Honestly, the same way we have ever responded!
The message of Surrendering the Secret has been the same for over 25 years. Our passion, our mission, our desire is to Heal the Heartbreak of Abortion and to equip men and women to tell their stories from a healed and healthy perspective.
“We overcome the enemy though the blood of Jesus and the Word of our testimony” Revelation 12:11
When the world hears the truth about abortion from the women and men who have endured it’s destruction, they will respond.
TRUTH INSPIRES RESPONSE!
I was re-reading that familiar story of the Samaritan woman found in John 4 this morning and reminded of this miraculous truth. When we are SET FREE, we are contagious!
So–you want to fight Planned Parenthood??
Here is how!
Start a healing ministry THIS WEEK. Include Post Abortion Recovery in your Fall Bible Study List.
2–If you have had a past abortion–get help, get healed and TELL YOUR STORY! Tell your kids so they know the truth. It’s hard but it’s worth it.
Keep praying that the floodgates of those millions of men and women who have bought the lie of abortion will open and they will come to the Body of Christ for truth and healing. That is what we do! That is what God’s Word does! Lets let our light shine before all men!
4–This is a BIG ONE–If you have a leadership role in a woman’s ministry or pregnancy resource center I encourage you to bring your entire team together and ALL GO THROUGH a post abortion recovery Bible Study together.
Those who have experienced abortion right next to those who have not.
Spend 8 weeks hearing from people you know and love who have had a past abortion. See their heartbreak. Share their tears and you will be changed. You will never look upon this bloodshed in the same way. Instead of a criminal you will see a blinded, heartbroken, filled with shame and remorse–man or woman who has experienced sin just like you have. Your heart will change and you will be a different kind of warrior.
The truth is, if Planned Parenthood dissappeared tomorrow, where would men and women faced with an unplanned or unwanted preganancy go for help? They would turn to the church! There are over 2,500 life-affirming pregnancy help centers across our nation, as well as Christian maternity homes and non-profit adoption agencies.
But oh my, how many CHURCHES?
How many Christians who are called, who are assigned to rescue those being led away to slaughter?
There is no need for any woman to feel so alone or hopeless that she chooses to end her child’s life, and damage her own, through abortion and there is no need for any woman or man to feel UNLOVED BY GOD because of the heart wrenching choice to have an abortion.
YOU my friend, can do something about Planned Parenthood as well as every other death by abortion mill in this country.
The question is, will you?
Greetings STS Friends!
We have been THRILLED at the response to our new Online Leadership Training program! It is so exciting to see so many new healing groups preparing and planning for Fall Kick-offs.
Here are a few ideas to get you going:
1–If you haven’t already–purchase our new ONLINE Audio Leadership Training Program. You will not only be equipped and ready for your group, the online version provides a never ending resource for going back and listening to each group by the week for a refresher course and some fresh ideas to get you started.
2–Go to the “Get Help Now” section of our website, identify your National Leader and any State Ambassadors in your area–contact them and ask for support, prayer and ideas of getting your group started and staying vibrant and alive.
3–Go to the “Resources” page of our website and download all the FREE materials we provide for you as a group leader.
Lastly–if you create something new–share it with us and we will share with others, like THIS promotional flyer that was created by a leader in Pennsylvania for promoting her newly starting group.
She has graciously offered to share it with YOU!!
Lets’ hear from you friends, leave a comment below and share your plans for a FALL Surrendering the Secret Group!
Where are you located?
Are you a church or a PRC?
How many STS Groups have you led?
How can we help you?
After all, It’s Time to Heal the Heartbreak of abortion! Don’t you agree?!!
Finally! You have been asking for so long and we have wanted this for so long!
TODAY is the Day!
We have just added a FULLY ONLINE–Downloadable Audio Leader Training to our website/Store.
Here is what all it contains:
The STS Audio Leader Training© is an easy to follow training process designed for individual use with either Surrendering the Secret Bible Study or A Surrendered Life chapter book interchangeably.
Author Pat Layton teaches the training (the exact material used in her face-to face training events) and follows chapter by chapter through each the 8 Healing Steps used in both resources.
