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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Daughter of Steven Curtis Chapman Killed in Accident

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


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. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles.

Story courtesy of: Steve Curtis Chapman.com

It is with great sadness that I make this post (thanks Garry for the notice). Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the great all-time Christian contemporary music artists, but as the article shows, he and his wife are great people as well. Please remember this family in their time of grief.

Cyber Pastor

As a side note, for those who listen to Do The Right Thing Radio, our normal opening song "The Great Adventure" is done by Steven Curtis Chapman - so as the song says, "Saddle up your horses" this ride isn't going to be a smooth one.

***Update: Due to the extremely high number of visitors to the site due to this tragedy, we will be forwarding all comments to the Chapman family via their website.