My Journey with Moms in Prayer

I have fond memories of my Moms in Prayer sisters. This small group of Christ loving women was led by a military wife who wanted to make Christian friends in her new home in the D.C. area. Like the Moms in Prayer leader, I had just relocated from my hometown of Cincinnati. With my husband and four kids in tow, I placed “getting connected” at the top of my to do list. At that time, volunteering with the school’s PTA and serving in my daughters’ Girl Scout Troops served as instant connectors.

I still remember my first PTA meeting in this very progressive, quick paced area of the nation. There were a lot of well-dressed women who seemed far more professional than I was. It was very intimidating. Within minutes, I was drawn to one woman in particular whose coal-black eyes danced as she made my acquaintance. Authenticity flowed from her radiant smile. A simple cross dangled from her neck. I knew the Lord had answered my prayer by providing a new friend.



Days turned into years and Pat and I did life together. We co-led a Girl Scout Troop and volunteered with the PTA. We met weekly for coffee and prayer with our Moms in Prayer Group. Pat introduced me to what I thought at the time were radical thoughts around prayer, fasting, prayer closets and the like. That small group of devotees served as a bulwark against some of the cultural demons we knew our kids, and frankly ourselves, were confronting. We armored up, linked arms and spent time on our knees in prayer.

That sisterhood of praying moms was an important first step to understanding the value of community, friendship, influence, and prayer.

I solemnly believe that my experience with Moms in Prayer helped to fertilize the path upon which I was to be called. Moms in Prayer influenced the founding of American Heritage Girls (AHG)!

Today, AHG serves tens of thousands of families who want experiences of faith, service, and fun for their daughters. The cornerstone of the ministry is helping girls understand who they are in Christ. Through teaching life skills, assuming leadership roles, participating in service projects, socializing and engaging in faith-building programs like the Moms in Prayer Patch, AHG accomplishes its mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.

Patti Garibay is Founder and Executive Director of American Heritage Girls, Inc., the premier national character development organization for girls ages 5 to 18 that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

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  1. My son Joseph C. Is 33 yrs old, and he had been in drugs all his adult life . He is married with several children, his wife was on drugs, and her two girls were taken away from CPS. The wife did all her classes like she was ordered by the she is able to take her kids back, but my son is not able to see the girls, because of the drug use, he has now hit bottom, and is now in jail for a warrant, broke probation , and for selling. Please he needs prayers, I want him to get his life back on track. He needs Jesus in his life,

    1. Norma, thank you for sharing this with us! I am praying for your son right now. Lord, whatever is keeping Joseph away from You, cause him to repent and turn toward You to be forgiven and set free. Bless his family also with faith in the One True God and make them into new creations in Christ. Comfort Norma through all of this and remind her that her prayers have availed much. You are working on her behalf great and mighty things. May Norma see the results of her prayers, having Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Norma, if you’re not part of a Moms in Prayer group, you can go here and join a group: With heartfelt prayers and care for you and your family.

  2. I am so thrilled that two of my granddaughters participate in AHG. I was not at all surprised to find out that you were a member of MIPI, the two go hand in hand. It is wonderful that I will be able to participate in helping the girls earn the Girls in Prayer patch. Having been in MIPI since 1991 I am delighted to have this avenue to share the joy and responsibility of prayer with the coming generation. Bless you for forming AHG. This afternoon my granddaughters and I went through the book and chose which badges we would work on this summer. Thank you, Vicki

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