Everything real, deep, and meaningful always happens in the context of relationship. We were all made to be in community. Holy Spirit is faithful to bring healing, breakthrough, and truth in intimacy with Him, but in my experience, it takes a community to walk it out.
For women who have suffered from the pain of abortion, community is essential. One of the most difficult obstacles a woman faces after an abortion decision is the choice to either remain silent and alone or share her broken heart with a willing and helpful vessel. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult decision. Most post-abortive women choose to remain in the shadows.
This is why, WE as the church have to take the first step toward the broken women in our lives. Sometimes it takes hearing another woman’s testimony or a demonstration of unconditional love BEFORE she will divulge any intimate information about her past.
I interviewed my dear friend Wendy Giancola to seek wisdom on how we as the church can take this first step. Again, perhaps in your church, it means allowing a post-abortive woman to share her testimony publicly or preaching on forgiveness about abortion. These are both great first steps, but even when we take these steps, what will we do next when women come to the altar? We have to provide safe relationships for them to walk out their healing. Discipleship brings recovery! Click To Tweet
Wendy is the post-abortion recovery director at Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center in Washington D.C and author of Transforming Your Story: A Path to Healing After Abortion. She meets with women one-on-one and leads post-abortion recovery small groups on a weekly basis. She has also experienced first hand what it takes to walk free from the trauma of abortion.
As many pregnancy centers do, Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center offers Post-Abortion Recovery groups for women to walk out their healing journey within a safe community. Miraculously there are also many churches starting post-abortion recovery groups! I am incredibly thankful that we can refer women to pregnancy centers for help, but wouldn’t it also be amazing to have safe communities for post-abortive women within our own walls?
These are just 6 important things to remember, but there is so much more you can learn before embarking on your journey. I encourage you to read my book, Created to Live: Becoming the Answer for an Abortion-Free Community. I will equip you with essential tools and understanding needed to walk alongside a post-abortive woman as well as how to communicate your passion to your local community.
It may also be helpful for you and the women you are meeting with to go through a post-abortion recovery book or study as a guide.
Here are a few great ones:
If you are praying about starting a group or ministering to women one-on-one, I would love to pray for you! Go to my contact page and send me a message!
I am believing God for great testimonies!