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August 16, 2008


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what an amazing young man!

Anne from Penn

Will GOD has MANY, MANY special plan for you in this lifetime! With the never ending LOVE of your family, your life will SHINE! You have showed the world what an amazing person you are through a very diffucult time. Maria LOVES you Will... her SPIRIT is holding your heart and hand every second. BLESSINGS <3

Robin Rudy

Dear, sweet Will, God will continue to hold you in His mighty hands. He will continue to strenghten and encourage you. Your testimony through this trial is a blessing and an encouragement to each of us. Continuing to pray for you!

Wendy Lewellen

WOW. I continue to be in awe of the Chapman family. Will, you are an incredible young man. As a mom, I can imagine how proud your parents are of you, especially these last few months. You are being prayed for and loved every day. I wish I could just take it all away for you, and just give you a big mom hug! God has big plans for you, so keep holding tight to Him. Jer 29:11,12 My heart breaks for all of you, but at the same time, I am so inspired by your faith, strength, and character. Our Lord has much faith in the Chapman's, and he knew they would stand firm in His name. We have seen "the guys" :) when they came to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA several years back. We are SOOO excited to be able to see them again, and we got VERY CLOSE seats in St Augustine, FL!!! That's the closest place to Valdosta for the United tour. Much love to ALL of the Chapman's.

Mistie Lamb

Wow, the strength of this family continues to stun me. Will Franklin, you contine to be in my prayers.
The Lamb Family

Todd Hellner

Thanks for sharing Jim. Your blog has been awesome. We are looking forward to seeing y'all this Saturday prior to the Houston Astros game. If y'all are interested in a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA and Mission Control while you are in Houston, just say the word. SCC has blessed my family in many ways and I'd love to return the favor in some small way.


Way cool. Wise young man. I know your father is proud of you.

Even more important, I think your Father is proud of you too.

Still praying.


Incredible. Will, your strength in Jesus is such a testimony to me.


Will Franklin: You are so loved by all of us who have watched you grow up over the years.

Maybe one day, when you're ready, you can write a book about your faith journey.

I will continue to pray as long as God lays you on my heart.


Strength beyond years is what I see in Will Franklin. These memories being shared are precious and beautiful........thank you for allowing us in.
Tricia in Tennessee

Diane Ryan

Hang in there Will... We're lifting you up to walk, even if you can't do it on your own right now.

Now go have some Fruit Loops or Apple Jacks or something, or whatever it is that you eat in the a.m. and enjoy the beginning of a new day in a new week in which God will do amazing things in and through you.

Praying in Georgetown, MA.


No more interviews.... no more pressure. This is none of our business....this family owes "us" nothing. We should let them deal with this loss and not add to the pain. Will.... you are a great young man.... with great things ahead of you. Keep fighting... keep the faith.... and in your heart.....when things are quiet....just listen....God is speaking.


Will, may God continue to heal your heart and comfort you. You are a great example and your family of how you have to go day by day. And lean on your heavenly father for all your strength.
You are truly blessed to have a family that is such a support to you.

Lori in MN

Will, your testimony is bringing glory to God and touching the lives of many, many people. The composure and grace you have showed - particularly when faced with some very personal and intrusive questions on Larry King Live - are a shining beacon of hope to those who need to be assured that our Father's strength IS sufficient.

I continue to pray for all of you. Jim, thanks for sharing these answers to prayer with us.

Anne from Penn

I FEEL for Will and the Chapman family to get back to some type of new normal, whatever that might be right now! Will needs SPACE to breath, live his life, be a young adult and have FUN again!


Thanks, again, Jim! When I read this first thing this morning, Rich Mullins "Hold Me Jesus" popped into my head. So if anyone hasn't heard it here are the lyrics and the song on YouTube...

Well, sometimes my life
Just don't make sense at all
When the mountains look so big
And my faith just seems so small

So hold me Jesus, 'cause I'm shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace

And I wake up in the night and feel the dark
It's so hot inside my soul
I swear there must be blisters on my heart


Surrender don't come natural to me
I'd rather fight You for something
I don't really want
Than to take what You give that I need
And I've beat my head against so many walls
Now I'm falling down, I'm falling on my knees

And this Salvation Army band
Is playing this hymn
And Your grace rings out so deep
It makes my resistance seem so thin


You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace

(((God bless you, Will Franklin Chapman!)))

Mocha with Linda

Wow. Will, you are wise beyond your years. You have a spiritual maturity that many adults who have been Christians for decades have yet to grasp. Can't wait to see how God is going to use you in your life.

Thank you for sharing this. He is the epitiome of I Timothy 4:12 ("Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.")


Ok that brought tears to my eyes =*(...Will is being so strong through this...Will is a great guy i know that. Even though I've never met once ever...i still know by what he said that he truly is...he's an inspiration to me and to some many other people who have just lost hope or just given up...but will just hangs in there which let's me know that he'll get through this...And i for one really can't wait to meet Maria = D!!!!



Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!!!


An incredible big brother, right up to the end. Will, your strength, courage, and faith astound me. When I first saw you walking around backstage at the Biltmore show, I could hardly contain my joy. To get back up there- Maria would have wanted you to- took more faith than I could ever muster.

Dear brother in Christ, you will have a ministry unique from the rest of your family. The fact that you got up there on Larry King, live on world wide television, and proclaimed that Jesus is real and Maria is with him is a huge testimony to His grace.

Into the future, you will have more opportunities to share how you are clinging to Jesus rather than cursing Him for not healing Maria in the manner everyone wanted. How else could you do that, but for the grace of God? Will, your ministry is going to have an amazing impact on people all over the world who will be drawn to Jesus by your example.


Wow - continued prayers...

thanks for sharing.

Shelley York

Will Franklin I know you don't know me and I will probably never have the honor of meeting you face to face here on this earth, but you my dear child are an incredible young man. Your spirit is so real, you are so real. You are exactly the type of teenager I want my children to look up to. I can't not imagine your pain or what your days or nights must be like, but thank you for being a real Christian.


Today's prayers are children-focused, for Shaoey and Stevey and Will, Caleb and Emily. All of the children who have been blessed to hear the band play this summer and all who did not. My own, and those belonging to you bloggers. And all of the orphans, some who will be helped through Maria's Big House of Hope.

God bless you Will for the beautiful music you help make, and for the conviction of your faith which just shines through.

Have a blessed day everyone!

Ann from Chicagoland


Oh sweet Will how my heart does ache for you my child. I know you must be hurting so very badly still but I also see definitive signs of the truth that all of our prayers are being answered and God is holding you tenderly close to Himself and reminding you moment by moment that he loves you with a love that will never let you go.

As for the "no more interviews" issue, I say that that, and all other decisions regarding how you handle each painful step of this journey toward healing is between you and God. I wouldn't dare presume to tell you which direction to move. God does not need my help in guiding you. THAT'S the part that is absolutely none of our business.

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