Testimonies of those who have finished an abortion recovery group
On Virtual Groups ...without this flexibility I would have never gotten the help I needed. My home town does not offer this kind of help. It has been a blessing to be part of this group. In these 8 weeks I was able to feel like someone finally understood me. My group experience was amazing. It allowed me to open up and realize my feelings were valid. I was able to see the pain I was feeling was normal and I was not alone in this. I was able to find my faith again and my love for God has grown tremendous. I was able to learn so much on how the Lords word can be so healing. (On the facilitators) They were a great support system. I always knew they would be there at anytime of the day. They welcomed me with arms open and zero judgment. They heard me and felt my pain. I was able to connect with them emotionally. I was finally able to feel understood. God to is my healer and my rock. When I felt I was done he showed me he wasn’t done with me. He has helped me heal little-by-little what others have damaged.
Participating in this study has brought more healing for me as I knew it would as I have facilitated this study for others who are desiring healing. Every time you go through this study, another layer of the onion is peeled away. Even Place brought new enriching tools to the study which were revealing, thought provoking and impactful in new ways for me. My peace is now overflowing and that comes from the honor I have now displayed for my child.
(On Facilitators) Our facilitator has such a loving spirit and shares from her heart how specific scriptures speak to her personally. She is transparent, not holding back anything from her own experiences, always sensitive to each of us within the group, encouraging us to reach out with any questions, concerns, or despair. She goes way beyond by sending a short note and a scripture card through the mail.
(On Virtual) This course was virtual, but we all were drawn into participating, getting to know each other. It was just as effective as an in-person group.
Awesome people, very kind, very sweet and the whole experience helped me grow and heal.
Just awesome people. Very kind, sweet and strong in the Lord
Recently I had the opportunity to serve alongside Mindy for a weekend intensive for Abortion Recovery. In addition to working through the whole Bible study in advance of the weekend, I was constantly praying about the women who would participate as well as my place in it. Though I had not experienced an abortion, I was interested to see where the church could benefit from such a ministry. What an immense blessing I received!
We began the weekend with faces downcast and unsure. As the study unfolded, each of us began to see Godʼs love no matter how great our sin. I experienced conviction in the study of the Word, and saw how each participant began to understand Godʼs holiness and great mercy towards each of us. The Lord bonded our hearts as we were reminded of our sisterhood in Christ Jesus.
The ladies recognized a great Redeemer who makes all things new. It was a joyful ending as we learned that not only are we forgiven, we are free!
The theme passage is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4... As we said our goodbyes it was with the encouragement that we must seek out others who are living with the guilt and shame of past sins. We must show them the light of the Savior who calls us to fellowship with Him. This ministry is seeking to do the work Christ calls each of us to, especially the many who still hide behind a weight they cannot carry alone. ~Angie Cunningham
Thankfully, I had experienced a great deal of healing prior to taking the plunge into this study once again. To be perfectly honest, I went into this group with the mindset of a student and spectator hoping to glean some wisdom in order to help others. In short, I did not expect to get much out of this. I was also lukewarm on the idea of bearing my soul to a bunch of strangers on a screen.
In short, I wasn't quite sure what to expect in a "virtual" experience. I also didn't know what to think of our co leader who was not post abortive? I thought to myself, " What is her deal? How could she possibly understand my perspective? "
In the first 15 minutes of the first session all my questions and walls seemed to strangely fade as I was welcomed into one of the most stark examples of God's love and grace in action. I felt that I was accepted and loved not just by the amazing group of ladies in my cohort, but by the leaders themselves.
The study itself was challenging, compelling us to take a hard look at our abortion experience through God's eyes vs our own shame and guilt that had kept us in bondage for so many years. The level of engagement is high and after a while the fact that we were online didn't seem relevant as I was walking with family.
I learned that tears have a way of bringing clarity and perspective, that God had yet another layer to peel off. The leaders were some of the most loving and compassionate women obedient to their calling to minister to the broken hearted. It was then that all of a sudden, my reservations about the co-leader who was not post abortive like me were gone.
