When I spoke to Chapman later that afternoon before his concert at West Point, he was truly humbled that his message is having so profound an impact.

Chapman describes adoption as "a perfect picture of what God has done for each of us in making us His children through Christ." He's on solid biblical footing. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul describes a Christian's relationship to God as an "adoption, as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."

Chapman has bigger plans for the future. There's talk of his foundation possibly building a clinic in China for special-needs orphans. And he's trying to gain more exposure among the Chinese people. "He's learning Mandarin," Hasenbalg says. "A friend of his is helping translate some of his songs into Chinese. Steven is hoping to be invited to play at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing."

Explains Chapman: "When Mary Beth and I adopted our daughter, Shaohannah, we realized that it was only through obeying God's gentle call on our lives that we were able to experience His blessings and goodness in this miraculous way. We can honestly say it is through adopting Shaohannah, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue that we have truly seen the face of Jesus."


Interested in learning more?  Please visit ShaohannahsHope.orgStevenCurtisChapman.com  and AWAA.org.  Gregory J. Rummo, a businessman and a writer, can be contacted through his website, GregRummo.com. This article appeared in the Herald News in New Jersey on April 21, 2005.

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