Since I began speaking in parishes, I have asked for feedback from the pews. Here are only a sampling of the comments I receive, but they represent the general response in parishes.
What was the overall message conveyed in the presentation?
Patricia Linder: “Jesus welcomes everyone back. Although someone makes a choice to have an abortion; there are ramifications that occur they may not be prepared for or expect. There is support available to everyone.”
Joseph Kalil Sr: “God has more forgiveness and mercy than we have the ability to use.”
Donna Randolf: “…this ministry helps women struggling with abortions and can provide a form of personal healing. Also, everyone in the community can take part in this ministry.”
How do you feel the congregation received the information?
Charlotte Gilliam: “I heard lots of positive comments and everyone seemed very attentive during the presentation.”
Mary Harty: “It was very still in the entire church. I think the message was good and received well.”
What could be improved?
Christine: “I can’t think of anything here. It must be challenging to convey a story like yours and the purpose of your mission in just 5 - 10 minutes. I feel you did that.”
Illegible signature: “Not much, it was organized and prepared very nicely. Eye contact was made with the congregation.”
What gave it strength?
Kathryn Jenkins: “Debbie was so honest and forthright … Her story was very moving, sincere and emotional. My 15 year old granddaughter was so very moved by the testimony.”
Libby Thomas: “Your personal testimony and Scripture to back it up.”
Mary Harty: “The presentation – the way you delivered it – you spoke from the heart and didn’t read to us. Thank You.”
Personal observation of interest…
Leon Kraus: “That a person will carry this wound the rest of their life unless they receive healing from the Lord.”
Anonymous: “I needed to hear Debbie say confession (sincerely) does take away the sin but it doesn’t take away the pain.”
Pat Koors: “Very moved. We have never had anyone ever before get up in St. Mary’s to tell this story. It was time.”
Young people are motivated to become pro-active among their peers.
Parishioners become aware of the need to balance the pro-life message, remembering Christ came to seek and save the lost by dying on the cross.