Comforter Ministry - My Story
I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the fall of 1996. Friends and family surrounded me with their love, support, and prayers. One particular gift of love, a quilted comforter, was of special comfort to me both physically and emotionally. Whenever I was wrapped in it I felt as though I was wrapped in the love and arms of my Comforter, the source of all comfort, my loving God.
In the summer of 2002 I learned that a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt compelled to send her my comforter. She, too, would be wrapped in the love of the comforter as I had been. The words of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 prompted me to consider sharing my comforter. It was not that I hadn't previously learned of others having cancer, and not that I had not felt compassion at those times, but I truly felt God prompting me to do what He was laying on my heart. It was immediate, convicting, and I obeyed quickly. Having received God's compassion and comfort in such a tangible way through the comforter given to me when I had my cancer, this moved me to hold out God's compassion and gift of comfort to another, by sending my comforter to my friend with cancer.
Shortly after this, I received a phone call from another friend who shared with me that she was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt heartsick that I didn't have another comforter to send her so that she, too, could enjoy this tangible, "wrapped in God's love" experience as I had.
The more I thought and prayed about this spiritual tie between a comforter made of human hands and the work of the Holy Spirit as Comforter/Counselor, the more I felt the Lord leading me to start the Comforter Ministry. My desire is that this ministry can also serve as a mission endeavor through the journal that accompanies each comforter. The journal shares the gospel message of my Savior Jesus Christ, and the love, peace, and comfort that belong to those who believe in Him. I am praying that this ministry will be a blessing to all who participate in it.
In Christ's Love,
May I introduce myself...
My name is Susanne (Su) Hanson. I officially founded the Comforter Ministry in 2005. My husband and I have been married for over 45 years and have raised three children. We have four sweet grandchildren, as well. I am a cancer survivor, having had ovarian cancer in 1996. I am blessed to live my grace-filled days with thanksgiving, praying I will be able to help comfort those in any trouble with the comfort I myself have received from God.