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In the midst of her college experience, Shaohannah (Shaoey) Hope Chapman will return for a second summer to intern at Show Hope’s flagship Care Center, Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China.

She is hopeful, excited, and expectant for her second summer there.

“I’m most excited about seeing the children again. I can’t wait to see the familiar faces of the little ones I know, as well as make friends with the children who have come since last summer,” Shaoey said. “I love them and they bring me endless joy.”

Last year, Shaoey focused on creating playful environments in the rooms for the children and learning more about the attachment care training that is being provided to nannies and staff. This year, her main focus will be leading and helping out with the various sponsor and student trips that will be visiting Maria’s over the summer.  

“I can’t wait to work more with the trip participants who come to Maria’s,” Shaoey said. “I remember forming relationships with team members last year, but I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to really invest in them and their experiences this year.”

Shaoey realizes God used the people around her and her experience last year to help her process and dig deeper into her own story, and she’s eager to see what God teaches her this summer.

“Every time I visit China, God reveals more about hope in the world and hope in my life,” she shared. “Hope is something that has always kept me moving.”

Will you join us in praying for Shaoey as she prepares for her second summer at Maria’s?

Check back for more updates on her trip throughout the summer!

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Meet Rody-Marcio. We fell in love with his handsome face the first day we met him as a small baby, and our love has only grown. Since then, he’s been showing us how much personality he has. He’s sweet, courageous, and fun.

Rody-Marcio came to us with needs stemming from an inherited condition. He spends his days being silly and making his nannies and friends laugh. With his enthusiasm and curiosity, he keeps his nannies busy. They are proud of his resilience.

When he plays, he loves blocks and bubbles. The falling of towers or popping of bubbles makes him giggle and want more. In preschool, he has learned a few basic signs in sign language like “please” and “more.” He’s started to use these with his nannies, and it helps them to know his needs. Expressing himself isn’t hard, though, as he’s an imaginative 2-year-old. He loves to entertain the babies in his room or help his nurses on their rounds by handing them what they need.

Rody-Marcio is a helper, snuggler, and entertainer. He is as courageous as he is tender. Thank you for your support and prayers. Please pray with us that Rody-Marcio would soon have the opportunity to enter a loving family through adoption.

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Meet Rody-Marcio. We fell in love with his handsome face the first day we met him as a small baby, and our love has only grown. Since then, he’s been showing us how much personality he has. He’s sweet, courageous, and fun.

Rody-Marcio came to us with needs stemming from an inherited condition. He spends his days being silly and making his nannies and friends laugh. With his enthusiasm and curiosity, he keeps his nannies busy. They are proud of his resilience.

When he plays, he loves blocks and bubbles. The falling of towers or popping of bubbles makes him giggle and want more. In preschool, he has learned a few basic signs in sign language like “please” and “more.” He’s started to use these with his nannies, and it helps them to know his needs. Expressing himself isn’t hard, though, as he’s an imaginative 2-year-old. He loves to entertain the babies in his room or help his nurses on their rounds by handing them what they need.

Rody-Marcio is a helper, snuggler, and entertainer. He is as courageous as he is tender. Thank you for your support and prayers. Please pray with us that Rody-Marcio would soon have the opportunity to enter a loving family through adoption.

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Thanks to your support, prayers, and partnership, Show Hope has had the opportunity to care for some incredible kids at our Care Centers in China this spring! You’ll see some of their sweet faces pictured below, and as you enjoy this glimpse back at some of the children impacted so far this year, we ask that you continue to pray with us for each child. Please pray that they would grow healthy and strong, and that they would soon have the opportunity to enter the love and permanency of a family through adoption.

Cadman

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Meet Enoree, a beautiful 5-year-old girl living at Maria’s Big House of Hope. She has a smile and a laugh that spreads joy to those around her.

In preschool, Enoree loves music. Some of her favorite songs are “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” “Wheels on the Bus,” and any other song with big motions. She also enjoys the class welcome song and smiles when she hears her name. During class, she is very vocal and babbles and laughs with her friends.

Enoree and her nanny have a strong bond. Her nanny knows the best ways to make Enoree smile, and she loves to snuggle and dote on her. Enoree came into our care when she was just a few weeks old with needs stemming from cerebral palsy.

Through children like Enoree, we are reminded of God’s gentleness, love, and mercy as he is faithfully present with them in each twist and turn of their lives. Please pray with us that Enoree would soon have the opportunity to enter a loving family through adoption.

