Saturday, July 12, 2008

May 24 Post - Dallas and Nashville

This is a post and one comment that was lost due to technical difficulties...

Dallas and Nashville

The last few days have been a roller coaster ride. Wednesday night we heard the news about Maria Sue Chapman as Heidi was checking some of our favorite online adoption groups. The Chapman family has been in our prayers continuously since this happened. Thursday morning at 5am I set out for RDU to fly to Dallas for a meeting with Halftime as I was representing The ABBA Fund and LegacyChild. It was a very encouraging time spent with several ministries invloved in orphan care, micro finance, mission work, etc. Included were The Heart Gallery, Crown, Wycliffe and Partners Worldwide. It was great to learn from other ministries and to develop strategies to incorporate "halftimers" into our organizations.
Friday afternoon I received a call from a close friend. He was feeling like he should attend the memorial celebration in Nashville for Maria Chapman. He found a flight from PA and I changed flights and arrived this morning at 9am to meet him. We arrived at the church 1 hour early. It was a time of grieving and rejoicing over a beautiful life. Family and friends shared how she loved her family and was the happiest when they were all together. There were times of laughing through the tears as stories were told about little Maria by her preschool teacher, close friends and
family. It was truly life changing and I will be forever impacted by the music of Michael W. Smith and others, the humble and powerful prayer by Robin Hill, the healing truth spoken by Caleb, the challenge and reassuring by Kerry and Scott Hasenbalg, the clear gospel presentation by Emily and the many other evidences that God was in our presence.
Thank you to the Chapman family for sharing these personal moments with all of us. God is using the Chapman family in an amazing way. Although this tragedy is confusing now, as time passes, God's purpose and plan will become clearer. One of the amazing illustrations that was shared today.

Posted by Dwain Gullion at 4:47 PM

Kieth said...

Dwain, Melissa and I have been praying for and thinking of you guys, the
Chapman family and all the other folks involved in the adoption
ministries over the past few days. It was great to talk with you on the
phone tonight...please keep in touch and let us know of specific prayer
requests that you have. God bless!
Keith and Melissa Glover

May 24, 2008 6:32 PM

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