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A Bittersweet Reunion – Fulton Update

Let me answer the question on all of your minds.  Yes, the weekly Life Lessons email will continue. This email has been the thread that wove Dawson’s life with ours. We’ve laughed, cried, and cheered with the McAllister family. We’ve prayed intensely for Fulton’s healing and praised the Lord for the victories. And his life lessons always seemed to apply to us as well.

Nothing can replace Dawson’s intimate stories about him and Fulton, but we can continue to celebrate and honor his life, his family, Fulton, and the ministry that was his life’s work.

Fulton Update

Dawson’s wife Ruth Hill provided the following update on Fulton.  The day after Dawson’s passing, Friday, December 18th, Ruth Hill, Gene and Addison received special permission to visit with Fulton in-person at the nursing home. This was a big deal. It was the first face-to-face visit, they had with Fulton since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place 8 months earlier.

The first few moments with Fulton were priceless. They were able to meet with him in a room full of family memories. A room where there had been birthday parties, holiday get-togethers, and other family celebrations held so Fulton could be a part of the festivities. Fulton was genuinely happy to see each of them and looked eagerly from Ruth Hill to Gene to Addison, taking in each face and expression. There were tears coming down his cheeks at seeing his family…possibly from joy at being with his family after such a length of time or maybe from knowing there was more to the visit. After a few moments of joy and reunion, they had the difficult task of sharing the news of Dawson’s passing with Fulton. He seemed to take it in stride and indicated he understood.

They played Dawson’s celebration of life service and Fulton was very engaged. He laughed during the funny stories about his father, and especially loved when his own name was mentioned, giving a thumbs up each time.

Since then, his nurses have told Ruth Hill that he is clearly grieving. Please continue your prayers for Fulton, Ruth Hill, Addison, and Gene and the rest of the McAllister family. It’s been a great loss to them and to us all, but praise the Lord, Dawson’s received the biggest promotion of his life and is in eternity with Jesus!

Next week, Life Lessons will be authored by Ruth Hill as she shares her last visit with Dawson right before surgery and the details surrounding his passing.

With Love,

Tim and TheHopeLine Staff

16 thoughts on “A Bittersweet Reunion – Fulton Update

  1. Thank you for continuing Life Lessons. We all feel like we know Dawson and Fulton as family. I was saddened when I read of Dawson’s passing, but more worried about Fulton and how he was going to handle his dad’s passing. I prayed but did not think I would know. Your family is special to me and again, thank you for thinking of us- your supporters and one family. We love you all.

  2. Thanks for the update Tim. Lisa and I are praying for the ministry, staff, Dawson’s wife and family. Dawson was one of kind!! An awesome friend!! I will miss him, his wisdom and insight!! God Bless!!!

  3. Thx for sharing Tim. I had tears of sadness and joy. We continue to pray daily for God’s healing hand on Dawson’s sweet family, you, and your ministry staff and friends.
    Believing for even greater opportunities to minister than ever before.
    Love y’all
    hk & ml

  4. Thank you for the update. Thinking of and praying for each one of the McAllister family at this difficult time of transition.

  5. Thanks for sharing Tim. How wonderful that Fulton’s family could see him and tell him of Dawson’s passing. That had to help Fulton, Ruth Hill, Gene and Addie. A light has went out in their lives and all of us who loved Dawson. Continued love and prayers. 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Thank you for sharing with us. Dawson’s family and the DM staff remain in my prayers. Life Lessons is very encouraging and it’s good to hear that it will continue! 💜

  7. Dear McAllister Family,
    My heart is there with all of you. When I miss listening to Dawson on Sunday night radio I get out one of the old journals I kept, with the marvelous testimonies of those young people and Dawson’s joy in hearing them.

    I’m so sorry for your great loss.

    Sincerely,

    Molly Parks in Arizona

  8. Thank you for sharing this post. As Dawson’s cousin, I’ve been concerned for his family and wondering how things are with them. I’m sure it was very hard for them to tell Fulton about his father’s home going. I still pray for them and love them all. Ann Bailey

  9. Thank you for continuing the “Life Lessons” portion of Dawson’s ministry. It has been a special part of my week. I’ve wondered how Fulton was doing since Dawson died. It’s good to have an answer to that question. I have continued to pray for Fulton and will include all of the family in my future prayers.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this information I have been thinking so much about Fulton and the rest of Dawson’s family. He spoke so much of them and we all prayed for his family members in their times when having health issues Just felt like family So totally miss his presence on the prayer show Rachel is doing a wonderful job but it must be so difficult for her as she misses her partner the both of them had a dynamic influence on everyone . Continued prayers for Dawson’s family and this wonderful ministry 🙏❤️

  11. Thanks Tim. This brings sadness to my heart to know how Fulton is grieving. The love he shared with his Father was very special and I know leaving Fulton would have been Dawson’s biggest regret, if he had known in advance what was going to happen. Yes, I will pray for Fulton and his family and the family of TheHopeLine ministry.🙏🏼❤️

  12. I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Dawson’s passing. His life was used by God to change the direction of so many. My heart goes out to Ruth, Fulton, Addison and Gene during this time of physical loss. I will continue to pray for them. A dear one just passed in our circle. I thought of Stephen’s experience in Acts 7:55-56. A man full of the Spirit (as Dawson was) saw the glory of God. He saw the heavens open up and the Son of Man. This is what I believe our friend as well as Dawson experienced in those first moments. May that ease some of the grief in Dawson’s passing. Our nation has lost a voice so needed in these times. But, we will trust God in His sovereignty even in this. Perhaps because of Dawson’s example many voices will take his place. Dawson would be pleased with that. Thank you for continuing to give us updates regarding his precious family.

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