She was in fact loving, warm, compassionate, knowledgeable and insightful. Her brokenness may not have been my brokenness but God showered us with His grace just the same. She modeled what the compassion of the church should look like and I am grateful.
Thank you for your dear notes of encouragement. Aside from the pure power of love from a stranger and the living Word, the fact that you could extend yourself like that to what most people find uncomfortable, it had a value distinct from our peer support.
In our review session, we unanimously were touched by the contribution during sessions by the one person who was not post abortive. She represented to us all we wish the Church to be. We received love and wisdom through her active listening, her compassion, her connection with us through a personal life testimony. It had nothing to do with abortion but everything to do with being broken and restored. She was able to establish an important connection through her humility. Her insights were spot on impactful, painting a picture of a God who sees us differently than how we have been seeing ourselves.
Our (post abortive)peers were essential to corroborating the reality of our starting points and what happened inside. The Church was represented by this very busy mom with all kinds of life complications, and there was you pulling for us as well. The Church confirms Christ’s Word and His love through a redeemed human expression. Its His design, that persons can find healing through His truth and love poured into the saints.
It is no secret that we the Church have a long way to go. If post abortive Christians cannot receive acknowledgment from their own Body, how discouraging is that for the unsaved? I am so excited about servants like yourself, who are willing to purposefully reach out and take the Love of Christ to this huge and underserved population. It takes great love to serve a population that is hard to understand. It takes the Holy Spirit. It is life changing. I want you to know how special you are.
My broader vision is that in response to this love, many will be telling their stories and blowing up the myth that abortion is good for women. The other myth is that the Church/teaching of Christ does not care for women (insert eye roll from Mary Magdalen). I hear people say my case is rare, that is the current propaganda, their only card.
Caring for women injured by abortion can be more effective than trying to battle media bias and legislation. You cannot unhear or alter a multitude of non-digitized human voices. Let the opposition live in the airwaves. We live and move in community, and that is reality.
Thank you, thank you. Your prayers enabled me to complete this work. Thank you for showing me that healing love. Your work is noted.
Very loving, and open group of women sharing became easier with each meeting. Healing came along with authenticity and the amazing in depth bible study. I've healed so much. (On the leaders) Mindy was open and honest, great at facilitating the group and keeping us on track. Everyone felt open and comfortable sharing their abortion experiences. She kept us on track and challenged us to grow in certain areas. Very thankful and blessed for her excellent leadership. Whitney was a wonderful representative for the church, very knowledgable with scripture, honest and loving to the our group of post abortive women. She was a loving representative of the Lord's love and forgiveness. (On virtual group meetings) It was amazing and I loved the virtual experience. It was better than my last class of Forgiven and Set Free over 10 years ago in person. I've grown a lot as a christian but I also felt very safe in the virtual environment. I'm 100 percent for virtual meeting.
Going through a well organized study virtually, exceeded expectations. Its a safe, respectful and highly motivating environment. Well worth the time commitment and homework. Doing business with the past is empowered by peer support, moderated with sensitivity by a qualified leader. Viewing our stories through the lens of the bigger reality we all share, though the details vary, brings us to a place of acknowledgment, peace and purpose. Pieces of me are redefined by a bigger personal truth. Loss is recognized for all it is, not minimized or pushed past. It is given its proper dignity, attention, and name. The missing steps are all addressed, and it really does put us in a different head space. Finally. (On the leaders) Highly qualified, sensitive and responsive. Feedback very helpful. High level of support. Having a church rep present was important for my growth and healing regarding prior ignorance and insensitivity by church, and for me to be more tolerant and slow to judge. Could not have had wiser, sweeter leaders.
I came into the group knowing that I had carefully stuffed the memories of my abortifacient experience away. But this study opened my heart to my real pain and to my real child. The consistent turning to the word of God Showed me a healing that I didn't think was possible. I have spoken to my husband about it and my sister and that has been a wonderful release as well.
(On Leaders) Both were helpful, gentle, truthful and knowledgeable. They complimented each other with their knowledge bases.
