The assurance of God's total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don't have to play defensive games anymore. We don't have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross.
- Jerry Bridges
| Pain of Abortion Retreat|
"Rachel's Vineyard offers a chance to get away from all the daily pressures of work and family and focus on this painful time in your life through a supportive and non-judgmental process,"Â said Dr. Theresa Burke, author of the Rachel's Vineyard retreat. Burke added that married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel's Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. Many women and men seek help five to 20 years after their abortion after suffering for years in confusion and silence, she said.
"Do not continue to live in shame, fear or numbness,"Ã??Ã?Â Burke said. "This is a beautiful gift you can give to yourself. The weekend is a unique process designed to release deep feelings of anger, ambivalence, grief and guilt that frequently accompany an abortion experience. The process is extremely helpful for those who struggle to forgive themselves or others. The weekend will help your soul find a voice and transform the pain of the past into hope."Â
Participation in a Rachel's Vineyard retreat is confidential and open to individuals of all denominations. For more information or to register, call Carol at 605-374-5639.
For more information about the symptoms of post abortion trauma or for confidential email, visit the Rachel's Vineyard website at rachelsvineyard.org or the Bismarck Diocese website.