As a church, we need to have a vision of outreach and mission for our community. @ggmandy
After all, it’s the reason we exist …. to reach out to those around us.
For most of my ministry, my passion fell in the area of children.
It seemed to me that the children’s department was often overlooked, but if we really want to reach people, then children is where to start.
There are many reason for this, here are a few…
- A survey — by the International Bible Society — indicated that 83% of all Christians make their commitment to Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14, that is, when they are children or early youth. The Barna Research Group surveys demonstrate that American children ages 5 to 13 have a 32% probability of accepting Christ, but youth or teens aged 14 to 18 have only a 4% probability of doing so. Adults age 19 and over have just a 6% probability of becoming Christians.
- Reach the children, then you will reach their parents and greater family members.
- Parents appreciate whatever you will do to serve their children. I believe the most often used reason for visitors to not return is “No Children’s Program”
I want to share with you some wonderful programs that are already nationally set up. All you would have to do is implement them with the help of these organizations. I’ll be sharing some of these over the next few weeks.
Today … Let’s look at Moms in Prayer.
This program would not take a lot of legwork or money to implement. Just a few people with a heart to pray for their own children and the children in the community.
Our children need our prayers. Satan is working hard to steal them away from us. @ggmandy
Church leaders need to encourage their people to pray and open up times when Moms can come together and pray for their children. This is the program with all the resources to help you make it happen. Start with the moms and (grandparents) in your church and then open it up to the community.
The idea behind this program is for moms to come together in homes or in churches to pray for their children and each other’s children. It is set up as a weekly event. MiPs provides a prayer sheet each month with scriptures and even sentence prayers that you can use.
Watch this video about Moms in Prayer
Here are some of the other resources available through Moms in Prayer.
Here is an excerpt from a blog post
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance… Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)
Just those few hours of prayer. Seems like a small amount of time, but it adds up fast with a tally of eternal rewards. No, we aren’t trying to somehow rack up points with God. But we keep alert by joining with other moms, seeking God for what He wants for our children and schools. And together we hear from the Holy Spirit praying through that other mom and through us. What we are doing is making a difference. Things that only God can accomplish through prayer.
"With Moms in Prayer, I stay alert and persevere in prayer for my children. Truthfully, who else will persevere and protect like a mother, like a parent? And there is a concrete result from all those hours of prayer for my children… so many prayers are answered. Although some are not yet resolved, we leave our Moms in Prayer meetings encouraged that we are fighting for our children and winning!“ Read more in Today's Blog, Thirty-Six Hours.
BLESS OUR SCHOOLS
Every year on the third Sunday in September, churches around the world pray for the schools, teachers, staff, and students in their congregation.
As a result, students and staff feel bolstered in prayer and ready to stand firm in Christ. Moms unfamiliar with Moms in Prayer discover a powerful way to impact the lives of their children and school.
Go to the website for all the printed resources to help you have this special day of prayer for the schools in your community.
All you need is a Booklet and one other mom to join you. We can help with the rest.
Click on the picture on the left to go to the website.
All it takes is two parents who want to pray for their children.
Your church could have prayer groups all over your city!
You can even get a yard sign to help advertise your meeting.
This ministry could change your schools, your town, your county, your state. @ggmandy #momsinprayer
Don’t waste any more time. Check into this program and see if it’s something your church can implement.
Praying for our Children,