These are some of the questions I’ve gotten in the past few months. They are good ones! And I think it’s finally time that I let you know what Hope Station is up to this season.
Ultimately, Hope Station is all about family. This past season really helped us to see that more clearly. We want to do whatever we can to bring family into kids’ lives. Family is everything (Eph. 3:14-15, 4:4-6). And giving the gift of family can look lots of different ways—from advocating for kids to be adopted, to giving an orphan a hug to show him somebody loves him. Without family, you and I would not be the people we are today.
China is an ever-changing place and culture, and the social welfare industry is growing like never before. At Hope Station, we want to grow with the culture, to meet their needs in each season, rather than working against them. So, each season might look different for us. But the one thing that will never change is this: We will always champion the orphan and give the gift of family wherever we can.
The best answer is: Lots of things!
We continue doing adoption advocacy, working with the local orphanage and a U.S. adoption agency to bridge the gap between waiting children and waiting families. We continue touching base with families who have already adopted and are walking through the beautifully messy process of adoption. We continue making weekly visits to the local orphanage to play with kiddos, encourage nannies, and refresh all their hearts (Phm. 1:7, Mt. 10:42). We continue raising awareness in our local and international communities by sharing the kids’ stories.