Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — James 1:27
At the very core of humanity is a desire and need for connection, belonging, and security found primarily within loving relationships—first expressed and experienced within the context of family. For more than 15 million children who have been orphaned around the world, having lost both parents, and the estimated 125,000 children currently in the U.S. Foster Care system who have had parental rights terminated, these foundational relationships have often been disrupted.
Adverse childhood experiences, including the loss of biological family, have profound implications for these children. However, in the words of the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, “When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.”
Founded in 2003 by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope’s mission is to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption. And while the needs of orphans are both varying and complex, we strive to address three key issues standing between waiting children and loving families.
First, the Financial Barrier. Every year, countless individuals consider pursuing adoption as a means to growing their family, but with the average cost of adoption often ranging between $25,000 and $50,000, this is simply outside the financial reach of most families, hindering many from even taking the first steps.
Secondly, the Medical Barrier. Many children who have been orphaned live with mild to acute healthcare needs, requiring access to medical and therapeutic intervention. But securing that access and overcoming associated costs are overwhelming for many children and families.
Third, the Knowledge Barrier. Many who have the ability to make a difference in the lives of waiting children do not take action because they are unaware of the need or feel helpless to do anything. As the wise saying goes, “When we know better, we do better.”
For some, these barriers may seem insurmountable.
But since 2003, by God’s grace and with his help, Show Hope has grown in her efforts, and served as a living picture of hope and help.
As Show Hope’s Co-founder Mary Beth Chapman often says, “Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.”
On November 7, 2020, premiering at 7 p.m. CST, we invite you to join us for Show Hope’s (first ever!) Fellowship Weekend Virtual Fundraiser.
Through stories, music, and conversation, we will celebrate God’s faithfulness over the past year and look forward with much anticipation and wonder to all he will do in the lives of children who have been orphaned in the year to come.
It’s a prime opportunity for you to learn more about Show Hope and what we are doing to break down those barriers between waiting children and loving families.
Will you join us?