We’re pleased to introduce you to our friends Gerard and Jeannie Long. Their story will shatter you and give you hope.
We’ve known Gerard for many years, formerly as the Executive Director of Alpha USA and more recently as President of Awakening to God Ministries (ATG). They launched ATG with the vision of reaching millions of people with a bigger vision of God’s love, power and purpose. As you will see, God has worked an unusual story into their lives and they’re sharing from completely broken hearts.
Gerard and Jeannie said recently, “We sense God has called us to now share our unbelievable story of pain and suffering, to pass on the comfort and love we’ve experienced and to comfort all those who are suffering.”In 1980, Gerard had a dramatic encounter with God. Gerard and Jeannie married in 1981 and both felt called to serve in a church in North London where Gerard served as a bi-vocational pastor for 17 years. During this time Gerard continued to work in the banking and finance industry and Jeannie stayed at home to raise their three children.
By 2001, the Longs had moved from their beloved England to the USA. God had blessed them with a strong marriage, three precious children—their pride and joy, a beautiful home in a Chicago suburb and Gerard’s successful career as an international banker. They were ‘on top of the world.’
Then, the unimaginable happened.
At the end of 2005, they came face-to-face with evil. Alex, their precious youngest son (17), and a very talented athlete, was attacked through cyber-bullying and witchcraft. Choosing the wrong friends, he ended up taking a drug and, becoming delusional, he committed suicide.
Then, in 2014, Rebecca the family’s beautiful eldest child and only daughter (32), also a champion runner, drowned in a tragic accident in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan while out training.
During that same eight year period, two of Gerard’s three siblings and one of Jeannie’s nephews also died.
After Alex’s suicide in 2005, with her heart broken, Jeannie was consumed with ending her own life. Shortly after asking God to take her home, her intestines double knotted due to the overwhelming grief, and she had to have life-saving surgery.
Struggling to reconcile how a loving God could allow such evil to come upon them, Jeannie lost her faith for a season. And then, after her faith in God recovered and as Jeannie deepened her relationship with her beautiful daughter who was living with them, Jeannie once again faced unbelievable pain and suffering after the death of Rebecca. Jeannie decided to take her own life but was amazingly rescued by a divine encounter with God.
While suffering intense grief himself, Gerard’s faith was tested to the limit as their marriage headed for a break-down. Gerard’s loving devotion to Jeannie helped to bring her back from the brink of death. To God be the glory, their marriage triumphed through God’s grace and mercy.
Over the last ten years, Gerard and Jeannie have experienced unbelievable pain and suffering, but also they’ve received deep comfort, fellowship and insights from God that they now want to pass on to anyone who is suffering. They feel particularly called to share faith, hope and love with the brokenhearted, the depressed, the suicidal and those suffering from the suicide of a loved one. They also are called to encourage married couples and those interested in the after-life (i.e. what happens when you die). They have many treasures to pass on, including the main thing you must do when your world falls apart, namely to be a regular visitor at the throne of grace where you can receive everything you need to keep going. Gerard explains how he met with God at the throne of grace in their latest video, A source of unconditional Love.
Gerard and Jeannie are now sharing the things God has shown them while on their journey through the valley of Baca (or the valley of weeping, Psalm 84:6). Their story includes teachings on suffering, God’s unfailing love, grace and calling, eternity, the triumph of marriage, the bride of Christ, a divine encounter and the love and prayers of family and friends.
ChurchGrowth.org is delighted to be offering resources that Gerard has written and produced over the years, shown below. The book Awakening to God was about to be released just as they received the news about Rebecca. As you’ll read in the Epilogue, Gerard wanted the book to still be released for an unexpected and very powerful reason.
Gerard and Jeannie have produced many video messages including a Heaven and Eternity series and a new Triumph of Marriage series, all available for free viewing at AwakeningtoGod.org
To learn more about Gerard and Jeannie and to hear them tell their story in more detail, watch the 8 minute video on their website, CLICK HERE and then click on the first video at the top of their homepage.
© 2016 Gerard and Jeannie Long. Used by permission.
The resources shown here are from Gerard Long…
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