This is an excellent training resource for independent post abortion recovery leaders, pregnancy resource center volunteers and staff; church ministry leaders and Christian Counselors and Coaches.
NOTE***An STS Ministry KIT which includes ministry DVD set; 1 Leader Guide and 1 Member Book MUST BE PURCHASED SEPEARTELY. This KIT will be reused over and over with each ministry group or individual.
This training will equip leaders to fully understand the STS healing process and includes tools for engaging the church; reaching women and men who need help and step by step tips on how to get your ministry started.
This training package contains:
- 2 Part Audiotape of Author, Pat Layton (approx 3 hours of audio training) providing a page-by-page walk through the STS Leader book***.
- Course Evaluation and STS State Ambassador Leader Information
- A PDF of the STS Leader Training Slide Presentation as note the Listening Guide
- A time noted listening guide to provide for ease in returning to specific points of the training as needed.
©THE STS AUDIO LEADER TRAINING IS A COPYRIGHTED PRODUCT AND IS FOR INDIVIDUAL USE ONLY! It is not to be duplicated, reproduced or shared without permission of the Author, Pat Layton.
As a CELEBRATION of the wonderful new tool–if you order your training by the last day of June–we will send you Pat’s E-book called 5 Steps to Starting a Ministry From Scratch!! FOR FREE!
I sat there and watched the miracle happen…again. I don’t know why it takes me by surprise every time. You would think that I would know better by now, but I am caught off guard every time. I just don’t expect to see a miracle unfold in front of my face.
The room, where we gathered for a Surrendering the Secret Leader Training, suddenly becomes filled with the Presence of the Holy Spirit. And then the healing begins to happen. This group of women, most of whom only met each other this morning, open up like blossoms as they share their deepest pain in the light of the early afternoon.
And suddenly, all my worries about how well I am teaching and whether or not I am adequately covering the training objectives, pale in comparison to each woman’s story and her heartfelt desire to help other post-abortive women. Our shared experiences and our faith in God combine to form this amazing dynamic that is nothing short of a miracle.
Each Surrendering the Secret Leader Training has its own special character, its own uniqueness. But I have never failed to see the Healing Presence of God enter into the hearts of the women in the room. It was my privilege to witness such a miracle at the Oasis of Medina STS Leader Training in Medina, Ohio on June 6, 2015.
Through this training, over twenty women are now equipped to lead other post-abortive women through the STS healing journey. It seems to me that Surrendering the Secret is a miracle that God has provided for post abortion healing. Through Surrendering the Secret, I received healing from my past abortion. And for me, that is a miracle.
Deb Marshall, National Leader/Trainer, Ohio
Welcome new leaders!!
Plus–how about THESE Upcoming Trainings!! Want to join us? We would LOVE to have you!
We are giving thanks for all god is doing in and through our fabulous STS Team of Leaders and could sure use your Summer Support!
If God is stirring YOUR HEART to help us reach of goal of 1 MILLION Helaed Hearts, please click on the DONATE link above. We would be honored by your support.
In His Grip,
In the Beginning…There Was Summer!
It’s the most famous story. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (KJV) He created day and night. Then, He created His best work yet – man. Up to that point, everything seemed to have been going well. Adam and Eve were enjoying the best of God’s creation until Eve ate the apple from the forbidden tree. It was all downhill from there.
Have you ever made a decision that turned out to be the beginning of a total game-changer?
I have. In January of 2006, after learning that the baby I was 22 weeks pregnant with had several health issues, I decided to terminate the pregnancy. As I think back, I clearly see that my choice was rooted in fear – fear of not knowing if the baby was going to make it to full term, fear of dealing with a baby that had issues beyond my comprehension, and yes, even the selfish fear that this baby would be a burden on my life.
Life was not the same way for Adam and Eve after they ate the forbidden fruit. It wasn’t for me either after I terminated my pregnancy. The next 5 years were filled with guilt, shame, anxiety, and fear that manifested as hypochondria. In my mind, I was convinced that I had to pay for what I had done.
