As the most awarded artist in Christian music history, Steven Curtis Chapman has received fifty-eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, forty-eight #1 singles, has sold nearly eleven million albums, and has eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. He has been on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, 60 Minutes, E! Entertainment, “The Today Show,” “Fox & Friends,” and “The Tonight Show,” along with appearing in the pages of People Magazine, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and more. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress. Since its inception, Show Hope has helped provide forever homes through Adoption Aid grants for more than 5,000 orphans from 53+ countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 2,000 orphans with special needs have received critically needed medical care through Show Hope’s Care Centers, giving them a hope for a family and a future. Through numerous other programs for individuals, students, families, and communities, Show Hope is mobilizing a movement to care for the world’s children who need it most. stevencurtischapman.com
62-year-old Highlands resident Dwight Chandler, who lives near the flooded Highlands Acid Pit, examines his flood-damaged home. Photo: AP After a week of storms and high water, Hurricane Harvey has now left at least 43 people in southeast Texas dead. In addition to the damage to infrastructure, property and residents’ lives, the possible environmental consequences of the massive flooding in the nation’s largest petrochemical complex are just now becoming apparent. At least five highly contaminated Superfund sites in the Houston area were deluged by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, the AP reported on Saturday, and Environmental Protection Agency officials contacted by the AP could not immediately provide details on when staff would be able to inspect the sites. One site, the Highlands Acid Pit, had 22,000 cubic yards of hazardous waste and soil removed in the 1980s, but the EPA considers it a continuing threat to local groundwater, the AP wrote. “My daddy talks about having bird dogs down there and to run and the acid would eat the pads off their feet,” 62-year-old Dwight Chandler, who lives just a few blocks away, said. “We didn’t know any better.” A working-class neighborhood in Crosby, which is less than 30 miles from downtown Houston, saw flooding in both the French LTD and the Sikes Disposal Pits sites which are located to either side. A sinkhole opened up there on Friday, taking down two cars and filling the air with the scent of creosote, a carbonaceous chemical formed by burning wood, fossil fuels, or tar, the AP reported. Advertisement Polluted soil at the Brio Refining Inc. and San Jacinto River Waste Pits appeared to have washed away amid heavy flooding; the latter site was being considered for an $97 million EPA cleanup effort. “If floodwaters have spread the chemicals in the waste pits, then dangerous
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