For so many years I have walked in shame, sadness, pain and regret. I felt that no one would ever understand me. But the beautiful ladies walked with us through a journey of forgiveness and redemption like no other. They did this in such an understanding way while also making us accept the responsibility of the decision we made for our sin. I no longer walk with shame and sadness anymore. (On Leaders) They were the best. I absolutely loved them and I wouldn't have had it any other way. They spoke about God, forgiveness and redemption in a very non judgmental way. They answered all our question and absolutely allowed us to express ourselves. (On the study) I was afraid it would be judgmental. I wondered how I would express myself for what I was going through. I was pleasantly surprised on how comfortable i was throughout the study. I would do it again and again.
After 35 years of pushing my thoughts and feelings aside, God spoke to me, telling me it was time for healing. I am so grateful for Mindy and her ministry for her selfless dedication to helping other women heal. This study was life changing and I would encourage any women that has had an abortion to give herself this gift of healing.
I would like to start off by saying Mindy is truly the best leader I have ever had the privilege of being in a group with.
We have known each other for about a year and have become good friends, that is why I wanted to join this group, I was coping with a second abortion that I had just started to remember. Having gone through healing for my first abortion I knew exactly what I needed to do. So, when I found out Mindy was doing a Virtual Group with Forgiven and Set Free I wanted to be a part of it.
I love Virtual groups, being in the safety of your home is such a blessing.
Being a part of this bible study under Mindy's guidance, her passion and love for this Ministry was so apparent. And her Co-leader Carrie, she was so wise, and kind and so helpful. They were a great team.
It was truly a blessing to be in this group. God bless you Mindy and Carrie for your love for this ministry.
I went through Forgiven and Setfree Bible Study. As Mindy lead me through the study she created a space where I felt safe ,heard and not alone. I experienced so much healing and freedom from shame and guilt. I have been Forgiven and Setfree!!
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in the Forgiven and Set Free Bible Study last summer. It was a wonderful time of healing and meeting other women that had walked a similar path. Mindy was our facilitator and her knowledge of scripture and its application to our situations was amazing. I am thankful that the Lord knitted our hearts together and that we are still able to stay in touch today. Mindy is a loving, compassionate, follower of Jesus who is truly concerned with being apart of your healing. I appreciate all the time that Mindy took to prepare for our lessons and to make this virtual experience exceptional. I pray that many will engage in this opportunity to be apart of the virtual Forgiven and Set Free Bible Study through An Even Place. It has changed my life!!!!
Although I experienced several abortions decades ago, going through Forgiven and Set Free with Mindy was truly healing for me. I addressed all of my abortions for the very first time from a point of healing. I started the program in my basement, as I did not even want my husband to hear what was being discussed. By the middle of the study I had come up from the basement to the first floor of my house. I did not realize the extent to which I needed healing at the start of the study. Walking through this program was truly life changing.
5 years ago, the Lord convicted me of a deeply rooted wound. If you had asked me then, I would have said that I was fine with the abortion decision I made 18 years prior. That was FAR from the truth. The day of my conviction, the Holy Spirit took hold of me, and tore open the wound I didn't even know was festering. Thus began my journey and healing. I began the Forgiven and Set Free study with Mindy and experienced what I would call "layers" being removed. With each layer, though painful, I found freedom and forgiveness. The study and most importantly, God, dug into the roots and made them clean. The study is rich with God's word so you can stand firm in what you are learning and dealing with. Mindy is an excellent facilitator. She is dedicated to the task God has laid before her – being a vessel for Him to bring healing and salvation to those of us who so desperately need it.
"I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the virtual format - would we bond as a group? would I feel connected to the other participants? would I get distracted being online rather than in person?
YES, we bonded as a group. Mindy made sure that we had time to get to know each other.
Yes, I felt connected to the other participants. Mindy did a fantastic job of making us comfortable sharing some of the roughest parts of our lives. Her compassion was apparent in the way she tenderly asked the hard questions, allowing us time to process but not shying away from the issues.
No - I was not distracted. Mindy kept the conversation going (always allowing space when someone needed to 'take a breath'), her knowledge of the Scriptures helped bring me to a deeper understanding of God's Word.
This is a life changing Bible study and I am grateful for Mindy's care for each of us as we walked this path to healing."