The thing about pruning is that a branch gets cut off. If it's dead, it will stay dead. If it's alive it will continue to grow. Either way it's gone.
I'm chosing to ponder kids and faith off-line. If I've had a conversation with you, you know how to get hold of me. If you need something, and I can help, feel free to ask.
The Lord bless your labors of love.