believe that God is leading me to pursue a legal degree for His glory. God continues to show me more about His heart for justice and for His people across the nations. Show Hope is an answer to my prayers for this season and I am pumped to serve with a great team seeking to restore the hope of a family to orphans, both domestically and internationally!

EMILY CHEEK – Student Initiatives Intern

In the fall of 2005, the Lord spoke to my heart and revealed His purpose for my life: showing the love of Jesus through answering the command of James 1:27.  I immediately told my parents that I thought our family was called to adopt.  Nearly 5 years later, I watched as my mother walked off a flight from China with the most beautiful baby in her arms.  Though Lily was born on the opposite side of the world, I knew she was always meant to be part of our family.  Lily has now been home for almost three years and has blessed us in so many ways. Through her adoption, God has taught me even more about His love. As I approach my graduation from Belmont University, I pray that the Lord would provide a job that allows me to continue to mobilize others to meet the needs of orphans and to advocate for adoption.

ANNA GOODMAN – Communications Intern

anna picrealI am a rising sophomore at Union University where I’m studying Political Science and Spanish.  My dream is to go to law school and I hope to someday work with international and adoption law.  Growing up, several of my closest friends were adopted; so, it is an issue that I have always been passionate about.  Recently, though, I have felt God tugging on my heart more and more strongly about the orphan crisis. As I prayerfully considered how to spend my summer, the one thing I knew with certainty was that I wanted to be somewhere I could be a part of making an eternal difference.  I had known about Show Hope for years, and when God lead me to the opportunity of being an intern, I became so excited!  I honestly cannot think of a better way to spend my summer than interning here, working to serve orphans around the world, and I’m excited to see what adventures God has in store for my time with Show Hope!


I was first introduced to Maria’s Big House of Hope when I went on a student short-term trip with Show Hope in the summer of 2011.  It was the first time I had returned to China since being adopted from there myself at two years old.  It was on this trip that I first felt God placing a deep compassion for orphans in my heart. I saw myself in the faces of the little kids I met at Maria’s, and I knew that I wanted to do something related to orphan care in the future.  Being able to intern at MBHOH is a way that I see myself being able to give back part of all I have been blessed with.  I see it also as an opportunity for me to be able to ponder and process how God has revealed Himself through my own adoption story and what that means to me.  This summer, I hope to share my experiences and the truths that God reveals to me with others who visit MBHOH and to love and care for these children well.

MOLLY MANER – Student Initiatives Intern

molly-pic-copy2Adoption has always been on my radar, but the past few years, the Lord has really laid a passion for orphan care on my heart. On a mission trip to Zimbabwe, I helped with a project to provide meals to orphans. We rode in trucks over mountains and rocks to arrive at the site where we would serve.  As we traveled, we passed about a hundred children walking barefoot over the same rocks and mountains. These children were fending for themselves, walking miles without shoes, just to eat.  My heart broke for these kids.  I believe as Christ-followers we are called to reflect God’s heart-and God has a heart for orphans.  I am so excited to get to be a part of Show Hope’s Red Bus Project. As a recent graduate from Auburn University (War Eagle!), I am well aware that students can make a lasting impact.  I think the Red Bus Project proves that. We aren’t called to have all of the answers, but I do believe we are called to make a move and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.


dan picture realMy name is Dan Martin.  I am 21 years old and from Nashville, Tennessee. Both of my younger brothers were adopted into our family, and it really sparked a passion in me for orphan care at a young age. I started working with Show Hope close to three years ago, and I have been blessed with opportunities specifically to work in China.  This summer, I am interning for a second term at Maria’s Big House of Hope, helping plan and organize the short-term trips that will be visiting.



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