God’s Hidden Treasures
by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman
Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman founded Show Hope in 2003 as an adoption and orphan care ministry that helps provide orphans with a lifetime of love.
We are the very blessed parents of six beautiful treasures, three of whom were hidden in the “darkness” in China, in little secret places called orphanages. Ever since taking the journey of obedience into the fields of the fatherless, it has been our desire to share the treasure map that God gave me which led to the greatest treasures in Christ I have ever known.
And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name. -Isaiah 45:3
In 1998, after our daughter Emily went with Mary Beth on a missions trip and served orphans in Haiti, Emily started praying and campaigning for our family to adopt. Eventually, we agreed to be open and pray about it. As we listened for God’s voice and searched His Word, we discovered that we, as Christians, are all called to the work of caring for orphans—the least of the least. And so, it became clear to our own heart that God was calling us specifically to simply put one foot in front of the other and start down the path towards adoption. It seemed to us, just as the scriptures say, that God was indeed, “calling me by name.”
During our journey, God reminded us of the verse found in Luke 12:48, which says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” When we came face to face with the orphans in Haiti, we came face to face with Jesus. Although more was being required as a result of this new knowledge, we can honestly say that God has never required anything of us without giving us sufficient grace to accomplish it. For where God guides, He always provides. We realized that it was time for us to answer the simple question: What Now? Now that we’ve seen the face of Jesus in these orphans, what now?
A new life
So in March of 2000, Mary Beth found herself a very scared mother of three, waiting in a hotel room in China. Our whole family was together as our daughter was brought in so that we could receive her into our family. The moment they handed us that tiny bundle she became Shaohannah Hope Yan Chapman, our daughter. As we held her in our arms, realizing that she did nothing to deserve our love, we finally got it. Shaohannah, in an instant, became a beloved daughter, a princess, an heir. God was right there with us, whispering, “This is how I view you. You were an orphan, and I adopted you into my family.” Oh what a wonderful God, hiding His treasures among us, and through them showing us His face!
Only the beginning
In our hearts, we knew that adopting Shaohannah was somehow just the beginning of where God would call us, and as we have walked farther in obedience, we have continued to see more and more of His miracles. It has been overwhelming and humbling to watch God move in and through Show Hope. As so many generous people have joined arms with us, together we have helped provide more than 3,000 orphans from 50 different countries with loving, Christian families. In addition, we have helped almost 1,000 orphans receive life-giving medical care through Special Care Centers in China! Our God is faithful to accomplish so much through our small steps of obedience, pouring out His blessings in the process.
Show Hope exists to enable each person to answer God’s call to care for orphans. Whether you give generously, mobilize others, adopt, or provide care, your help is urgently needed. Those of you who are involved in orphan care and adoption are already aware of the incredible riches that were hidden to you beforehand.
For those who are not yet engaged in this crucial Kingdom work, we encourage you to answer God’s invitation to know Him more profoundly by joining Him in loving orphans; God may desire to show His faithfulness to orphans through you. When we respond to God’s invitation to step into this ministry, we quickly realize that we are the ones most blessed because the treasures hidden in secret places become ours.
“When Casting Crowns went on tour with Steven Curtis Chapman about five years ago, I would stand on the side of the stage and listen to Steven tell the story of his adoption and play the song “When Love Takes You In.” Eighty-four cities of listening to this and about the twelfth city, I knew this was it. So I came off the stage and said to Melanie, ‘I really think we need to do this.’ And she said, ‘I know, I’ve just been waiting on you.’
It was a three year wait, and then we decided to go on the special needs list and it moved quickly. . . . Mary Beth went over [to China] with us and walked through the whole thing with us. . . . At first I was thinking the simple things like, ‘Can you love somebody else’s kid like you love your kid?’ Which in about 30 seconds was the answer: yes, you can. I don’t see her any differently than I see our other kids. She’s ours. . . . She’s never not going to be ours. And it’s such a cool picture of what God did for us.”
-Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, on adopting his daughter Hope
Click here to see Casting Crown’s family testimonial.
“I am grateful to my birth mom because she made a decision for me before I ever knew what a decision was…she gave me life. Being adopted is a source of pride for me. With more than a million abortions in the U.S. and only 15,000 adoptions occurring each year, I’m just happy to be alive. I am reminded at least once a day what a gift I have been given.”
-Mark Schultz, recording artist and founder of Remember Me Mission
“Our song “I Need a Miracle” is loosely based on stories we’ve heard from fans. A young person gets to a point where their life is so broken that they decide to end it all. Before going through with it, however, they hear a song that makes them want to turn their life around. Music is a powerful tool that God can use to change and even save lives. Wherever you are, we pray you choose to celebrate life.”
-Mark Lee, guitarist for Third Day
Click here to see Third Day’s family testimonial.
Click here to view their adoption page.