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In Memory of Maria Sue Chapman

Updated on August 19, 2012

Who Will Help the Orphan?

By Steven Curtis Chapman

According to UNICEF, there are 143 million children in the world who have lost one or both parents.

In America alone, there are half a million children in foster care, and approximately 120,000 of these children are waiting to be adopted. In many countries, children are too often orphaned or abandoned because of poverty, disabilities and disease; every 15 seconds, a child loses a parent because of AIDS. These are staggering facts that can seem overwhelming and discouraging, but I believe that God has a loving plan for each child, and that plan is you and me.

Caring for these children is not the job of governments or institutions; instead, it is the job of families, people and communities. As Christians, our compassion is simply a response to the love that God has already shown us. Mother Teresa would constantly remind those who worked with her that the Bible clearly teaches that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Jesus. So in a very real sense, caring for orphans is a chance to meet the person of Jesus in "the guise of human suffering." This is an invitation from the heart of God to know him and to experience his love.

Nine years ago, my wife and my eldest daughter, Emily, traveled to Haiti on a mission trip. Having been exposed to extreme poverty for the first time, Emily returned home with a determined passion to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children.

Only 12 years old, Emily went on an all-out campaign to persuade us to adopt. She bought a book on international adoption with her Christmas money and would read it to us regularly. She began fervently praying and writing letters to Mary Beth and me, encouraging us to consider giving a waiting child a home. Emily knew God was leading us in the direction of adoption; however, Mary Beth and I were not yet convinced.

My wife and I had always supported the idea of adoption, and as Christians, we understood the importance of loving and caring for others. But what I had not yet grasped was that adoption is a physical picture of what Jesus has done for me. I did nothing to deserve God's love; in fact, I was living as an orphan, without hope. Yet God chose to pursue a relationship with me, and through the death of his son Jesus, I was adopted into God's family.

My wife and I began moving toward adoption with fear and trembling and asking all the questions people ask. I remember Mary Beth crying herself to sleep at night saying, "What are we doing? I can't do this." However, God kept reassuring us that this was the direction he was leading us. It was a huge journey of faith for us.

In May of 2000, we found ourselves in a hotel room in China's Hunan province, welcoming the newest member of our family, Shaohannah Hope. From that moment, we began our journey into the world of adoption, orphan care and Shaohannah's Hope. iReport.com: Send a video question for Chapman

We went on to adopt Stevey Joy and Maria. Recently, our youngest daughter, Maria, passed from life on this earth and is now safely in the arms of Jesus. We have been completely overwhelmed by the love and support of so many during this time of deep, deep sadness. Through all that we've experienced, one thing we still know is true: God's heart is for the orphan.

A portion of the proceeds from this year's WOW 2009 project will be donated to Maria's Miracle Fund at Shaohannah's Hope. Each purchase will help neglected special needs orphans receive the love, care, and surgeries they need through Maria's Miracle Fund. Order it today!

In our travels to Latin America, Africa and Asia, we have visited many different orphanages. If you look past the surroundings and into the eyes of the children, they all have the same look. They seem to convey, "I don't think this is what I was made for. Where do I belong?"

These children are crying out for the hope of a family, for the hope of community, for the hope of a permanent love. Our mission, and the mission of our adoption charity, Shaohannah's Hope, is to show hope to these children and to mobilize people, families and communities to be living examples of God's love for them.

We started Shaohannah's Hope in order to connect willing families with waiting children, but the reality is that there are many orphans who cannot be adopted. Even though we may not be able to bring them into our homes, we still have the opportunity to show them the hope we have.

If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we could change the world.

We can each do something, whether it is donating, adopting, fostering, mentoring, visiting orphans or supporting families that have taken in orphans. You can change the world for an orphan.

Maria's Miracle Fund

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

Maria's Big House of Hope

Shaohannah's Hope is proud to be nearing completion of this exciting project that will provide love and care for orphans throughout China who are in desperate need of surgeries and special medical attention.

