By Leila Drycus, Staff Writer
By Leila Dycus Staff Writer Local high school student MaCayla Cook is working to raise money for an organization that is showing hope to orphans and the families that wish to adopt them. Recently, MaCayla established the first Movement Club in the state of Georgia at Morgan County High School.
The Movement Club is part of Show Hope, an organization established by contemporary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman.
The first meeting of the Movement Club at MCHS attracted over 50 students. “We had to move our location to the lunch room because so many people wanted to join,” said President of the MCHS Movement Club MaCayla Cook.
At the first meeting students were introduced to Show Hope’s mission of impacting orphans across the globe. According to MaCayla’s mother Deann Cook, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth established the organization after the adoption of their three daughters.
Chapman realized that many people wanted to adopt but were lacking the financial resources needed for international adoptions. Show Hope not only aids in providing financial assistance to people who want to adopt, but also impacts orphans by providing medical care.
Since the introductory meeting, MaCayla and the Movement Club have made signs to place around the school bringing awareness to Show Hope’s mission of helping orphans and families.
Most recently, the club wrote letters of encouragement to employees and orphans at Maria’s House of Hope in China. “I really like doing the letters because I had a list of Bible verses that people can use in their letters that are basically saying keep up the good work to the employees at House of Hope and encourages them that we’re praying for them,” said MaCayla.
With the MCHS Movement Club established, MaCayla set out to become an advocate for Show Hope. Being an advocate for the organization allows MaCayla to host events in order to raise money for the organization.
“I’m going to raise money through the concert and send them over to Show Hope,” said Cook. MaCayla’s Show Hope benefit concert will be held on November 16 at Perk Avenue. The concert starts at 7. MaCayla will play piano and sing. She also hopes to have friends play along side her and members of the Movement Club speak about Show Hope. MaCayla was inspired to start the club after attending a Steven Curtis Champman concert.
She is the big sister to two adopted sisters from China. “China is kind of a thing in Morgan County because there’s a lot of families that have adopted from China,” said MaCayla.
According to MaCayla and her mother Deann, there are about 15 families in Morgan County that have adopted children. Among them is Elizabeth Adkins who is also working to raise support for Show Hope by selling bracelets. November is National Adoption Month.
It is the perfect time to join others around the county that are supporting adoption through Show Hope. For more information about Show Hope visit their website showhope.org or attend MaCayla’s benefit concert Nov 16 at Perk Avenue.