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New Mexico: Debora Wilbourn Email: deborawilbournSTS@gmail.com
In 1973, at the age of 19, Debora lost her first child to abortion. The decision was made in fear and without understanding of the life that was growing inside her. Although she was raised in a Christian home and had accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 11, she still chose to end the life of her own child.For almost 30 years, Debora refused to deal with this part of her past, but God began to gently lead her to a place of repentance and then a desire to reach out to other women who had walked the same road. Living in rural New Mexico there were no post-abortion recovery programs available for her to participate in at the time, however, Debora felt strongly that she needed to receive that kind of healing. Surrendering the Secret bible study and DVD series was published by Lifeway and released for sale in January 2008. Debora learned about this study through her church’s statewide publication, bought the kit and worked through it on her own that summer. In September of 2008, she introduced the study to her home church and began an abortion recovery ministry there.
Pennsylvania: Carol Weaver Email: email@example.com
Growing up in a church that reached out to a small community plagued with poverty and sexual brokenness, God developed a compassionate heart in Carol for single moms and eventually led her to Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services where she has served as a volunteer counselor, a center director, and currently Director of Post-Abortion Ministry. Even though personally Carol has not experienced abortion, she knows in God’s eyes and in her own heart, she is no different. She daily needs the grace and forgiveness of God in her life. Isaiah 61 has become a precious life verse and Carol has a passion to see the truth set many more women and men free from abortion’s prison of condemnation and shame. Carol sees Surrendering the Secret as beautiful seed and bread for food (2 Corinthians 9:10) that God has supplied for her to sow into His precious daughters lives, enabling them to become oaks of righteousness for the display of God’s splendor. Carol loves being a wife, mother of three adult daughters, and Grandma Carol to three little grandsons.
Colorado: Susan Sorenson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan has served as the volunteer women’s ministry coordinator at her home church in Brighton, Colorado. It was there that she was touched by the heartache of a woman from Bible study who was seeking healing from past abortion experiences. Within weeks, she began to lead STS. Sponsoring Colorado’s first Certified Leader Training with Pat Layton opened the doors for STS to enter other churches in Colorado. Not having experienced an abortion personally, Susan is passionate to educate and equip the Church to meet the needs of post abortive women and men who have suffered the loss of fatherhood. Susan cherishes the experience of seeing the Word’s truths penetrate the hearts of women and seeks to share the healing journey with all who will receive it, specific to the hurt they have experienced. Susan resides in Brighton with her husband and four young sons.
Ohio: Deb Marshall Email: email@example.com
After Deb placed her faith in Jesus Christ she became very involved with the Women’s Ministry at her church. She is passionate about the Word of God and the Word began to work in her heart. She knew the Lord was calling her to deal with a secret she had kept for 33 years. The secret was her past abortion. Deb knew that she was forgiven, but she also knew that she needed to heal. Deb was led to “Surrendering the Secret” through a LIfeWay catalogue. Since her personal healing she has gone on to help other women recover and heal from the sorrow of abortion. Deb leads women through Surrendering the Secret at her church and a local crisis pregnancy center. She is grateful to be called to this ministry. It is her great joy to lead women out of the darkness of the secret of abortion and into the healing Light of our Lord Jesus.
North Carolina: Jill Marquis Email: SurrenderJill@gmail.com
Jill Marquis describes herself as a wretch saved only by God’s amazing grace. She has been married to her husband for twenty years and they are the parents of two children. While she has a degree in finance and is certified in residential design, she had previously credited six years of coaching Odyssey of the Mind (a creative problem solving competition) as her most challenging and rewarding endeavor, until Surrendering the Secret, that is. Participating in Surrendering the Secret is, by far, the biggest risk she has ever taken. Going public with such a private decision about having had an abortion required a tremendous amount of prayer and support from her family. As a National Leader for the Surrendering the Secret, she said it has been an honor and a privilege helping women repair their relationship with the Lord and come to terms with their abortion decision. She has also volunteered as a Women’s Ministry Leader and has worked as the Event Coordinator for a Christian author and speaker.
Texas: Tricia Heflin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trisha’s journey to Surrendering the Secret began with the confession of her own abortion to her children. Their response was love and understanding. She began to see that her abortion choice and keeping this a secret for over 20 years had affected her marriage, parenting, confidence, really every area of her life. The truth is abortion hurts women and creates a soul wound that time does NOT heal. Loving the church, she still knows that the church is a difficult place to admit failure. Many Christian women chose abortion, at least partially to avoid facing the church, and still hesitate to let God use their secret. The need is great for healing among Christians who bear this secret. Tricia is absolutely surrendered to bringing the message of truth, hope, and freedom from shame. “It is for FREEDOM Christ has set us free!” Gal 5:1. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, Tricia prays for abortion to end in our nation. She is trusting God with her story to change what was meant for evil to good, for the saving of many lives. Tricia states, “May her grandchildren never know the horror of abortion as a legal practice against women and against life! It is a privilege and honor to lead Surrendering the Secret groups and to train others in this healing ministry.”
Texas: Carrie Bond Email: email@example.com
Carrie Bond is passionate about helping connect women to a vibrant walk with Christ and discovering the joy of journeying together. As a woman who has not personally experienced an abortion, she is so humbled that God has allowed her to be a tool with “Surrendering the Secret” helping unlock women’s hearts so they can experience his healing and hope. Whether sharing one-on-one or in a group setting, Carrie delights in equipping and encouraging women with the truths of God found in “Surrendering the Secret.” A pastor’s wife and homeschool mother of 3 (soon to be 4-and all through the blessing of adoption), Carrie leads the Women’s Ministry at her church in Texas, serves as a Regional Representative for the SBTC WOmen in Ministry Team and as a National Leader for “Surrendering the Secret”. One of her greatest joys is to see women powerfully and profoundly impacted by the Word of God.
California: Chrissy Aguiar Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Chrissy Aguiar. I am 46 years old and have been married for 24 years to a wonderful man named Dennis. I have 2 beautiful children; Brandon is twenty-one and Brittany is nineteen. Almost eight years ago my family and I accepted Christ in our lives. Over the last several years, God has taken me on the most incredible journey of grace and forgiveness. He has used my abortion testimony for His Kingdom purposes and as a comfort to others. One of my very favorite scripture verses is 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 which says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Michigan: Karen Marsman Email: email@example.com
Karen became involved in post-abortive ministries eleven years ago after seeing the pain and devastation abortion caused in the lives of people she knew and loved. Wanting to help, she began leading Bible studies through her church and local ministries. By helping women focus on God’s love and forgiveness, she saw the remarkable transformation of God’s healing power in those weighed down by guilt and regret.
For five years Karen was involved in Alpha Women’s Center, a local crisis pregnancy ministry. She served first as a volunteer, then as assistant director, and finally as director of one of the locations.
Since 2008 Karen has been the director of post-abortive healing at Garden of Hope, a local ministry of care and compassion that helps women find alternatives to abortion or healing from abortion. It was through Garden of Hope that Karen became aware of Surrendering the Secret Bible study. She started leading the study in 2008 and became a certified leader in 2010. She loves this resource because it is steeped in Scripture and points women to God as their healer. Most women come to the group thinking they are alone in their feelings. The DVDs that accompany each lesson assure women that others feel the same way. For many women, the Bible study is the first time in years that they realize they are not alone…