Awe Star has lots of prayer requests for our trip to Mexico (we leave this Saturday, March 14!). But one you might not anticipate is that we’d love you to pray for our MOMs and POPs.
No, we don’t mean parents (although we’ll have some of those on our teams, too). MOMs and POPs are Awe Star’s discipleship group leaders, divided into male and female groups. The male groups are led by a male POP (Passing on Principles) and the female groups (you guessed it) by a MOM (Multiplying Our Ministry). They represent Awe Star’s first level of leadership.
One of the hallmarks of Awe Star Missions, these groups were instituted by President Emeritus/Founder Dr. Walker Moore as part of his student rite of passage ministry. He found that not only did students walk out their faith much more consistently after participating in a crosscultural rite of passage experience, but they also benefited greatly from participating in a discipleship group with members of their own sex.
Small-group discipleship is exactly the way Jesus trained His leaders and allows for genuine discussion of experiences on the mission field, biblical teachings and principles planned out for the duration of the trip, and additional teachings as the Holy Spirit leads. Often, students and others make life-changing decisions during or as a result of their MOM or POP group experience. Many stay in touch with their MOM or POP for months, even years after the mission trip has concluded.
So how can you pray for the MOMs and POPs? Please pray:
—for their personal walks with Christ to grow in passion, power and purity before and during the trip.
—For protection from the evil one who would love to hurt their witness and harm the trip and the Jesus ministry He wants us to carry out.
—For wisdom and fluidity as they deal with various individual needs. Often the MOM or POP is the first contact person for students as issues arise.
—For grace and wisdom as they lead times of Bible study and prayer, that they would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and that their words would be in due season and give grace to those who hear.
—For strength to face the daily challenges of ministry to the lost as well as ministering to the students’ needs.
Thank you so much for supporting our Awe Star teams in prayer, giving, and going as the Lord leads! We couldn’t do this without you, and we’re grateful we don’t have to!