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Our North Star

Dear Show Hope Family, 

I recently celebrated five years of service at Show Hope, and what I love and why I am passionate about being here is that Show Hope is an organization that lives and breathes by faith. That call to faith is part of our DNA, if you will. It was our Founders, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, who stepped out in faith to adopt their daughter Shaohannah Hope, and it was their adoption journey that led to the founding of Show Hope more than 20 years ago now. 

Over this past year, faith continues to be our north star as we boldly stepped out with the goal to award 350 Adoption Aid grants by June 30—a 10 percent increase over our prior fiscal year. And today, I can share that we will, in fact, reach and surpass that goal, adding to the more than 8,900 children impacted by a Show Hope Adoption Aid grant. It’s astounding when you consider Mary Beth and Steven’s original dream of helping 100 children and families. Some of you have been with us from the beginning, and some of you are new to our story. Either way, you are a part of those children’s journeys, and by faith, you are making an eternal impact on their lives.

In the month of May, I always want to pause and honor the life of Maria Sue Chapman. So much of Show Hope and the faith we proclaim encapsulates Maria’s legacy, from our storied Care Centers work to our now Medical Care grants. While still in its infancy, faith continues to carry this work, where in this past year we awarded our 100th Medical Care grant and surpassed $1 million in grants awarded. And as we look to the future, I am eagerly anticipating the growth and expansion of this much-needed work in the lives of children and families on the adoption journey. 

We often say, “The adoption journey does not end the day a child is welcomed home; in many ways, it is just beginning.” I am thankful that Show Hope, guided by the Chapmans, have embraced this truth over the past 20 years, and by faith, it is one that we will continue to pursue over the next 20 years. Our Medical Care grants work is integral in that pursuit, and in the coming days, I will ask, How can you, once again, step out in faith and support us not just for today but for the future?

In the month of June, we will be working to raise $100,000 for Maria’s Miracle Fund. Established in honor of Maria, this fund originally helped sustain and further the work of Care Centers in China, namely Maria’s Big House of Hope, and today, Maria’s Miracle Fund now supports Show Hope’s Medical Care grants. We believe in this all-too-important work, where more than 100 families have received financial support for their children impacted by adoption. And by 2025, we want to see 250 families supported annually through Medical Care grants, but we cannot reach that goal without you. 

So over the next week, will you prayerfully consider how you might support Show Hope’s Medical Care grants with a financial gift to Maria’s Miracle Fund? Together, we will continue to reduce the barriers to adoption that children and families face each and every day. 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” — Romans 15:13

By faith, 

Kristin Parks

Kristin E. Parks 

Executive Director, Show Hope

This letter is part of our annual Summer Newsletter. Our work is not possible without the love, support, and generosity of faithful donors. We would be honored for you to join us in this work through a financial gift. You can give today at

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