Sarah and her 3 kids

Sarah and her 3 kids

 
 
 

Nancy, Colorado Investing In A Life

The divine connection with Sarah happened on a hot, August day at our neighborhood block party. I was immediately drawn to her and found out that she was new to the area with two young kids. We had a few phone conversations after that initial introduction and one day I received a beautiful note in the mail from her asking me to be her mentor. To be honest, that word scared me! No one had ever asked me that before. I envisioned myself having to be very wise, with all the right answers, advice and godly counsel. That seemed like a lot of pressure!

Despite my hesitation, we started meeting and praying together. Oh, how our friendship blossomed! We began to see God answer our prayers in mighty ways. Our faith grew. Sarah’s daughter was starting Kindergarten in the fall and I shared with her about my start in Moms In Prayer when my daughter was that age. I told her how thankful I was to have a group of moms praying with me about my concerns and fears. We prayed about Sarah finding a Moms In Prayer group. God faithfully led her to one and the very next year, Sarah was leading the group.

According to Google, invest means to “devote one’s time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.” Investing in Sarah’s life was not difficult. It meant being available, having a listening ear, sharing encouragement, and praying with her. The worthwhile result is that Sarah is now investing in others. She leads her Moms In Prayer group, teaches neighborhood children how to pray and leads other women in learning about the Bible. Thirty-three lives are being directly impacted by Sarah’s one life – the return on the investment is well worth it!

Recently, God has brought more women, just like Sarah, into my life. It is so satisfying and fulfilling to invest in these young moms. What if each of us was intentional about investing in one life? Just imagine what God could do and how that investment could have great and lasting results! I want to be an investor in changed lives.

 
 
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Merry Jo, Minnesota

My heart stirred as I heard a younger mom on a MORE Mentoring call voice her desire for a mentor to reach out to her!  I thought to myself "I can do that!"

We began a phone mentoring relationship that has worked well for us. Even though we haven't met in person, we have forged a relationship over the phone and actually find it works well given our individual busy schedules in day-to-day life.

The 12-Session Mentoring Guide has provided "easy to reach for" Scripture to pray over my mentee as we begin and end our calls.

It has been a blessing for me to be invited into her life as she shares her challenges, successes, and desire to honor God in all of her relationships and life choices.

 
 
 
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Joy, Minnesota

Sharing our lives mentoring or being mentored is a model of biblical discipleship. My heart beats for this! Having been mentored for years by the same two special ladies has inspired and given me the confidence to mentor others. They have encouraged me to relentlessly pursue Christ in my life, to have courageous faith and confident trust in Him and not in myself.

They have taught me to believe Scripture to be true and applicable for ALL my concerns and they have encouraged me to press on.

The younger. The older. Neither perfect, yet being sanctified.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I spoke with my mother’s best friend of sixty years. She knew me as a little kid. She still loves Jesus. So do I. We spoke over the phone for 45 minutes. She mentored me. Again. I reminded her of a memory I have of her rebuking me when I was young. It was Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Good thing I remembered what she taught me and not what I did. I was glad she had courage to speak the truth in love to me. She said that she and my mom would pray 3 John 1:4 over us kids, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

This is why MORE Mentoring is a vital ministry. The continuance of the family of God walking in Jesus’ truth on earth is pure joy for the older AND the younger. I find great joy in serving as a mentor on the MORE Mentoring Team as I am continually reminded of this truth and have the privilege of passing it on to others.

 
 
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Linda, Texas

Since mentoring is God's plan and design, I shouldn't be surprised that He took the initiative long before I ever knew what it meant. Our first mentors are usually our moms, however, in my case, I lost my mom to cancer as a 6-year old. God was faithful to His plan for me. When my family served overseas, He surrounded me with missionary aunts.

I was introduced to formal mentoring as a sophomore in high school--though no one called it that. God brought me Emily. She was only 23 years old.  She began making time for me, showing me how to memorize Scripture when we went for runs and how to study Scripture in a quiet time.

When I married, I had a felt-need for someone to show me how to love my husband God's way. So early one morning, I showed up on my older friend's doorstep with a box of doughnuts and requested to spend time with her on a regular basis. Each of these women invited me into her life, taking me along as she did the things that she was going to do any way. We didn't always pray or study Scripture each time we were together. But I was learning life skills and godly living by osmosis.

Here at MORE Mentoring, I have the opportunity to pass on to others all that God so faithfully had others invest in me. One of my greatest joys is to pray for our mentees when they reach out with their concerns and needs. I am so grateful to MORE Mentoring for giving me a place to be obedient to Christ’s mandate in Titus 2:4. We who are “older” come alongside those who are “younger.” What a joy and privilege it is!