Trusting God with your child

Trusting God’s Plan for our Kids’ Lives

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wonderous things. You alone are God.  Psalm 86:8-10

Through prayer, I’ve seen God guide my children, but I never expected it would be across the world!

Four years prior, I was prompted by God to contact the Moms in Prayer Global Department and ask if there were countries that needed help and prayer. This team equips, trains, and connects moms in more than 150 countries to pray for children and schools.

I was asked to start praying as a Country Helper for five countries, affectionately called, “The Stans:” Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

I knew a little bit about Afghanistan, but nothing about the other nations’ histories or their people, so I looked at the world map and started researching. Located in Central Asia, these countries were constituents of USSR/Russia until 1991 and Islam is the predominate religion.

My prayer partner, Mary, and I begin asking God to raise up Moms in Prayer groups in these countries and for non-believers, that God would “open their eyes, turning them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.” Acts 26:18.

And God started answering.

That winter, the Lord opened a door for my youngest son Ben to be a Rotary exchange student for the school year. At 16, he was selected to study in Yekaterinburg, Russia. While there, God gave Ben a heart for the Russian people, their culture, and history. He decided to pursue a degree in Eastern European studies and applied as a Freshman to American University in Bulgaria, another country formerly part of the USSR.

God moved again and opened a door for Ben, now a Junior, to study Russian that fall at the American University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan!

Can I tell you how incredible it is to have prayed for the schools in a nation for four years, then witness my son attending a university there?

It gets even better!

I received a call from a former Moms in Prayer state coordinator who told me about a missionary mom, Cholpon, who lives in a community close to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Cholpon had tried to get a Moms in Prayer group started in her community without success. It also turned out that her oldest son, Chingz, had decided to come to the U.S. for college, and as only God could orchestrate, to attend Ecola Bible School in my small town of 1,600 people; Cannon Beach, Oregon.

mom's prayer for her son

Jenn and her son Ben

Cholpon and her son Chingz

So, because of Moms in Prayer and God using the ministry network, my husband and I hosted Cholpon and her family last fall at our home after they had flown 30 hours from Eastern Europe to drop their son off as a Freshman!

Our faithful God now has Cholpon’s son in my town and my son will be in her town half way around the world!

We serve a Great God who cares deeply for our children and children and schools throughout the world. Now Cholpon and I pray together when we can via WhatsApp, and my U.S. Moms in Prayer group prays every week for children and schools in both nations!

Pray with me

Lord, as we pray for our children today, we thank You that You created them and know them. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5. You also say in Psalm 139:16, “all the days ordained for them were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Help us as moms to trust these promises. Help us fully release our children to Your perfect plan and will for their lives, so that Your ways are accomplished and You are honored and pleased. Lord, may we not be afraid, but believe that just as Your eye is on the sparrow, You are watching over them, promising never to leave or forsake them. Help our children not lose heart, but find their strength and success in You all the days of their lives. We love You so much Jesus, and love them too! To You be the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Moms in Prayer

Jenn Whyman has been involved with Moms in Prayer International for over 20 years. She thanks the Lord for their amazing ministry resources that have taught her to pray more strategically and effectively! She lives on the Oregon coast with husband Dan, and has five adult children and 3 grandchildren.

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  1. I was moved to tears by your article! My daughter Rebekah spent her junior year of high school as a Rotary exchange student in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2007-2008. My Moms in Prayer group prayed for her and her school in Bishkek during that time. We witnessed Gods gracious provision and many answers to prayers during that challenging time for her. Bekah connected with believers there and became involved in a Christian group and church. I sent her a Moms in Prayer booklet in Russian. (I believe it was still called Moms in Touch at that time) I prayed that God would guide that little booklet into the right hands, and that there would be fruit from it. Bekah gave the booklet to a woman who was a pastor there. The following school year, 2008-2009, our family hosted an exchange student from Bishkek. She went on to attend The American University in Bishkek when she returned. We are still in touch with her. Kyrgyzstan holds a special place in our hearts and we continue to pray that God would move in that country! We often don’t know how God moves when we pray!

