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Moms reach out through prayer
The women are part of Moms in Touch International, a group that
was started 15 years ago as a way for moms to "get in touch with God, their
children, their school and one another through prayer."
With the new school year just beginning, groups in the Riverview
and Snoqualmie Valley school districts are again gearing up to pray together
after the summer hiatus.
"It strengthens the [children] to know that it's not only their
parents that pray for them, but that other women love and pray for them
too," said Rhonda Solberg, a member of the Tolt Middle School prayer team.
Right now Moms in Touch have groups for Cedarcrest and Mount
Si high schools, Tolt and Snoqualmie middle schools, and Carnation
Elementary. But the women involved hope that one day all Valley
schools will be covered.
In fact, a national goal has been set to have a group at every school
by 2003. There are currently 907 Moms in Touch groups in Washington.
"You need at least two moms, and from there, it can be as many as
your house can fill," said Jeanne Hunter, the "contact mom" for the
Riverview School District.
Moms in Touch groups across the world (there are meetings in 85
countries) dedicate one hour a week to get together for a time of prayer,
which the mothers say isn't a burden, but a blessing for them.
"There's so many things vying for our time. But I thought, `What's
the best way to help my daughter out?'" said Angie Olson, who is part of
the Tolt Middle School group.
She decided to devote her time to the weekly meeting to pray for
the needs of her child and other children in the schools. At the meetings
there are no refreshments, no unnecessary chitchat, just one hour of pure prayer.
"It makes it nice to know it'll be an hour and you know what to
do," said Wendy Godfrey, who has two children at Cedarcrest High. "It's
easy to say, `Yes I can fit this into my schedule.'"
"And it keeps you on task because we know what we need to pray
for," Solberg added.
Through the years that the prayer group has been in the Valley,
the women have seen miraculous changes in their children, schools and in
These mothers pray for everything from math tests, to how to handle
bullies in school. Common prayer requests at the elementary level
include praying that their child would be matched with the right teacher
and friends, and that their child would develop good study habits.
When the children reach middle school, the moms focus their
efforts and pray that their children can emotionally and academically adjust to
the new school environment.
Then as the students move on to high school, the moms ask for
protection while they drive or play sports and that their children would be able
to make the right decisions for their future.
One answer to prayer, Hunter recalls, was when her son was about
to enter middle school and she was worried about an infamous part of
town called "The Underground." It was a place off-campus where local
teens congregated and used drugs.
So she took her concerns to prayer, and later, crews bulldozed the area
and destroyed the teens' hiding place. It was an answer to prayer, Hunter said.
And sometimes, prayer is all that these women can count on.
"You can't go to bat for your child," Solberg said. "Prayer is a
wonderful defense for my child without my being there."
"Prayer changes things. It's the best defense for any problem,"
For more information about the Moms in Touch group in
the Riverview School District, call Jeanne Hunter at (425) 333-4732. In
the Snoqualmie Valley School District, call Sharon Suver-Jones at (425)