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The Skoog family’s road to adoption began in 2004 when Krista attended a Steven Curtis Chapman concert. Steven shared about the newly-formed Shaohannah’s Hope (now Show Hope), and she left excited about the possibility of adding to their family through adoption.

Over the next decade, Krista stayed up to date on the Kansas foster care system and often mentioned adoption to her husband, Otto.

“Even though Otto was adopted as a newborn, he never felt that adoption was God’s plan for our family,” Krista shared. “Then in February 2018, I had the opportunity to fulfill a longtime dream of helping in an orphanage abroad. I traveled to China and spent two weeks serving in a special care room at one of the Children’s Welfare Institutes.”

After Krista returned home from China, God began opening Otto’s heart to adoption. And even though the journey hasn’t been easy, God has faithfully guided the Skoogs past each barrier.

“We have learned to trust in his absolute sovereignty at a whole new level, and we have peace knowing that he has already written our story,” Krista said. “At 51 years old, it is both exciting and scary to think of starting over raising a child, but when God calls you to do something, obedience comes joyfully.”

The Skoogs are adopting a little one from China. You can help this family and many others break down the financial barrier standing between them and their children.

Join the 20/20 Campaign today!

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When love takes you in, everything changes …  

My sweet husband wrote those words after our daughter Shaoey became a part of the Chapman family, some 19 years ago. The words have come to mean exponentially more today than ever, particularly as I reflect on the early days of Show Hope’s Adoption Aid program.

As many of you know, on a mission trip to Haiti in March of 1997, my then 11-year-old daughter, Emily, met hundreds of children who didn’t know the love of a permanent family. Our hearts were deeply broken and shattered by this reality. Upon returning home from Haiti, we were resolute to help however we could. For Emily, her newfound passion turned into a relentless pursuit to convince Steven and I that perhaps God might be opening a place in our hearts and home to welcome a child into our family through adoption. Letters were written to Steven and I, Christmas lists were made that included a sibling, meetings with our pastor about how to deal with disobedient parents took place. Emily had a new spark in her heart, and she wanted Mom and Dad to be on board. Steven and I? We committed to pray—and pray we did.

Soon thereafter, God began to move in all our hearts, so we began taking steps of faith toward adoption. All along the way, we told our children that we were on the adoption journey, and at any time, a detour may move us in a different direction. We wanted our children to see active faith and the moving forward with that faith. With the questions and doubts that can sometimes accompany the adoption journey, we felt it important that our children saw us working out that faith.  We used the detour analogy so that they indeed saw us moving but also were proceeding with caution. In all honesty, I was fearful. But I knew that God had asked me to move forward and walk out what we were being called to do.

Then, in March of 2000, the entire Chapman clan stood in the hallway of a Chinese hotel, holding our breath and waiting. After many months of wondering, praying, crying, and asking God if this was the direction our family should take, we were—with arms open wide—embracing our little bundle of hope, Shaohannah Hope!

In an instant, everything changed. And all I could do was enjoy being present in this moment—to hear, to see, to sense the Father gently whispering, “Do you get it now?” Shaoey, by just being herself, was entrusted to us as our beloved daughter. God was gracious to give me an incredibly beautiful gift as I began to understand anew the great depths of God’s love for His children. God, our Father, as the relentless pursuer of love sought after me, adopted me, and made me His—forever, for better, for worse.

As you can imagine, those moments were entirely profound. Our family had expanded as well as our hearts, and I wanted to tell everyone I knew—and didn’t know—what they were missing out on! We knew many people who would be compelled to begin the adoption journey, but finances would be a major obstacle to overcome. On the plane ride home from Shaoey’s adoption trip to China, God imprinted on my heart that through Steven’s platform and my loud mouth, He could move the hearts of His people to become involved in adoption as one way to care for those who had been orphaned.

Once back in Nashville, what I had sensed on the plane became a reality. We began to meet people who desired to adopt, but the financial barrier was really overwhelming. Steven often tells the story that a line of families began to form, and I began to write checks. We saw the need, and we knew we had to help. Steven and I began to search for an organization that resourced Christian families to help offset the costs associated with adoption with which we could possibly partner, but we could not find one. So, in 2003, we founded Shaohannah’s Hope with the mission: to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing the barriers to adoption.

