“For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting Life.” John 3:16
Archive for the ‘Healing’ Category
On March 17, 2012, thirty nine beautiful, brave, and sometimes broken women converged in Houston, Texas. They came from all walks of life to walk together “Back to Life” for twenty one days. Inspired by the convener of the walk, Laura Allred, founder of Standard Bearers International and Captured Ministries, they are carrying a mandate to encourage their generation to a higher standard.
Laura is strengthened by her husband Gabriel Allred, who is the worship leader at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. Together, the two are powerful ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are grateful to God for His stirring in the hearts of the women who are banded together to walk “Back to Life.”
Each young woman, representing one year of the thirty-nine years of legalized abortion in America — are now walking the nearly 250 miles of open road for a 21-day trek from the nation’s largest Planned Parenthood center, located in Houston, Texas, to the courthouse in Dallas where Roe v Wade was born.
Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. was “blessed to be there to pray with the women and see them off on their journey.” King was joined by other “veteran prolife warriors” including local pastors and leaders, and national figures Attorney Allan and Susan Parker of The Justice Foundation, Lou and Therese Engle of THE CALL, and Rev. Arnold Culbreath of Protecting Black Life.
Reading from the book of 1Corinthians 13:8, Alveda told the women, some of whom had just shared their unique and compelling pro-life testimonies while standing in front of America’s largest Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Houston: “As you walk back to life, let love be the key to march you to victory. Love never fails.”
The walk will culminate on April 6, 2012 on the courthouse steps in Dallas, TX. The women will be met by prayer warriors and pro-life supporters from all over the country. That same day, Lou Engle will lead THE ESTHER CALL, a prayer movement calling women to repent for abortion and pray for healing.
Another great pro-life movie. A must see movie that opens in theatres March 23, 2012. See this movie and get all your friends to see this movie. You’ll laugh and cry. Visit www.octoberbabymovie.net for more information.
“Our world is full of abortion survivors, whether the procedure was attempted on them or not; thanks to OCTOBER BABY, we can begin to understand and minister to this massive wound among our youth. OCTOBER BABY is a major blessing to our movement!” – Father Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
“A great film, with a great message!” – Alex Kendrick, Director, COURAGEOUS
“Powerful, emotionally charged and worthy of every accolade the film industry has to offer. OCTOBER BABY will change you … just open your heart.” – Judie Brown, President, American Life League Author, The Broken Path
“OCTOBER BABY is a powerful witness to the beauty and significance of every life!” – Dr. Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union
I think that Charles Jones, who shared this with me on Facebook, makes a very valid point which many ignore or try to dismiss. Oro-choice advocates say that abortion is a wonam’s “choice” and men shouldn’t have a say. Men do suffer from abortions. Sometimes in diferent ways but also in a lot of the same ways. You can visit Silent No More Awareness Campaign to watch or read testimonies of men who have been hurt by abortion and are speaking up.
Through Rachel’s Vineyard, men, and women, can find the healing and forgiveness they seek.
Another good resource is Dads on Duty run by my good friend, Fred V-Man Watson.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2012
Contacts: Georgette Forney
Staten Island, NY – Jennifer O’Neill, actress, author, and spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, has been selected by Christian Women in Media to receive its 2012 Excellence in Communications Award.
Ms. O’Neill, the star of over 30 movies, has for years spoken on behalf of the women and men of the SNMAC, giving her testimony about the abortion she had while in her early twenties and the aftermath of pain and depression she suffered. With this award, she joins leaders such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Anne Graham Lotz, Janet Parshall, and Vonette Bright in being acknowledged by Christian Women in Media for excellence in national media.
“Jennifer O’Neill has always been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful and talented women,” stated SNMAC co-founder Janet Morana. “This award honors not just her abilities as a communicator, but also her compassion borne of faith. Jennifer is Silent No More because her love for God and her neighbor compel her to speak to and for the victims of the abortion industry.”
