PAA Moms Lift School Up in Prayer

November 04, 2016 | Liesl Vistaunet

“I feel a burden to pray for our children,” says Kimberly Shryer, a mother closely connected to Portland Adventist Academy (PAA). Shryer’s burden inspired her to form a weekly mothers’ prayer group that has been meeting at PAA for more than a year.

“Prayer is one of the pillars of our faith as Seventh-day Adventist Christians,” says Sheldon Parris, PAA principal. “PAA is so blessed to have moms who are gracious enough to lift us up in prayer each week. God is doing great new things at PAA, and we know that those prayers are making a tremendous impact on our campus.”

“Our time together has made me more aware of the people in our school,” says Linda Mackett, whose grandson attends PAA. “While the impact of prayers can’t always be measured, I have seen that praying directly for someone makes us more sensitive to their needs. We are reaching out to students and teachers because our prayers have opened our eyes.” 

With open eyes, God’s power is in view. “We are so much more aware of the miracles around us. We’ve had many answers to prayer,” says Mackett with joy. “But the most dramatic stories are nothing we can share. They’re private but truly amazing.”

Confidentiality is a core value of Moms in Prayer. “Whatever is shared during the meeting stays in the group,” says Shryer. “That’s how we establish trust between each other and feel safe to bring heartfelt prayer requests for our children. Because of this we have grown to love each other and care for each other's children. It is a rare to have dry eyes at the end of a meeting.”

These Moms in Prayer are not alone. The community of teachers, pastors and parents praying individually or collectively strengthens our schools and directly impacts young lives. “Today’s youth need our prayers,” says Shryer. “How blessed we are that our gracious Lord has promised never to turn His face away from us.”

“My grandson is in my realm of influence,” says Mackett. “I joined Moms in Prayer because I knew I needed wisdom to help direct him. I want to see him and his friends have relationships with God. You know, it’s easy to get so busy in life that we miss moments to pause and notice others, even the most precious people to us. But prayer helps this. I believe in prayer. It’s the only way to live.”

There is always room for more prayers! To be a part of this powerful movement, email Kimberly Shryer.