Located in Luoyang, which is in the Henan province and has a population of around 6 million people, this caring facility will be a beacon of hope to the people of China and the world. Henan is one of the poorest provinces in all of China. The state-run Luoyang orphanage takes care of nearly 700 children and ends up with most of the "special needs" orphans from all around Henan.

Maria's Big House of Hope is a 6 story building that will be equipped with everything needed to care for orphans with special needs. Every child in this facility will be 5 years old or younger, and these will represent some of the neediest orphans in China.

An example of one of the finished rooms inside MBHOH "Seeing and experiencing the progress that has been made at Maria's Big House of Hope was entirely amazing. You can see Maria's Big House of Hope from a mile away, and everyone in the community knows about the big, blue building. As we pulled up, a wave of incredible excitement came over me as I realized that God will absolutely be mighty to save in this place."

"Not only will He be mighty to save orphans in whatever way He chooses to, but He will also be mighty to save those of us who have the opportunity to support, and maybe one day visit, Maria's Big House of Hope from missing one of life's purest joys this side of heaven: pouring the love and hope we have received by knowing Jesus Christ out and over the least of these." --Emily (Chapman) Richards, on arriving at Maria's Big House in January '09

  • The First Floor - The bottom level will consist of an entrance hall/reception area, office, small exam room, kitchen, laundry room, store room, and accommodations for caretakers to sleep. 24 beds for children are available. The children on this floor have been through surgery, recovered, and are waiting for adoption. On all six floors, the children are divided into family groups of twelve with 3 caretakers looking after them. This allows the children to have more of a home atmosphere.

  • Second/Third Floor - The children on these floors are long-term chronic care children who've been saved but are not healthy enough to survive in the orphanage or on their own in any way. Because of their condition they are also not likely to be adopted. They can be cared for up to the age of five. 72 beds are available between floors 2 and 3. Both floors have dining rooms. A room for physical therapy is located here as well.

  • Fourth Floor - The fourth floor is dedicated to hospice care for children who are terminal. This floor contains 28 beds. Other rooms include a medical room /intensive care room, main emergency room, and isolation room. Every new child will be brought to the fourth floor to be evaluated, registered, and diagnosed. They will then be sent, depending on how severe their ailments, to the corresponding floor. Robin and Joyce want to make the children as comfortable as possible before they pass. A "DNR" (do not resuscitate) rule is in effect for the fourth floor.

  • Fifth Floor - The fifth floor will be the home of the building's operation theater. Rooms for 10-16 children who are coming in from all over China are available for them to stay for before and after surgery. At this facility, only surgeries like minor plastic, orthopedic, and cleft pallet surgery will take place. A training room for incoming staff and an infirmary are also located on the 5th.

  • Sixth Floor - The sixth floor is mainly made up of living quarters for long-term staff, visiting medical physicians, and could also allow groups with up to 20 people. The roof will have a playground on top with a sandbox and other fun activities for children to engage in.

By the grace of God, and thanks to donors like you, Maria's Big House of Hope is only a few steps away from being able to open its doors to care for orphans. If you would like to donate to this project, please follow the link below.

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Maria's Miracle Fund

Over $700,000 Is Donated To Maria's Miracle Fund!

Shaohannah's Hope announces that to date, over $700,000 had been given to the Shaohannah's Hope's Maria's Miracle Fund in loving memory of Maria Sue. The ministry continues to be overwhelmed and thankful with the prayers and generosity from people all over the world, and there are still not enough words to be able to express the deepest gratitude for these donations. Due to the munificence of these offerings, this ministry continues to give hope and support to orphans around the world to find forever families. Though outpouring of generosity has been incredible, there is still tremendous need. Shaohannah's Hope looks forward to further partnering with donors to change the lives of orphans.

