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Subject: Silent No More Awareness Campaign E-Letter: January 2017

January 2017

January 5, 2017

Greetings Friends of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign!

This January the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will celebrate its 15th year of speaking the truth about abortion and its harmful impact on babies, women, men, grandparents, siblings and others.  It is humbling to see how God has taken one simple sign, “I Regret My Abortion” and turned it into a powerful outreach impacting people worldwide.

On Saturday, Jan. 21st we will have a Gathering before the Rally in San Francisco and then we will participate in the Walk for Life.  Also on Friday, January 27th we will participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC.  Our Gathering will be in front of the Supreme Court as the marchers reach the Supreme Court.  Women and Men will give their testimonies.  If you would like to participate in these events you can still register by emailing us. We hope to see you there!

The Shockwaves of Abortion – January: Healing in the Churches

By Kevin Burke

Emma Boe is the Rachel’s Vineyard Coordinator for the Diocese of St Petersburg Florida. Emma shares:

One of the wonderful fruits of abortion healing that I have seen is the large number of our alumni who, after their healing journey, respond to a call to serve in their churches as catechists, pro life volunteers, lectors, ministering at homeless shelters and other works of mercy.

Spiritual and emotional healing program safely opens the abortion wound to the light of Christ, facilitating an intimate and powerful encounters with the Lord and His Church. One of the fruits of this healing, as Emma Boe points out, is the number of alumni that become involved in Church ministry and service. The good news for our churches is that this call is not just for the mothers and fathers of aborted children.  There is a vast harvest of grandparents, siblings, friends, family and abortion providers who are often involved in abortion decisions and procedures.   They also have been wounded and can have complicated grief from their role in the death of an unborn child. All would greatly benefit from the forgiveness and healing of Christ and his church found in abortion recovery programs.  From this act of mercy, forgiveness and healing will emerge many women and men on fire with the Gospel and ready to serve God’s people according to their gifts and calling. Visit the Shockwaves website and learn more about how you can partner with us in sharing the truth about abortion loss and the Good News of healing in Christ.

Note from our Pastoral Director…

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

January is a big month for our Campaign — more emphasis on abortion in the headlines, major gatherings with testimonies in DC, San Francisco and elsewhere, more web traffic from those who need healing, and more.

One of the things I most look forward to each January is the National Prayer Service, for which I am the principal organizer on the morning of the March for Life in Washington (see www.NationalPrayerService.com). This year it is on Friday morning, January 27th.

Can you be there? If you or others you know are coming to DC for the March for Life, what better way to start that day of public witness than to join with other Christians from around the country for two hours of prayer, praise and preaching!

The service is in Constitution Hall from 8:30 to 10:30am. I will be preaching, and our award recipient and special guest speaker is Pam Tebow (mother of the famous Christian athlete Tim Tebow). 

And as always, the theme of healing with be given special emphasis, and those who are present will be reminded of the power of the testimonies of those who are Silent No More!

Please know of my prayers for you, and your family!

Sincerely,


Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Pastoral Director, Silent No More Awareness Campaign

See How We Have Grown!

Looking back on 2016, the Lord continues to bless our Campaign in reaching out and being Silent No More.  The Campaign began November 11th, 2002.  As of January 2017, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,803 Gatherings in 17 countries & all 50 states with 6,270 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 136 high schools and universities in the last 7 years, 11 in 2016.

There are 2,506 testimonies posted on the Campaign website with 421 that are shared via video!  Currently there are 17,611 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries.

People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to ‘register their regret’. So far, 5,361 women and 625 men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood.  648 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

The Campaign also partnered with 40 Days for Life in their United Tour.  The women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign participated in 104 events, with 57 individual speakers.  

Thank you for all you have done to help spread the message of the Campaign. Hoping to see you in San Francisco or Washington, DC.

Janet Morana, Executive Director Priests for Life,
Co-Founder Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Janet@SilentNoMore.com

Deacon Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life,
Co-Founder Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Georgette@SilentNoMore.com

 

Testimony Guidelines

An important reminder about our Shockwaves initiative is your testimonies; your stories share how you have been touched by abortion. Maybe it is time for you to share your story with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.  We will post it on our website so others can read the truth about abortion. Please email your testimony to us. (There are guidelines below to help you get started!) 

