Hope for the Journey 2023 Activities Guide
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by Bethany Jones
14h ago
The guide below offers suggestions for activities to reinforce what is taught and shared in the 2023 Hope for the Journey Conference. Based on the size and needs of your group, you can choose the activities that will work best in your context. It is divided by topic, which offers additional flexibility for your schedule.  Many thanks to the team at Empowered to Connect for their work and input on this guide! Ice Breaker Activities  Starburst Game Break up the group into the corners of the room according to their favorite Starburst color.  Have each color answer the following ..read more
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From Our Founders: Exciting News!
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by Show Hope
1w ago
Dear Show Hope Family,  Happy New Year! We do hope and pray that the Christmas and New Year season was filled with much joy and rest for you and your family. Words can never express how grateful we are to each and every one of you for your prayers and support of Show Hope and our family throughout the years (20 years this year!).  As we turn the page into 2023, we want to share some exciting news with you in regard to the future of Show Hope. After more than 15 years in our current office location, Show Hope is getting a new home!  As some of you may know, Show Hope has called ..read more
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Exploring the Different Types of Adoption
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by Bethany Jones
2w ago
When you first begin the journey, learning the ins and outs of the adoption process can feel overwhelming. There is a lot of information to absorb and a lot of decisions to make. How do you know which type of adoption is right for you and your family? What are the different types of adoption? Join Justin Myers, Show Hope’s Director of Programs, and Kate Johnson, Manager of Adoption Aid, as they explore different types of adoption—from domestic and international adoptions to independent and licensed, private adoptions The post Exploring the Different Types of Adoption appeared first on Show H ..read more
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Getting to Know Bethany Briley–Show Hope’s Coordinator of Student Initiatives
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by jmitchem
3w ago
Show Hope Co-founder Mary Beth Chapman sat down with Bethany Briley, Show Hope’s Coordinator of Student Initiatives. For 14 years, Show Hope has equipped and mobilized more than 23,000 students on college campuses, in middle and high school classrooms, and through youth ministries at churches across the U.S. As our Co-founder Steven Curtis Chapman once wrote, “We believe when we give students an opportunity to help care for vulnerable children in the world, here or abroad, they can bring about change of epic proportions. … I’m convinced students, if they become passionate about it, can be tod ..read more
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No One Stands Still. No One Stands Alone.
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by Bethany Jones
1M ago
Dear Friends,  As the Show Hope staff, we embraced a motto earlier this year—No one stands still. No one stands alone. Its origins are taken from the Old Testament when God entrusts a vision of rebuilding the wall to Nehemiah. If you know the story, Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to begin the work, but he did not do it alone. It took everyone. As Scripture tells us, “for the people worked with all their heart” (Nehemiah 4:6). No one stands still. And when opposition and discouragement came their way, Nehemiah rallied the people to encourage and protect one another along the way. No one s ..read more
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Seeing Beyond You
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by jmitchem
2M ago
When Anna Jones was in high school, she had the opportunity to travel to Haiti on a mission trip. While there, she met a family who had traveled to Haiti to meet and bring home their two children. This was Anna’s first exposure to the adoption process, and it was then that she learned how lengthy and complex it could be. Anna’s first experience with Show Hope also happened in high school when she had the opportunity to travel to China and Maria’s Big House of Hope with her school, Brentwood Academy. Anna graduated from Samford University this past spring with a bachelor degree in Human Dev ..read more
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A Light Bulb Moment
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by jmitchem
2M ago
Alison Blanchet and her husband knew before they were married that adoption and foster care may very well be a part of their story. But Alison would have no idea how that decision would change the trajectory of her career. And as they had hoped, shortly after they were married, they began the process of becoming foster parents. “Our local church offers great resources for foster parents,” Alison said. “One of those resources was the opportunity to [virtually] attend Show Hope’s 2020 Empowered to Connect Conference (today’s Hope for the Journey Conference).” This was the Blanchet family’s fi ..read more
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In Awe
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by jmitchem
2M ago
Tammy and James Palmer adopted Hannah from China just before COVID-19 hit the world in full force. Like many, their source of income was slashed, and Hannah faced uphill medical battles. But for the Palmers, Hannah’s story isn’t really about that. It’s about the work of a wonderful and powerful God who showed up, time and time again, for their family. Hannah, who was nearly 8 years old the day the Palmers welcomed her home, could hardly walk. She was born with Larsen’s syndrome, a disorder that affects the development of the bones. But Hannah was determined to walk. At the time, Show Hope ..read more
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Giving Tuesday 2022
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by Bethany Jones
2M ago
It’s Giving Tuesday, and today, with your help, we are planning to raise $50,000 for the work of Show Hope. And when we do, we will unlock a $50,000 matching gift—thanks to the love and support of generous donors.  That’s $100,000—all in one day. So will you join us?  The barriers standing between waiting children and families remain, and when you lock arms with us in this good, good work, we will reduce those barriers, helping to restore hope and healing to children and families here in the U.S. and around the globe. Give Now The post Giving Tuesday 2022 appeared first on Show ..read more
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He Will Surely Do It
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by jmitchem
2M ago
By Chelsea Sobolik My husband and I knew before we were married that the Lord was calling us to build our family through adoption. When I was 18, I was diagnosed with a somewhat rare medical condition that prevents me from bearing babies biologically. The majority of people walk through childlessness as a married couple, but I was young, single, and scared. I wondered if any man would want to date and eventually marry me. Because of my inability to reproduce children biologically, I wrestled with my identity as a woman and walked through a valley of suffering with the Lord. My medical diag ..read more
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