College Praying Moms Newsletter

May 2019 College Prayer Points

Prayer Bricks

When my youngest son graduates in May, it will be the end of praying through six years of college for my two boys. So next year, as I write these columns, I will be praying for two career sons. This is a good time to remind moms in a career-only group, that all Moms in Prayer groups cover at least one school in prayer, even if they don’t have kids in school. (You choose what school(s) you cover.) Also, remember, we take a break from the monthly prayer points during June and July and post them in August on the College Praying Moms Facebook page. Monthly emails resume in September.

In the past, I have referred to the story of D. L. Moody and the 300 praying moms who turned the tide at Cambridge which eventually led to one of the largest student movements ever and sparked missions and revivals. It has been a touchpoint for me as I walk this prayer journey with you. Moody also interests me because of the influence of his praying mom, and he is my husband’s ancestor.

Moody’s birthplace, in Northfield, Massachusetts, is also where he established a school. I met a man who relocated there to start a ministry of his own due to Moody’s history and legacy in the area. We caught up recently when he was in town, and he gave me a brick.

That’s right–a brick. But not just any old brick, though old it is. The brick is from the late 1800s and was likely from Moody’s property. Stamped on the brick in all capital letters is the word PRAY. According to my brick-bearing friend, there was a brick factory in this area during Moody’s lifetime. It was owned by Robert E. Pray. Moody supposedly had Bibles placed in the cornerstones of his buildings at Northfield and Mt. Hermon, and then these buildings were constructed out of the bricks stamped “PRAY” and other bricks that appear to say “HIS” (they were actually stamped with H&S, but the font made it look like “HIS” as if meaning belonging to God—Moody, his work and his school). According to my friend, “It didn’t take long for those with a bit of a prophetic imagination to see significance in that.”

I’m sure many of you, like me, have laid down “prayer bricks” making a path from elementary to middle school to high school and on to college. 

While women in Moms in Prayer groups haven’t been laying down prayer bricks for quite as long as bricks have been around (1984 vs. 7500 BC), isn’t it interesting that bricks are one of the longest-lasting and strongest building materials there is? When it comes to spiritual foundations, prayer is the same way. Mortar made of water, sand, and cement holds bricks together. In Moms in Prayer groups, our mortar–our bonding agent of one accord intercession–is partly mixed with tears of joy and grief as we’ve poured out our hearts over our sons and daughters. Our prayer bricks have been fired in a kiln of compassion for one another’s kids and our campuses.  

As we meander over our pathways of prayer, I think of each student, teacher, administrator, and professor’s name being stamped on a brick. I think of the names of the moms who have prayed with me through the years: Nancy, Lore, Dorothea, Lori, Janet, Ruth Ann, Heather, Kris, and so many more whose names are engraved on those bricks—and on my heart–as well. As I leave those bricks behind, I’ll be laying down new ones as my boys head into their careers paved with God’s past answered prayers and His future promises. One day, my prayer path may even lead me to pave the way through school for my grandkids.

Thus, says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it and find rest for your souls.  Jeremiah 6:16 (ESV)

May 2019 College Prayer Points
 

Tips: 

•  Where your prayer sheet says Teachers/Staff: paste the department of the week. Pray for the unsaved and saved administrators/staff/professors/students in that department using the two scriptures listed, respectively.
•  For the Specific Requests: pray for things pertinent to that department. You can always pray for favor for Christian professors and students and a renaissance of Christian thinking.
•  Where your prayer sheet says School Concerns: paste the next items which are categorized by ways to pray Campus Concerns for administration, students/campus ministries, and campus issues, and the #everycampus movement we are supporting in prayer this year. 
 

April 28- May 4: Departments: Pray for any department you want to and/or your child’s especially as semesters end and exams begin.  1) For students’ mental and physical health as they approach the end of the semester and for the student services departments that help them.  2) EveryCampus: for the website to be a useful resource and to be protected.

May 5-11: Departments: Humanities, Liberal Arts, Cultural Studies 1) Exams, stress, rest. 2) Summer plans 3) EveryCampus: more campus ministries to join the effort in a spirit of unity.

May 12-18: 
Departments: Records/Admissions/Financial—wrapping up the semester 1) Graduation ceremonies and graduates’ transition to life after college; parent/student relationships when back home 2) Campus ministries—assessment of past year and plans for next 3) EveryCampus: mobilize prayer and gospel movements to reach ever campus in the country.

Have a great summer! Thank you for praying this year. See you in August on the College Praying Moms Facebook Page and in September in your inbox. 

PRAY. HIS.

Julie Loos, College Groups Liaison

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  1. Thank you, Julie, for your time serving all the college mamas who pray for their kids and journey forward with them into the “adulting” season. Bless your heart and and encouragement. I love reading your monthly posts and how they resonate with me, even though it’s been 5 years since my baby was preparing to do what yours is doing…. finish school, and right away start a new career and marriage. It’s a lot. <3 As a group leader of both college and career moms, I so appreciate you keeping me/us there in the real parts of mothering these young adults. Time "home" with them at holiday breaks is precious. Conversations to keep connected (and praying about when to speak and when to bite our tongues) is so important. And continuing to lift these kids up before the Lord as they do life in the "school of hard knocks" or finish college/trade school work and strive for the future and "figure out" what their next step will be, is HUGE. We can get our "knickers wrapped up in a knot" and feel so anxious with some of their choices. Keeping vigilant in prayer for their hearts and choices/temptations, job searches and date/mate choices, etc. is one thing that we CAN do, regardless of what THEY do. They will choose paths just as we did at the same age; some narrow and some wide. We thank God for His faithfulness to love and go after our kids as the Great Shepherd, no matter where they may wander or where the enemy works to lead them astray. And I thank God also, for the blessings of sister-mamas to meet and weekly join hearts and prayers for these lil' adulting lambs of ours. May God grant you a wonderful 2019 full of much joy and great love.

    1. Hi Gwen. I just discovered your message here, so I apologize for the delayed reply. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It is my passion and pleasure to help us pray for our campuses and students. Thank you for your years of prayer. Yea team-MIP! Blessings on your new year as well.

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  3. I’m happy to founded, because my son is senior this year and I star to pray for the future college right now. I’m a youth pastor in Hispanic Church in Columbus Ohio (Cristo Rey Ministries). I try to involve our moms to pray too.
    Blessings!!!

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      1. Julie, I enjoyed your letter! (on my list) made me smile.
        Even though I have a member’s guide, I have another mom I am mentoring and thought I could pass on that quick route to purchasing the leader’s guide. However, when I clicked on the high lighted word it did not take me to the leader’s guide and after more digging I was still unable to find it.

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    2. Peggy, in addition to what Sue told you about, we also hope to add a resource page to our college pages in Oct. So check back then as well. If you like our College Praying Moms Facebook page, I hope to provide resources their too in between the monthly newsletter and the items on the college pages on the website.

    1. I do not have an official group for my college – Clemson – but I started praying and walking the campus in prayer last year. My hubby even went with me a few times. I do pray there is a way to connect more of us by Skype or group phone calls to pray for our colleges. Please pray God would bring me a few other moms to pray for my college.

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      2. Dear Sue!
        I was just ‘noodling’ around this am on the MIP site as I get ready to get on our Clemson Prayer call!!
        Please contact me so that you can join us! You are an answer to our prayers!

      3. Susan Alberti, did you see on the College Praying Moms Facebook page that Jennifer Superdock is starting a group for Clemson?:
        Good Morning College Praying Moms! Looking for Moms to join our new Clemson group that prays on Thursday ams, 8-9EST! If you can get on Facebook and like our College Praying Moms page, you could connect with Jennifer.

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