“I know this award is important not only to Jennifer, but also to the thousands of Silent No More women and men who have joined her in sharing their abortion testimonies,” added Georgette Forney, another SNMAC co-founder. “Her story is powerful because it dramatically expresses what so many across America have experienced – that the reason for having an abortion fades with time, the pain of an abortion does not.”
Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of SNMAC and National Director of Priests for Life, in commenting on the award said, “Jennifer O’Neill’s message resonates not because she’s a celebrity, but because she honestly shares the raw human pain of abortion and the amazing healing of Christ. She could easily spend her days enjoying the fruits of material success, but instead casts aside comfort in service to others. Christian Women in Media has made an outstanding selection.”
Since the launching of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,487 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,029 gatherings in 48 states and ten countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 67 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,430 testimonies posted here, with over 147 that are shared via video! An additional 2,314 women and 298 men who have not joined the Campaign have registered their regret.
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org
My daughter blessed me with this email message today. She does that sometimes… As I read the message of 75 things of 75 Reminders for Tough Times, three Bible verses come to mind. They don’t make the 75 things untrue, but make me stronger in walking them out. Also, reading 1-4 before reading the 75 shifts life’s perspectives. By the time the other 75 are read, we most likely will be breathing a whole lot easier. Be blessed.
1. “Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:8
2. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and don’t lean on or trust your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge G-D and HE will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5
3. “…but seek first God’s kingdom, and all these things [everything people work and slave so hard to attain] will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (It might be good to read this whole chapter today! I will!)
4. “For God so loved the world, that God gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) so that whoever believes on HIM will not perish, but will have everlasting life.” John 3-16
75 Reminders for Tough Times
When life gets stressful, we often forget the things we should remember, and remember the things we should forget.
Here are 75 reminders to help motivate you when you need it most.
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
1. You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have.
2. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
3. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
4. Nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect. Nobody has it easy. You never know what people are going through. Every one of us has issues. So don’t belittle yourself or anyone else. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.
5. Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you’re alive and full of potential.
6. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. (Read Unstoppable.)
7. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
8. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Let it go.
9. Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small. Start now.
10. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
11. Never let success get to your head, and never let failure get to your heart.
12. You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.
13. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
14. You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
15. Give up worrying about what others think of you. What they think isn’t important. What is important is how you feel about yourself.
16. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
17. When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.
18. You have to accept that some things will never be yours, and learn to appreciate the things that are only yours.
19. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one in the world who’s struggling, who’s frustrated, or unsatisfied, or barely getting by. But that feeling is a lie. And if you just hold on, someone will find you and help make it better. Because we all need a little help sometimes – someone to help us hear the music in our world. To remind us that it won’t always be this way. That someone is out there right now.
20. Don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone. Some of your best life experiences and opportunities will transpire only after you dare to lose.
21. Sometimes we accidentally allow small problems to escalate and dominate our lives. If we get overcharged a few cents, it is irritating, but don’t let it ruin your day. There will always be small issues that irritate us; the secret is to be able to give them the miniscule level of importance they deserve.
22. Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go. (Read The Dip.)
23. Ask yourself whether each of your relationships drags you down or lifts you up. Surrounding yourself with positive, loving people is half the battle of living a happy, successful life.
24. Spend more time with those who make you smile and less time with those who you feel pressured to impress.
25. There are few joys in life that equal a good conversation, a good read, a good walk, a good hug, a good smile, or a good friend.
26. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future for too long. Right now is life. Live it.
27. No matter how cautiously you choose your words, someone will always twist them around and misinterpret what you say. So just say what you need to say.
28. In order to be creative, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
29. Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck.
30. To be great does not mean you have to dominate others. It means you have to dominate your own potential.
31. If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks. That’s how dreams are achieved.
32. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
33. Forgiveness is one of the primary keys to happiness.
34. The best revenge is happiness, because nothing drives your adversaries more insane than seeing you smile.
35. Stay positive when negativity surrounds you. Smile when others frown. It’s an easy way to make a difference.
36. If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Don’t bother reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
37. Don’t regret intimate relationships that don’t work out. Because they will only help you find the right partner for you, and better appreciate them for everything they do and everything they are.
38. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.
39. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done. And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.
40. Never lie – not even a white lie! When you steer away from the truth, you steer away from your soul. Be honest, be real and tell the truth. This awareness forces you to make better choices and be a stronger person.
41. Feelings, good and bad, always come and go.
42. Don’t get caught up in wasted potential from years past. Potential is all we ever have.
43. We are not alone. No matter how bizarre or embarrassed or pathetic we feel about our own situation, there will be others out there experiencing the same emotions. When you hear yourself say “I am all alone,” it is your mind trying to sell you a lie so you will continue to feel sorry for yourself.
44. It is okay to be angry. It is never okay to be cruel.
45. Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
46. Mistakes teach you important lessons. Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal. The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
47. Money is a renewable resource. If you lose some money, don’t sweat it. You can always make more. However, if you spend valuable time stressing over money, or lost opportunity, you’ll never get that time back. Time is more valuable than money – time is the greatest constituent of life.
48. Never let people know that they got to you. Ignore them. Hold your head up high and pretend all their negative remarks don’t even phase you, and someday they actually won’t.
49. There is nothing to hold you back except you. And there is only one question to ask yourself: “What would you do if you were not afraid?” Think about it.
50. Life is way more enjoyable when you stop trying to be cool and simply focus on being yourself.
51. It’s often hard to tell just how close you are to success.
52. When you spend time worrying, you’re simply using your imagination to create things you don’t want.
53. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win.
54. You must see things how they are instead of how you hoped, wished, or expected them to be.
55. Even when you feel like you have nothing, someone else likely has far less. Find them and help them. You’ll see why.
56. Laughter is the best medicine for stress. Laugh at yourself often. Find the humor in whatever situation you’re in.
57. If you want to feel rich, just count all the great things you have that money can’t buy.
58. Forgiving yourself is far more important than getting others to forgive you.
59. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
60. You can press forward long after you can’t. It’s just a matter of wanting it bad enough.
61. It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance. You’ll rarely be 100% sure it will work. But you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work. Sometimes you just have to go for it!
62. If it were easy everyone would do it. This is why get rich quick schemes will never be true. If it was so quick and easy then everyone would be millionaires. Accomplishing great things is hard work, but well worth it.
63. Notice and cherish life’s surprises. Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for.
64. Be vulnerable. Allow yourself to feel, to be open and authentic. Tear down any emotional brick walls you have built around you and feel every exquisite emotion, both good and bad. This is real life. This is how you welcome new opportunities.
65. You must create and look for opportunities. Opportunities rarely ever come knocking on the door of someone who’s not seeking them. You have to create and seek opportunities for yourself. You have to take the initiative to get the ball rolling and the doors opening.
66. If it’s out of your control, why fret about it? Concentrating on things you can control is how you make good things happen.
67. Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities. (Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.)
68. No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible. Or they may incessantly suggest that the idea or dream as a whole is utterly ridiculous because nobody really cares. When you come across these people, don’t try to reason with them. Instead, forget that they exist. They will only waste your time and energy.
69. If you spend 80% of your time focusing on the problem and only 20% on the solution, what do you think is going to happen?
70. No matter how badly you think your life may be going, or how messed up you think you are, there is at least one thing you are doing right in your life or you wouldn’t be alive reading this.
71. A problem is a chance for you to learn.
72. The greatest struggle is to be something different from what the average man is.
73. In times of great stress, it’s always wise to keep busy, to plow your anger and frustration into something positive.
74. One thing is for sure: Regardless of the situation, life goes on.
75. Everyone wants a perfect ending. But over the years I’ve learned that some of the best poems don’t rhyme, and many great stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, or end. Life is about not knowing, embracing change, and taking a moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next.
You wanna know who’s awesome? Read the first word of this line again.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 17, 2012
Contact: Leslie Palma
Jacquie Stalnaker’s boyfriend drove her to an abortion clinic with a gun on the floor of the car. He told her their baby would die that day, or that both she and the baby would. When she came out of the clinic afterward, he was nowhere to be found and never seen again. She collapsed on the street, lost half the blood in her body, and subsequently survived recurring stage-four uterine cancer and the removal of a 25-pound tumor.
