Twenty-one months ago (minus a few days) our lives were forever changed with the birth of our son Jadon. Interwoven among the emotions of joy and extreme happiness was an uncertainty that we would be unable to bring him home due to the lack of funds.
I’m not talking about hospital fees or anything like that… this uncertainty had to do with the approximately $13,000 adoption fee that came with adopting a newborn baby within the USA.
$13,000… a fairly large amount of money….
Yet, under the grace of God, 92%~ of money was donated within two weeks!! Over $12,000 given to change a life – no, multiple lives – forever.
A third of this money ($4,000) came from a grant provided by Show Hope, an organization started by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, in 2003 to help families overcome the financial hurdles of adoption. Show Hope also runs an orphanage for special needs children in China called “Maria’s Big House of Hope” where they provide medical care as well as love.
In an awesome turn of events I was able to personally thank Steven Curtis Chapman last night for starting Show Hope and the program that changed our lives. We were also able to give back to the organization by volunteering to pass out information about Show Hope and help recruit sponsor to fund their programs.
Similar to a lot of non-profit organization, Show Hope is funded by gifts from individuals around the world who believe in taking care of world’s orphans either through helping families adopt or through Maria’s Big House of Hope.
Having been on the receiving end of Show Hope’s generosity, I strongly encourage everyone who reads this to prayerfully consider supporting them. They are truly following the Lord’s words to look after the orphans and those who fall through the cracks of society.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27