Visit: Shaohannah's Hope

Or by mail: Shaohannah's Hope, c/o Maria's Miracle Fund, PO Box 647, Franklin TN, 37065

About Shaohannah's Hope

Based in Franklin, Tennessee, Shaohannah's Hope is the adoption and orphan care ministry founded by Steven and Mary Beth Chapman. Its mission is to care for orphans by engaging the church and prospective adoptive parents reduce the financial barrier to adoption. Shaohannah's Hope accomplishes this by awarding financial grants to qualified families already in the process of adopting. The size of the grant awarded is determined by several factors, the most important being need. To find out more about Shaohannah's Hope, Maria's Miracle Fund, Maria's Big House, the Change For Orphans campaign, Stevey Joy Club, and much more, please visit http://www.ShowHope.org.

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Steven Curtis Chapman and Family
Steven Curtis Chapman and Family

Lifting Up the Chapman Family

"I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me." (Romans 15:30)

Please lift up the Chapman family, specifically praying for:

Steven and his community to be good stewards of honoring God, and that they will be message carriers for the good news of the gospel and the hope we have in Christ

All those surrounding the Chapmans who are being attacked on different fronts, that they might be able to take up the shield of faith and extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one, that they might be filled to overflowing with Christ Himself

We welcome you passing this along to others to pray, encouraging them to sign up for weekly orphan prayer updates.

Thank you again for your prayers and support.

Maria Sue Chapman's Memorial Service

Maria's Memorial Service

By Jim Houser, Day-to-day Manager of Steven Curtis Chapman

For those who couldn't be here, I thought I'd share a rundown, the best I can remember it as I was a bit emotional. It was a beautiful and moving celebration of this little girl's life. And in typical Chapman fashion... God was honored, the Gospel was presented, and... It went long. : )

Throughout the service, pictures of Maria were shown on screens above the platform. There were about 2000 people present and the program was just over 2 hours.

Michael W Smith provided a beautiful prelude and then sang "Still" to open the service. Then a prayer of invocation was offered, and a Pastor at Christ Community Church, the family's home church, Scotty Smith called us to worship with a congregation responsive reading of a portion of The Heidelberg Catechism and the question What is your only comfort in life and in death?

Matt Redman, who was in the airport in Atlanta preparing to fly back to his home in the UK when he heard the news of Maria's death, left the airport rather than board his flight and drove to Nashville to serve the family anyway he could. The Chapmans not knowing Matt was in the country had discussed him being a part and we're overwhelmed to hear he was able to be there. Matt led worship along with Christy Nockels singing several songs including two that Redman has written out of his own loss and sorrows, "Blessed Be Your Name," and "You Never Let Go," as well as the hymn "It Is Well."

Then Matt explained that Steven and he had penned a song "Close To Your Heart" a few months ago for a close family friend of the Chapmans just after the loss of their child. Little did Steven know it would bring comfort to him and his own family on this day, as Matt shared it at Maria's service.

One of Shaohannah's Hope's orphan care partners in China, Robin Hill flew in for the service and he offered a prayer.

Then family and friends stood just feet away from Maria's tiny coffin and shared stories about the spunky, adorable little girl. A few here...

Family friend Karen sharing how Maria loved to wash dishes butt naked, and loved when her family "was altogether,"

The unpredictable Mary Beth with a few stories including how Maria loved her nicknames and running the sweet list down,

Family friend Melissa challenging us to live like Maria and love others like she did, not holding back!;

Caleb sharing how he had prayed for God to heal Maria after the accident, and how God did it in a way that he didn't like very much (taking her to heaven) but that he has never been more convinced that Jesus is real,

Miss Meagan, Maria's pre-school teacher, commenting on her love of art, drawing flowers, her classmates and her family,

Emily telling the story of how when she told Maria that Tanner had asked her to marry him that Maria asked her "whacha say?" and Emily went on to challenge us with the picture God gives of how the groom Jesus has asked his bride, us, to marry Him with a relationship through the cross, "whacha say?"

lastly, Steven sharing that Maria had professed Jesus as her Savior and those moments; as well as a moving story from him about how he had asked God to help him see that Maria was safe, and how God showed up. (I'll let him tell it soon)

Next, children in the service brought flowers to Maria's casket as SCC's best friend Geoff Moore sang "With Hope," a song Steven wrote 10 years ago for a family that lost a child, that same family the Mullicans are now walking he and Mary Beth through this now shared tragic experience.

