Sunday, April 22, 2012

Moms for Mozambique– I’m looking for 28 of you!

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There is no one like a Mom! And May is the month of Mother’s Day in many parts of the world, a wonderful thing to set aside a day to honor the most important person in many people’s lives, their mother. Although no mom is perfect, most people love their moms with a love that they don’t share with anyone else. And, most moms love their children with a passionate love that is unmatched in any other relationship.

But there are many children who, for one reason or another, find it difficult to share that special bond with their mothers. I happen to live with 28 of them in our children’s center in Zimpeto, Mozambique. Some of these precious boys in my dorm do have mothers who love them and whom they adore but they are currently not able to live with them. However, although they long to, the majority do not have a close relationship with their moms, through abandonment or death or circumstances.

I felt God drop a little idea in my heart recently on behalf of my sweet boys who don’t have their moms to tuck them in at night, wipe away their tears and dream with them for their future.

I’d like to invite all the Moms I know – and even those I don’t! – to set aside the month of May, in honor of Mother’s Day, to pray with their children once a day for one of my boys in my dorm.

If you choose to participate, I will send you a photo and a brief bio of one of my boys. You and your children can then pray once a day for the month of May for this special boy. You can pray however you like, but my thought was just with the heart of a mom for a child, the same types of prayers you might pray for your children. You may also pray that God would fill that role of a mom in their life in his creative ways! Even that the children with moms might be able to be reunited with them in a healthy environment!

(*If you would like, please feel free to share with me your child(rens) ages or birth month and if possible, I will try and make a match to make it special for your kids!)

IMG_0018My hope is that at least 28 moms will choose a child to pray for so that each one of my boys is being prayed for specifically in this month of May. If you would like to pray for one of my boys, please contact me via email at Lauraleighanderson@hotmail.com, via Facebook comment or private message or via a comment on this blog. Please include your email address and I will email you a photo and bio of a darling boy! (and please feel free to share this invitation with people you know via your Facebook or blog if you like, no pressure!)

Frequently Asked Questions (or at least what I think might be asked since no one has asked any questions yet!):

1. Is there a financial commitment? No, this is a prayer commitment. If you would like to make a financial donation you are welcome and it would be a blessing but it is not necessary, just jot me a quick note and I can provide the information.

2. Can I pray if I’m not a mom or my kids can’t/won’t join me to pray? Absolutely! All prayer changes lives! The focus is for moms with their kids but I welcome anyone who wants to pray for my boys!

3. Can I pray if I’m a dad? Absolutely! Wow, maybe I need to do this in June! This nation of Mozambique struggles greatly with fatherlessness so these boys need men of God influencing their lives, even via prayer!

4.  Can I join in even if I hear about this after May has started?  Please do!  Whenever you hear about this, if you feel led to pray, please contact me!

I can’t wait to see how this unfolds!  May God bless all you Moms out there!

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Just a couple photos to give you a glimpse of the cutie pies!!!

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12 comments:

Anne Dye said...

My family and I are in Italy and we would love the honor and privilege of praying for one of your boys. Thank you for doing this.
annedye at gmail dot com

The Reeds said...

What a sweet idea Laura! I will share this on fb as well. I think you have my e-mail already or through this comment/profile.

Great idea!!

Jennifer said...

Count me and Charlotte and Mary in! I'd love to share with my girls more about what you are doing. Thanks for the opportunity to serve you and your boys this way.

familymusings (at) gmail (dot) com

Jen Menta said...

As a mom of four boys, our family would love the privilege of praying for one of your boys. jnjmenta at gmail.com

Claire Koenig said...

Hi Laura, As you know my kids are grown. If you end up needing an "older" mom whose kids won't be participating, I'd be honored and happy to pray for one of your peanuts. :) You have my email.

Claire Koenig

drewsmom said...

Laura, this is a cool idea. My kids and I would love to participate. I have one whose birthday is 10/24/99 and one is 12/30/03. Our email is 4.mcpherson@gmail.com

Jennifer McPherson

passion.purpose.purity said...

Heya Laura, I would love to do this!! Could I please pray for one of the twins, fernando I think?? Blessings!!

Mika said...

My 3 boys and I would love to pray for your boys. Any age is fine. (Mine are 2-10) This is such a wonderful idea!

Mika said...

Oops. My email address is mikapaz79@yahoo.com

diaryofaseeker said...

Laura, me and my 2 girls would love to devote our prayers to one of your boys. Such a great Idea! For those of us who do not have access. To love them through prayer. My email Address is Imaspinner76@gmail.com.
We would love to be able to pray for specific and spiritual needs of one of the boy and also your group as a whole.

Laura said...

Lovely Ladies!
Thank you so much for wanting to pray for one of my boys and sharing it with your friends as well. I am so blessed and thrilled to see what God will do.
Love, Laura

Momofboys said...

First let me thank you for what you're doing for these precious ones. They are Gods children and you have do willingly given of yourself to love and care for them! I have three boys of my own 12, 10 and 5 and would love to pray for one of the boys with them. My email is jasnclaud@comcast.net