She had aborted the only child she would ever conceive, and she lived with her secret for decades.
But now this former Miss West Virginia, former national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, and current executive director for Ignatius Productions is Silent No More, and is an invited speaker at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan. 21.
“It took me 22 years to be able to speak out about it,” said Ms. Stalnaker, a resident of Birmingham, Ala., and a regional coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “Now I talk about it everywhere I go.”
To see a video of Ms. Stalnaker discussing her abortion and its aftermath, go to http://bit.ly/wlktss
The eighth annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, when Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More, and 14 women and men who are part of the campaign will share their testimonies.
Ms. Stalnaker will be one of the speakers at a rally to begin at 12:30 p.m. The Walk, along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, will begin at 1:30 p.m. For information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com.
“What we often say is that experience trumps rhetoric,” said Mrs. Forney, a Pennsylvania resident. “People can talk about the right to choose but it is time to hear about the real consequences of the choice. We also want others who are hurting after abortion to know they are not alone, help is available. That is why we are Silent No More.”
For more on the campaign, visit www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.Org. To arrange an interview with Ms. Stalnaker, Mrs. Forney or anyone from the Silent No More team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-286-7277.
Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of
the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: Silent No More Awareness Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 3, 2012
Contact: Andre Kim
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign today unveiled a new website designed to make its three-fold mission immediately understandable and accessible.
The top of the page at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org features buttons for women who are pregnant and need help, for those who are suffering from the pain of a past abortion and need healing, and for those who want to become more involved in reaching out to pregnant women and mothers and fathers who have experienced abortion.
“When we launched our first site in 2003, we wanted to make sure it had all the information we wanted to get out,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “The new site makes sure we are reaching all the people we want to share that information with. The connection with those we’re trying to reach is more obvious.”
Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life, said the updated look of the new site helps make it much more user friendly.
“It allows visitors to clearly and quickly get to wherever they want to go,” Mrs. Morana said.
The testimonies of women and men who regret their past abortions have always been a popular draw for site visitors, and are still readily accessible. A new “Featured Story of the Day,” brings visitors to the testimony section, which also can be accessed from the “Stories” button at the top of the page.
“The voices of the men and women who have had abortions, and have come to regret it, are the most powerful weapons we have in our fight to end abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and National Director of Priests for Life.
Proof of the Silent No More web site’s power came with a phone call to the campaign office the day before New Year’s Eve. Mrs. Forney answered a call from a mother of three who said she had an appointment to abort her fourth child the following day. After reading some of the testimonies, she realized “She didn’t want to have the regret these women suffer from. And she was concerned that, although she is always able to forgive others, she might not ever be able to forgive herself.”
By the end of their conversation, the woman realized she didn’t need to “depend on abortion” to solve the challenges the unplanned pregnancy presented. She told Mrs. Forney she was canceling her appointment.
“As we unveil this website, we invite all groups and Churches to use it as a key resource for help after abortion and for strength to those who might otherwise make that mistake,” Father Pavone said.
Visit the new site at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To reach the office by phone, call 1-800-707-6635 or 1-888-735-3448.
Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!
My name is Jesus – The Christ. Many call me Lord! I’ve sent you my resume because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
• I founded the earth and established the heavens, (Proverbs 3:19).
• I formed man from the dust of the ground, (Genesis 2:7).
• I breathed into man the breath of life, (Genesis 2:7).
• I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (Galatians 3:13).
• The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (Galatians 3:14).
• I’ve only had one employer, (Luke 2:49).
• I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
• My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (Matthew 3:17).
Skills & Work Experiences
• Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:18).
• Most importantly, I have the authority, ability, and power to cleanse you of your sins, (I John 1:7-9).
• I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (Proverbs 2:6).
• In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (Colossians 2:3).
• My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (Psalms 119:105).
• I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (Psalms 44:21).
• I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (Genesis 1:26).
