Abortion decisions have spiritual effects in the lives of those who make and those who influence the decisions
There are more than a million abortions in our country every year. Of the nearly 4,000 women who enter abortion facilities every day, almost one in five describes herself as a committed believer.
Presbyterians Pro-Life is committed to helping churches establish ministries that address the spiritual and emotional needs of men and women affected by abortion.
Discovering Grace: A resource for abortion recovery ministry
Discovering Grace provides ministry training for congregations to equip leadership for opportunities to minister to women and men affected by abortion decisions and to all those who have lost children before birth.
PPL is fully committed to the biblical teaching that there is no sin that God cannot forgive and no human being that God cannot restore to fellowship with himself. God implores us in his Word to come to him for the forgiveness he has provided through his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Pro-life ministry in the Christian church is the ministry of the Gospel of our Lord.
It is out of our confidence in God’s forgiveness that PPL now offers a new resource called "Discovering Grace." It is a packet of materials to aid churches in developing ministries specifically for women and men who suffer from adverse effects of abortion and need the compassionate and restorative ministry of the gospel. The packet includes biblical and theological teaching that undergirds such a ministry along with suggestions for equipping and providing such ministry in our churches.
Suggested contribution: $9 -- To order this resource send your full name and address in the body of an
Presbyterians Pro-Life wants to help your church provide ministry to the men and women who are living with the emotional and spiritual effects of abortion.
Equipping Leaders for Abortion Recovery Ministry, PowerPoint and Materials by Peggy MacLeod*
A pastor writes:
"Five years ago a woman confided to me that she had an abortion. She had been to psychiatric hospitals and counselors, pastors and friends, and still her feelings of guilt and sorrow remained. I wanted to help, but I did not know how best to do it, nor could I find other pastors who knew where to turn for help. That is why I turned to the ministry of Peggy MacLeod. I was given tools to best express the love and mercy of Christ as well as help for healing."
This resource is flexibly designed for church members, pastors, youth ministers, elders, deacons, Stephens Ministers, and college and seminary students and professors who are interested in bringing this vital ministry to the life of the church. It can be used as a tool for group or individual training.
- Defining and recognizing the effects of abortion
- The Impact of Abortion on Relationships
- How to Lead Abortion Recovery Groups
- How to use the Bible in leading women and men to forgiveness and healing from abortion
*Peggy MacLeod is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), living in the Boston area. She has served in pregnancy care ministry for more than fifteen years specializing in post abortion counseling. She is an experienced educator in this area. Peggy is a former member of the Presbyterians Pro-Life Board of Directors.
Cost: Suggested Donation for Abortion Recovery Ministry CD ROM with PowerPoint slide presentation and printable handouts is $30 and can be ordered online.
Length of workshop: 5-6 hours, adjustable
Contact PPL for more information, and assistance on planning a workshop. PPL staff are available to present the workshop for travel and lodging expenses.
"What a wonderful God we have - - he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. " (2 Cor. 1:3-4 TLB
Resources available from PPL:
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Order by phone at 412-487-1990.
Booklet ~ Pastor to Pastor: The Pastoral Counseling Of Those Involved With Abortion
DVD ~ Pastoral Ministry to Those Affected by Abortion (suggested donation $8.00)
Testimony ~ Kathy's Story
Book ~ Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church (Elizabeth Achtemeier and Terry Schlossberg; Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 1995) (suggested donation $10.00)
Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion (Frederica Mathewes-Green; Conciliar Press; 1997) (This is a revision of the former title: Real Choices, Offering Practical, Life-Affirming Alternatives to Abortion). Available through Amazon.
The Jericho Plan: Breaking Down the Walls Which Prevent Post-Abortion Healing(David C. Reardon; Acorn Books; 1996) Available through the Elliot Institute and Amazon.
Audio tape (not a PPL resource) ~ "The Jericho Project" - David Reardon.
Now you can listen to this with real audio on the National Pro-Life Religious Council website - click here.
AfterAbortion.org - The Elliot Institute "This is the web's most complete source of information on the aftereffects of abortion and post-abortion healing."
Recommended Bible Studies:
Forgiven and Set Free (Women) by Linda Cochrane
Healing a Father’s Heart (Men) by Linda Cochrane and Kathy Jones
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also available through Amazon.
Contact PPL about other available resources