Tyler , TX (KETK) — Hope for 100 is a Christian-based organization that raises awareness for adoptions, and reaches out to local churches to promote adopting. They are partnered with fourteen churches across East Texas, and have paired orphans with 170 families so far.
In celebration of all of their hard work over the past five years, they are having the Steven Curtis Chapman concert Friday January 31, 2014, and the East Texas Family Conference Saturday February 1, 2014.
There are more than 150 million orphans around the world, and Hope for 100 director Tim Clark says they "see it as part of our commitment as being a Christian is that we should care and we should desire in our lives to make a difference."
Justin Hayes knows first hands the ups and downs of adopting and said, "bringing two children into your home that are not your biological children there are obviously many challenges." However, he believes every second is worth it. "For you to be able to tell them that you're going to be in our family forever, and for them to really to start to understand that is such a huge thing and it makes it all worth it," said Hayes.
Former East Texan Chris Cannon has gone really far with adopting, all the way to Costa Rica. His family moved there to help orphanages, and ended up adopting, Mila, their daughter. He said, "even though shes only been with us for a short time now, none of us could imagine life without her."
Both Hayes and Cannon will speak at the conference, and hope the weekend's events will spread the word about God's calling to give every child a loving home.
Tickets are on sell at www.gabc.org/scc .