Experience Hope

October 2, 2015 | Posted In Care Centers | Share

[fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]I’m jet-lagged, a little foggy-headed, and certainly tired! A million thoughts are running through my head as I reflect on another eye-opening, affirming trip to China with a team from Show Hope.

At the end of September I traveled throughout China with a small group of Show Hope donors as well as founders Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, to visit our work there. Although the local culture we were able to explore was great, the most amazing things we saw were witnessed when we visited Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, as well as our work in Nanyang, Jiaozuo, Zhengzhou, and Beijing.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]As you travel from site to site at the Care Centers, some common themes emerge…

First, the love of Christ is apparent in the hearts of the staff who are leading our efforts on the ground in China.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Secondly, the consistency in care, the uniformity of structure, and the cleanliness of the facilities is unparalleled. The commitment of the nurses (literally on call 24/7/365) is amazing. The gentle touch and loving attitude of the nannies stands out as one nanny is in place for every three children. Currently, Maria’s Big House of Hope is in the middle of some significant renovations to upgrade the fire safety equipment, and yet, the work there with the children under our care has not slowed or been adversely affected. Much credit for this is due to our team on the ground who has somehow done the enormous job of moving over 140 children while seamlessly preserving the level of care that needs to move forward uninterrupted.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][images picture_size=”fixed” hover_type=”none” autoplay=”no” columns=”4″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”no” lightbox=”yes” class=”” id=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://showhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151004-SH11.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://showhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151004-SH6.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://showhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151004-SH4.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://showhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151004-SH8.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://showhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151004-SH3.jpg” alt=””][image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://showhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151004-SH2.jpg” alt=””][/images][/one_full][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_half][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Lastly, while many of the stories of the children under our care are hard, there is much life. Some children who come under care are there for palliative care, yet all children are loved, held, made to feel comfortable, to know the touch of one who cares, and to be given the absolute best care possible given their respective needs and situation. Many miracle stories have occurred and many children have gone on to enter the love and protection of a family through adoption.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”yes” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]I want to invite you to join me. This work is geographically a long way from the comfort of our lives in the US and sometimes even further away from the “way” we live our lives here. It’s challenging, it’s often hard and at times it is heartbreaking. Amid the sad or hard though, I can tell you having personally witnessed our efforts, there is also much joy, happiness, and most importantly—hope! It may be impossible to understand or comprehend this without having seen it personally. I hope your story will be one that will allow us to journey with me to “SEE” this personally someday. And if that is not feasible, that you will join with us in prayers for this effort and for these children, and that you will faithfully consider how you might financially be willing to assist in this life-changing work.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_code]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[/fusion_code][/fullwidth]

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  • Drew Hampshire

    Well done! It is so heartening to see the love that is being shared there via this work, and all the work that has been done previously in your personal life to bring you to this point to be able to serve others. Well done!

  • Diane Hill Roark

    These pictures bring tears
    to my eyes. My prayer has always been that Christian would rise up and take
    care of orphans. Every orphan needs a home where they can be loved and learn
    about God’s love for them. I simply wish that each orphan could get a mom and
    dad to love them before they experience baggage which will cause them to have
    serious struggles. Oh, the stories that my kids could tell. Thank God for ShowHope doing all you can do to bring
    awareness to the need to adopt. I pray Christians everywhere will come together
    and support adoption, adoptive parents and pray. Many blessings always!