Monthly Archives: May 2015

I can’t believe we’re here!

I didn’t tell very many people where I was going, simply because I wasn’t sure about security issues and what we were facing as a team. My family and close friends knew, as well as my church family. I love my church family so much, they had decided collectively that if I got arrested and thrown into prison they would start a “Go Fund Me” account and name it FREE SHEILA! They have my back! 🙂

We had no idea what to expect while we were there, as neither me nor my husband, had experienced communism up close and personal. We were fortunate in that we had incredible guides who had lived there and were able to show us all the sites, sounds, smells, and tastes of this awesome country.

The reason why I was invited on this trip was because of the need for abortion recovery in a place where forced abortion and a one-child policy are very real. We heard many stories regarding this subject that broke our hearts. We visited orphanages with special needs children whose lives were not valued. But I thank God for these orphanages and the people who were willing to sacrifice everything to care for these precious souls. I have been around orphans for many years (check out www.project1418.com) and have a heart for these children, but never have I been touched to my core like I was while I was there.

Can I just say…every life is precious.

Every.

Single.

One.

Throughout the trip I cannot count how many times I looked at my husband and said, “I can’t believe we’re here!” as if he didn’t know this. My mind was still wrapping around the fact we were literally on the opposite side of the world from our kids.

But the time came to get down to the reason why I was there, and I sensed the weight of what I was doing. I had the awesome privilege of participating in two different women’s retreats leading up to the Sunday I was speaking. The message of Jesus Christ healing after abortion weighed heavily on me. I don’t mean to sound so dramatic but the gravity of the need for our hope-filled message was nearly tangible. I felt as though I was in a wrestling match when I walked onto each stage and opened my mouth to speak. The tears threatened to spill out each time, as I thought about the faces of men and women who have sat silently for years with no hope. It was in the deepest part of me I desperately longed to convey just how Jesus could set them free. I hoped they saw me, saw SaveOne, as a lifeline and they realized their confidence was in Christ and Christ alone.

I was allowed to hold a 90-minute seminar for anyone who wanted to attend after the church service on Sunday. It was truly a privilege for me. About 50 people came and I was thrilled with that turnout. There was much enthusiasm, passion, tears, and grief shared that day with my husband and myself. Not just from women either, but one of the men shared of how he had advised someone at one point to get an abortion and it still bothered him deeply today. He had to fight back tears telling the story and it had been years earlier. Abortion truly does have a ripple effect on those around this choice.

Check out a portion of an email we received after the seminar…

“They basically fully identified themselves with the physical, emotional, spiritual,
relational aftermath related to abortions. We ended our meeting with prayer and trusted
God’s healing power in their lives. In short, I believe there is tremendous need for SAVEONE ministry.”

I’m thankful for those words and will treasure my time in this beautiful country. I am still working through some of the things we experienced and will probably write about those things at a later date. Just know, the harvest is ripe and workers are needed in every area. Please take time to pray for these beautiful people and their country today, and that our message of hope after abortion is resonating in the hearts and minds of those we encountered. We are believing for many chapters of SaveOne to start because of this trip!

I would love to discuss with you in the comments below your thoughts on closed countries, forced abortion, etc. or answer any questions you might have. Let me hear from you!

“…saves the world entire.”

We walked the streets of Furth, Germany for 3 hours and to tell you the truth I was a little tired. No, I take that back I was exhausted. I had been traveling and speaking every day, and I was looking so forward to going back to my friend’s office and just relaxing with a cup of coffee.

When the time came, and I finally landed in a comfy chair with coffee in hand was when it happened.

The group of people I was with were all talking, sharing cookies, and having a good time when our quiet, unassuming city tour guide slowly removed 8 gold bands from his case. First he was only talking to me and my husband Jack. He was trying to explain over the laughing, coffee-drinking crowd, about a scene from the movie, “Schindler’s List”. Many of you may have seen the part he was trying to explain. I wasn’t all the way focused on what he was saying, so I couldn’t remember although I was trying to picture it in my mind. I didn’t understand why I was having to focus my mind on a movie when I was so tired and I just wanted to relax.

As he explained his motive behind bringing the gold bands, his eyes filled with tears and his chin began to quiver. One by one my laughing and coffee-drinking friends began to take notice. One of them took a seat nearby, then another, then another, until he had our complete, undivided attention.

I realized with his emotion this was extremely important to him so I forced my mind to zero in on his words and what he was saying. Our tour guide, Tom, brought it all home when he said the words from the movie that were inscribed on the gold band the Jewish survivors had fashioned for Oskar Schindler.
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“He who saves a single soul, saves the world entire.”

This man whom I had just met 3 hours prior then handed me and every one standing there a replica of the ring fashioned for Oskar Schindler, complete with inscription. He continued on to tell us the work we were doing through SaveOne was having the same lasting effects on generations to come.

My heart flooded, my eyes spilled over, and I was completely engulfed in a moment I knew would last for many years in my memory. I had never been told words so profound. I had never felt so unworthy of the comparison, but yet so honored to think of the multiplied-thousands of lives God has saved through SaveOne.

There is much more to abortion recovery than what we see with our eyes. This issue, this choice, its after effects run deep. So deeply, oftentimes it takes a process to heal the gaping wound a person is left with. I saw how our work moved this man to tears as he thanked us for making a difference. And I felt so honored to be a part of an organization that God has used mightily to prevent abortion and end abortion on a grand scale.

If you or someone you know is suffering after an abortion do not wait one more day. Contact us, we can help you. We would also love to hear from you. In the comments below, please let us know your story, and please share this post to help others who may be suffering after abortion to not suffer any longer.

Stand with us because “He who saves a single soul, saves the world entire.”