Scotty Smith then took a few precious minutes to challenge us on the Gospel, that Maria's story is our story and we can be adopted into God's family and see Him and Maria at the end of our lives. (I'm not able to do Scotty's words justice)

Tammy Jensen then sang "Jesus I Am Resting, Resting," close family friends mentioned above the Mullicans prayed to close our time. And then the video of "Dishwashin Daddy and "Bellyflop" that has gone around the world was played.

Friends, it was such a difficult, yet sweet time. I urge you now to pray for this family. Be intentional. Set an alarm to go off on the 21st of every month, or anytime you see an SUV let it be a reminder, or whenever you hear a Steven song... whatever you feel is best. As someone who has experienced a difficult loss, some days ahead will be difficult for this family because the rest of the world moves on and forgets. It's very understandable of course. If you can though, remember to keep them in your prayers.

I too echo Caleb and his wise beyond his years comment, after having the privilege to walk with so many of their family and friends next to the Chapmans through this time, I have never been more convinced that Jesus is real, that the Gospel is true. Despite this tragedy that could seem to contradict He is a good and sovereign God, we know the truth that is on the front of Maria's Memorial Service program! That He has plans for us "plans for peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope."

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      bjj james 4 years ago

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Thanks so much! I found this lens on a SquidQuest and I'm so glad I did so I can tell you about my experience with the Chapman family. I have two adopted cousins from China now, plus one in the adoption process, because my Aunt and Uncle decided to adopt from there after Shaoey came home to the Chapmans. Their two natural-born daughters were growing up, and they felt the call to open their home to Chinese orphans after hearing the Chapmans' testimony at one of their concerts. Our family is richer for having had this experience. PRO-ADOPTION!!! After taking my youth group to a SCC concert last year, they adopted Show Hope as their school-year fundraising project, and raised nearly $400 to benefit adoptive families.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I recently read the very moving book written by Maria's mother. This tragedy has brought so much hope into the world for others. Faith sustains even during times of deep pain and loss. I have always had so much respect for the Chapman family and hold them in my prayers. This is a lovely tribute. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice tribute to a child and her family! Unfortunately, a child in my state was killed not long ago in exactly the same fashion, due to a blind spot in an SUV's mirror. Auto design engineers have got to do something about that before more children, pets and smaller adults get killed or seriously injured through the same design flaw...

      Anyway, thanks for writing this!

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      LOLteez 6 years ago

      I remember crying my eyes out when I heard of this tragic death. I'm tearing up again now! Beautiful tribute page, thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for everything you did for maria. she is so lucky to have a family like that. my main task now is also focused in those orphans who urgently need medical treatment. let's share those good memories and cheer up for better.........lethe_123@hotmail.com

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      When I looked at this lens from the side of the page, (even before the title) I thought it might be her. God bless Stephen. she was a wonderful soul.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "Children are the heritage of the Lord". " ....when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."........

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Especially for Will Franklin - your very, very trustworthy God put you on my heart today. It wasn't like I'd heard one of your dad's songs or something; it just came to me very, very clear and strong to pray for you - and so I have been. So - whatever is going on - be reminded yet again that God really cares about all you are going through - He never tires reminding us of His tender love for us. I also pray He would grant you a glimpse of His glory to carry you through the hardest days. My heart goes out to you all;; how much more does His!!!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Beautiful beautiful page, so touching. My brother has adopted...my niece is a beautiful teen born in China...video of their going to get her in China and then receiving her is amazing and touching. It is a blessing to see how God can be lifted up in such a difficult time, He "is near to the brokenhearted".

