Dear Mr. Chapman

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  1. Crystal79 says:

    What a wonderful letter Abby !! God Bless You All !!

  2. Tonya says:

    Thanks for sharing your honest feelings. I’m sure S. C. Chapman will be blessed as I was. Praying for you right now. Happy Birthday, James. We loved you dearly.

  3. Stephanie Rex says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart! Hope that S. C. reads this…I know he would be blessed. So thankful that God is faithful and gave you many songs for your heart. You are in my prayers!

  4. Kathy H says:

    Thank you for sharing God’s joy in the midst of human sorrow, God’s eternal life in the midst of our physical death, the Lord’s hope in the midst of our struggles, His strength in the midst of our pain. James brought such a flood of joy when you peered into his eyes and he flashed a huge smile back at you. We saw Christ in you, the hope of glory. Love and Miss You!

  5. Patty Morman says:

    I’ll never forget that last Monday of his life when I got to spend time with him at your house. I”ll always be thankful God worked that out. I witnessed his usual happiness and smiles, and his standing up etc. that day. Thank you for letting God use your pain for His glory and to encourage so many others. Praying for you as his birthday approaches!

  6. Dogdancing says:

    Thank you Abby for introducing me to this blessed singer.


  7. Charlotte says:

    It’s hard to know what to say after such an eloquent post. I, someone who never met your son, and yet so touched by his (and your) story. It’s hard to explain how total strangers could have effected me so much; God truly does move in mysterious ways.

    Happy Birthday, James. Thinking of you.

  8. Molly says:

    Your words are beautiful, strong, and full of hope Abby – I really hope you know how YOUR story is helping complete strangers states away.

    I came across “Heaven is the Face” a few months back when trying to come up with ways to help a friend through a loss. Those times are really the hardest to come up with the “right” words and a person really doesn’t want to hurt a friend more… When I listened to the song it tore my heart a part and then I immediately thought of your family…your source of strength remains to me constant proof of what He can do for us all.

    Prayers always to your family!

  9. susantrappforster says:

    After seeing Matt and Ginny Moody on the Today Show, I checked out their blog ( and began reading old entries. Matt has an entire post on SCC also, which was the last one I read today. For some reason, I felt compelled to go to your blog and see how you were settling in. No surprise when I found your letter to Steven. I saw him a few months ago at Northland; he is still raw and talked about his daughter the entire concert. My daughter was depressed by his demeanor; I told her that it was his way of dealing with his grief and that future concerts wouldn’t be so filled with Maria. Our special needs child, Emerson, has always been a blessing to her family. Her mom (my daughter) never had the need to grieve over what might have been (like I did). As her mother, I hope and pray that she will never feel that kind of sorrow that you and John or Matt and Ginny felt/feel, but I know grief and sorrow are part of life. Enjoy today with Valor, as I know you will.

  10. Burgandi says:

    Happy Birthday, handsome James. We had many nites together when mom and dad would take a parents night out from Winnie. You are missed but more you are loved!!!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I really hope SCC gets to read this.
    Prayers going out to your family and his.

  12. Dear beloved

    How interesting that I should come across your website and that you & other beloved brethren are dwelling in togetherness. I bless the name of the Lord for what you are doing in the body of Christ. It is wonderful to see men and women of God stand firm in faith and declare the message of Jesus Christ.

    My name is Isaac married to Emily. We are working in the body of christ by house Churches network relationship in Kenya East Africa. I was greatly touched and ministered to when I came a cross your Ministry page. God bless you greatly for obeying his Voice to minister this kind of healing to the Body of Christ.

    I want to encourage you both to continue to re-discover your true identities and walk this earth reflecting the Love of Christ. Life is but a journey…. that leads us back into the Father heart of God. Don’t let religious concepts stand in the way of TRUTH…. for the doctrine of men only lead to certain death but relationship with the Father leads to a NEW & LIVING way. Jesus said ” my words are SPIRIT & LIFE ” Let the Spirit guide and teach you in all HIS ways. The world is looking for something….. we have what they are looking for. I’m not talking about getting them “saved” no, no, no, but rather they have an encounter with the ONE who Loves them from before the foundations of this known world. That of course is the Christ in us ! ( not just us but to every person on this earth who is born of a woman ) There are no laws, rules, or regulations to follow for it is written on our hearts. Jesus came to set us free from the law of sin & death. Beloved you are FREE indeed.

    Would you please pray with us about the possibility of Coming to Africa some day if the Lord allows and may be do some ministry in this area? We have several house Churches network in Kenya pray that one day the lord may send you to come and strengthen our network with what God has put in you for the glory of the body of Christ. Please pray and see if the Lord leads. My heart has been to unite the friends and families for the love of Christ, as the bible says in Luke 10. I believe the dream of Jesus as in John 17 was to see the strong relationship united and show the world that we are one..

    May God bless you as we continue praying for you and looking forward to hearing from you.

    God bless you and keep you.

    Yours in Christ.

    Isaac & Emily Mukweyi

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