Orphan Care

Share His Hope

Share His Hope 2010—an orphan and foster care conference—was held in Asheville, NC March19-20, 2010.  Becky Lloyd was the organizer for this event.

The purpose of Share His Hope 2010 was two-fold; the first—to increase awareness about God’s movement to awaken His Church to care for the orphan.   Scripture is clear on this command, but we (His people) have been blinded by the Enemy far too long. Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”

Secondly, Share His Hope 2010 provided training for individuals and churches to learn how to start “Orphan Care Ministries” and/or “Adoption Ministries” in their own churches.  While adoption was God’s plan for us from the beginning, He continues to use adoption in the lives of orphans today.  However, the myth that “adoption” is the only way to care for orphans must be dispelled.  Share His Hope 2010 presenters and exhibitors provided practical information about various ways God’s people across our nation are reaching out and sharing His compassion for the orphan. Matthew 25:37-40 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

American Sign Language interpreters were provided and Deaf attendees enjoyed access to all aspects of Share His Hope 2010.  All enjoyed the adoption stories of three families who have adopted deaf children from China and Guatemala.

Workshop presenters and speakers included Johnny Carr from Bethany Christian Services, Together for Adoption’s Dan Cruver, Clayton Wood with World Orphans, Show Hope’s Chris Wheeler, and Andy Lehman representing Lifesong for Orphans.  Nineteen workshops were offered over the two-day conference with titles including “International Adoptions 101”, “Fostering a Foster Care Ministry in the Church”, “Getting Started in Orphan Care”, and “Financial Strategies for Adoption” –just to name a few.  Attendees -Deaf included—enjoyed the adoption stories of three families who have adopted deaf children from China and Guatemala.

The idea for Share His Hope 2010 came from Becky and her husband attending Summit V (Christian Alliance for Orphans) at Irving Bible Church in late April 2009 in Texas.  Desiring to gain better insight into how God was moving among Christian organizations committed to “caring for the fatherless” and wanting to discover organizations that may have had experience with deaf or hard of hearing orphans Becky and her husband, Charles, set out for Texas.

Becky recalls,

I had an agenda for attending Summit V, I wanted to promote Signs for Hope and make any possible connections I could.  God, however, had a different plan.  I left Summit V with a conviction of desiring to inform those in my church and other churches in my community that God desires His Church to care for the orphan.  Out of that came the establishment of the WNC Church Alliance for Orphan & Foster Care Ministry and ultimately the Share His Hope 2010 conference.

70 volunteers—from several churches in the Asheville area—came together to make Share His Hope 2010 a wonderful success.  Feedback from Share His Hope 2010 continues.


I was so excited to be part of the first Share His Hope Conference. Being the parent of two children that were adopted and are deaf, this conference was very special to me. It is the only orphan care and adoption conference that I am aware of that emphasizes the ministry to the deaf. The conference was also well balanced in that it focused on many other areas of orphan care and adoption. I highly recommend this conference!

Johnny Carr -Bethany Christian Services
National Director of Church Partnerships


At the beginning of 2010 and after sensing that God was calling us to consider adoption, we began exploring online and gathering as much information as we could.  We came across many blogs and resources, and it was there that we read about the Share His Hope conference in Asheville.  Even though we live several hours away, we both felt that this was something we needed to make the effort to attend.  We were seeking clarity about what to do with the burden we felt, and we believed that this conference was the right next step.  Not only did we find clarity, information, and resources at Share His Hope, we found encouragement, inspiration, and motivation.  We made connections with many who are already involved in orphan care, and we quickly realized that God is calling us to something even bigger than our own family’s adoption.  The conference closed with a speaker who shared Proverbs 24:12: Once our eyes are opened we cannot pretend we don’t know what to do.  God who weighs our hearts, and keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us responsible to act.

God used our time at Share His Hope to open our eyes, and He provided us with the contacts and resources and prayer partners to guide us in our adoption journey.  We are incredibly thankful for our time there, and Share His Hope 2010 will forever have a place in our family’s story.

Brian and Julie Jarrard
Warren Robbins, GA


It was my privilege to attend and present at the “Share His Hope 2010 orphan conference”.  There were abundant opportunities to network with those who God has called to care for orphans and to learn more about how to minister effectively.  There was great food and Merrimon Avenue Baptist had many volunteers who served all the attendees well.  Aside from the organizational skills that made the conference enjoyable, what stood out the most was the blessing of feeling like you were a part of a family reunion with people of God who share your calling.  I am really looking forward to being a part of what God will do through Share His Hope in 2011.

Clayton Wood –World Orphans
Director of Mobilization
Tennessee & Georgia


For those who planned and conducted it, Share His Hope 2010 was a gigantic step of faith into obedience and involvement. Time will reveal the long term impact for His kingdom purposes. I was privileged to participate behind the scenes in preparing the opening “Did You Know?” power point presentations. The facts contained in those several minutes still resonate in my spirit and motivate me to pray for “the least of these.

Larry Basinger –Youth Pastor
Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church
Asheville, NC


Signs for Hope works alongside our Liberian brothers and sisters of African Christian’s Fellowship International (ACFI) to provide daily needs for the deaf orphans/children in their care.  God called Brother Ed Kofi, the founder of ACFI, to rally the Church around the least of the least, deaf orphans/children, during his country’s 13+ years of civil wars.  This evangelistic/church planting indigenous ministry, ACFI, is unable to provide for the ongoing basic needs of life for these ones so dear to our Father’s heart, so Signs for Hope is working to enlist monthly sponsors for each of the Deaf children.  There are approximately 40+ Deaf children living at the Oscar & Viola Stewart School for the Deaf (OVSSD) just outside Monrovia, Liberia.

As of January 2013, 21 of the children have been “Heart Adopted” or monthly sponsored.  The sponsorship funds ($40 per month) are pooled together to provide for the needs of all the children, but those who Heart Adopt one of these Deaf children begins to pray daily for their specific child, who will probably never experience earthly adoption.  Small packets carrying treasures you send your Heart Adopted child, at least twice a year, will be hand delivered for you by mission teams.  The mail service in Liberia is still unreliable.  Your Heart Adoption of one of these children will help provide for their basic physical needs of life, but it will also provide for deep emotional and spiritual needs.  Finally, someone loves them and prays for them!

Contact Becky for a private link to pictures of the Deaf children still needing sponsorship!

Other Signs for Hope Initiatives in Liberia:

  1. Construction of the Vocational Trade School at the OVSSD, including a concrete wall to provide safety and protection for the facility and the Deaf children
  2. Working with our Liberian brothers and sisters to improve the current program for the Deaf children at the OVSSD
  3. Teacher training for teachers of the Deaf
  4. Seeking God’s plan for establishing Christian schools for Deaf children in other counties across Liberia.