I hope this message arrives as an encouragement to you during the last days of 2017. God blessed our year by allowing us to minister to abortion’s wounded at a new and deeper level. Many of you have prayed for our efforts and financially donated as well. Thank you. As I reflect back on 2017, please know your support has certainly impacted every praise we are outlining in this message!
The year started out with some trauma. In early January we learned that the elderly parents of our neighbors had purchased our rental home, forcing us to move again in March. Since we had five training events scheduled from late February through April, stress ensued. Finding another affordable rental large enough to house Ramah International was difficult. God tested our faith because a house in our price range didn’t become available until twenty days before we had to move.
After the move, we came down with the flu which tanked us for over a week. A month later, we were traveling home from a seminar and were rear-ended in busy Kansas City traffic. Our car sustained four separate impacts before ricocheting back into three busy lanes of traffic, spinning twice as it careened to the other side of the road.
As we entered the spin cycle of this crash, Tom spoke the word, “Hallelujah.” The peace of God that passes all understanding came down upon us as we instantly surrendered ourselves to His will. While we expected to ascend into the heavenly realm, we ended up on the other side of the road as if we had pulled over to change a tire. Our vehicle was totaled and I sustained a concussion but no one else was injured. God obviously had more work for us to accomplish!
We then entered a very fruitful season of ministry. God was so very obvious in His control and protection over us in 2017 – which marked our twentieth year in ministry. Here are a few points of what God did through Ramah International in 2017:
Her Choice to Heal – Abortion Recovery Online!
Over the summer of 2017, we focused on our biggest task yet – developing a new online healing program at https://herchoicetoheal.com. This free and open website will continue to be a work in progress but is now available to the world. It offers 9 sessions – each with 9 lessons. Each session is based on the emotions of healing – Abortion PTSD, Sharing Your Story, Denial, Anger, Forgiveness, Grieving Your Loss, Joy Comes in the Mourning, Shattering Sexual Soul Ties and Sharing the Secret of Abortion.
The session features new writings separate from what is available in our Her Choice to Heal abortion recovery program. Included below each session are healing activities, a daily Scripture reading program, devotionals and reading assignments that accompany the Her Choice to Heal recovery program.
The site has just finished the first stages of test marketing. We will be adding audio files soon so that folks can listen to the content. This new website is a perfect tool to support abortion recovery leaders as it answers so many common post-abortive questions. The Ramah team is always available to help those who lack tangible healing services in their area as well. Our world finally has a tangible venue that can equip individuals with hope and a pathway to God’s healing after abortion.
Please pray for our efforts to fine tune this abortion recovery website and for the donations that are needed to begin to publicize it to the world. We will start initial marketing efforts with a mailing in February to pregnancy centers who can benefit the most from this valuable storehouse of information on how abortion impacts a heart. Then we will publicize it to the world later in 2018 with a promotional campaign.
As I worked through developing this website, God gave me encouragement from the story of the woman with an issue of blood. I was struggling with the idea of Ramah being one of the few ministries to the millions around the World who have been impacted by abortion.
God used Matthew 9:20-22 to encourage me – Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
It was empowering to have God’s assurance that His healing would be triggered when individuals simply visited this new website.
Best Training Year Ever!
We held 8 different training seminar events and trained over 960 individuals from 13 different states which represents our best year ever in helping pregnancy centers become more effective in abortion-vulnerable outreach. If you would like us to come to your area for a seminar, please contact me at [email protected]. Outside of a registration fee, there is no cost to host a seminar but it does involve helping us find a training location.
37 New Blogs
Over 2017, Ramah published 37 blogs that provide deeper insight into how abortion impacts women and their loved ones. Each blog contains a unique topic and it is heartwarming to see these writings appearing on general Google searches related to abortion. For example, if someone is feeling haunted after an abortion, and Googles “Haunting after abortion,” they will find our blog on that topic.
Our blog site at https://ramahsvoice.com is separate from our main website. The blog enjoyed 35,326 sessions during the year, reaching 29,284 unique users and receiving 43,000 page views. New visitors comprised 82.1% (29,014 sessions) of our blog traffic and returning users were 17.9% (6,312 sessions). The Ramah’s Voice blogs continue to reach many hearts with the hope of God’s healing as well as encouraging healed post-abortive hearts in their life journey. If you’d like to receive our blogs in e-mail for each Monday, SIGN UP HERE
Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you so much for your wonderful support this year. Your prayers on our behalf are the most valuable. Financially, we have watched God provide just enough to meet our every need. For those who have financially sown into our effort, we trust that this giving has ignited God’s blessing over your life. Helping wounded individuals find God’s healing after abortion doesn’t cost a lot of money but it changes a heart completely by allowing God’s voice to echo in their souls for the rest of their lives.
If God encourages you to give our ministry a year-end tax-deductible donation, we will use every penny to continue to help abortion’s wounded find the hope of His healing. Publicity is essential in helping individuals discover the new Her Choice to Heal website! While we do everything at a low-cost level, we are trusting God to provide us with more donations to be able to simply reach that many more wounded hearts!
In closing, I leave you with the peaceful perspective of Simeon after he met baby Jesus (Luke 2:28-32) – Simeon took him (Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.
I praise God that He has given us such wonderful friends like you and allowed us to continue to be a light for His peace! Thank you again for your support and know that you will be in our prayers! If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected].
Sydna Masse, Founder and CEO