WomenMenGrandparentsSiblingsFormer Abortionist/Clinic WorkerPro-Life Advocates

Information for Writing Women's Testimony

Preparing your testimony is the most important first step in being Silent No More. These are recommended guidelines to help you effectively share how God has taken your tragic abortion experience and transformed it into a testimony of His love, forgiveness, hope and healing.

Writing the story about how abortion has affected your life can seem overwhelming.  Sometimes getting started is most difficult. It helps to start by putting everything about your abortion down on paper. Then you can whittle it down to a couple of pages…then whittle that down to one page (3 minutes).

Below we have some beginning sentences to prompt you. Keeping it brief is extremely hard but important, especially if you are speaking at a Silent No More Awareness Gathering.

This information, plus lots of practice, and prayer will prepare you to share your testimony in any setting God may prompt you to share it in.

Email your testimony to us.

Basic tips for developing your testimony:

1. Write it down. This allows for improved focus of message.

2. Start with putting everything you remember/experienced on paper, then 'boil it down' to a shorter version and then a one page version.

3. Keep your testimony in the first person – talk about YOUR experience!

4. Be sure each version contains these Key Components:

a. Why You Chose Abortion (who was involved)
I had an abortion because…

b. What the Actual Experience of the Abortion and clinic were like; provide as much detail as possible (Comfortable? Humiliated? Informed?) During the abortion procedure I experienced.

c. Its Immediate Affect on You (Relief, Regret)   Immediately after the abortion I felt…

d. The Long-Term Impact on your life:
– Promiscuity/ alcohol / drug abuse / nightmares / suicide attempts / relationship Problems.  As time went on after the abortion I felt and experienced ….
– How did the abortion affect your relationship with family, friends and others especially those who were in some way part of, or impacted directly by the abortion?

e. Your Healing and Forgiveness Experience:I found help and forgiveness through …
– How did forgiveness and healing impact those relationships damaged by abortion?

5. It's great if your last line includes "and that's why I am silent no more!" For example, "after years of such and such pain, I went through a healing program and was able to receive God's forgiveness and forgive myself, I finally feel free from the shame and that's why I am silent no more!"

6. Be brief. If you are sharing at a Gathering, your testimony will need to be no longer than 3 minutes. It's good to read your written version to stay within that time limit.

7.Use short, impact statements. They are memorable.

8. Have a friend who can pray for you while you prepare and while you share your testimony.

9. Read your statement out loud several times before if you are to present it; then read it to a friend.

10. If you've experienced more than one abortion, you can discuss all of them, focus on the experience of one and note the others or simply deal with one.

What not to say….Please don’t talk about various projects, programs you’re involved in. This is not the time to make editorial comments about abortion; it is time for telling your story of how abortion affected you.  Please only share testimony about yourself unless you have permission to mention someone else’s abortion, etc.

Email your testimony to us.

Information for MEN’s Testimony

Preparing your testimony is the most important first step in being Silent No More. These are recommended guidelines to help you effectively share how God has taken your tragic abortion experience and transformed it into a testimony of His love, forgiveness, hope and healing.

Writing the story about how abortion has affected your life can seem overwhelming.  Sometimes getting started is most difficult. It helps to start by putting everything about your abortion down on paper. Then you can whittle it down to a couple of pages…then whittle that down to one page (3 minutes).

Below we have some beginning sentences to prompt you. Keeping it brief is extremely hard but important, especially if you are speaking at a Silent No More Awareness Gathering.

This information, plus lots of practice, and prayer will prepare you to share your testimony in any setting God may prompt you to share it in.

Basic tips for developing your testimony:

1. Write it down. This allows for improved focus of message.

2. Start with putting everything you remember/experienced on paper, then 'boil it down' to a shorter version and then a one page version.

3. Keep your testimony in the first person – talk about YOUR experience!

4. Be sure each version contains these keys components:

a. The Abortion Decision:
– What role did you play in your partner’s abortion decision (supported decision /pressured her to abort /was against the abortion and could not prevent it /I left it completely up to her.)Did you accompany her to the abortion clinic? Pay for procedure?

b. Immediate Impact: If you accompanied her to the clinic:  What were your feelings and memory of your time in the waiting room during the procedure?  (sad, angry, powerless, anxious etc.)  While my partner was having the abortion I felt…

-If you were not present for the procedure, but aware that the procedure was taking place, what were your feelings during that time (powerless, disconnected, angry, sad, numb?)

