A School Bus Driver in Labrador Sees the Need to Pray
We never know how God is going to tug on a mother’s heart to start a Moms in Prayer group. On the most eastern edge of North America is Labrador, Canada. This beautiful land is said to have received its name from a Portuguese explorer in the 1400s who was considered a “lavrador” or land holder. It is here in a mining town of approximately 12,000 people that Theresa first heard about Moms in Prayer.
While driving a school bus for the past 13 years, Theresa talks with kids every day and sees their great need for prayer. Several kids come from broken homes, are bullied or are cutting themselves and don’t have biblical guidance. Many come home after school to an empty house because both parents are working. Materialism is a major focus. This combined with what is currently taught in the schools, has caused Theresa great concern. “School is not always the best and safest place to send our children,” she noted. “So much information is being instilled in our kids that does not line up with the Word of God. We need to know what our children are up against every day. Too many kids have no one to pray for them. It’s heartbreaking.”
So when Theresa discovered Moms in Prayer through a Christian talk show, she gathered moms and started a group. Her group of seven women covers four K-12 schools and a community college in prayer. With a total of 14 schools in the area, these mothers are also praying that every school will have a Moms in Prayer group.
In the last three years, God has answered the group’s prayers in mighty ways. One of their first requests was to bring Christian teachers to Labrador City since they knew of none. Today, there are five Christian teachers in the five schools they pray for and one of these teachers has been permitted to have a lunchtime prayer group on Fridays at the school! Prayers were also answered through youth and children’s ministry pastors having a presence in the schools and by observing God raise up Christian students to speak boldly for Him in the classrooms.
In their own children’s’ lives, one woman in Theresa’s group shared how God tore down the walls of division between her and her daughter and restored their relationship. Another gave thanks after her son was seeking God’s direction for his life and received his calling into ministry. “Throughout all the difficult roads we have walked and continue to walk with our children, because of this prayer group we know that the road is easier because we are relying on God and supporting each other,” says Theresa.
Please pray that
• God will continue to use Theresa as an ambassador to gather moms together to pray.
• all 14 schools in Labrador City will be covered in prayer resulting in children and schools impacted for Christ.
• the Lord will raise up key leaders across all areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:20a (NIV)