Friday, December 15

Adopting Orphans – 50 Day Video Challenge (Day 11)

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Adopting orphans is not something that most people are comfortable discussing, much less driven to get involved with. However, most people would be interested in helping a child if given the opportunity. The following is a short story about how I have become involved in helping orphans in China to find “forever families” by helping to make adoption affordable.

For about 25 years, I have been an enormous fan of the Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. I love his music. His lyrics have always touched my heart. In a lot of ways, I could even say he has been a mentor for most of my adult life, and I have never even met him. Well, that was until a few months ago.

It was October 29th, 2010, the night that He and his family were to be in town for “A Night With The Chapmans.” at the First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville, FL. I had purchased “Gold Circle” tickets months in advance, so our seats were very up close and personal. As usual, it was an amazing concert – one in which Steven Curtis’s boys were playing in his band; Caleb on guitar, and Will Franklin on drums. What a family of talented musicians – the show was spectacular!

Well, throughout the concert, I noticed that Will Franklin had continually glanced our way. As a matter of fact, to me it was quite obvious that he was scoping out my daughter, Kelsey. I couldn’t believe it, and at intermission we joked about it together as a family. When the concert was over, we took our time leaving, enjoying the moment and the afterglow of such a emotional high.

While Kristina and I were talking, Kelsey and her friend Cody decided to go over and get Will Franklin’s autograph since he had stayed out to give them. When they finally got to the front of the line to get the autographs, Will began to talk to them and even asked if they would like to come backstage to meet his Dad. They accepted immediately and called over! When they told me I was beside myself at the opportunity to actually meet a life long idol.

To make a long story short, Will Franklin actually took us backstage and we got to meet Steven himself. I was so excited, I forgot to ask for his autograph! I did remember to take a picture though! This was truly a night to remember! I got to meet Steven Curtis Chapman because his son thought my daughter was cute!

That was a personal story that you may or may not care about. But, there is a story to which Steven Curtis Chapman is connected that I hope you will care about. It is the story of Show Hope. Through his passion for children and God driven connections throughout his years of ministry, he has been a part of this ministry to orphans in China since 2003.

Show Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to meet the most pressing needs of orphans in distress by providing 1) homes for waiting children through adoption aid grants, and 2) life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs. Established as Shaohannah’s Hope, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth initially founded Show Hope out of their desire to see more children find their way into forever families. Though many families they talked to were willing to adopt, the financial costs to adoption were simply too high.

Please go to ShowHope.org and find out more about how you can participate in this vital service to children in China. Since making that connection in October, I have been in contact with Charley Redmond, Director of Operations and Development for Show Hope. The opportunities to get involved are numerous – everything from monthly sponsorships, to short term trips for churches, medical trips for Doctors to perform needed procedures, to adopting a child.

The need is great. The families that want to adopt are numerous – the dollars to make that happen are not. With our help, we can save lives.

Do the right thing,

Jerry Spangler

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