Needed: More post-abortive women (and men) to share their stories.
If you are a post-abortive woman (or man) willing to share your story, there is no better place to do it than in front of our GAP display. You can reach more people in one day on campus than in a whole year at your church. You can reach people who really need you. And who better than you to warn students of the consequences of “choice?”
Here is an essay from Debbie Picarello, someone just like you who is deeply committed to helping others find healing from their abortions. Read about her in student newspapers at the U of Central Florida (link here) and the U of South Florida (link here). In addition to standing with us on campus, she also volunteers with Deeper Still, one of our favorite post-abortion healing ministries. We pray that God will send us more like her. Perhaps He will send you!
Hope and Healing on Campus
by Debbie Picarello
I was in college when I had my abortion. Living without my child and living with the consequences of my “choice,” I have had a deep desire to reach men and women in this age group. Guttmacher estimates that half of all abortions are performed on women of college age, so the college campus is ground-zero for either preventing abortions or ministering to those already wounded.
My recent mission trip to Florida with the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) was my most productive to date. At the GAP displays, I set up a Deeper Still post-abortion healing table a few yards away from the display. My sign says, “I’ve had an abortion, you can ask me anything.” At the University of South Florida, I was approached by so many post abortive women and men, I lost count.
Stories from the men and women varied. Some regretted their decision to abort and wanted information about healing. Some tried to justify why they don’t yet regret their abortions. Others were somewhere in between. It was interesting to hear people share how, over time, it has become harder and harder to justify their “choice,” because it hurts. They hurt.
Some said that because I had an abortion, I was the only one who could speak authoritatively on the subject. I know that is not true, because abortion is still takes the life of a pre-born child, whether or not the mother feels regret over it. Nevertheless, that was the sentiment of a lot of students that stopped by the Deeper Still table. There is great power in testimony, especially the testimony of a healed man or woman. We can speak with the authority because we have been there, but we can also speak about Jesus, The Healer Himself.
I still find myself missing my twenty-something I aborted so many years ago, wondering what life with her would have been like. Sharing her story over and over keeps her memory alive. GAP has been a wonderful opportunity to share not only what abortion does to the pre-born child, but also to show that there is hope and healing in Jesus Christ after abortion.
Anyone can do what I am doing. Your story matters and there is someone desperate to hear it. CBR gives GREAT training, and they will teach you ‘how’ to share your story in the context of the whole larger abortion debate. And men — this is a men’s issue too — your story needs to be heard as well.
Please join us on a short term mission trip to a college campus near you. I promise, you will NEVER be the same! These trips have forever changed me because I have gotten to see first-hand that hearts, minds, AND lives are saved by these outreaches.
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