Thursday, May 22, 2008

Today we have to pray for them

Please pray for Steven Curtis Chapman and family and the tragic death over their daughter. I got this text from Fox News and from Travis Cottrell's website. Please pray for them. My heart is breaking for all of them.

The girl, Maria, was hit in a driveway on the family residence Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

McPherson said no charges are expected.

"It looks like a tragic accident," she said.

She said several members of the Chapman family witnessed the accident, which happened in Williamson County just south of Nashville.

The brother apparently did not see the little girl, McPherson said. She did not have the name or exact age of the brother, only that he is an older teenager.

The girl died later at Vanderbilt Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.
Chapman, originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have promoted international adoption and have three daughters from China, including Maria.

Chapman has won five Grammy awards and 51 Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association.

The singer's Web site said that Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, were persuaded by their oldest daughter to adopt a girl from China. The experience led the family to adopt two more children and create Shaohannah's Hope, a foundation and ministry to financially assist thousands of couples in adoption.

The Chapmans did missionary work at Chinese orphanages in 2006 and 2007, according to the Web site.

"After our first trip to China, my wife and I knew our lives were changing — our eyes and hearts were opening to how big God really is, and we have wanted to experience more of that," Chapman says on the Web site. "We've really wondered whether or not we should just go to China and stay there. But I don't think so. I believe God is saying, 'I want you to go, get your heart broken, your eyes opened, and then take this story back to the church in America and around the world."

Chapman also has released a book about being a father entitled "Cinderella: The Love of Daddy and his Princess."

You can read more and watch a beautiful video from a blog set up by his manager here.

Prayers being lifted~


annie's eyes said...

Oh I hadn't heard, Fran. This is tragic indeed. That song Cinderella has always made me cry. I can't imagine him singing it now without a lump in his throat. We will be praying for their comfort. Love to you, Annette

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Hey girl,

I heart just breaks for them. I can't imagine what they are feeling this morning.

Love you girl!

connorcolesmom said...

I am heartbroken for them
We will be praying for God to comfort them and bring them peace

Earen said...

OH MY GOODNESS...I had not heard this devistating news. Oh my..I can't imagine. We will be praying.

Dana said...

I heard last night and have been praying ever since. Oh Lord, be their comfort...

Linda said...

What a horrible tragedy. I have been praying since I heard the news.

littlerad said...

My prayers are going up for the Chapman family...

Denise said...

My heart is hurting for this dear family. Prayers are being said for them.

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