Dec 5, 2023
A parent’s worst nightmare. That’s what Gerard Long and his
wife, Jeannie, endured in 2005 when their son, Alex, committed
suicide. And, inconceivably, it wouldn’t be their last nightmare.
Their daughter, Rebecca, was killed in an accident in 2014.
How did the Longs bounce back from their pair of
life-shattering crucibles? Not quickly. And not easily. The trauma
of the events nearly ripped their marriage in two, but as Gerard
tells Warwick, they both found their way back to their faith –
which not only helped them make sense of the tragedies, but create
a life of greater significance and impact in their aftermath.
Out of their pain the Longs created Awakened to God
Ministries, where they carry out a mission close to their
now-healed hearts: Showing others who’ve suffered hard times and
loss that God can take the worst things that happen to us turn them
As Gerard explains, “Everything that God permits us to go
through in our lives is preparation for what He’s got for us later