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a touching, inspiring, motivating and challenging lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jeff Wendland 7 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      It has been a while since I have thought of Maria Sue Chapman. A very touching story about a wonderful family. reblessed

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      Senora M 8 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. I look forward to adopting in the future and have heard her sister (I can't think of her name right now--the oldest one) speak at an adoption conference.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens ... Maria is in heaven dancing with the angels !

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      gods_grace_notes 8 years ago

      I can't breathe again yet... my heart weeps with in grief with the family now as our song of joy waits for the morning to come.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      when i had first heard the story. i was going through the loss of a friend from cancer and it was good to know that in the midst of all the pain and brokenness you feel it was good to know that their was still hope for the future

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      Thank you for joining my Squidoo group!

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I can completely relate to this families loss and the greiving they are going through. On August 23, 2008 my little boy, Landon was ran over by my brother in my parents driveway. At the hospital he was pronounced dead. He was born August 6, 2005...he was only three years old. You just can't imagine the pain and heartbrokeness a parent goes through. There is nothing worse than losing your child. I pray for the chapman family and any family that has endured this horrific tragedy.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Such a good cause.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am so sorry for your lose

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Your very moving lens gets more beautiful all the time. Steven's witness to God's grace and mercy, and that of his whole family, is simply awesome.

      Thank you so much for featuring my lens on your page. I posted the photo of two darling little guys that are available for adoption on my other lens:

      http://www.squidoo.com/NAOC_ChildrenOfMalawi

      I know of one international adoption that was finalized very recently and there's one in the works, praise the Lord!

      I've already voted 5* for you, but would do it again. Blessings (not "angel") to you!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      They are an amazing family. Such a beautiful little girl and so tragic.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The theme of the lens is unique and even the content is stuffed in a appreciable manner. It is very pleasant to visit this lens. And I would like to forward this to my friend. I enjoyed your video's.

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      JessicaT2008 8 years ago

      Very moving. 5*

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      MsMorrison 8 years ago

      Great lens! I'm inspired by Maria's story!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this touching lens! 5*s

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      What a sad story they say when something like this happens we can't see them any longer but they watch us and when we take this sadness and learn from it and move on it helps her move on too

      you will see her later on but right now she is happy that you are no longer sad I can tell God has blessed you and family keep up the good work

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      Jesi 8 years ago

      Endless Appriciates for the awesome lense

      5 star*z by Room AC

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      bigqin 8 years ago

      Yeah,we should do our best to help the children,who are abandoned by their family.

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      KayKaySmurf 8 years ago

      What a beautiful testimony to God's love reflected in mankind. May you and your family continue to be blessed for your loving kindness to all and may your beautiful little girl rest in peace.

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      CounselMom 8 years ago

      I recently heard the Steven Curtis Chapman on Focus on the Family. What a sad, yet comforting account of God's grace during tragedy. Thanks for the lens!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      What an endearing lens :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      beautiful. very moving. 5*

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      My Dad emailed me the LK video on this from YouTube a few weeks back with the subject line reading "What Faith Looks LIke". It had me in tears.

      What an amazing, tragic, and heart warming story about how a family can deal with such a terrible event and support each other through it.

      5* and a Squid Angel Blessing

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A beautiful and comforting lens tribute and testimony to the Chapman family's faith in God. We saw the "Larry King Show" and were so blessed by how calmly and peacefully the whole family lifted up the name of Jesus in the face of this tragedy. What a witness of HOPE to the grieving lost souls of this world! 5* and my faves.

