Friday, March 18, 2011

SBU Alumna and her Sister to Share Inspirational Story

SBU Alumna and her Sister to Share Inspirational Story

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

OKLAHOMA CITYIt was only supposed to take a few hours to scout out a good canoe route. But when James Brill and Scott Nesbitt weren't back in time for dinner, their wives, sisters Heather and Holly Wall, started to pray. They didn't stop—even when the bodies of their beloved husbands turned up a day later in the rushing river.

Southwest Baptist University alumna, Heather (Wall) Gilion, a 1999 graduate, and her sister, Holly (Wall) Snell, will be in Bolivar on Sunday, March 27, to share their story of faith in the midst of tragedy. They will be sharing at the 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. services at the First Assembly of God, and the public is invited to attend.

Holly and Heather

According to the publisher, their new book, Dancing On My Ashes is a true story that details the painful passage of two young widows out of the ashes and into their dance with the Almighty God. When tragedy strikes, we often discover that we have been living with a false sense of who God is. Dancing On My Ashes is a call to stop living wounded and accept the presence of God's hand in our lives.

Gilion, is a speaker, worship leader, and author. She lives in Ozark, Mo., with her husband, Dallas, and their precious sons, Noah and Zachariah. 

Snell and her husband, Aaron, have three children: Emma, Malachi, and Ava. She is a speaker, writer, and singer. Holly and Heather can also be heard on the Kids’ Left Behind Drama Series.

James Brill was a 2000 SBU graduate.

For more information regarding March 27, call the church office at (417) 326-6006. First Assembly of God is located at 1320 S. Springfield Avenue across from SBU’s main entrance in Bolivar, Mo.

Gilion also will be in the area for a book signing on April 16, at CPO (Christian Publisher's Outlet) in Springfield, Mo., from 11 ‑ 2pm.

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