ProGrace equips leaders of churches and pregnancy organizations with a new way to think, talk and act around the issue of abortion. These leaders are then able reach out to women and children with a ProGrace approach. Here is the story of what happened at one church:
Thank you so much for everything. All the ladies have been so wonderful. Anything from providing us with dinner, or asking us about our week and showing up, and hanging out. We were all really sad when Lexi [the volunteer] said it was going to be over. She didn’t use those words. She put it really nicely. Graduation means that we’re in a good place. Not that we don’t still need help, but we’re more like friends now. Instead of mentor and mentee, we’re more on a friendship level. It’s going to be nice to call and just check in and say, hey let’s meet for coffee, or have a play date at the park. Thank you for everything. It’s been so great. – Gabbi
I just want to say thank you for welcoming me into the group and not judging me, but really being there when I needed somebody to talk to. You gave great advice, and you gave me a good reflection on my life from an outsider’s perspective. And that’s something that you don’t really think somebody would do. It was nice actually being able to praise myself, and ask someone for help. I don’t usually ask anybody for help, but you were there. Whatever it was I needed, you were always there for me. I appreciate that so much. – Sarina
First of all, I want to say thank you so much for everything you have done for me — for listening to me, for giving me advice, for helping me through all the situations I’ve been through. I really appreciate you as a person. I’m going to miss you, this group and everything we talked about. I really could open myself up with you, and be myself with you. Thank you. – Ana
Everything the group has taught me, is to never give up, but to keep on striving. I was in a dark place when I joined the group. I was 20 when I had my son, and I was suffering from post-partum depression. That’s when I came in contact with the group. It changed me so drastically. I thought I wasn’t going to make it through. I thought I would stay in the dark. At first, I was scared I would be judged, but I got quite the opposite response. But to have these women around me, these wonderful people to help guide me through, really impacted me so much. They gave me spiritual guidance for me, and my marriage, and my baby. It made me a better person and a better mother. My mind was put at ease that I wouldn’t be judged, but that I would be accepted. To have that support from the sponsors, and leaders and counselors has been very rewarding, and something I won’t ever forget. – Samantha
Not only is the ProGrace message spreading in the United States, but our African ministry arm is making a difference in women’s lives in Uganda as they too embrace a new way to talk about abortion in their churches and pregnancy centers. We started working with church leadership in 2012, and ProGrace was immediately adopted and contextualized for their unique needs. Today, we have trained 103 churches and there are 3,800 women participating in ProGrace programs.