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SHAOHANNAH'S HOPE ANNOUNCES "MARIA'S BIG HOUSE OF HOPE"

Special Needs Healing Home In China Named In Loving Memory
Of Maria Sue Chapman, Daughter Of Steven Curtis And Mary Beth Chapman;

Over $635,000 Donated To Maria's Miracle Fund




NEWS SOURCE: Vining Media
August 6, 2008

August 6, 2008 - Nashville, TN - Shaohannah's Hope, the adoption and orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, have announced the official name of their special needs healing home as Maria's Big House of Hope, named in loving memory of their five-year old daughter, Maria Sue Chapman. Located in Luoyang, China, Maria's Big House of Hope will care for orphans with medical impairments, such as cleft palate, clubbed feet, urological disorders, blindness, and neurological disorders.

Maria's Big House of Hope is currently in the building stages and is set to tentatively open their doors this October. Funded by Shaohannah's Hope and managed by New Hope Foundation, upon completion this healing home will stand to be a six-floor, 60,000 sq. ft. facility and equipped with everything required to care for orphans with special needs. This will be the biggest of its kind, able to provide for over 100 children at a time.

Luoyang, which has a population of around six million people, is located within the Henan province of China and is one of the poorest provinces in the country. The state-run Luoyang orphanage currently takes care of nearly 700 children and tends to most of the special needs orphans from all around Henan. To care for the specific medical needs of these orphans, Maria's Big House of Hope will provide the much-needed surgeries and medical attention, as well as be a bridge to give them hope and the love they deserve. In turn, there is hope these children will then be adopted into forever families.

The Chapman family chose to build the healing home in Luoyang, China because of the area's desperate need for special needs orphan care as well as wanting to give back to the country that has given so much to them - three loving daughters: Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue.

"We are not in the business of building orphanages, but rather building hope in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in a way that honors God," states Scott Hasebalg, Executive Director, Shaohannah's Hope.

MARIA'S MIRACLE FUND
Shaohannah's Hope also announces that to date, over $635,000 had been given to the Shaohannah's Hope's Maria's Miracle Fund in loving memory of Maria Sue. The ministry continues to be overwhelmed and thankful with the prayers and generosity from people all over the world, and there are still not enough words to be able to express the deepest gratitude for these donations. Due to the munificence of these offerings, this ministry continues to give hope and support to orphans around the world to find forever families. Though outpouring of generosity has been incredible, there is still tremendous need. Shaohannah's Hope looks forward to further partnering with donors to change the lives of orphans.

+ How you can help +

Visit: www.ShowHope.org

Or by mail: Shaohannah's Hope, c/o Maria's Miracle Fund, PO Box 647, Franklin TN, 37065

ABOUT SHAOHANNAH'S HOPE:
Based in Franklin, Tennessee, Shaohannah's Hope is the adoption and orphan care ministry founded by Steven and Mary Beth Chapman. Its mission is to care for orphans by engaging the church and prospective adoptive parents reduce the financial barrier to adoption. Shaohannah's Hope accomplishes this by awarding financial grants to qualified families already in the process of adopting. The size of the grant awarded is determined by several factors, the most important being need. To find out more about Shaohannah's Hope, Maria's Miracle Fund, Maria's Big House, the Change For Orphans campaign, Stevey Joy Club, and much more, please visit www.ShowHope.org.

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