Just like any other condition that takes out humanlife, abortion affects women. Those who are affected can find themselves having problems with a common set of physical or emotional issues. After an abortion it's possible that a woman will have some normal feelings of grief, guilt, sadness, crying and loss. If the feelings become severe, interfere with her daily activities, persist for a long period of time, or lead to other more serious problems, she may be suffering from PASS
The Post-Abortion Bible Study used at The Comforter’s Center is called "Binding up the Brokenhearted"from The Healing hearts ministries.
Healing Hearts Ministries was formed in 1988 by Sue Liljenberg and her husband Gary. Sue personally experienced an abortion in 1972 at the age of 17, and for many years suffered both emotionally and physically. In 1982, she was given hope for her life when someone loved her enough to tell her about Jesus and how He died on a cross to pay the penalty for her sin. She received Jesus into her life and knew that she would never be the same again, but she also knew that there was something keeping her from a deeper walk with God; something that kept her thoughts captive and ruled her life. That something just happened to be her abortion, and the realization that she took the life of the only baby she would ever conceive. After seeking help from physicians and psychologists with no lasting results, she turned to the only source that she knew: the God who saved her and His Word.
For several years God walked Sue through the Scriptures. As she learned the truth in God's Word regarding her sin, which she was in Christ and how much God loved her, healing came. She knew this healing was not just temporary but eternal, and she longed to show other women how they, too, could become whole again. She began writing a Bible Study entitled "Binding up the Brokenhearted" so other women could walk the road she had already walked and find hope and healing for their lives.
After several years of counseling post-abortive women, Sue decided it was time to train these women so they could reach out and help others. In 2007, sue her self travelled to Uganda for the first time to train coordinators of the Binding up the broken hearted. And more than 100 women have received healing through this Bible Study.Because of the tremendous success of ministering to the brokenhearted Sue has authored a nother Bible study entitled "The Hem of His Garment" to will help those who have not had abortions but have areas of their lives that need a healing touch from the Lord
On Saturday 24th April 2010, The Comforter’s Center held a conference with the theme: Healing Sister’s Heart’s”.
The conference started as early as 10:00am with praise and worship together with 2 sisters from the Healing hearts International ministries. In the USA. www.healinghearts.org.
Healing hearts sister began the conference by sharing with women their testimony. It was really a very touching testimony and most women were surprised to learn what their fellow sisters from the USA went through. After sue Sanford had shared her testimony, she invited her colleague Camille to also talk to the ladies. After hearing Sue’s testimony, women were eager to hear from her friend Camille because Sue’s testimony had already touched their heart. They had already realized that African women are not the only one who have problems but also the whites too. Unlike Sue’s testimony, Camille’s was an odd one. Camille lost two babies almost at the same time. One was due to an abortion that she did out of anger and another one was due to her boyfriend’s fault. Her boyfriend raped her daughter and when she was taken to the hospital, the baby died. This was too much for her. During that time, Camille was pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, the one who had raped her daughter and when her daughter died, she could not see herself carrying the child of a rapist. She had to abort that baby something that made her to develop certain behaviors like taking drugs, drinking alcohol yet she was a Christian.
After hearing the two testimonies, you cannot believe what most women felt. They became very strong and courageous. They realized that women throughout the world face almost similar challenges/problems. It was now time for the ladies also to share their life testimonies and give their ideas. This time, there was no fear. Every woman was ready to share her testimony with the facilitators. It was really very wonderful and women learnt a lot from each other.
After they had shared their testimonies, the facilitators encouraged women to be Christ Ambassadors. The facilitators told women that sitting in church on Sundays is good but God wants them to do more than that. She encouraged them to start from their families/communities to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sue told women that our problems will not be solved as long as we bring people closer to God. She encouraged women who have undergone abortions to ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance and never to do it again and to take the gospel of life to fellow women as well as men in their churches.
Camille on the other hand also encouraged women to join the Healing Hearts Bible study which is called the, “The Hem of his Garment”. She told women that going through this bible study will really change their lives as well as strengthen them in spirit. She also encouraged women to come to the comforter’s to be trained such that they can be able to take the bible study in their churches.
At around 5:30pm, the conference was closed. In her closing remarks, the Director Comforter’s Center thanked all the participants and she told women who attended that it was God’s blessing that they were among the women who were invited. She told them that God wants to use them to reach out to women have not been preached to and she also encouraged them to come to the center for more training. All in all, the conference was very wonderful and we thank God for making everything possible.