Beth Chapman Speaks at South Florida Church on Mother's Day
For Mother’s Day, The Source Church had two special guests who spoke to the congregation. Beth and Duane “Dog” Chapman had a speaking engagement at the church.
At the event, Beth spoke in public for the first time since her cancer diagnosis about being a single mother.
On Sunday, Beth and her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman attended the Mother’s Day service at The Source Church in Bradenton, South Florida. There Beth opened up about her journey as a single mother and becoming a famous reality star.
Her testimony was broadcast live on the church’s Facebook page and also shared on the YouTube account. The reality star, who is currently battling cancer, shared with the congregation about being a young mother at 17.
She was also unmarried and at the time her family was a part of the Mennonite church. The star opened up about how her strict, religious upbringing had led her to rebel.
The former star of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” shared how her mother sat her down with a group of elders in her church after she found out she was pregnant. The elders wanted her to apologize to the entire congregation for the pregnancy.
Instead, she chose to take a different path by moving away from her family in order to deliver her child. She explained how she felt more comfortable in moving away from a group of people she felt were judgmental.
Beth told the church:
“Nobody means to go out and shame a single mother, they just feel that. It’s harder for them to get by, it’s harder for them to get a place to live, it’s harder for them to feed their child. It’s hard. And they feel shame and they feel depressed and a lot of people have lots of guilty feelings because of the things they can not give their children. I was one of those.”
The reality star, who now features with her husband on “Dog’s Most Wanted,” revealed that at one point she felt unqualified to give advice to people who may be going through some of the same challenges she overcame. Her moment of realization was when she woke up to the fact that her experience made her a great role model.
She confessed to the church that she now lived to help people more than ever before. Beth also alluded to having stopped her chemotherapy treatments and relying on her faith instead.
She admitted that having cancer again was her “ultimate lesson,” compared to being in jail, facing addiction, and losing a child. The reality star confessed that her cancer battle had presented the ultimate test of her faith.
“This is the ultimate test of faith. It is the evidence of things hoped for, and it is the substance of things not known. And although chemotherapy is not my bag, people, sorry, that’s not for me. So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith.”
Two weeks ago, the church took to their Facebook page to announce to the congregation that Beth and Duane would be their guest speakers for the special day.