      Blessings to you all.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just wanted to thank the Steven Curtis family. In 2004 we received a grant from Shaohannah's Hope, for the exact amount we needed to complete the adoption of our little girl from Guatemala. She truly is our miracle and our laughter. You have always had a place in our hearts, and our prayers will always be with you. When I look at our daughter I will always remember you all and Maria and what a beautiful example of God's Love you are to the world. Thank you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I read the chapman story in people and was so touched May you all be blessed in a special way and my God help you in all of your sorrow.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm sorry about the tradey of your daughter, I know it hard to lose someone into your family. I know it hard enough. I want you to know if you want know something that Jesus will come again and refresh her all over again and they will have No more pain. I started to cry when I see her or heard your music is make me cry all over again. I want to know you aren't not alone Chapman family. My pray goes out to your family. I know that it hard but you know what I love you guys and I'm here for you if you want to talk or email. Thanks!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Squid Angel Blessed.

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      rwoman 9 years ago

      What a moving lens! You are doing wonderful work.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Excellent work AslanBooks! I listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman all the time and appreciate his testimony! A Squid Angel Blessing! :o)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank God for the Chapman family, showing so much faith and courage in the midst of heartache and loss. What a blessing little Maria is to this world in such a short life. The dance will be continued in Heaven. Bless God for His faithfulness shown in a family that lives 'out loud' for His Kingdom. Glory to God!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have always felt a special bond with your family as my daughter, Callie and Shaohannah are the same age and both china dolls. Your books have served as a springboard for many meaningful discussions. Now I hold your family in my heart and prayers as you suffer the loss of Maria. Your appearance on Larry King Live was a true testament to the power and strength that can prevail only from God.

      In Christ,

      Kim Bonnoitt

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      me and my friend alyssa would just like to say we are really sorry about what happend we cant even imagine what your family is going through we watched all your videos and we thought that they are very touching and your son and family are in our prayers we just want him to know that she loved and loves him still she is looking down on him. infact shes probably helping jesus with dishes right now we will continue praying for you guys we know she is in a better place.

      sincerly,shawnee and alyssa

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      I've just now returned from Steven's concert in Wheaton Illinois - 07/24/08. Steven and his son's tender emotions were palpable and still they stood strong as a family on stage, clearly giving thanks and praise to our Redeemer, Jesus. The concert was simply superb. My prayers are with the Chapman family and Steven specifically asked for continued prayers for his wife Mary Beth. Thank you for this lens, it's wonderful!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I know God has you close to his chest holding you tight while you grieve, His strength will get you through this, just remember the words Trust and Faith. Your family is such and inspiration to us all, thank you for that. God bless and know you and your family are in my prayers.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      dear chapman family

      i understand how you feel about losing maria. i lost my little brother in 06

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My prayers going up for your family. I lost my husband ten years ago & God lead me to start a support group. Your song "With Hope" as been an beaken of light for the group. Though we do not understand everything that happens in our lifes,God does!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      All things work for our good

      though sometimes we can’t see how they could.

      Struggles that break our hearts in two

      sometimes blind us to the truth.

      Our Father knows what’s best for us;

      His ways are not our own.

      So, when your pathway grows dim,

      and you just can’t see Him,

      Remember He’s still on the throne.

      God is too wise to be mistaken.

      God is too good to be unkind.

      So when you don’t understand,

      when you don’t see His plan,

      When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

      He sees the Master plan.

      He holds the future in His hands.

      So don’t live as those who have no hope.

      All our hope is found in Him.

      We walk in present knowledge,

      but He sees the first and the last.

      And like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me

      to someday be just like Him.

      God is too wise to be mistaken.

      God is too good to be unkind.

      So when you don’t understand,

      when you don’t see His plan,

      When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      “In My Heart”

      by Jimmy Phillips

      A little girl lives here, she has the sweetest smile,

      the twinkle in her eyes will stay with you for awhile.

      She is always happy and loved ,you can see it in her eyes,

      her smile comes from her heart, her eyes twinkle like fireflies.

      She so loves her family as everyone else does as well

      she is as sweet as she can be, that little Southern Belle.

