We are excited to bring the Respite Retreat to Ireland in conjunction with David and Nancy Guthrie


We are excited to bring the Respite Retreat to Ireland in conjunction with David and Nancy Guthrie

Suzanne and Colin Cooper went to Nancy and David's Respite Retreat in Nashville in June 2019. Our son Matthew died age 17 years old in February 2013. We benefited from the care, teaching and practical help we received at the weekend.

It is our desire to run a similar retreat in Ireland for couples who have lost children. David and Nancy kindly agreed to come over to Ireland and host this evening.


Colin writes "We found the retreat a great blessing, help and support and made many new friends who understood the pain of losing a child."

Colin has worked as Pastor in Northern Ireland since 2003; pastoring Knockconny Baptist Church (11 years) and for 2.5 years in a church planting role at Craigavon Baptist Church. He regularly supports other churches in evangelism, this includes encouraging church leaders and providing training seminars on evangelism in local churches. He also offers counselling to people in need in the wider community as a BACP counsellor. 

Susanne has taught in both primary and secondary schools since leaving Stanmilllis College. She has also lead and spoke at Women's Bible Studies over many years in local Baptist Churches.


Nancy and her husband, David, have a twenty-something son, Matt, and have had two children, a daughter, Hope, and a son, Gabriel, who were born with a rare genetic disorder called Zellweger Syndrome and each lived six months.

Nancy offered many of the lessons she learned from this sorrowful experience in her 2002 book, Holding On to Hope: A Pathway of Suffering to the Heart of God. She regularly hears from readers who have been touched by the book from all around the world as the book has been translated into German, Danish, Norwegian, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Since then, Nancy has continued to write books that reflect her compassion for hurting people and her passion for applying God's Word to real life. Her desire to grow in her understanding of God's Word has prompted her to pursue graduate work in theological studies. She and her husband, David, host weekend Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child. She speaks regularly at conferences nationally and internationally, and is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition including hosting the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast.

After more than 20 years with Word Music, David Guthrie launched the very first “church musical publisher just for kids,” Little Big Stuff Music! find out more about David by visiting www,littlebigstuff.com.

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