-You may not have learned until later about the abortion until later.  Share your immediate reaction and feelings when you first realized she had an abortion.

-Describe the first time you saw your partner after the procedure. 

c. The Long-Term Impact on Your Life:  Promiscuity- Alcohol or drug abuse

–Anger Issues: (anger at partner/clinic doctor and staff/future girlfriends/bosses etc.)

– Nightmares/ sleep problems / Suicide thoughts, feelings, attempts

– Reckless behavior (getting in fights/driving fast) – Addictions/Gambling

– Relationship Problems/ failed relationships/difficulty with intimacy and commitment) As time went on after the abortion I felt and experienced ….

– How did the abortion affect your relationship as a father, with family, friends and others?

d. Your Healing and Forgiveness Experience:I found help and forgiveness through..

– How did forgiveness and healing impact those relationships damaged by abortion?

5. Your last line should include "and that is why I am silent no more!" For example, "after years of such and such pain, I went through a healing program and was able to receive God's forgiveness and forgive myself, I finally feel free from the shame and that's why I am silent no more!"

6. Be brief. If you are sharing at a Gathering, your testimony will need to be no longer than 3 minutes. It's good to read your written version to stay within that time limit.

7. Use short, impact statements. They are memorable.

8. Have a friend who can pray for you while you prepare and while you share your testimony.

9. Read your statement out loud several times before if you are to present it; then read it to a friend.

10. If you've experienced more than one abortion, you can discuss all of them, focus on the experience of one and note the others or simply deal with one.

What not to say….Please don’t talk about various projects, programs you’re involved in. This is not the time to make editorial comments about abortion; it is time for telling your story of how abortion affected you.  Please only share testimony about yourself unless you have permission to mention someone else’s abortion, etc.

Email your testimony to us.

Grandparent Testimony Guidelines

Grandparents who have lost a grandchild to abortion have several different sets of circumstances.  One is that you may have brought your daughter for the abortion or told your daughter she had to have the abortion and therefore you were directly involved in the decision to terminate the life of your grandchild.  The second is that you may have tried to stop the abortion but failed. The third is that you had no knowledge of your daughter’s abortion and came to find out later about the fact that your daughter had an abortion.  And finally maybe your son got his girlfriend pregnant and you either pressured him to have her abort the child, or helped him try to save the child, or did not learn of it until later.

  1. First is that you seek healing over your grief of losing your grandchild to abortion.  This can be done by attending an abortion recovery program in your area.  You can locate the nearest program by going to www.abortionforgiveness.com enter your zipcode and you will see the listing of programs and resources in your area. 
  2. Seek reconciliation with your daughter/son regarding the loss of your grandchild to abortion.
  3. Start by writing a letter to your grandchild that was aborted.  This is an important first step. If your daughter or son has gone through healing then they most likely have named the child that was aborted. Therefore, you can address your letter to that child, your granddaughter or grandson.  Your letter is in fact your testimony because you are telling your grandchild how it feels for you not having been given the chance to get to know them, etc.
  4. Now write down the details that you know about why your grandchild was aborted.
  5. Then share how you found out about your daughter’s or son’s abortion or why you were part of the abortion decision.  Then share how you and your daughter/son sought reconciliation with each other.
  6. Then share what impact this has had on you.
  7. Then end with the words, “And that is why I am Silent No More!”

Email your testimony to us.

Sibling Testimony Guidelines

We will only accept testimonies to be posted on our website from siblings who are in at least 8th grade and have submitted to us the consent form signed by their parent. (If over 18 years of age, no consent form is needed, but we caution you about sharing your experience without your parent’s knowledge. The guidelines below are still applicable. )

You have come to the realization that you have lost a sibling to abortion.  The first step of course is that you seek reconciliation with your Mom.  Next we hope that your Mom has found or will find healing through an abortion recovery program.  You can find these programs in your area by going to www.abortionforgiveness.com where you enter your zip code and the local resources will be listed.

