23 January 2014 – Nashville, Tenn. – On the heels of celebrating ten years of service in 2013, Show Hope™ is kicking off the new year by promoting their advocates movement. Show Hope, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, continues its topical monthly focus by highlighting this grassroots program that raises awareness and funds for orphans.
What is a Show Hope Advocate?
The advocates program enables each person to use their passions, talents, and hobbies to raise funds and awareness to transform the life of a waiting child. This movement is made up of people whose combined grassroots efforts make a much larger impact than any one individual could do on their own. To date, Show Hope celebrates 450+ advocates raising more than $550,000.
From donating your birthday by inviting others to give to Show Hope in lieu of presents, having a bake sale, raising awareness at your church, to collecting your spare change, the ideas are endless. When Steven Curtis Chapman went on tour in 2007, Show Hope invited people across the U.S. to collect their loose change for orphans. Thousands answered that call and Show Hope was able to award adoption aid grants to more than 60 families from the funds raised.
One Show Hope advocate is Roby Mathew who in 2013 raised $2,400 by garnering support to run a marathon, impacting children around the world by doing something he enjoyed. “The love and support I received from family and friends was tremendous, but I was even more encouraged to see people excited about helping orphans in need,” Roby shares. “All of us may not be called to adopt, but there are always other ways we can get involved. Whether that means being the one raising money, the one giving money, or the one who prays diligently…I encourage you to see what role God would have you play in transforming the life of an orphan.”
Show Hope also encourages advocates to share stories and photos of their efforts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories may appear on the Show Hope website or newsletter, in turn encouraging others to become advocates.
“Advocates are core to the foundation of Show Hope,” shares Scott Hasenbalg, Executive Director of Show Hope. “One of the reasons Steven Curtis Chapman started this organization was so that he could more effectively advocate for waiting children, and we are excited to see thousands of people standing beside him as advocates in this movement to care for orphans.” You can become a Show Hope Advocate by visiting showhope.org/advocates.