Couple uses loss to help children in West Africa

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Ron and Nan Deal came back to Jonesboro this weekend to visit their home church, Southwest Church of Christ, for the first time since their son Connor pasted away. The community welcomed them with open arms, embracing a couple that is using their loss to help others.

"Coming back has been like coming home," said Ron Deal. Home to a place that holds so many memories.

"His fingerprints are all over this building," said Nan Deal.

"We're seeing all of his old friends that are all so grown and we wonder what he would look like," said Ron Deal.

Sunday the couple shared their story. "On the 21st of February 2009, we laid him in the ground and it got very, very silent, and I hated it," said Nan Deal.

But the couple was determined to keep their son's legacy alive. "When a child dies, you want to find their voice. You want to make sure who they were has not be forgotten," said Ron Deal.

It was an emotional event that had many grabbing for the tissues. But something is now bringing the couple hope. Six months ago, the couple said God led them to partner with "Touch A Life" and Meg Bourn of Art Seeds to start up Connor's Song. It is a ministry whose soul purpose is to help rescue and rehabilitate children who have been victims of child slavery in Ghana, West Africa.

"Connor was a singer and I feel like he is singing over these kids in Africa," said Ron Deal.

It's a ministry that has helped the couple cope with their tragic loss. "In finding a legacy for Connor, it has been one tiny step towards hope and healing," said Nan Deal.

In just six months, the couple has already raised around 50 thousand dollars, and plan to build Connor's Creative Arts Center in Ghana. It will not only be a place for creativity, but recovery.

If you would like to help donate to Connor's Song, you can go to and click on Connor's Song.  You can also donate through  Just click donate and be sure type it's for Connor's Song in the memo section.

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