Likewise you too can and should be allowed to properly grieve this loss.  This too can be accomplished by an abortion recovery program like Rachel’s Vineyard, Lumina or seeking spiritual guidance from your priest or minister.

Now if you feel ready to be Silent No More and want to write your testimony to be posted on our website in the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion section then here are some guidelines to assist you.

  1. Start by writing a letter to your sibling that was aborted.  This is an important first step and if your Mom has gone through healing then she most likely has named the child that was aborted so you can address your letter to that child, your brother or sister.  Your letter is in fact your testimony because you are telling your brother or sister how it feels for you not having been given the chance to get to know them, etc.
  2. Now write down the details that you know about why your sibling was aborted.
  3. Then share how you found out about your Mom’s abortion and how you and your Mom sought reconciliation with each other.
  4. Then share what impact this has had on you.
  5. Then end with the words, “And that is why I am Silent No More!”

Email your testimony to us.

Former Abortionist or Clinic Worker Testimony Guidelines

You have come to repentance for having performed or facilitated abortion(s).  The first step, of course, is to seek healing. The original program for this kind of healing is the Society of Centurions, founded by Dr. Philip Ney. There are counselors and clergy trained in this healing path, and group sessions available. Find out more at www.SocietyOfCenturions.com.

Your involvement may have been very brief and may only have involved one abortion; on the other hand, you may have been involved in the industry for many years and taken countless lives. Your involvement may have been directly with the procedure, or a few steps removed (administrative work, security guard, etc.) In any case, you have been deeply wounded as a result.

Now if you feel ready to be Silent No More and want to write your testimony to be posted on our website in the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion section, here are some guidelines to assist you.

  1. Start by writing a letter to the children whom you aborted. At first this can be a letter addressed to all of them at once. This step helps to rehumanize them – and you.
  2. Now write down the details of how you got involved in the abortion industry. Did someone invite you to do so? Was it by accident? Was it based on an ideology about women’s rights?
  3. Describe what your role was in the abortion industry. What tasks did you have to do each day? How much contact did you have with the mothers before, during, and after their procedures? As best as you can estimate, how many lives were you involved in ending?
  4. Describe how you felt, and what conflicts you experienced, when you provided or facilitated abortions. What lies did you tell yourself? Did you feel resentful for having to do society’s “dirty work?” How did this impact your physical, emotional, and spiritual health and your relationships?
  5. Then share what led you to leave the abortion industry. Was it through a particular insight or moment of grace? Was it through the urging of another person? Was it through a particular experience?
  6. Then share how you found healing and peace. Did you do anything to try to make up for the abortions that you performed or facilitated?
  7. Then end with the words, “And that is why I am Silent No More!”

Email your testimony to us.

Pro-life Advocate Testimony Guidelines

As an advocate for the unborn, trying to save their lives from abortion, you face the fact that so many of the children you try to save end up getting killed nevertheless. Moreover, as you try to save them, your efforts are often unrecognized, misunderstood, blocked or ridiculed.

Pro-life advocates, therefore, are wounded by the loss of these children, and have to appropriately grieve and heal from that loss, lest the unresolved grief lead one to leave the movement or to become bitter and angry internally and externally.

Now if you feel ready to be Silent No More and want to write your testimony to be posted on our website in the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion section then here are some guidelines to assist you.

  1. Start by writing a letter to the children whom you were not able to save. This can be done, initially, to all of them as a group. Express your thoughts, feelings, and love for those children.
  2. Now write down the details of how you got involved in the pro-life movement. What led you to realize that these lives had to be saved, how did you get involved in the specific pro-life work that you do, and what has motivated you along the way?  Describe how your motivation has grown or changed.
  3. Then describe some of the instances in which you failed to save the life of an unborn child, despite your best efforts.
  4. Go on to describe how that loss impacted you. Did you try to ignore it? Were you aware of the impact that these losses were having on you? Were you inclined to bitterness or anger as a result? Did these losses cause you to back away from the movement?
  5.  Share next about how you dealt with these losses. Did you seek the counsel of others? How did you appropriately grieve the loss of the children you could not save? How do you continue to stay motivated and active in pro-life work?
  6. Then end with the words, “And that is why I am Silent No More!”

Email your testimony to us.


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