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.
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.
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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.