Early on in their marriage Suzanne Alft and her husband Kevin made a resolve: to walk deeper in their faith and to meet other couples wanting to do the same. When they signed up for their first Faithwalking 101 retreat to challenge them in that direction, Suzanne knew the path to transformation might be difficult due to some events from her past.
For Suzanne, Faithwalking opened some locked secrets. At her 101 retreat she was able to identify and label her secret self, a self that was crippled by shame from childhood trauma. When Suzanne was only 14 years old, she became pregnant. Her parents didn’t show concern for her—they just determined to take care of the pregnancy, and to keep it a family secret. They took her to the family doctor for an abortion, where they learned she was too far along. She was then dragged to an adoption agency, and in the end, gave up her child. Throughout this ordeal, her parents did not console Suzanne. Keeping the pregnancy a family secret was the priority. [Read more…]