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NEWS: Show Hope Update for February 2015

By February 5, 2015February 16th, 2015News

Franklin, Tenn – 5 Feb. 2015 – The new year is in full swing at Show Hope. With a brand new executive director, upcoming ETC (Empowered to Connect) conferences, and the Sam’s Place concert series benefitting Show Hope running through May, the Show Hope team is excited for the busy year ahead. Founded in 2003 by multi-award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, a New York Times’ best-selling author, Show Hope is a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress.

Announced in late 2014, Show Hope welcomes Mike Hamilton as its new Executive Director. Prior to joining the Show Hope team, Mike Hamilton served as the President of Engagement with Blood:Water Mission. He has extensive experience in leadership and development with 26 years in intercollegiate athletics at Clemson University, Wake Forest University and the University of Tennessee, serving at the University of Tennessee for nearly 20 years, eight as Athletic Director. Hamilton also served on the board for Show Hope and Blood:Water Mission, among other local, regional and national nonprofits.

Show Hope continues its Empowered To Connect (ETC) Conferences this year. The ETC Conference is a two-day event designed for pre or post-adoptive or foster families and professionals. Attendees will receive much-needed guidance and support to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help their children heal and become all that God intended for them to be.

The first conference, led by Led by Dr. Karyn Purvis, will take place in Santa Ana (southern California) on February 13-14th. A special Live Simulcast from San Antonio will be held April 10-11th, where you can host the upcoming live simulcast at your local church or event center. The last 2015 conference will be held in Minneapolis on Sept. 18-19th.

To find out more about the Live Simulcast, the other ETC Conferences and to register, please visit

Steven Curtis Chapman continues his hosting duties at the newly revived monthly concert series, “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” at Nashville’s Mother Church, the Ryman Auditorium. The remainder of the series will resume on February 15. “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” invites artists from all genres of music to share songs with an uplifting spiritual message and pay homage to the Ryman’s tabernacle roots.

Throughout each “Sam’s Place,” Chapman shares about the message of Show Hope, and proceeds of ticket sales go to the ministry. The February 15 show will feature guest artists Josh Turner, Aaron Watson, Ellie Holcomb, Point of Grace and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.

The remaining dates are March 1, April 5 and May 3. For more information and ticket purchases, please visit

ABOUT SHOW HOPE: Since its inception, Show Hope has helped provide forever homes through Adoption Aid grants for more than 4,500 orphans from 50+ countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 1,600 orphans with special needs have received critically needed medical care through Show Hope’s Special Care Centers, giving them a hope for a family and a future. Through numerous initiatives designed to engage individuals, students, families, and communities, Show Hope is mobilizing a movement to care for the world’s children who need it most.

Show Hope is continuously developing a variety of programs to mobilize the church body to get involved and to help transform the life of an orphan. From their Student Initatives program (which includes the Red Bus Project for college students and The Movement for high schoolers), to their short-term trips for teens and adults, their Advocates program and the monthly sponsorship program, there are so many ways to get involved in the movement to care for orphans.

To find out more information, please visit


Stacie Vining, Merge PR