We are just 14 days away from the Support After Abortion Healing Network Virtual Conference taking place from July 30th – August 1st! We look forward to learning from all of the fantastic speakers, connecting leaders worldwide, and most importantly, increasing healing for those impacted by abortion. On our Support After Abortion Healing Network weekly Facebook Live event, we spoke with Jeanne Pernia and Toni McFadden. Both discussed the organizations they represent and why they chose to be presenters for our virtual event.
Jeanne Pernia is the Co-Founder of Heartbeat of Miami and the International Training Coordinator for Passion Life. Heartbeat of Miami is a pregnancy center that offers services to help women make educated decisions about their unplanned pregnancy. Counseling, parenting classes, pregnancy testing, and adoption referrals are just a few services offered.
They also have a powerful abortion recovery retreat called Forgiven and Set Free. During the three day retreat, an intimate group of three to four women gathers to receive understanding, forgiveness, and healing. This work is near and dear to Jeanne’s heart. Like many women, she too experienced an abortion several years ago.
With the Passion Life organization, Jeanne leads their global expansion vision of stopping abortions internationally. We know the number of abortions per year is extremely high in the U.S however, we never discuss the issue of abortion aboard. Jeanne frequently travels to foreign countries where women usually have abortions due to poor political and economic conditions and lack of women’s rights.
One of our additional speakers is Toni McFadden, Founder of Relationships Matter, an organization focused on character building for the youth. Toni has an honest, authentic approach to having tough conversations with kids on the importance of having standards, setting boundaries, and building a solid foundation. Toni believes with these principles and tools, the youth will learn to honor and value themselves and not make careless decisions or have a “follow the crowd” mentality. Additionally, she instills the message of abstinence before marriage.
“If you don’t have Christ as your foundation, you’re going to be reaching for anything to give you identity and worth. We live in a culture of instant gratification and sex can make you feel that way at the moment but I’ve talked to many kids who afterward, their hearts have been given back to them in a million pieces and they’re expected to get over it. I’m here to say I see you, I see your emotions, and it does matter, but I also want to hold them to a higher standard and not be in these situations”.
Jeanne Pernia and Toni McFadden will both be presenting at our first-ever FREE Healing Network Virtual Conference. The conference will bring leaders, educations, and organizations together to educate on how to better serve those impacted by abortion. Sign up for FREE and register now.