    1. Hi Deneane!
      Oh my goodness…thank you for sharing, and for your faithfulness to prayer! Amazing Rebekah was there as Rotary exchange student, and that you hosted a young lady as well! WOW and AMEN:)!
      I believe your prayers continue to bear fruit, and we agree in prayer for the American University, the city of Bishkek, and the country of Kyrgystan that the Lord raise up more harvest workers and send truth and revival across their land. Please Jesus, deliver these precious people from darkness to light and the power of satan to God, so millions can receive forgiveness for their sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith! May the Lord bless you Deneane for your faithfulness and kindness to His people. You are loved- In Christ- Jenn

  2. How do I pray more strategically and effectively as a mother? I am 71 yo, a grandma and mom.
    Thank you
    Jacalyn Callahan

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      Hello Jacalyn, Thank you for your comment. We have both Moms in Prayer groups and Grandmothers in Prayer groups. During our time of prayer, we praise God for one of His attributes and pray scripture for our children. I’ve been praying for my daughter for 14 years in a group and I believe it is the most strategic, effective way to pray. God has guided her very specifically through these prayers. You can find out more and join a group here: God bless you Jacalyn.

    2. Hi Jacalyn,
      I bet you are a wonderful grandma and mom! Moms in Prayer ministry has amazing resources that have helped me learn to pray more strategically! God is Faithful guided prayer journal, and Moms in Prayer Standing in the Gap for Your Children are wonderful books! Find everything under ‘Shop’ section! God bless you- Joy in Jesus- Jenn

  3. I just opened this link off of Facebook . My faith in God is very evident to my 2 adult children . They don’t follow the lord yet and I continue to pray that day will come. Reading your story brought me to tears . I can never give up hope that God can also do amazing things and turn my children’s lives around.

    1. Hi Hilda,
      You are right! God does amazing things, and He knows you are praying everyday! Your adult children are blessed to have a momma like you…standing in the gap! We pray right now in the name of Jesus, that He opens their eyes, turning them from darkness to light, so they have peace and joy in a relationship with Him! May He strengthen you as well Hilda, to persevere! Thank you Lord that You you hear Hilda’s prayers for her family, and that You Lord are faithful, trustworthy and good to answer! In Jesus name- amen

  4. I have been a part of Moms in Prayer since my son was in first grade. He is 33 now, married and has two sons. It has been a vital part of my prayer walk to be a part of this ministry and to see how God has worked in so many lives of our kids and grandkids and beyond in our world❤️

    1. Oh Cathy! Congratulations that you have 2 grandsons! I agree…Moms in Prayer has been vital in my prayer walk too! We do thank the Lord for how He continues to faithfully work in all our lives! To Him be the glory!

  5. Jenn, what a powerful story of God’s sovereignty as you faithfully reached out and prayed for these countries. Thank you so much for sharing and encouraging all of us!

    1. Thanks Robin for your encouragement! God gets all the glory and praise as we do celebrate His faithfulness! May He bless you and your family with a Happy 2024! In Jesus~

  6. God’s timing is ALWAYS right on time! My 30 year old son, Yohance Stringfield, will be relocating to Wiesbaden, Germany for his job. He departs from Philadelphia on January 15 and arrives January 16. Last year, he took a 90 day temporary work assignment in Wiesbaden and enjoyed being there. I know that God has “work” for my son in Germany and beyond. I’m here in Alabama eagerly waiting to add names of co-workers, church members, and just every day people to my prayer list that God has already ordained for Yohance to meet.
    I’ve already sent an email to Manuela Woldt the Germany Country Coordinator in hope of getting in contact with a local moms in prayer group in Wiesbaden. If anyone knows how I may contact them, please let me know. Thank you!
    John 3:16

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      Hello Vivian, Thank you for your comment. It’s amazing how God led you to read this blog as your son Yohance is heading to Germany. I will pray today for him and for you. I’m glad you’ve sent an email to Manuela in Germany. You can also email the Moms in Prayer Global Dept: and they can connect you. God bless you Vivian!

    2. May the Lord bless your son in Germany for His good plan and purposes, and your find a group to connect with! You are loved~

  7. Beautiful story of God’s amazing work! Thanks for sharing this amazing story! It was great to hear from you through this blog!

  8. Gods timing is perfect . I just prayed and cried today, still not letting go, worrying about my 4 adult children and 3 grandchildrens lives, choices, relationships, etc . I had to surrender again. I saw those blog post and prayed . This is what I needed. Praise the Lord! God bless you all.

    1. Oh Anna Marie, Thank you for sharing. It is so true…I keep surrendering too!
      We thank You Lord, You hear our prayers and are faithful to our families. Bless Anna Marie with more peace that surpasses as she continues walking in faith and trust!
      Happy New Year Friend~

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  9. You are a beautiful Spirit my Sister. Your love for your children and family and all humanity is Truly in the Fullness of God through your love of our Savior Jesus Christ.
    I know with complete faith in the Holy Spirit of Truth that Our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit is working in you and for you through your children and Every Prayer that proceeds forth from thy mouth in Jesus name. God bless you always my dearest sister Jennifer . Love from all the Angels in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ
    Gods will be done .
    Love you ,Jeffrey

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