Posted by Kay Pardue on October 20, 2014
Lessons from a Student Trip to Maria’s Big House of Hope
Kassie Hendrickson is a student who traveled with Show Hope on a short-term trip to Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China. Maria’s Big House of Hope is Show Hope’s flagship Care Center that provides love and medical care to orphans with special needs. Read below as Kassie shares some important lessons she learned on this life-changing trip.
Witnessing pain and suffering is uncomfortable because the solutions seem beyond the scope of human capability. We hear about millions of vulnerable children who are living without families and we simply don’t know what to do! Too often, we don’t do anything.
By traveling with Show Hope on a short-term trip to Maria’s Big House of Hope, I experienced the orphan crisis firsthand. Through my team leaders and the staff at Maria’s Big House of Hope, I learned that there is something each one of us can do to alleviate the suffering of orphans. Show Hope often says, “Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can do something.” God is already at work in the lives of these precious children and he calls us to join him.
I found a verse from Proverbs while I was at Maria’s Big House of Hope. It says, “Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know and holds us responsible to act.” (Proverbs 24:12) Wow! We all know the truth of pain and suffering in this world. We all have a responsibility to act. You might think that you don’t have a role to play in this important work, but there are so many different ways God can use you to restore hope!
Prayer is powerful. Financial giving is powerful. Adoption is powerful. Ultimately, God is reconciling all things to a right relationship with himself. Don’t be afraid to walk into the hard places! There is a solution and it starts and ends with God. We get to join him in this life-changing work! — Kassie Hendrickson
Do you want to explore God’s heart for orphans on a short-term trip with Show Hope? Click here to see the complete list of 2015 trip dates! Apply by November 15th to receive the early-bird discount.
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