I have a very challenging job. I attend an average of 12 meetings each week; recruit and train volunteers; raise funds; develop marketing strategies; write curriculum; respond to texts and emails each day; prepare for and give speeches; oversee curriculum translation in multiple languages; and deal with administrative minutia: opening mail, making bank deposits, filling out government forms, writing reports and newsletters. I could go on. I love my job, and I am very grateful for the thousands hours donated by dedicated volunteers, but you get the point.
Above all else, my job at AbAnon is to keep the “main thing the main thing”— launching new AbAnon Chapters and equipping our Facilitators with the tools they need to be effective. Occasionally all that I have to do causes me to lose sight of that purpose, then an email from a hurting individual gets me back in focus. Here are a couple of emails I received lately:
“Good morning. I had seen this page recommend to someone on Facebook that was in the same situation as myself with dealing with a lot of pain, embarrassment, hate towards myself, and not knowing where to turn after my abortion. I am interested in more information.”
****** (Yuma, Arizona)
“Hello, I came across your website and I was wondering if you have any groups in [my] area? … I’m a 42 year old woman who got pregnant at 17 and had an abortion. I never participated in counseling after my abortion and it was hidden/swept under the rug by my family. Some of my family didn’t know about it until I was in my 30’s.
My step-mom was highly persuasive and adamant I have the abortion for many reasons, although my boyfriend, Dad and I were not comfortable with the choice. I still think about it often. I struggled the most after having my three children. The guilt was overwhelming at times.
I grew up in the church and I have a deep love for Jesus, which caused me to struggle with my action, even more. I’ve felt ashamed, confused and lost many, many times. I would love to connect with a group in this area. If you have any information, I would greatly appreciate it.
****** (Seattle, WA)
This world is full of hurting people and AbAnon is here to offer healing, forgiveness, and freedom. Thank you for joining us in this work,
Perry Underwood – Director