Post-abortion healing at the University of Kentucky
We are so thankful for ministry partners like Deeper Still, an outreach to post-abortive women (and soon post-abortive men as well). Two of their volunteers, Debbie Picarello and Sandie Sendall, both post-abortive themselves, joined us for GAP at the University of Kentucky. Debbie shares her experience:
Visiting the University of Kentucky was a wonderful experience. Sandie Sendall, a friend and past Deeper Still participant, helped man the post-abortion healing table. Both Sandie and I have experienced the negative consequences of having the “choice” to have an abortion. We came to offer not only our personal experiences with abortion, but also to offer the hope, healing, restoration, and reconciliation only Jesus can offer.
The Deeper Still table, stationed in between the Planned Parenthood table and the GAP display, gave us plenty of opportunities to speak with college students and older adults. There were two signs on our table. One said, “I’ve had an abortion. You can ask me anything.” The other declared “Freeing the abortion wounded heart…Deeper Still.”
Many students stopped by just wanting to know what Deeper Still was, both pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike. I had numerous opportunities to share that abortion comes with a very high price tag, a price to be paid for many years to come after the procedure that was supposed to help me “get on with my life”.
This table became a place to come and share personal pain. One male student’s girlfriend aborted their baby a year ago and he was hurting very badly. We gave him local info for Rachel’s Vineyard which offers ministry for men. Deeper Still has the vision to offer free healing retreats for men wounded by abortion, yet currently only offers ministry for women.
Another young woman had been raped and was looking for help. We referred her to Jane, a GAP volunteer who also worked at one of the crisis pregnancy centers in Lexington. Jane and Sandy were able to pray with her and exchange contact info.
Another young male college student told us how he was almost the victim of abortion, due to his problematic conception. He was exceptionally glad that we were all out there standing for life. Many pro-life students said they were so glad we were there. We had the opportunity to speak with and challenge protesting medical students, as well as several of the Planned Parenthood students.
We were only 2 of the several post abortive women who volunteered to help with GAP at UK. I am convinced that having post abortive women and men at these GAP’s strengthens the impact it has. There is power in personal testimony that could not be refuted. We left the students with a lot to think about.
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