A new group began last night. There are a total of 7 in the group, but that includes myself and my co-leader as well as two other women who went through a group over the summer and are interested in starting a group at their own church. Technically we only have three participants.
I intended for the meeting to be a very stress free experience. I shared about AWPM, STS, and had them share a little about themselves. Just in the little they shared, it was obvious that each one of the ladies are at a different place in dealing with their abortion. A couple have worked through it to some degree, but are wanting to take the next step while there is one that has not taken any steps what so ever.
Some of them shared what they were wanting to accomplish by taking STS while others shared their fears and anxieties. I was surprised at how honest and transparent they were. My whole goal was to give each one of them hope. Therefore I had one of the ladies who had completed STS over the summer share her story. She did a great job, especially since I put her on the spot.
We went over the basic structure of what each meeting would look like. My goal will be focusing on the “Connecting” portion of the member book. Obviously if they have questions from the material and/or homework we will also do our best to cover that. I asked them to look over and work on chapter one for next week, but not to do the homework since it actually prepares them for the following week. This way we can hit the ground running next week by discussing chapter 1 and then will assign the homework and have them begin looking over and completing week 2. (If anyone has any ideas on how to do this better, I am definitely open. I want to keep it as uncomplicated as possible.)
Today, I have been thinking about a couple of verses that I can pray for these ladies and God has directed me toward the following:
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And
with Him is abundant redemption.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that
you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I will post again next week to let everyone know how our second meeting went.