      Her happiness was contagious, no matter how you felt

      if you met her you would smile too, in spite of yourself.

      Maria Sue loved to sing with her daddy as he strummed out a tune

      you could see from his twinkling eyes, he thought she hung the moon.

      Yes, she was loved by so many during her short time on earth

      she made quite a special impact since the time of her birth.

      She will be missed by many, she will never be forgotten

      for now this Angel lives with God, and his only begotten.

      In my heart I know this and in my heart I smile,

      for a Little Angel lives there, she has the sweetest smile!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This has weighed heavy on my heart as it always does when a child’s life is taken from us, but this one hit a little closer to home. We worked together as teenagers at a grocery in Lone Oak, Ky. Back then we never knew that Steve was destined for stardom, but he and his brother Herbie were always strumming a guitar. So to me they are special because of our childhood friendship, and I am still crying not only with tears but deep inside my heart.

      So, in my heart I have to believe that our Heavenly Father simply needed another “Little Angel,” and out of the 6.7 billion people in the world, she was the best qualified for the job! (Steve, I wrote this poem below for you my friend in honor of your daughter, I hope you don’t mind) jimmyvintage@mindspring.com

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for your example of Faith in the middle of such a heart wrenching loss. To your precious son... my prayers are wrapped around your broken heart. Steven and Marybeth, this life is a vapor and you will hold your precious daughter again soon, and there will be no more tears. Much love and prayers-

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I just finished watching a Youtube video of Maria and her dad washing dishes. I want the family to know, especially her brother, that it was because of them that she enjoyed a life of love, acceptance and introduction to Jesus Christ. What a wonderful family environment you all created for her. Surely God is pleased with all of the love you poured into her short life. On the other hand, the Enemy would love to see the brother who accidentally hit her, become an emotional wreck, a guilt-ridden shell of his former self. DON"T LET HIM WIN! You are now officially in a battle for your life. Spend your time grieving, carry Maria in your heart always, miss her forever, live and love like never before. Each of you still has a life to live. Each of you still has a life-assignment from God. Maria completed hers. Now its your turn. God wants you to keep living. He wants you to come back stronger and happier than you ever were before. I'll be praying you on all the way! See you up there

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Maria was such a beautiful little girl.

      I'm so sorry for your loss of such a little

      Angel. Your whole family is beautiful and I

      pray the Lord will help you all through this

      most difficult time. You will see your little

      Angel again. My prayers are with your son.

      Maria knew you loved her very much. God let you

      have your little Angel for a little while to bless

      your family. May little Maria's memories bless you

      and your family until you can all see her again.

      She will be watching over you all and waiting for

      you. Until then Jesus will be with your little

      darling until you are together again with precious

      little Maria. God Bless.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Steven and Family,

      My prayers and thoughts are with you and your Family. So many years you've touched my life with your ministry. So many times I was hurt or depressed, that your songs reminded me of who I live my life for and the reason I am here. You brought Joy and Comfort to me in my trouble times. I Pray that God will do the same for you and your Family. MY GOD STREGHTEN YOU ALL!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      May God comfort and sustain your family during these difficult days. My daughter told me of this tragedy when it was announced to the youth group at FBC in Smyrna. I was hoping she was mistaken..Your entire family has been in my thoughts and prayers since Wednesday evening.. You have done so much for the kingdom of God and for orphans everywhere. We are a family who have been helped financially by your ministry for our own international adoption from China. May you be overwhelmingly blessed and comforted in all the days ahead. Thank you for all you do and will continue to do for the kingdom. God is in this and much good and glory will be given to Him because of this tragedy! Blessings Always!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Some things are not meant to be understood on this side of eternity.

      This life-changing event for the Chapman family is the best evidence of this fact we may ever know of.

      Sometimes we can only "be still and know that He is God."

