"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." Proverbs 24:12

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Chapman family needs our prayers!

© 2007 Tucker Photography.
Left to right Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily.

Dove Award winner, Stephen Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth have been huge advocates for the children of China since the adoption of their first daughter, Shaoey. This loss has affected not only this wonderful family, but the entire adoption community. Our prayers are being lifted that our Lord grace them with His inexplicable peace that surpasses all understanding. May they reach out to Him for comfort as their hearts mourn the tragic passing of their youngest daughter, Maria.


"At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was killed last night by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the Chapman family’s Williamson County home in Tennessee.
Maria, Chapman, youngest of six children, was playing in the driveway when she was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser. Several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife, MaryBeth, founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world.

The Chapman family is so grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support at this difficult time."

Maria Sue Chapman, adopted and youngest daughter to Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed Wednesday night in a tragic accident in the family driveway on Wednesday evening. She was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital but for only reasons God can explain she went home to Him... not to Franklin as we all so desperately wanted.

Your prayers are needed for all in the Chapman family. This is a family who has so generously loved and given to so many. Just hours before this close knit family was celebrating the engagement of the oldest daughter Emily Chapman, and were just hours away from a graduation party marking Caleb Chapman's completion of high school. Now, they are preparing to bury a child who blew out 5 candles on a birthday cake less than 10 days ago. These words are unthinkable to type. - Jim Houser (Manager)

(Please remember to turn off background music to watch video.)

In lieu of flowers, the Chapmans request any gifts be directed to Shaohannah’s Hope.

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Lin Lin & Ping Sang said...

Thanks for sharing this Ohilda. Such a sad, sad day for this family. It just brings tears to my eyes.

I posted a link to your blog on mine, I hope you don't mind.


geminirn said...

OH how tragic this is,my heart and prayes go out to this family.

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