Miami’s largest funeral procession will take place on Mother’s Day weekend – not for one person, but for thousands of babies who have been aborted in South Florida. The event, called Procession of Healing, is being hosted by Wayside Baptist Church in Miami on Saturday, May 9.
“My wife and I have a strong burden for the unborn, especially now as parents ourselves,” says Wayside’s Senior Pastor Brandon Park. “It’s been a desire of Wayside to be a church that is sensitive to the issue and outspoken in the pro-life movement. We want to provide a place of healing for those who have had an abortion,” Park says.
The Procession of Healing will begin at Wayside with a service at 9 a.m. and a funeral procession following at 10 a.m. Attendees will hear a message from Park and a personal story from another participant.
Park says, “This is not a protest. We’re not going to have signage. We simply want to make a statement about what abortion really is and provide hope and healing for women.”
According to Park, more than 20,000 abortions are performed in Miami each year. He says Miami has the most abortion clinics and the fewest number of pro-life agencies in the country.
“As a pastor of a 1,000-member church, I feel we should be light in the darkness,” he says.
According to Heartbeat of Miami, a crisis pregnancy center, Florida is one of the four states in America where abortion is most highly concentrated. The center’s staff says 40 percent of all abortions in Florida are happening in Miami-Dade County and Broward County.
The Procession of Healing began last year in Knoxsville, Tenn., because Steve Fatow, pastor of Trinity Chapel Church, wanted to honor the more than 3,000 babies who had been aborted in his county.
A dramatic statement was made when 350 cars participated by following a hearse through the city streets.
Miami-based meteorologist and pro-family advocate Stan Goldenberg introduced Fatow to Wayside Baptist Church.
“The church heard a presentation, and they were on board,” said Goldenberg, the father of 11 children.
Fatow says event organizers want women and men who suffer from Post-Abortive Syndrome to find healing and forgiveness in Jesus.
“Some women have been waiting years to bring closure to an abortion they had,” he says. “We’re not here to point a finger at anyone, we want them to know Jesus loves them and will forgive them.”
Park adds, “With dozens of cars following a hearse and police escort, we hope to make a profound statement. These babies are boys and girls with the potential to be life-changers in our community.”
For more information, visit www.ProcessionofHealing.com.