Each New Year brings change and a chance to create new resolutions. As we look for ways to love the Lord and love our neighbors, it’s impossible to ignore the outstanding needs of orphans around the world. This year, invite your friends, family, and co-workers to join you in the movement to care for orphans! Whether it’s a parenting group, Bible study, book club, your family, or your co-workers, you can share in the giving spirit and commit to caring for orphans together! Here are seven ideas:
While buying a cup of coffee is a morning ritual for many of us, there are more economical ways to get your caffeine fix than to spend money at a coffee shop. Commit to brewing a cup at home and saving the $2/cup to donate to Show Hope! You can create a friendly competition with your group to see who brews the best pot, who goes the most days without visiting a coffee shop, or who raises the most money! With everyone saving $2/day and combining it after a few months, it can become a sizable contribution! Encourage each other to avoid the drive-thru and commit to brewing at home for the next few months.
This is a great option for a group who meets regularly (i.e. Bible study or book club). As a group, commit to becoming a Show Hope or LifeHope sponsor for the next year. This type of sponsorship gives individuals and families a chance to participate in the adoption process even if they are not in the place to adopt themselves! Opportunities are available to fund an entire adoption grant, and your group will receive information about the specific child you helped.
Show Hope is always looking for volunteers to help with various tasks and assignments. Volunteers use their talents and gifts to make a great impact in the lives of orphaned children around the world. Specifically, we can always use help at our office in Tennessee, but there are also opportunities to volunteer at Show Hope events across the country, like Steven Curtis Chapman concerts and the Red Bus Project tours. Your group can also volunteer its time at local churches or organizations that focus on orphan care! Contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As a group of friends, each member brings a different perspective to the table. Praying together allows each group member to see a fuller picture of God’s redemptive story of adoption. As a group, pray for waiting children, adoptive families, and for the movement to care for orphans. Show Hope also provides monthly prayer updates that focus on a specific child!
This year, Show Hope is offering a unique opportunity for adoptive and foster families, ministry leaders, and professionals to learn how to bring hope and healing to children who have a history of loss and trauma. Each year, we host several conferences in different parts of the country. For the first time ever, we are offering a live simulcast of the conference on April 10-11 and YOU can be a host for your church or group! Empowered to Connect is a life-changing resource for adoptive parents and we hope many more families will be able to benefit through this live simulcast. Click here to learn more and register.
Show Hope advocates are grassroots leaders who raise funds and awareness in their communities by utilizing their talents, gifts, and passions to speak up for orphans in distress. They’re donating birthdays, running marathons, and hosting garage sales…all to restore the HOPE of a family to waiting children around the world. Above all, our advocates are a voice for the fatherless. Together with your friends, family, church, or group, you can become Show Hope advocates and organize a project or event to raise funds or supplies for orphans in distress. Learn more about becoming an advocate today!
This year, your group can join Show Hope on a short-term trip to explore God’s heart for orphans and the role you can play in caring for them! When God says in James 1:27 to “care” for the orphan, the word used for care also implies “visit.” There’s a sense where we can’t just stay in our comfortable world, but we’ve got to go out as a light into the darkness. We must go to the waiting children who need hope and care for them in their distress. How will you “go” to care for orphans? The application deadline for our 2015 trips is January 20th. Click here to learn more.
As you look for ways to join the movement to care for orphans, consider the many avenues available with Show Hope! Browse our website to learn more about the adoption process, financial grants, ways to get involved, and other creative ways to care for orphans. We are excited to partner with individuals, groups, and families who share God’s heart for orphans.