by Moira Cullings
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — With abortion on the rise in Kansas, leaders at Project Rachel believe their ministry is needed now more than ever.
That’s why the organization that serves postabortive women is launching its ministry for Spanish-speaking women.
“Statistics show that Hispanic women have increased their use of abortion in recent years,” said Patricia Vela, “and consequently, women suffering from postabortion syndrome have also increased.”
The goal with Project Rachel’s extended outreach is simple.
“We want to include everyone in our archdiocese to receive the services our church offers,” said archdiocesan pro-life ministries coordinator Ann Marie Alvey.
Vela will minister to Hispanic women at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Virginia Tzontecomani will serve at Our Lady of Unity Parish campuses at Sacred Heart and St. John the Evangelist, all located in Kansas City, Kansas.
“As a ministry,” said Alvey, “we desire to bring Jesus’ healing mercy to all women and men who are suffering from the effects of abortion through the healing programs we provide.”
Although it’s a Catholic ministry, Project Rachel serves people of all religions.
“God’s mercy is infinite and every sinner has the right to receive his grace,” said Vela. “God wants to heal all your wounds and give you the opportunity to start a new life.
“In Project Rachel, you can find that love of God in a safe environment and without judgment, in addition to learning tools that will help you heal and give meaning to your life.”
Three of Project Rachel’s leaders participated in a radio interview with Kansas City Radio en Español to promote the launch. The video can be viewed on the radio network’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching its name.