The only way I could pay for my sin was through self-sacrifice. Talk about arrogance! See, God’s forgiveness, then, wasn’t enough for me. Jesus’ shed blood on the cross couldn’t cover my sin because, in my eyes, what I’d done was just too much for Him to forgive. So I needed to step in and fix things. Absurd? Yes! Uncommon? No.
In my beginning there was Summer, a 22-week, 1-pound baby that God gave me to carry and whose purpose He had inscribed in the palm of His hand. See, I have engraved you in the palms of my hand; your walls are ever before me – Isaiah 49:16 It was also in my beginning that from my fears confusion sprouted. This confusion was so deep that only the hand of God could uproot it. I am grateful today that He did just that through my surrender to Him.
He dug so deep as I went through the Surrendering the Secret study that every trace of shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, and confusion has long since passed. Summer is now a season from my life. But because of His great mercy and grace, I know I will one day get to see her beautiful face in heaven.
Friend, I do believe that we can learn from someone else’s mistake and avoid walking paths of grief and remorse created from erroneous decisions. If you are in your beginning and wondering whether the baby within you is a gift or a burden, I pray you make the right choices today, and trust in and seek the God Who’s more than enough to see you through your circumstance. If you’ve already made a game-changing decision, believe that Jesus’ sacrifice is enough to cover the emotional and physical effects of abortion ,or whatever else is weighing heavy in your heart today, because it heals, restores, redeems, and makes new.
Rosie Jensing is a wife, mother of two beautiful girls, and kingdom builder currently living in the Tampa Bay area. She is a writer, speaker, recovery ministry leader. You can connect with Rosie on Twitter (@rosiejensing) and Facebook or by email at email@example.com.
If you have a blog post to share about your ministry or your post abortion recovery leadership journey please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Layton, Author of Surrendering the Secret and A Surrendered Life will be hosting a Leader Training in Tampa, Fl on Thursday May 7th.
Please review our Training and Events page for Contact Information and Registration.
STS Leader Trainings are held around the Nation by Pat and the STS National Trainer/Leader team. The one day trainings are held from 9-4 with coffee and “meet and greet welcome” at 8:30am.
Training fees are established based upon location expenses.
The training includes:
What it Takes to Lead
An Overview of Leading the 8 “Steps to Healing” Chapters In both Surrendering the Secret and A Surrendered Life.
How to Reach Your Church and Community.
Getting Your Ministry Started
Please join us and help us reach our goal of 1 MILLION Hearts Healed from the Heartbreak of Abortion.
We were recently asked for updated stats on abortion in the US so, as usual, our National Leader Jill Marquis stepped up to the plate! Here is the tastes info she was able to find! Hope this helps with your ministry information. These are wonderful tools for session #3–Just the facts!
40% of unintended pregnancies end in abortion.
30% of women in America will have experienced an abortion by age 45.
This is great news (the decline in abortion rate). The highlighting is mine – I think we will see an even further decline due to more stringent laws going into effect. However, the reality still remains that AT LEAST 30% of the women sitting in our churches and at least 30% of the men (since we didn’t get pregnant on our own) will have experienced or participated (actively or passively) in an abortion.
The U.S. abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2011, well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000 and the lowest since 1973 (16.3 per 1,000), according to “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” by Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman. Between 2008 and 2011, the abortion rate fell 13%, resuming the long-term downward trend that had stalled between 2005 and 2008. The number of abortions (1.1 million in 2011) also declined by 13% in this time period.
While the study did not specifically investigate reasons for the decline, the authors note that the study period (2008–2011) predates the major surge in state-level abortion restrictions that started during the 2011 legislative session, and that many provisions did not go into effect until late 2011 or even later. The study also found that the total number of abortion providers declined by only 4% between 2008 and 2011, and the number of clinics (which provide the large majority of abortion services) declined by just 1%.
“With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions. We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period,” says Rachel Jones, lead author of the study. “Rather, the decline in abortions coincided with a steep national drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates. Contraceptive use improved during this period, as more women and couples were using highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, such as the IUD. Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.”