I clearly remember our early hopes and dreams of helping children come home through adoption … What if we could help 100 children? It was a huge dream, but we believed that God’s heartbeat was (and still is) central to this work. Eventually, Shaohannah’s Hope became Show Hope—still named in honor of our sweet Shaohannah but a little easier to find on the internet. Plus, what an amazing name to literally tell people what we do: Show Hope to orphans and to families in the adoption process.

Today, our Adoption Aid program continues to thrive. We have helped more than 6,200 children from more than 60 countries, including the U.S., come home to the love of a family, and in total, we’ve given more than $24 million in Adoption Aid grants! (That is a God thing, ya’ll!) Through amazing friends, donors, and hardworking staff, Adoption Aid continues to be one of Show Hope’s cornerstones, and we will continue to advocate for and help families who step into the journey of adoption.  

It’s been an amazing thing to watch Show Hope blossom over the years. Steven and I, as the founders, remain deeply committed to seeing Adoption Aid continue to grow. We believe that there are many who will continue to step into the adoption journey, and we count it a privilege to continue to advocate for children and families through the work of Show Hope’s Adoption Aid program. Will you prayerfully consider joining us today?

Moving forward,
Mary Beth Chapman

P.S. One way you can consider joining us is by giving to our fourth annual 20/20 Campaign. Our current goal is to raise (and, hopefully, surpass) $350,000 in Adoption Aid grants to help 70 children come home to the love of a family.

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God began stirring in the hearts of Junior and Katie Jamreonvit years ago, prompting them to consider adoption. And in 2017, they decided to begin the journey.

“God used the pain of two consecutive miscarriages to compel us forward in the adoption process,” they said. “While we do not intend for our child brought home through adoption to ‘replace’ our children lost in the womb, we acknowledge that the experiences of loss and the grief that arose from our miscarriages served to deepen our understanding of God’s sovereignty over how families are built.”

They prayed through what their next steps should be, and the Lord confirmed what had long been on their hearts and in their minds: He was leading them to expand their family through adoption.

“Through it all, God is teaching us to trust him in all things, including his sovereign care over our son while we wait,” they said. “It is a huge encouragement and blessing to know that there are people we may never get to meet in person who are helping in a very tangible way to bring our child home.”

You can help the Jamreonvits bring their child home by joining the 20/20 Campaign. Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.

Join the 20/20 Campaign today!

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Eve and Alex Choi have been talking about adoption since they were first married 11 years ago. Last January, they decided to start praying, discussing, and researching what steps they needed to take.

“We decided to move forward in a step of faith,” Eve said. “We knew that if we didn’t go ahead and begin the process, we’d always have some excuse for being too busy.”

And as they’ve waited to meet their daughter, the Lord has been teaching them to fully rely on him and his sovereignty.

“Waiting is hard,” they said. “But we are reminded of the Israelites in the Old Testament as they wandered around in the desert for 40 years. They also had to wait to enter the Promised Land. We are learning that we need the Lord more than we need to be in control. And the Lord keeps his promises.”

Give to the 20/20 Campaign today!

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On her first trip abroad, Amanda Kick saw the needs of orphans through fresh eyes. After that trip, she believed God would grow her future family through adoption if she was willing. As the years went by, that belief grew into a strong conviction in Amanda’s heart. But what she didn’t know then was that God had already been preparing her future husband’s heart for adoption as well.

“On our first date, I told Cory that he had to be open to adoption, or I wouldn’t be interested in a second date,” Amanda said. “Luckily for me, he has an aunt, uncle, and even a cousin who were adopted into his family. He was completely open, and we knew throughout dating that our goal after marriage would be to buy a house and find an agency.”

They had a plan. But true to who he is, God began gently transforming Cory and Amanda’s hearts.

“When we first started the process to adopt in 2016, we wanted a perfectly healthy girl under age 3,” Amanda said. “Throughout the process, we hardly noticed God changing our hearts toward special needs. We kept expanding our openness wider and wider until we saw our son, Ben, on the waiting list.”

Ben was 6 years old and had cerebral palsy. He was also completely deaf and had been taught just a few signs.

“We knew God was calling us to say yes, so we enrolled in sign-language courses and moved forward,” Amanda shared. “God has taught us that his ways are so much higher than ours. He’s bigger than all the hurdles and fees and medical appointments. He’s bigger than our doubts, and he can handle our questions.”

Today, the Kick family is pursuing the adoption of a little girl from South Africa. Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something. Will you help waiting children come home to loving families like the Kicks?

Give to the 20/20 Campaign today!

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