‘Why is it that I pray for forgiveness but don’t feel forgiven?’
This is the most common question we were being asked by Christian women and men about abortion, and we wanted to do something to help. The Restore and Rebuild course was the result, set up by Jonathan Jeffes and Nicky-Sue Terry at an Anglican church in central London over 14 years ago.
Jonathan’s story is one of personal involvement, after his girlfriend’s abortion had unexpected emotional and spiritual consequences for which he received healing when he became a Christian on an Alpha Course. Nicky-Sue, an experienced counsellor, had noticed in her practice how many women struggled with complex feelings after an abortion that they seemed unable to resolve on their own.
Hundreds of women and some forty men have since completed the course, which is now available in other churches across the UK.
We are not a campaign and we do not seek to make abortion illegal.
Our mission is to bring God’s healing to women and men affected by abortion, and to help them resolve the past within the context of their faith.
Our Aim is to provide a safe environment for sharing feelings and for discussing the past.
Our experience is that most will find healing and peace as they do so.
Our Team is non-judgmental, accepting and empathic; we understand the sensitivities around this subject, and the need for confidentiality. Our team members are experienced in running the course and drawn from across the denominations including Anglican, Catholic, and other backgrounds.
Our hope is that those on our courses would be freed to leave the past behind, to be restored to fullness of life and empowered to rebuild their lives.
As the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:12-14: Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.