Life-Changing: A Parent’s View of a Show Hope Student Trip

January 12, 2017 | Posted In Students

A note from the parent of two Show Hope trip participants.

Allowing our son and daughter to go on a Show Hope student trip to China was one of the best decisions we have made for them. Of course, I was nervous about sending our kids to a foreign country with a group of people that I barely knew, but rest assured: I was more than impressed with how well put-together this trip was.

First of all, the students are encouraged to do several daily devotions prior to the trip, they have conference calls with their travel “team” to get to know each other better, and their team leaders communicate with parents and kids prior to the trip via email. Show Hope’s staff did all the work as far as trip prep—my children were just the participants!

Show Hope also does a great job of sending all of the information needed for the trip in a packet for the kids to travel with and a packet for the parents. I was amazed at how well organized this trip was. The students all received matching shirts to wear while they traveled together. We got a great group pic once they arrived in China.

The experience at Maria’s Big House of Hope was unique for each my children, but I would say it was life-changing for both of them. We have four children who came home through adoption, three of whom are from China, so they both enjoyed being able to be with the kids at Maria’s.

My son was hit hard by the reality of the need. I don’t know if he was fully prepared for everything he experienced, but God knew what he was doing. Since he returned home he has added a minor in religious studies to his music business degree at Belmont—all because of this trip!

My daughter has always had a heart to work with children, and this trip just confirmed it. She is attending Point Loma this fall and studying child development. In the meantime, she has been tutoring this semester for the special needs class at her high school.

Every day while in China the group did team building activities, processing time, training in orphan care. They also got to travel and see the sights in China!

My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of this trip. Our kids made friendships that will last a lifetime, and their experience changed their life!

You can click here to learn more about Show Hope trips, and to apply to be a part of one! The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 13.

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