About Ramah International
RAMAH INTERNATIONAL IS A NON-PROFIT MINISTRY WHOSE MISSION IS THREE-FOLD:
Directly assist those hurting from PAS through communication, resources and local referrals, Raise the level of awareness about PAS and the needs of individuals who have experienced abortion; Provide PAS resources, research and training programs necessary to mobilize and equip “the church” to reach out and help those affected by abortion so that post abortive individuals can become involved in helping others who are considering or have experienced abortion.
THE NEED FOR RAMAH INTERNATIONAL IS BASED ON JEREMIAH 31: 15
“A voice is heard in Ramah – mourning and great weeping. Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted because her children are no more.“
The research arm of Planned Parenthood (the world’s largest abortion provider), the Alan Guttmacher Institute, states that, “An estimated 43% of women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old” (“Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion,” The Alan Guttmacher Institute, Washington‚ DC‚ January‚ 2000.). Clearly, the post abortive represent a large segment of our society. Yet few confess to this sin – especially to family and friends. Many deny comfort because they fear rejection and/or are unable to confront their own participation in ending their child’s life. Except for a handful of small ministry efforts offered through our nation’s 3‚200 pregnancy care centers and direct ministries, little is being done to reach these hearts with forgiveness and healing comfort available through Jesus Christ.
THE SOLUTION RAMAH INTERNATIONAL CAN PROVIDE OUR WORLD
“This is what the Lord says, ‘restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears. For your work will be rewarded. Your children will return from the land of the enemy.” (Jeremiah 31: 16)
Ramah International’s purpose is to bring individuals struggling with (PAS) to healing so they can cease mourning by finally grieving their children’s deaths and live a normal life. It’s heartbreaking work to touch this pain, yet helping them to acknowledge the loss of their children is the first step to PAS healing, and their“work will be rewarded.” When a person suffering from PAS names their child, the child becomes a permanent part of their parent’s hearts. In essence, they are redeemed from Satan’s grasp and “return from the land of the enemy.”
THE RESULT OF RAMAH INTERNATIONAL’S WORK
“So there is hope for your future, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31: 17a)
What is the hope for someone suffering from PAS? For many, it is to stop abortion from hurting other lives. This ministry believes that it is only through the healed voices of the post abortive attesting to the devastation abortion causes that it can finally be reduced. Post abortive individuals are the only ones who can attest to the fact that abortion is a horrible choice – not only for the mother but also for the child.
MANY HAVE CHOSEN ABORTION BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE WHAT SOCIETY HAS TOLD THEM:
- It is the only means to solve a crisis in their life.
- It is only a blob of tissue.
Unfortunately, abortion does not solve their problems – it actually compounds them. PAS may take years surface, but the overwhelming majority of those who have abortions are confronted with the truth and reality of their decision to abort, and struggle with PAS. They come to the realization that they took the life of their own child. Many are also faced with the physical consequences of sterility. When they have been confronted with these harsh realities, many suffer symptoms of PAS.
POST ABORTION SYNDROME SYMPTOMS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Psychological numbing
- Depression — thoughts of suicide
- Anniversary syndrome
- Re-experiencing the abortion
- Preoccupation with becoming pregnant again
- Anxiety over fertility issues
- Interruption of the bonding process with present and/or future children
- Survival guilt
- Development of eating disorders
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Other self-punishing behaviors
- Brief reactive psychosis
PAS is commonly thought of as the abortive mother’s problem, it’s impact extends to the father, grandparents and siblings. While people affected by PAS need help, they keep this secret to themselves. There are many reasons why the individuals suffering from PAS don’t seek help. One of the key reasons for maintaining this secret — particularly within the church — is that abortion is viewed by many as “the unforgivable sin.” With no where to turn for help, they suffer silently among us.
Ramah’s mission is to equip the church to reach out to those affected by PAS, by raising the level of awareness about the needs of individuals who have experienced abortion and by providing PAS resources, research and training programs necessary to mobilize “the church” to reach out and help those affected by abortion so that individuals suffering from PAS can become involved in helping others who are considering or have experienced abortion.
Post abortion syndrome resources are needed desperately. There are currently very few resources available to assist those living with PAS. While Crisis Pregnancy Centers have been active in this ministry, few churches have developed effective ministries to help individuals suffering from PAS. Ramah’s plan is to work with the available ministries to develop and provide resources necessary to restore the lives of these people.
- Training Seminars to equip church leaders and counselors
- Media Publicity
- Pregnancy Center Website Design
- Establishment of International PAS ministries
WE BELIEVE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS WILL BE REALIZED AS RAMAH ACHIEVES ITS GOALS:
- Lives will be restored. Personal and family relationships will be restored. Personal relationship with God will be restored.
- As these lives are restored, these people will be able to reach others.
- Once healed from PAS, a substantial percentage of these people will become advocates within the pro-life community.
Sydna Massé compassionately leads you on the difficult journey through denial, anger, and grief, to forgiveness, redemption, and letting go. Her Choice to Heal offers a road map to healing – practical suggestions, resources for help, space to journal, with the encouragement and hope.
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