Hannah’s and Connor’s Stories
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Brad and Jill SullivanBrad and Jill’s daughter, Hannah, went to Heaven on February 26, 2009, at the age of 17. She battled her brain cancer for one year with grace and without fear, accepting it as “her storm” … her opportunity to bring glory to God. Brad is a school superintendent and Jill is a speech pathologist. They enjoy hiking, kayaking, and spending time with their daughter Bethany.
Nan DealNan Deal is the co-founder of Connor's Song, a non-profit organization that she and her husband founded in honor of their son Connor Lee Deal who died at the age of 12 in 2009. In cooperation with the Touch A Life Foundation, Connor's Song run Connor Creative Art Center in Ghana, West Africa, a facility that provides hope and healing through art therapy for almost 100 trafficked children rescued from the fishing industry in Ghana. Nan, a school teacher, and her husband, Ron, live in Little Rock,...more
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
Hear the stories of two children, Hannah Sullivan and Connor Deal, who both lost their lives to illness. Their parents, Brad and Jill Sullivan and Ron and Nan Deal, share the stories of their precious children and the hope they have in the Lord of seeing them again.
Hannah’s and Connor’s Stories
Bob: Sorrow, and loss, and grief are a part of life on earth; and yet, as the Bible reminds us as Christians, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We still grieve, but our hearts are comforted by the fact that we have a hope in Christ.
Ron and Nan Deal, Brad and Jill Sullivan have shared with us today their experience as parents who have walked through the unbearable loss of a child. I’m thinking back to an interview that Dave and Ann Wilson did a month ago with Levi and Jennie Lusko about the loss of a child. In fact, they’ve written on that in a book called Through the Eyes of a Lion: Facing Impossible Pain, Finding Incredible Power. We have that book available in our FamilyLife Today Resource Center; you can go to FamilyLifeToday.com to order a copy, or you can call 1-800-FL-TODAY. Again, the website is FamilyLifeToday.com; look for Levi Lusko’s book, Through the Eyes of a Lion. Or call to order at 1-800-358-6329; that’s 1-800-“F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then the word, “TODAY.”
By the way, if you’d like more information about the retreats that the Sullivans host for grieving parents, you can go to our website, FamilyLifeToday.com. We have a link to the Sullivans’ website, and all of the information is available for you there.
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We hope you can be with us, again, tomorrow when we’re going to hear more from Brad and Jill Sullivan about how God prompted them to comfort other grieving parents with the comfort they have received from Him. They’ll share about the retreats that they’re doing for couples tomorrow. I hope you can tune in for that.
On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. Join us, again, tomorrow for another edition of FamilyLife Today.
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