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Mothers empower kids with prayer

Posted: March 15, 2008 12:38 a.m.
Updated: May 16, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Every week, Marcie McCain joins other moms from Santa Clarita

Christian School in an hour-long prayer session.

The handful of women pray for their kids, students in need, teachers, administrators and even the district as a whole.

They take a moment to silently confess their sins. And then they give thanks for the blessings in their lives.

But McCain, the group leader for Santa Clarita Christian, is just one of thousands of moms around the world who prays every so often through Moms in Touch, an international ministry of mothers with the goal to pray for kids of all ages attending all sorts of schools.

Beginnings
Moms in Touch was initially brought to the Santa Clarita Valley in the late 1980s by Sharon Givens, according to Gaylynn Kellogg, the valley's current contact person for Moms in Touch.

Although Givens has since moved away from Santa Clarita, Kellogg said Moms in Touch groups have continued to form even as new schools have opened.

She estimates that out of the 51 public schools, 31 have Moms in Touch groups that meet on a regular basis.

That number, however, does not include Santa Clarita Christian, a private school, or the college age group. Additionally, Kellogg, who also serves as a group leader for Saugus High School's Moms in Touch, said there is also a group of grandmothers who pray for local students, as well.

As for how many local moms are part of the organization, Kellogg replied, "I would say that 150 moms is not exaggerating."

That figure is a rough estimate as Kellogg explains that membership shifts as students graduate from school.

But numbers aside, Kellogg said that it only takes two moms who believe in the power of prayer to form a group.

Because the majority of schools in the Santa Clarita Valley are public, Moms in Touch groups pray off school grounds in the homes of members or local churches.

One exception is Santa Clarita Christian, whose group is able to meet on campus.

"We don't solicit ourselves to the school," Lisa Detres, group leader for Agua Dulce's Vasquez High School group said, noting there is a line of separation that the group maintains.

Although the group does not meet on the campuses of public schools, Moms in Touch will leave little gifts and cards for teachers and administrators to show their support for the schools.

Bill Bolde, principal of Saugus High School, said that Moms in Touch has been praying for Saugus students for as long as he's been principal.

He remains appreciative of the support that Moms in Touch gives to the school.

"They let us know through little cards and notes that they are praying," he said.

All the meetings are held according to a structure put forth by Fern Nichols, the founder of Moms in Touch, based in Poway, Calif, and the Moms in Touch booklet.

McCain said they will start out with a praise before making time for silent confessions. This is followed by a thanksgiving time.

From there, McCain said they will start praying out loud for each specific child, often their own youngster.

Along with a general prayer for the well-being of the child, the moms will pray that the students do well on any upcoming tests and projects.

Depending on the week, prayers will also be said for teachers and administrators.

The hour also includes reading scriptures from the Bible as a way to draw inspiration.

Because many of the prayers are personal, the group leaders said that the discussions within sessions are confidential.

"It is a safe place to share concerns," Kellogg said.

Power of prayer
As simple as saying a prayer can be, McCain and the other group leaders believe that being part of Moms in Touch has made a difference in her kids.

"My kids have never done better in school than when I've been praying for them every week," said McCain, who has been part of Moms in Touch for around six years.

With prayer, she feels better being able to hand over her kids to God every week.

"It just gives me a sense of peace each week," McCain said.

Detres echoed McCain's thoughts: "We've seen some tremendous results in the lives of the students."

Kellogg also agreed.

"I see how God is working in the lives of my kids," she said.

Get involved
• To find out more about Moms in Touch, visit www.momsintouch.org or contact Gaylynn Kellogg at
(661) 618-7374 or via e-mail at daboismom@aol.com

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