I’ve heard the unimaginable number of orphans in the world. I’ve visited orphanages where they live and hospitals where they are abandoned. Once you’ve put a face to a number, looked into their eyes and learned their names, you will never be the same. These experiences made me want to do everything and nothing, all at once.
Being a Show Hope sponsor has helped me not just to be paralyzed by the statistics, but to really do something. Each month as I write out my sponsorship check, I am confident that even though the amount is small, when it is added to other sponsor gifts it is being used to do amazing things.
I get so excited to read the updates on the blog or in my mailbox and read the stories of the families and their faithful pursuit to grow their families through adoption. My heart swells reading about how students are given tangible opportunities to give their time, talent and resources to help orphans.
These opportunities aren’t just for students; there are so many ways to get involved for those of us who are past school age! The experiences I had on a sponsor trip to Maria’s Big House of Hope are forever engraved on my heart. Two years later it’s a blast to keep in touch with the other sponsors and pray through challenges and praise through celebrations together. Even more so, the opportunity to cheer as sweet kiddos I met a half a world away are welcomed into their forever families is a huge joy and beautiful answer to prayer.
Being a Show Hope sponsor is so much more than writing a check every month. It is a way for me to participate in the call of a Christian to care for orphans. Instead of feeling helpless against the seemingly insurmountable statistics, I know that by being a sponsor I am making an investment in the life of a child or a family. Children come home to forever families. Students learn that their world is more than just what lies directly in front of them. Children without families are given treatments and care so they can thrive in this world, or run to the arms of Jesus from loving arms on earth. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
I invite you to join me as a Show Hope sponsor today! For a limited time, new sponsors will receive a FREE copy of Steven Curtis Chapman’s Number 1′s Volume 1 cd.