Red Bus Tour Comes to Taylor University

Published: Mar 19, 2013

The Red Bus Tour, a British double-decker bus and rolling thrift store designed to call attention to the plight of the world’s orphaned children, will visit Taylor University tomorrow (Wednesday, March 20) at 8:30 a.m., and stay for most of the day.

Taylor University is one of 18 stops on the spring tour of The Red Bus Project. To date, the tour has visited over 40 colleges.

According to the project’s promoters, project allows college students to learn about the needs of orphans, sign up to get involved, and even shop for clothes and donate to help provide families for waiting orphans around the world. So far, more than 126,000 students have been exposed to the Red Bus Project, and have contributed more than $35,000 to help provide orphans with families through Show Hope™ adoption grants.

The Red Bus Project is a student program started by Show Hope in 2012. Show Hope is a nonprofit organization founded by Christian singing artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth for the purpose of caring and advocating for millions of orphans worldwide. The Red Bus Project’s mission is to unite and inspire students to help make a difference and speak up for the world's orphans. The Red Bus Project engages students in a variety of ways from encouraging students to start their own Red Bus Project Campus Groups to shopping on the British double-decker-bus-turned rolling-thrift-store, to donating their gently used clothes to the project and beyond.

“Students really care about making a difference in the world. Sometimes they just need someone to point them in the right direction. The Red Bus Project is a way to lead students toward truly making a huge impact in the global orphan crisis through simple steps of action,” said Chris Wheeler, Show Hope’s Director of Student Initiatives, responsible for overseeing the Red Bus Project.

“Our goal is not to just swoop on to a campus, have a fun event, then leave and never be heard from again,” said Wheeler. “We have a very intentional strategy in place to move students progressively towards deeper and deeper engagement in a lifestyle of orphan care. We are asking them ‘What is your Red Bus?’ – a metaphor for specific actions they will take to help the plight of the orphan.”

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