Today’s guest post is from a friend of mine, Cheryle. God has used her to birth an amazing and powerful ministry – healed. She has a very special message for all women’s ministry leaders.
Dear Director of Women’s Ministry,
I visited your church last Sunday and enjoyed meeting your pastor and several of the women in your Women’s Group. Everyone was super nice and invited me to attend your upcoming “Mother’s Day Tea”. I’m still praying about whether or not to come. See, there is something you all don’t know about me. Sure, I could stand to lose a few pounds, but other than that I might look absolutely normal to you. But I’m not! Mother’s Day is so hard for me because I had an abortion. Even typing the word makes me so embarrassed. I’ve kept this a secret for 24 years because I’m sure everyone would look down on me, especially church people. Your pastor’s sermon on forgiveness was really great, but he didn’t mention my secret sin. I’m not sure if it is even forgivable. I know I could never forgive myself.
I also heard about the women’s Bible studies you offer…..just curious, are there any studies about this topic? Oh, how I long to feel loved and forgiven…to be set free from my imprisonment! The shame and guilt weigh me down and make me very sad. I would never be able to tell you about this face to face, in fact, nobody in my family even knows. Are there other women like me in your church? Can you help me?
Please let women know that millions of women have had abortions (even some of the ladies in your church). Also, there is a wonderful Bible study called Forgiven and Set Free, which has been effectively ministering God’s healing grace to women who are suffering remorse and guilt after an abortion. I would love to tell you more about this ministry and help you offer this study at your church. Click here to find an abortion recovery ministry in your area.
From my “healed.” heart,
“healed.” Ministry Director
Cheryle is a wife and mother who found forgiveness through Forgiven and Set Free Bible study at the age of 50. She has a powerful testimony of God’s redemption and grace. She shares how only He could take her ugly past and turn it into something beautiful. Pointing women to the cross of Christ for forgiveness from a past abortion is her passion.