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Moms around globe band together to intercede for childrencomment (0)

June 18, 2009

By Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress

If you are not praying for your child, who is?” This jolting question is often presented to moms who are being encouraged to become part of a Moms In Touch prayer group. Moms In Touch International (MITI) represents a growing number of mothers who obey the Lamentations 2:19 admonition to “pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord, lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children.”

MITI began in 1984 when one mom in California felt a burden to pray for her school-age children and sought out another mom to join her. But God had bigger plans. Today the interdenominational ministry has groups praying in every state and more than 120 countries. The MITI vision is “that every school in the world will be covered with prayer.”

Groups of moms meet for one hour every week to pray in specific scriptural ways for their children and the schools they attend.

In Alabama, MITI has nearly 1,000 praying moms who represent 200 schools. Many of these moms have moving stories about God’s response to their prayers.

Molly Miller, a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church, Hoover, tells a dramatic story of God’s protection of her daughter Rebecca during the EF4 tornado that struck Union University in Jackson, Tenn., in February 2008. Her group had prayed Psalm 16:8 for Rebecca — that she would “set the Lord always before her” and “not be shaken.”

Rebecca called her parents at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 5, asking them to pray because a tornado was headed toward campus. At 7:02 p.m., the tornado hit, severely damaging the dorm where she and her friends were sheltered in the bathroom. They were unharmed while everything around them was destroyed. Miller said, “There is no doubt in Rebecca’s mind that God helped them get to the bathroom in time. We both know that God protected her and that our prayers from the week before had been heard and answered.”  

Another mom gives testimony of God’s work in the life of her rebellious son. She began praying alone for his restoration to God. One morning as she prayed and walked at the local track, another mom joined her and began telling her about Moms In Touch, and she knew this was what she needed.

“I went to the meeting and found a safe place to unburden in prayer everything I was struggling with for my son,” she said, noting she has since seen God turn her son’s life around.

But Moms In Touch doesn’t just touch the lives of children who are prayed for. Moms find God working in their lives through the ministry, too.

Lee Ann Barley, a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, has prayed for her three sons for 17 years. She said she is forever indebted to Moms In Touch for disciplining her in the “blessing of persistent and persevering prayer.”

This fall, MITI will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a wave of prayer called Arise! Cry Out! beginning in New Zealand and circling the world. Arise! Cry Out! will take place Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alabama will have participating churches in Decatur, Huntsville, Hoover and Tuscaloosa.

For information about Arise! Cry Out! or groups in the state, contact Susan Shepherd, Alabama coordinator for Moms In Touch, at mitial@momsintouch.org or visit the MITI Web site at www.momsintouch.org.

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