Ever since Rachel’s Vineyard ministry for spiritual and psychological healing
after abortion began, many have hoped for a way to receive, offer and exchange
news and information about this ministry.
For those of you not familiar with Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, allow me to
offer a brief introduction. Rachel’s Vineyard offers a beautiful weekend retreat
and support group model which provides psychological and spiritual healing for
those who have suffered the pain of an abortion(s). The "living scripture
exercises," unique to Rachel’s Vineyard, provide an effective framework for a
concrete emotional "experience" of the mercy and forgiveness of Christ. The
activities are designed to help individuals, couples and family members move
through the stages of grief. The experience of breaking the isolation, shame and
secret through a supportive group process is also very effective.
In 2001, there were 105 Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats held from Alaska to
Florida, parts of Canada, Australia, and Portugal. It is now seen as an
essential component of many social service agencies, Project Rachel programs,
Crisis Pregnancy Centers as well as church based ministries.
It is my great pleasure to share the bountiful growth of Rachel’s Vineyard -
and to introduce new ministry tools and development ideas as they become
available. We exist as a training resource as well as offering a beautiful
program of healing for anyone whose life has been touched by the pain of
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