MOPS Challenges Moms to Fast for a Cause: to See No Mom Alone
February 8, 2010
DENVER, (christiansunite.com) -- MOPS International President Naomi Cramer Overton, moms and those who care about them begin a prayer-and-fasting challenge today to move toward a world where No Mom is Alone. MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, yearns to see each mom in real community that prevent the dangers of isolation and strengthens them, their kids, marriages, and extended families.
"About 3 million U.S. women will become moms this year; six will give birth while you read this. And so many are alone, feeling isolated," says MOPS President Naomi Cramer Overton. "Together, as part of the No Mom Alone fasting challenge, we'll make space to hear how God calls us to be loved, to love, and to live in a way where it's truer that 'no mom is alone'."
The No Mom Alone challenge occurs the first Friday for six months, February 5th through July 2nd. Visit www.mops.org/fasting for more information and resources. Be sure to check with your health care provider before undertaking a fast. To receive fasting updates, email firstname.lastname@example.org; subject line "Resolution."
One idea of the fast is to replace hunger with a desire to befriend moms in our communities. "For today, when you feel hungry for whatever it is you are fasting from, live nourished by God's love and find a way to show another mom that love."
Overton was inspired by the story of Esther in the Bible, who invited others to fast for the good of a whole nation. "As we welcome the largest mom-generation in U.S. history, and an increasingly isolated one, we want each mom to have friends who accept her for who she is and who will be there for her, as Jesus told us to do for each other."
MOPS moms at the organization's most recent Convention resonated with similar words sung by Christy Nockels. Lyrics from the song Hosanna encourage this generation to rise up with selfless faith, to be stirred as we seek and pray. Visit Christy's site to hear song clips and read stories about these and other lyrics: christynockels.com.
Since 1973 Denver-based MOPS International, a non- profit ministry, has created communities and resources to help "Better Moms Make A Better World." A MOPS group is a place where moms can come - just as they are - to experience an authentic community of friendship, to receive practical mothering support, and to grow personally and spiritually. MOPS International serves over 100,000 mothers of preschoolers in more than 4,000 groups across the U.S. and in 32 countries worldwide. MOPS serves moms from all walks of life and exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.