• I laid down my life so that you may live, (1 John 3:16).
• I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (Colossians 2:15).
• I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
• There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
• Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance, (Romans 10:9-10).
Now that you’ve read my resume, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (Hebrews 3:15).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 14, 2011
Contact: Andre Kim
Fr. Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Rachel’s Vineyard, issued the following statement today after Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (Galveston-Houston), Cardinal Sean O’Malley (Boston), and Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Washington, DC) addressed this morning’s meeting of the United States Catholic Bishops regarding the topic of healing after abortion:
We at Rachel’s Vineyard and Priests for Life are grateful for the strong affirmation today, on the part of the bishops, that nobody who has committed abortion should be afraid to approach God and the Church for reconciliation and healing.
As the largest ministry in the Catholic Church for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, which operates under the umbrella of Priests for Life, is a key resource for the Church’s Project Rachel ministry. Some 70 dioceses in the United States alone utilize Rachel’s Vineyard as part of (or in some cases their only) ministry of healing after abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard, as an interdenominational ministry, also serves other Christian Churches with its retreat program.
This year, Rachel’s Vineyard will have completed close to a thousand retreats worldwide for both women and men who have suffered from abortion.
In the year ahead, we look forward to continued growth, not only with retreats but with training for priests, counselors, and other professionals based on the research and teaching of Rachel’s Vineyard founder Dr. Theresa Burke and her husband Kevin, and the other pastoral resources provided by Priests for Life.
Along with more training, the bishops have also called for increased efforts to get the word out to the tens of millions of people in need of this healing. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life), the world’s largest mobilization of men and women who have experienced healing after abortion, is one of the ways to do this. Their testimonies, shared in Churches, at public rallies, and in the media, evoke in the hearts of those who are alienated from the Church the confidence that they can return and find the peace for which they long. The Campaign is gearing up for a large public gathering in conjunction with the January March for Life in Washington and Walk for Life in San Francisco.
In addition to this statement, Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries also issued a statement clarifying the distinction and complementarity between “Rachel’s Vineyard” and “Project Rachel.” That statement accompanies this release.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priests for Life.
Rachel’s Vineyard: A Healing Gift to the Church
By Fr Frank Pavone
Pastoral Director and Chairman of the Board of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries
A voice was heard in Ramah: wailing and great mourning. Rachel was crying for her children. She refused to be comforted, because they no longer existed. –Matthew 2:18
Many post abortion ministries have a reference to “Rachel” in their title which points to a biblical passage from Jeremiah concerning the exile of God’s people and later found in Matthew’s Gospel in the tragic account of the slaughter of the first born males in Bethlehem by Herod’s soldiers. For those ministering to mothers and fathers after abortion, this reference to the loud cries of wailing and grief at the loss of the innocent children of Bethlehem became a powerful biblical metaphor calling the Christian community to offer the healing of Christ for all who have participated in the death of the unborn.
Two prominent post abortion ministries share the name Rachel. Project Rachel is a name of the official post abortion outreach of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a number of Dioceses use this umbrella term as the name of their offices that offer post abortion services. There are other post abortion ministries that operate in other Diocesan offices, such as Family Life or Respect Life, or as part of the Catholic Charities outreach. There are countless independent post abortion ministries operating with varying degrees of collaboration with their local diocese. Within the interdenominational community, we find a similar diversity of post abortion ministries and programs.
Rachel’s Vineyard: A Ministry of Service to God’s People
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people. – Matthew 20:28
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries (RVM) features a weekend healing retreat for post abortion healing found in 33 countries with the retreat manual translated into 14 languages. In addition RVM, drawing from its extensive experience of 15 years in international post abortion ministry, offers the latest in training and resources to those ministering to anyone wounded by abortion. At the heart of the mission of RVM is being at the service to those churches, faith communities and ministries called to bring the healing of Christ to those wounded by abortion.
Whether a Project Rachel ministry in a US diocese or an interdenominational community overseas, the heart of the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard is one of service offering our experience, programs and resources to empower post abortion ministries to better serve God’s people.