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Half of all women, even Christian women, will experience at least one unintended pregnancy by the age of 45. Of those, 40% will choose abortion. These statistics are true even within the church. Look around you this Sunday… one in three women in your congregation will one day have an abortion, or have already had one. The greater shame of “what will others think?” makes them all the more vulnerable to abortion or seals the silence of those who’ve already gone there.
As a Pastor or Ministry Leader, this may be an issue you feel led to pursue. We can provide resources for you to begin reaching out to those women and men who are suffering from an abortion in their past, and help create an environment of healing and restoration.
Here’s what Pastor Rob Fischer said about abortion in his book Thirteen Jars:
“The trauma of abortion is NOT something simply forgotten. If it is not fully dealt with through Christ’s redemptive power in which His abundant mercy, grace and forgiveness are experienced, a heavy burden is carried. How do we even begin to calculate the impact of this on the church and furtherance of the Gospel? I think one thing pastors need help with is how to directly, yet lovingly, without condemnation, address this issue. Life Services Abortion Recovery ministry provides ministry leaders the resources to help lead these men and women into Christ’s redemptive forgiveness.”
As an extension of the church, Life Services is here to provide support to our church leaders as they minister to those in their congregation. Whether it’s a young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy or a couple dealing with the emotional damage a past abortion has inflicted on their marriage—we have resources available for you.
To learn more about how we can support you or have a representative from Life Services present to your congregation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509.327.0701.
Additional Reading – Answering the Call by Pastor John Ensor
Looking for a Great Way to Raise Awareness While Supporting the Work of Life Services and their MyChoice Clinics in Your Church?
A Baby Bottle Campaign is a creative way to do that.
For more information on how to get started, please contact Paula@lifeservices.org for all the details.
Life Services offers the following parenting classes one or two times per year.
Circle of Security is a research-based attachment and bonding parenting program that helps parents and caregivers:
- Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs
- Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
- Enhance the development of their child’s self-esteem
- Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure
Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart is an international, grace-filled parenting framework that helps parents instill identity and character in our children. You will learn to communicate to your child, “You are safe with me, you are loved no matter what, you are capable of making wise choices and you are responsible to make right the things you have made wrong.” www.connectedfamilies.org
Conversation Starters for talking to your kids about abortion:
- Know your child.
Every child is different. Only you, as a parent, can know what your child can hear and understand.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you honestly answer your child’s questions with truth, wisdom, and love.
- Leave out the graphic details.
The younger the child, the less they need to know about the medical specifics of abortion.
What can we do as a family to stand for life?
- Pray as a family for these things (join our prayer team)
- Donate as a family
- Become a Host Home
- Encourage your congregation to take part in Life Services’ annual Baby Bottle Campaign. Funds raised through this campaign help women choose life for their babies.
- We also need prayer, specifically for families who are willing to host a momma and her child. Another huge way you can help is through sharing about the resources we provide with your friends and family.
- Invite us to share our vision with your high school or youth group.
More resources about sexual integrity and other conversation starters available at Project Six19.
For Medical Providers
Information for Medical Providers coming soon. Email our Clinical Services Director Janine@lifeservices.org for any questions.