Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sad News from the Chapman Family

From Steven Curtis Chapman's web site:

    Maria Sue Chapman Dies in Accident at Family Home

    NASHVILLE, TN (5/21/08) - 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 struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family's six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

    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 Chapmans have been an inspiration to us and thousands of other adopting parents. Please remember them in your prayers.

(Left to right Will Franklin, Maria, Steven, Shaoey, Mary Beth, Stevey Joy, Caleb and Emily)

UPDATE: The Chapmans have a special blog post, "In Memory of Maria."


Vivian M said...

What a tragedy, and even more tragic that one of her brothers was behind the wheel of the SUV that accidently struck her.
My thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Unknown said...

Everyone is posting this today. I cant imagine how many lives have changed because of this family.

Praying along with you

Denise said...

I did read about this. So sad!!!!

Anonymous said...

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