Experiences at Rachel’s Vineyard

Anonymous, Rachel’s Vineyard retreat participant

“I am in complete awe of what I have experienced this weekend at Rachel’s Vineyard. I have been privileged to see our Lord’s healing hand on each and every person who shared this weekend with me, in all our different circumstances. His love, warmth and healing have entered our lives and soothed our hurt in truly amazing ways.

I must praise the team who serve as His hands and feet in this wonderful ministry, the care taken towards every single detail to make this weekend as perfect as it was can only come from their love for the Lord and dedication to bringing each and every one of us through this labour of love and restoration, I am truly humbled by them.”

Fr Eamonn
Fr Eamonn is one of the priests who forms part of the Rachel’s Vineyard Team

“The experience of Rachel’s Vineyard week has deepened my love of the priesthood of Jesus. Healing, forgiveness and deliverance are central to the ministry of Jesus; His power was evidence in the three retreat weekends I shared in. As a priest I came to each weekend with my own fragility and a fair amount of apprehension. I sensed from those who attended the retreat for them was the beginning of an emotionally and spiritually painful journey to healing and forgiveness. I was encouraged by the presence of men on the retreat. Although in the minority their grief was profound, men carry a particular sense of guilt, subsequent restoration of their sense of manhood and fatherhood was wonderful to witness as a priest. Those weekends have greatly enriched my priestly ministry and would strongly recommend the weekend to women and men hurt by abortion. For in those three days the healing and forgiving love of Jesus is poured out. God bless you.”

Rachel Mackenzie
Rachel is a facilitator at Rachel’s Vineyard Bimingham

“I believe I am part of one of the most privileged and powerful ministries… Rachel’s vineyard!  Each weekend, without fail reveals the miraculous healing hand of Jesus.  As a post-abortive facilitator, I am constantly reminded of God’s mercy and love that he shows to the broken.  The last weekend I facilitated included post-abortive mothers, and a father and grandparents affected by their daughter’s choice to abort. All came with heavy hearts and their own brokenness.  The joy and their light hearts of everyone on Sunday as they left is a true testimony to God’s power.  We are privy to the most heart breaking, soul destroying stories that prove that we have a living, powerful and merciful God that heals.”

Paschal
Deacon Seminarian, Oscott Seminary. When Paschal is ordained, he will be part of Rachel’s Vineyard

“I was not prepared to encounter the pain of abortion. I don’t know why I thought it would be any different, but the trauma that the women and men experienced hit me hard. Unearthing that pain, I felt consoled by the fact that at the very least they get to share this pain on retreat. More than sharing the pain, the retreat gave me a first-hand witness of God’s miracle-working power to bring peace, light, and hope; to make a way where there seemed to be no way. The feeling of connection and trust cultivated in such a short space of time was a testament to the power of prayer, fellowship, the grace of God – and good food. The retreat content was brilliant, with masterfully structured sessions which I felt gave space for the healing work of the Holy Spirit. I would recommend it to any post-abortive mother, father or relation.”

Sue
Rachel’s Vineyard Team Member

“I am always amazed at the power of the Rachel’s Vineyard retreat process, though I am an experienced team member. It creates a non-judgmental, sacred and safe place for women and men to work through their painful feelings connected to their abortion, knowing that God is alongside them. Participants come with such heart-breaking stories, but through a carefully written program of encounters with God there are many moments of healing, truth, mercy and transformation. It really is a journey from death to fullness of life, of darkness to light.”

About Rachel’s Vineyard

Rachel’s Vineyard is an organisation which organises weekend retreats for women who have had abortions and people who have been hurt or affected by abortion.  It is named after Rachel in the Bible, who weeps “for her lost children.”

The retreat weekends offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental environment where women and men can deal with painful post-abortive emotions.

Rachel’s Vineyard helps participants to experience God’s love and compassion, creating a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion.

Rachel’s Vineyard is a place of reconciliation.  Participants, who have often experienced deep anger towards themselves or others, experience forgiveness.  Peace is found.  Lives are restored.  A sense of hope and meaning for the future is discovered.

For more information, visit www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk.