Zubecca Brown column: Moms in Touch
Moms in Touch International is hosting a prayer event, “Arise! Cry Out!,” on November 14, inviting Christian women from around the world to fast and pray for children in more than 1,000 host sites throughout the world. Locally, Moms in Touch will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, go to www.momsintouch.org.
Two years ago, I had the great honor and privilege to meet Fern Nichols, founder of Moms In Touch International. Fern is a very humble, witty and charming woman, but what really touched my heart is her obedience to God’s calling. When prayer was being taken out of school, God put it upon her heart to stop from her busy schedule and to gather four women at that time and to pray in her home.
Six years ago when I retired from teaching in the Rowan Salisbury School System, a friend called and asked me to join a Moms In Touch group. Meeting other praying women across the state and within Rowan and praying for our children and our schools is one of the greatest privileges and honors I’ve accomplished during my retirement. Moms in Touch has taught me how to pray using scripture.
We wonder what we can do to make a difference in the life of our children and in the life of the next generation. God has given us the power of prayer. All we have to do is follow Fern’s example of obedience, evaluate our time and priorities, and gather with one or two other women to lift our children up in prayer to the one who can deliver then. We serve a faithful, sovereign God and a loving Father who desires to have a relationship with us.
My children are grown, but I continue to use Fern’s prayer format in her book “Prayers from a Mom’s Heart” to pray over Sarah, who works for Rowan Salisbury Schools; Ben, who works in Charlotte at Coca Cola Consolodated; and his bride, Candace, who works with Davis Law Firm. My prayer partner is Cindy Young, a lifelong friend, who also has three grown children and two grandchildren .
We have 12 women leading groups in Rowan County. One of the sweetest church-based groups we have is led by Carol Cauble in the East Rowan area which is a Grandmothers In Touch group. They are able to pray for several East Rowan schools. Eva White, hostess of our Arise and Cry Out Event, has been leading a group for East Rowan High, and we recently had another group started in that area. We have one faithful mom that has been looking for a partner to pray with her over South Rowan.
There are several moms praying for Knox and we have a group brewing in the West Rowan area. A great grandmother is praying in the North area and North Hills Christian has a prayer group.
The goal of Moms in Touch is to have a prayer group for every school. Mothers say, “I pray for my children.” I can assure you, as a retired teacher, that there are many children in our school system who have no one to pray for them.
We have 22 elementary schools, seven middle schools, six high schools, three alternative schools, preschools galore, private and Christian schools, homeschool and three colleges.
I’m confident there are at least two ladies from every Rowan school campus who would be willing to sacrifice one hour per week to pray for their children and school. Aren’t there?
If we want to truly make a difference in our next generation, then we must Arise and Cry Out on behalf of our children. We believe in the power of prayer, and we want St John’s Lutheran Church to be packed with praying women to smother the children and schools of Rowan County in prayer as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. What a way to celebrate!We serve a faithful God who will answer our prayers if we are faithful and obedient and call upon him.
I recently purchased Fern’s new book “When Moms Pray Together: True Stories of God’s Power to Transform Your Child.” There are stories of women from Rowan County who can testify to answered prayer likewise!
The greatest gift a mother can have is to know that her children love, honor, and serve the Lord. The greatest gift a child can have is to have a praying mother!
Zubecca Brown is Rowan area coordinator for Moms In Touch and Youth Commission International. For more information, call her at 980-621- 1949.