Our goal this year was to provide 25 Show Hope Adoption Aid Grants for a total of $125,000. We are excited to announce that we have surpassed our goal and will be providing 29 grants to waiting families ready to adopt. The total amount give to the project is $145,831.05! We are grateful for the generosity of students and everyone who supported this amazing project. 

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Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace

It is not just the absence of conflict but the presence of flourishing

The Breakaway Shalom Project exists to mobilize students toward the hurting, oppressed and hopeless in the world to lean together and bring the peace and hope of Jesus to a lost world

 

The Cause – Orphan Care

In 2016, UNICEF reported there were 140 million orphans across the globe. In the US alone, over 400,000 children are in the foster care system, with about ¼ of these children waiting to be adopted. Show Hope, an adoption aid nonprofit, found that 81.5 million Americans have considered adoption – meaning that “if 1 in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child would have a permanent family.”

Throughout scripture we see believers being called to care for the orphan in distress. While we were far off, God created a way to be adopted through Jesus Christ as sons and daughters into His family. With this on the forefront of our mind, the 2018 Shalom Project is excited to move forward in this direction and lean into orphan care. 

 

 

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Shalom Partner – Show Hope

Show Hope is a non-profit Christian organization devoted to the care of orphans. Founded in 2003 by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope works to holistically attack the global orphan crisis in four ways: adoption aids, care centers, Pre and Post adoption support, and student initiatives. Since their beginning in 2003, Show Hope has assisted more than 5,800 children both domestically and abroad by reducing the financial barriers families face when going through the adoption process. 

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The Goal - $125,000 

The financial burden associated with the adoption process is one of the most significant obstacles between families and children. Costing up to $40,000, Show Hope provides adoption grants as a means to break up these overwhelming expenses. The 2018 Shalom Project will partner with Show Hope to provide $5,000 adoption grants that brings children into their new families. These grants will be given to 25 families in the final stages of the adoption process and ultimately help expand their family through adoption.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
— James 1:27, ESV

Giving ends March 26, 2018