Healing Hope Ministries

Helping families find hope after the death of a child.

how healing hope ministries started


Asher's Story

Asher was born on March 25, 2011 to Denny and Karri Allen. He was a very happy baby and so full of joy! He had beautiful red hair and bright blue eyes. He loved music so much that he figured out how to turn on the family radio and would listen/dance to 96.5 KNWC. Asher was a very good natured boy. He loved to greet his dad at the door every night with a big smile as Denny would come home from work. Asher also liked to play hard, especially outdoors with sticks and dirt. 

July 2, 2012 started out just like any other day. As Karri laid her 15-month old son, Asher, down for his afternoon nap, something seemed off to her. She stayed outside his door, listening as he cried himself to sleep. Except that isn’t what happened. Asher went completely silent and she knew something was deeply wrong. As she rushed into his room, she found Asher lifeless in the corner of his crib.

Their son died that day, and so began their grief journey. 

Their life quickly turned upside down and they weren't sure they could survive this. It is through their loss and sorrow that they found a retreat center in northern Minnesota that helped them through their grief. Attending this retreat showed them how to move forward and that someday they could find joy again as a family. After the retreat they were not fully healed, but they were different. Their eyes had been opened and their hearts had been changed. 

A few years later, God placed a call on their hearts to bring this healing retreat experience to South Dakota and all around the United States. On March 25, 2016, they founded Healing Hope Ministries. 


2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  

Board of directors

Kevin Baum

Garretson, SD

Kelly Drake

Brandon, SD

Andrew Heath

Troutman, North Carolina

Rick Melius

Brandon, SD

Terry Engelmann

Brandon, SD

Denny & Karri Allen

Alcester, SD

i can do all things through christ who strengthens me. -Phil. 4:13