Are You In A “State of Hope?”

April 13, 2015

Hi Everyone! My name is Katie Rivera.

Hello, from the mountains of Colorado! I am Katie Rivera, a new member of the Deaf Child Hope team, a parent of a deaf child, and a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. I am excited to tell all of you that I’m in a “State of Hope!” My state is Colorado. I got connected with Deaf Child Hope because after we adopted our son Martin and discovered he had a severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss I was hearing God calling me for something more, and one thing led to another and now I am excited to be on the Deaf Child Hope team! I believe in providing hope for every deaf child living in poverty around the world.  So my challenge to you all is: Will you join me in a “State of Hope?”

I will be taking over for Heather as the host of the “Promote Your State of Hope” campaign.

One of Deaf Child Hope’s initiatives is to raise awareness about the plight of deaf children living in poverty so that we can be an advocate for them. With our State of Hope campaign, we are hoping to both raise awareness and also encourage action. Together we can make a difference—but we need your help!

How you can participate and show us that you are in a “State of Hope”?

1. Send us a Photo!

We want to get photos of people from every state in the United States wearing a Deaf Child Hope T-Shirt. We have made progress, but we want to continue until we have all 50 states represented! As we receive the photos, we will post them on our Facebook page for all to see, with your declaration that your state is a “State of Hope!”

So send us a photo of you, or you with your friends (it’s fine to have more than one person in the photo) with at least one of you wearing a Deaf Child Hope T-Shirt. Yes, this means that you’ll need to have a DCH T-shirt! If you don’t already have one, no worries—you can purchase one at the below link, and they’re only $15. For $15 you get a great T-shirt, and you can be the one to declare your state as a “State of Hope.” (This promotion is not about selling T-shirts, so if you really can’t afford one, please contact us and we can work something out to get you one.)

You can purchase a Deaf Child Hope T-shirt here!

2. Declare a Statement of Hope

Send your photo(s) to the email address:  [email protected]  In your message please include your name or names (first names are fine), your state, and a declaration that you are in a “State of Hope.”

For example, “My name is Alexis. I’m declaring my state, Alabama, to be a ‘State of Hope!'”

Each time we have someone declare a new state a “State of Hope,” this will trigger something we are calling a “Deaf Child in Poverty Factoid.” This means that for every state declared, we will post on Facebook a new fact about the plight of deaf children in poverty, thereby raising awareness of the challenges Deaf children in poverty face.

So, are you with us? Are you in a “State of Hope?” Take charge and declare your state to be a “State of Hope!”


I now challenge you all to join me in this “Promote your State of Hope” campaign! We can make a difference if we work together. Remember, even if it is one deaf child at a time, that means one child receiving acceptance, love, truth, purpose, and hope. We can all do our part to help provide hope by praying for deaf children around the world, sponsoring a deaf child, or sponsoring a deaf-child teacher. You can also invite us to your church, camp, V.B.S., or any event, to share about our mission. You can even take a mission trip with DCH to serve deaf children in poverty!

I’ll talk to you all soon!


In A State of Hope,

Katie Rivera