Monica*'s first message was brief: “Never get an abortion.”
Karen*, the mentor who received this message, asked this question at the end of her response: “I was wondering if you sent your message because you are suffering the aftermaths of an abortion? If so, please know I am here if you want to talk about it confidentially.”
Monica answered by sharing: “I am still suffering from it. It was only 3 weeks ago, and I am filled with guilt. I have lost all peace. If only someone had counseled me before I did it, but now, it is too late. I am seeking inner peace, but have not yet found it. Thank you.”
Our mentor felt that God was strongly encouraging her to speak to this person right away about the love and forgiveness Christ offers. She started the letter by saying:
“I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing right now. I would like to be there to hold you in my arms and let you cry out all your tears until your pain is gone. It is true that sometimes, we make decisions that we come to deeply regret. Fear and anxiety sometimes make us do something we would never have done otherwise. But I want to let you know that you can find great peace through Jesus. I don't know if anyone has ever spoken to you about him, but please know that Jesus offers perfect and complete forgiveness for all the wrong we have done, and that includes abortion.”
She then went on to offer a link to a Gospel presentation and prayed that Monica would experience God's love, forgiveness, and comfort.
Within hours, Monica wrote back saying: “Thank you so much for praying. I feel a peace I have not felt for a while. May God bless you for the love and joy you offer people. Your prayer and your support are so helpful. I will also go read the article. Thank you so much, and Amen!’
Since then, Monica has read the Gospel presentation, has decided to follow Jesus and has begun follow-up. The conversation continues.
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