Mothers lead a day of prayer for the Island
Moms from across the Island and Bermuda's different denominations will be gathering together this afternoon at the Bermuda College field with an express desire — to lift up our children, fellow women and the whole island up in prayer.
The event is being organised by LaVerne Griffin and is just one of hundreds of events taking place around the world today, for the “Mom's Day of Prayer.”
The event was originally created by a woman named Kathy Coleman, who was inspired to lead other women in prayer after reading an article about moms in Brazil coming together to pray for their children. The first Mom's Day of Prayer was held in January 1998 and has now grown into a worldwide movement, with events taking place in most of the 50 US states, as well as Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and now Bermuda.
“I have a book called “Hugs,” real stories for real women,” explained Ms Griffin. “I'd had it for two years, and one day, in the early part of last year, it almost dropped on my foot. I started reading this book, and I read Kathy's story of how she got involved in [Mom's Day of Prayer], and at the end of it, it said, if you're interested or if you think you could use a Mom's Day of Prayer in your community, to contact her.”
The story Ms Griffin read and the lessons she learned, stayed with her.
“Children of this Island have always been a burden for me ... and since this gang violence, people have been involved in different things for the children and the families, but I just hadn't seen these other groups, or heard how they were making an impact on the young people and what is happening, so I just kept praying and asking God what can I do to contribute to help these children turn around.”
That's when she realised it. The thing she had been doing all along — praying — was just the job God had for her.
“One of the greatest weapons we have is to pray. So I prayed and fasted, and at the end of that week, I contacted Kathy, and she was excited, and that was the birthing of the Mom's Day of Prayer here in Bermuda.”
With the help of a friend, they began to meet together to pray and plan what they would do here in Bermuda and how they were going to do it. The culmination will be calling all of Bermuda's women to join them in prayer this afternoon from 2pm to 5pm.
“We're expecting about 100 people an hour — they can come for all three hours, an hour, or for 30 minutes. Whatever time they have, they are welcome to be there.”
“There will be people leading in prayer and people leading the hours — a prayer leader to lead each hour and a prayer leader to close each hour. Everyone that's involved are community people. All of them are praying mothers.”
“We've asked the women to pray for the issues that engulf this Island. Even though it is an event to pray for our children, we thought we'd also pray for the women of the Island, as well, and pray to thank God for what He does for us. We are a blessed Island. We have not seen real trouble. Even though we have guns here, there are places that are a lot worse.”