18-year-old Show Hope Advocate, Lauren Beck, was forever changed on a short-term trip to visit Maria’s Big House of Hope in China. Upon arriving back home, she was determined to utilize her resources in order to speak up for all the sweet kiddos she met in China. As her 18th birthday was approaching, she decided to donate her special day to Show Hope! Continue reading below as Lauren describes her trip and why she decided to become a advocacy events.
On February 14, 2013, I got the best news. In a short email, my biggest dream was made reality. I found out I was going to be a part of a short-term student trip to Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China. Back in 2012, God laid the desire to serve overseas through a short-term trip with Show Hope on my heart. I prayed, sent in my application, and a few months later, my dream was finally coming true! On August 1, 2013, I left my home and flew to San Francisco to meet 20 perfect strangers. I was so scared and excited at the same time!
My trip to China was beyond words. God broke me and molded me into a better person. My team became my family. The children at Maria’s Big House of Hope went from being faces that I saw on a computer screen to hands that I got to hold, necks that I got to hug, bellies that I got to tickle, and cheeks that I couldn’t kiss enough. My leaders changed my outlook on orphan care and expanded my knowledge of Christ, my team taught me how to be brave, kind, and fearless, and the children well, they taught me more than I could fit into this post! The biggest thing they did for me, however, was teach me how to love without borders.
When I got back from China, I had an insatiable urge to do anything I could to benefit Show Hope. So, for my 18th birthday, I became a advocacy events! I asked friends and family to donate money to Show Hope instead of buying me gifts. Donating my birthday was just a small part of a much bigger picture. I was overjoyed to raise funds and awareness for the work and ministry of Show Hope. – Lauren Beck