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Thursday, May 22, 2008

When Hearts Break Around The World

After quite a day of airports and buses (we spent about 25 hours going from our hotel in Stockholm to our new digs here in Brazil) we touched down in warm and balmy Sao Paulo to the news that our dear friends the Chapmans had spent the night grieving the loss of their precious daughter and sister, Maria Sue, in an accident at their home near Nashville. Though we are thousands of miles away and south of the Equator, our hearts are breaking for those we love and our arms are joining countless others around the world in extending a massive embrace to Steven, Mary Beth and their kids.

We have come to Sao Paulo to proclaim that our God is both great and good, something the Chapmans have done on practically every inch of earth for decades. Today, even in the fog of excruciating pain and confusion, we still believe both are true for us all. Tomorrow, Chris' opening set will lift the words "Your grace is enough for me" over the students of this city. Tonight, that is our hope and prayer for our friends in Nashville.

"Thank you, Father, that in this very moment Your grace is enough for the Chapmans. We believe You are great and You are good, and know that Your heart is breaking, too. Thank you that You are all they need, and You are there with them and in them. Be glorified as death is swallowed up in life and the grave is overwhelmed. Restore them with supernatural healing, redemption and grace. Thank you Jesus."

All of us at Passion and sixstepsrecords love you all so much.
Louie and Shelley

30 Comments:

  • Praying the same prayer from Texas.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/22/2008 9:48 PM  

  • Amen.

    By Blogger Aslan's Girl, at 5/22/2008 9:54 PM  

  • Praying along with you...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/22/2008 9:58 PM  

  • Praying in Florida

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/22/2008 10:31 PM  

  • Praying in LA...

    By Anonymous Josh, at 5/22/2008 10:33 PM  

  • Many Christians, including myself, join our hearts and prayers with the Chapman family. Thanks for letting us know it's on your heart as well. Steven has impacted many lives

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/22/2008 10:35 PM  

  • Our God remains glorious throughout the ages. All things are made good through the One who remains Good.

    By Blogger Jacob, at 5/22/2008 10:40 PM  

  • my heart continually breaks as I remember this tragedy. last night, as I sat in my hotel room cheering joyfully about american idol, I was brought to a stunned silence as the local texas news reported "the accident in the life of Christian music singer Steven Curtis Chapman". there are so many thoughts surrounding this - such sorrow over the loss of their precious adopted 5 year old daughter, the mixed emotion that must be going on in the head of her older brother, her parents, her whole family. the hope of great and mighty mercy, grace, unconditional love, and the great hope that we might extend to each other the comfort that only God could create; the fear that satan would try to tear this family with such evil, but the truth that brings hope that Jesus is Jesus.

    and still after all this, remembering that the story of this tragedy is being announced nationally, if not internationally. and suddenly seeing this platform God has prepared through the life of the Chapmans to in such a time as this, in front of a nation, to be proclaimed as the Famous One. The Healer. The Comforter. The Miracle Maker. The One who weeps with us. The Hope. He is our Jesus, and we pray that through only His power, the Chapmans can find all and more in Him.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 5/22/2008 11:30 PM  

  • Prayers for the whole passion team & the chapman family all the way from Malaysia..God bless all of you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/22/2008 11:34 PM  

  • Amen to that from Texas.

    By Blogger Anna, at 5/22/2008 11:57 PM  

  • Let's not forget about the thousands upon thousands impacted in China by the earthquake.

    By Anonymous Chris, at 5/23/2008 12:00 AM  

  • when i heard this, my heart just sunk...God is good, though..

    ..praying for the Chapmans in MA..

    ..praying for Sao Paulo, Brazil..

    By Blogger Joe, at 5/23/2008 12:07 AM  

  • my heart broke when i heard this news.
    they are in my prayers.

    By Blogger liiiz!, at 5/23/2008 12:13 AM  

  • echoing the heart of your prayer for the entire Chapman family~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 5/23/2008 12:29 AM  

  • praying in Latvia

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2008 12:57 AM  

  • Praying for the Chapmans.

    Praying with you all and for you all as Sao Paulo gets underway.

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 5/23/2008 2:33 AM  

  • Praying for the Chapman family.

    By Blogger gail, at 5/23/2008 5:15 AM  

  • Praying for the Chapmans in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Amen, God's grace IS enough for them. May He comfort them in this emotional, heartbreaking time.

    By Blogger Annami, at 5/23/2008 5:17 AM  

  • The Chapman's whole christian family joins with them with prayer, love, and strength. We love you and are praying!

    By Blogger psalmist, at 5/23/2008 8:45 AM  

  • Agreeing with you in prayer for the Chapman family from SC, and praying for all the final preps for Passion Sao Paulo.

    By Blogger Marcia B, at 5/23/2008 9:32 AM  

  • Praying in CT for the Chapman family and for the work to be done in Sao Paulo tonight.

    Janet S.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2008 10:02 AM  

  • Amen from Missouri...
    Our God is Great and His Grace is enough!

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 5/23/2008 10:22 AM  

  • May God gives special peace and strength to Chapman's family!We are praying here in Latvia for Chapman's family as well as praying for Sao Paulo that many hearts can be changed!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2008 11:00 AM  

  • Totally praying the same thing in Missouri.

    By Blogger Rachel Gardner, at 5/23/2008 1:35 PM  

  • Joining with you in prayer for the Chapmans as well as for your endeavors in Sao Paolo.

    By Blogger melissa, at 5/23/2008 4:32 PM  

  • "OI" ~ Louie & Shelly & Team,

    Thank you for praying for the Chapmans! I know you all are like family within the music community.

    Also lifting you all up in prayer even now as the event in Sao Paulo takes place. May Jesus be lifted HIGH and made famous even in the midst of tradegy!!

    God Bless,
    Angela

    By Blogger Angela, at 5/23/2008 4:48 PM  

  • Praying too for the Chapmans.

    By Blogger Brittany, at 5/23/2008 5:14 PM  

  • Prayers from Virginia for the Chapman family and for you all in Brazil......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2008 10:53 PM  

  • He Gives and takees away, atill our hearts will choose to say blessed be his name.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2008 2:47 AM  

  • Ever masturbate with the thoughts of someone else besides Jesus in your head? That is why the goal of passion is to make Jesus the most famous name in your life. There isn’t a car ride or a conversation, a bite to eat or a sip to drink, or a single entertaining thing out there not waiting to give us the choice of whether or not we have Him in mind first and foremost. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that He didn’t make.-Homeless John 1:3. Every step we give. Every thought we take. Every second of the day is HIS. What are you going to do with Jesus next? “What do you mean, if I can’t?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

    By Blogger bonomsa, at 6/30/2008 7:14 PM  

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