Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why Boys?

Last week this was emailed to us and the message is so true, we had to share.

Please watch and ask yourself if you could be that family! If you do embark on this journey, we promise you that it will be the most rewarding experience of your life. Get a tissue handy…

Call us if you are interested in adopting a boy. We'd love to speak with you! 314-890-0086 or reach us by email at info@childrenshope.net.


Monday, May 23, 2011

The Empowered to Connect Conference Returns to Nashville!

Early Bird Registration Ends June 1st

Empowered to Connect Conference

September 23-24

  • I went to the Empowered to Connect Conference last year and it was simply amazing. It is a makeover for your mind, a transformation of how you can parent. Dr. Purvis’ understanding of children from a “hard place” and her love for God is truly inspiring.” -Ashley, Children's Hope Social Worker
  • “So good. So practical. I will be able to go home and start using these principles tonight.” -Jen, adoptive mom
Show Hope is partnering with Empowered to Connect to bring the Empowered to Connect Conference back to Nashville, TN. This fall's conference format will offer invaluable strategies for connecting with children from hard places.

The Empowered to Connect conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis, a leading expert in the field of research-based interventions for at-risk children. It will be an invaluable experience for parents who seek to find hope and healing for adopted or fostered children. This is also an essential opportunity for families considering an adoption or foster care placement.

Conference Dates and Location:

Nashville, Tennessee - September 23-24, 2011
(at Brentwood Baptist Church)

Register now to lock in the early-bird rate! Early-Bird Registration is $35/individual or $50/couple through June 1.

All registrations will be 50% off thanks to a generous donation from Focus on the Family.* Use discount code: FOCUS when registering online. Please pass these special savings on to your contacts and friends! *Limited availability

Register online today at showhope.org/connect so you don't miss this opportunity!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Life Lesson at The Bright Hope School

A 4-time work team has returned to Ethiopia to provide muscle in building The Bright Hope School garden's security wall. This school teaches to the 2100 children whose sick parents suffer from leprosy or AIDS, and seek treatment at the nearby hospital.

The school's sustainable garden is made possible by Children's Hope families and friends and adds fruit, vegetables and eggs to the kids' diet (otherwise, often made up of toast alone, prepared by the school for breakfast).

This weekend, a work team member posted a valuable life lesson to the team's blog:

"Oh, how I missed hauling rocks on my back in a potato sack. Seriously. Today, as far as manual labor goes, that's what we all we did… rocks. Back and forth. We would walk the trail from the pile where our Ethiopian friends would ask, “Sint? (or “How many?”) and we’d tell them "2, 3, 4, or 5" scoops from the shovel (as you can probably imagine by my physique, I routinely asked for 5).

One time on our way to fill up our sacks my friend (and team member), Trecie told me the life motto she had developed. She said she could either choose to look to the left and make her life about that, or she could look to the right and make her life (or day) about that.

As we hiked the path back to the pile that was slowly (very, very slowly) depleting you could look to your left and find a 100 yard hedge of thorn bush lined with trash, dead roots and even a bone or two. Or you could look to your right and take in Bright Hope’s garden brimming with green vegetables shooting up through the dirt, neat rows and freshly watered soil. Trecie said it’s her goal to look right. I like that."

Learn more about the Bright Hope School. www.blog.helpanorphan.org/search/label/Ethiopia%20Bright%20Hope%20School

Read the Mission Team's blog: http://ethiopiablog.journeyweb.net.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CHI-TV :: "Should we keep our child's given name?"

This week on CHI-TV: Families call frequently asking, "Should we change the name of our newly adopted child?" Sharon Turner, Ethiopia Program Director for Children's Hope International, discusses this sometimes "hot" topic, with both the benefits and drawbacks of both retaining birth names and also those of giving a child a new American name. Sharon's experience may help in your thought process of making the best decision for your family.

If you are a family that has considered this question, join the conversation by commenting and letting us know your thoughts and insights.

Watch the video "Should we keep our child's given name?" below.

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Check out the CHI-TV archives to find more answers to your questions. Or ask your own question by emailing Communications@ChildrensHope.net. We'll have one of our experienced staff respond to you personally. Your question might even make the next segment of CHI-TV!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

You Are About to Travel for Your Adoption; What Toys Do You Bring?

You've completed all of the paperwork. You've waited for immigration approval and your referral. Now you are about to embark on a trip to another country to meet your child for the first time. "Wow, there's another little person at the end of the adoption process!"

One of your next thoughts might be: "How do I bond with my child?" "What are some fun toys we should take on our adoption trip?"

Ashley Bennett, Adoption Social Worker and Consultant for Children's Hope International, is here to answer exactly that question, this week on CHI-TV. Watch her video below.

Completed families - what did you take with you? What did you discover was a great success? What did you bring that was a flop?

Fun Toys to take on your International Adoption Trip from Children's Hope International on Vimeo.

Check out the CHI-TV archives to find more answers to your questions. Or ask your own question by emailing Communications@ChildrensHope.net. We'll have one of our experienced staff respond to you personally. Your question might even make the next segment of CHI-TV!

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Have You Heard? Children's Hope Humanitarian Aid Work

Children's Hope has a calling that extends to other efforts as well in Ethiopia beyond the mission of finding homes for orphaned children; one of those efforts is the Bright Hope School Project.

Over the past 18 months, the 2100 students at Biruh Tesfa (Bright Hope) Elementary School have been watching the vegetables grow in their newly cultivated gardens; witnessing daily harvests of eggs from the new chicken hatchery with over 300 laying hens; and they are now drinking safe water from their new school well.

The lengthy stone security wall that will eventually protect the school’s entire 13 acres is about 2/3 complete. We would like to finish the wall this summer. Even though funding has slowed the work, we are still hopeful. This has been a very fulfilling project in bringing sustainable agriculture to kids from extreme poverty. You can find out more about the Bright Hope School Garden Project; see the histroy of hard work accomplished, by volunteers and the funding of Children's Hope friends and supporters.

- Sharon, Ethiopia Adoption Program

Keep the gardens growing at Bright Hope; give here!