Thursday, May 22, 2008

Prayer for the Chapmans


This morning Patrick called to tell me the tragic news of little Maria Chapman's death.

Report from the Tennessean:

"Steven Curtis Chapman's youngest child died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family's Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer's six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. 

The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver's name.

The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.

"It appears to be a terrible accident,'' McPherson said.

No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said."

can't imagine the shock and pain this family must be experiencing today.  We wanted to send this out so that folks who haven't heard yet could be in prayer for this family.  Steven C. Chapman has been one of our favorite Christian music artists for a long time.  His passion for orphan relief and international adoption has helped hundreds of children, especially in China.

Maria was one of three Chapman daughters adopted rom China.  His blog includes several darling videos of Maria and her sisters.   

Our hearts especially go out to the brother driving the SUV yesterday.  His life has changed forever.  Please pray for his heart during this tragedy.  He needs special comfort and healing.