I met Shannon when I flew to Oklahoma City to teach a training for several new SaveOne chapters. While she sat in this training and heard me talking about the symptoms of abortion trauma, she started realizing I was describing her! Right there on the spot, to a room of about 40 people, she confessed her abortion. The light bulb had gone off in her head as to why she struggled in different areas of her life. She happened to be at this training with her pastor’s wife, also named Shannon, and in true, loving fashion she (her pastor’s wife) immediately offered to travel with her friend down the road to recovery. For the next several weeks, Shannon and Shannon worked through the SaveOne study. The beautiful face you see at the top of this post, embodies someone who is healed, forgiven, and walking in liberty, ready to help others find their way out of the same bondage. Shannon has now been a SaveOne chapter leader for two years.
What Shannon said about SaveOne, “This book is a wonderful tool to walk through the healing process after an abortion. It is simple, yet so full of love and scripture that the participant will find ease in searching the dark places and letting God shine through.”
We are starting a monthly series at SaveOne entitled, “Truth Tellers SaveOne”. Shannon answered the call of telling others the truth of what abortion does to a person. I interviewed Shannon and I think what she has to say below will help men and women in all walks of life. Enjoy!
Sheila: Can you tell us a little about your abortion story?
Shannon: As a freshman in college, I had an abortion. It’s hard for me to say “I made the decision to have an abortion” because I don’t even think I really thought about it. I simply knew it had to be done. I didn’t give my high school sweetheart a choice, we barely discussed it. I just made a plan of action and he drove me. The most accurate way I can describe anything I was feeling during this time was nothing- nothing at all. NUMB. Just numb.
For 21 years, I lived in a prison of guilt and shame. I could count on one hand the number of people who I told my secret in that time. Regardless of any disappointments or failures I felt in my life, there was also the weight of “because I’m the kind of woman who had an abortion” added to it. This was an intimate, destructive and punishing statement that played in my mind repeatedly.
Two years ago, at a ministry conference, I heard of SaveOne and met Sheila. I was intrigued enough to buy the study and was blessed to find out my pastor’s wife wanted to offer it at our church. At the training I began my own healing process, meeting other women who had their own story or who wanted to love on “our kind”.
Even though I knew Christ died for all my sins, for some reason this particular sin I couldn’t bear to give Him. This one was mine to be chained to forever. SaveOne changed that. I never, ever, EVER, would have thought I could feel this kind of freedom. I never knew I could grieve my child, I didn’t think I was allowed to. This truth, with the love and mercy of Jesus, was what brought total healing to me!
Sheila: If people could only hear one “God-truth” about your story what would it be?
Shannon: Accepting God’s love AND mercy was crucial to my healing process. I knew God loved me and I knew He showed me mercy. But to allow both of these things to work together, at the same time and to know it was okay for me to love and grieve my child, is what changed everything.
More about Shannon and how you can connect with her: As a Christ follower, Shannon Gomez feels called to minister to the hurting women in God’s kingdom. Working through her own pain and addictions, she knows that no one can truly be happy or lead a life of love without feeling free enough to do so. This kind of pure, fresh-air freedom comes only through the love of Jesus Christ. NORTH.CHURCH is a wonderful place to call home. This multi-cultural, multi-generational church body is full of acceptance and unconditional truth in scripture. Their vision of loving God, loving people, and following Jesus is evident in every ministry area as well as their growing impact on the surrounding communities.
Check out Shannon’s website at shannongg.com and if you are in Oklahoma and would like to join her chapter of SaveOne you can, by clicking here or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.