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I am so sorry for your loss. Since I heard this tragic news the day it happened, I have not stopped thinking of your family and praying for you. Your family and ministry has been such a testimony. I pray sincerely for healing for all of you, and that the memories of your precious Maria will help you through it all. May God's grace sustain you all through the coming days and years, through all the tears and the loss, and may you find comfort in Him and in each other. I will sincerly continue to pray fervently for you all. Please remember that there are a lot of people out there who love you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My families hearts are so heavy for you. I believe that God never wastes any pain we endure. While always beyond our comprehension, I know that somehow your family will be used in profound ways in the end. Our prayers are with you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nothing could be sadder. My heart is broken for your family, and especially your son. I know he is surrounded by the love of such a wonderful family. I would hug him, if only I could. My son had cancer 7 years ago and I know this heartache. I pray that God will take the pain away and that your lives will be blessed beyond what you can imagine with the love that He intended us to have always.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i am soo soooo sorry. im just 17 and a big fan and i cannot imagine the loss. she is such a cute little girl and its impossible to think that you and your family face this loss. please just remember that she is in heaven with Jesus, and twirling as the preetiest cinderella ever.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Oh my, when I heard this story tears immediately filled my eyes. I cant imagine the grief and the pain the Chapman family is going through. I would just like to say, pray. Maria is with God now. Shes watching over you all, making sure you get where you need to be. She can now be your angel and now you have just another miracle to look forward too when you get to Heaven. My deepest sympathy is with you all, and somehow someday you will get through this and see this is just another miracle in the making. God Bless.

      R.I.P

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      May faith and love sustain you and the family now and for the days ahead. With deepest sympathy.

      Love in Christ.

      Ms.Theresa DeJesus

      Mrs.Sarah & Pablo Rosa &Fa.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I will pray for you and Maria. I am six years old and my dad is helping me but I want to let you know how I feel. Maria is with Jesus now. My favorite song is Fingerprints of God. Your songs make me happy and smile. Thank you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm very sorry for your loss. I feel really sad for you. When I heard of your loss I started to cry. I am only eleven years old but listen to your uplifting music a lot. We listen to Christian music alot at home and I have your songs on my iPod. My dad danced to Cinderella with me and it made me cry. I will pray for your family. I know Maria is with God and Jesus in Heaven and she is looking down on you with a smile. God bless you!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Listen when you have the chance - -

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W9NWC-z6as

      God bless,

      Chris

      http://chrisschellenberg.com/

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My mom (Shawna) received a blog post from Micheal W. Smith and I felt so sad god bless the Chapman family. I wish all the best to the Chapmans and R.I.P. Maria Dance with God Little Princess

      Bailey Age 10

      Nova Scotia Canada

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I received a blog update from Micheal W. Smith and was devastated to read about the terrible tragedy that the Chapmans are going through. I have had them in my thoughts constantly. The only peace I have is that she is with her Heavenly father now... My deepest sympathy to all of you. My heart aches.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My heart is heavy with sorrow at the loss of your precious daughter. Since I learned of this tragedy, your family has been in my prayers. I will continue to pray that God will sustain you. Words can not express my sincerest sympathies!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Steven and Family,

      My heart and hopes go out to you and your family. I will pray for you all. When I heard what had happend my immediate reaction was to cry; however we need to rejoice in the time she had with us.

      I will lift Maria up to our God and pray that she is watching over us from heaven above. I will pray for all of you in your time of grief and healing during this difficult time.

      She will be remembered and lifted up by many around the world. Steven, you have been such an inspiration to so many that it is now our turn to be an inspiraton to you and support you as you have shown us how to support others and our faith.

      God is with you and each of us who are praying for her.

      God Bless and with many prayers to come,

      Danielle Aaron

      Ontario, Canada

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      AslanBooks 9 years ago

      Our deepest sympathy is extended to Steven Curtis Chapman and his family at the loss of Maria Sue Chapman. Having to bear the loss of a child is every parent's worst fear and we cannot imagine the pain.