At Show Hope, the greatest gift one could share or avenue of support to take is that of prayer. This is something we do not take lightly or spout off because it is the “right” thing to say. We stand firm on and are committed to the truth that prayer is, in fact, essential in our work and in our relationship to the father. The Bible teaches us and compels us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). These words are not simply utterances that may comfort us; these words are, in fact, God-ordained anchors to which we cling in calm waters or raging storms.
We pray for the children who live as orphans. There are millions around the world who do not know the love and permanency of family. Their pangs for security and their longings to be seen, to be heard, to be regarded are, oftentimes, far greater than we will ever experience or know, and it is our mission to care for these children as God has called us (James 1:27).
We pray for the families who are answering God’s call to adopt and care for children living outside of parental care. There are countless families who are coming alongside vulnerable children by welcoming them into their lives and numbering them in their family. These families are taking steps of faith each day, and we pray for God to provide for them and sustain them, bringing hope for the journey that lies ahead.
We pray that God would grant wisdom to the appointed leaders and decision-making entities and agencies who work to protect vulnerable children. No matter how difficult or challenging the circumstances may be, we ask that God would grant courage and clarity in their work to protect the best interests of children. We find hope in these words from Proverbs: “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints” (2:6-8).
We pray, also, for wisdom in our work to serve well children and families. We are presented many paths to take in our work, and more often than not, the clarity needed in choosing the better path can be clouded. And so, it is in those days and seasons where true wisdom is needed and is sought. As James tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind” (1:5-6).
We pray for God to empower us to steward well the gifts, talents, and expertise entrusted to us. At Show Hope, we are made up of women and men who are committed to the work and mission set forth by our Founders, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman. There are those of us who are rich in the knowledge of child and adoption advocacy. We have “creatives”—those God has gifted in the work of communication—and we have those who are excellent at forging and fostering relationships inside and outside our organization. And last but certainly not least, there are those who work “behind the scenes” in finance and technology who guide us in the best practices of managing operations. While we strive for excellence and integrity in all that we do, it is God working through us and in us whose hands and feet we seek to be.
We pray that God will continue to sustain our work. All that we are and all that we have are God’s and solely dependent upon him. In his gospel, John boldly proclaims and reminds us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (1:1-5).
We pray for faith. In our personal daily walks—and in our work at Show Hope—we can be easily swayed, distracted, burdened, and afraid. If these things were not true, if these things were not experienced by all, why then would we need hope? Faith is what moves us forward in spite of the unknown, the anxiety, and the weight of life. It is a gift given only by God, and it is why we call out as one once did, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
We pray that God would be glorified in all. In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul writes, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (10:31). This thought is what, ultimately, informs our daily work at Show Hope—whether in Executive Leadership, Programs, Development, Finance, Operations, or Communications. And it is this God-inspired command that will continue to guide us until the day when, in fact, all things are made new.