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Mothers Helping Mothers – Across the World

Cindy Breilh and Jill Sherman stand in front of messages and prayers that moms in the United States are sending to moms in Sierra Leone, to be delivered in January 2014. Photo: Women of Vision/World Vision

Cindy Breilh and Jill Sherman stand in front of messages and prayers that moms in the United States are sending to moms in Sierra Leone, to be delivered in January 2014.
Photo: Women of Vision/World Vision

by Jill Sherman

I’m going to Kansas City,
Kansas City, here I come
They got some mighty pretty women there
And I’m gonna get me one*

Yes, we went to Kansas City. And, yes, we saw a whole bunch of lovely wonderful women who all happen to be moms. Thousands of moms, from all over the country and even some overseas, all came to Kansas City for the annual MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Convention. They spent 3 days listening to inspiring speakers, attending pertinent workshops, and visiting the Marketplace booths to learn, participate, and SHOP! That’s where we came in. Cindy Breilh, Christina Bradic, and I were all there to represent World Vision.

For me, this was such a great opportunity. I have been involved with World Vision’s volunteer ministry Women of Vision for a number of years, but, just this fall, I became a Mentor Mom for the MOPS chapter at my church. I try to see it as an honor and not a reminder of my age!

And then, much to my delight, I learned that World Vision is now partnering with MOPS. What a great team! Together we can harness the energy and creativity of these young moms with all the knowledge and expertise of World Vision to make the world a healthier, better place for other moms and their children. We were made for each other!

Although all of these moms are busy people, with family and often jobs, they also have a real heart for the world. As we tended our booth, many women came by and when they saw who we were, exclaimed, “I just love World Vision!” “Oh – we sponsor a child in Africa.” Then we shared with them about the project we are doing together in Sierra Leone – working to improve maternal and child health. Their hearts were touched as they learned that many children do not get to grow up and moms die in childbirth.

Even with their busy lives, these women want to make a difference in the larger world and heed the words of the Lord in Isaiah 58:10 – “If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”

Strong Women, Strong World resonates with moms because we know that women are the ones behind so much of the real change that takes place in the huts and villages, and increasingly in the boardrooms and governments, around the world. And they bought our SWSW T-shirts to wear proudly!

It was such a privilege to interact with these moms, listen to some of their stories, giggle together with others about the all the boys God blessed us with, open their eyes to the needs in Sierra Leone, and give
them opportunities to respond. But, as always happens for me on outreach trips, God blessed me so much through Cindy and Christina and the many women who came to talk with us. What a gracious God!

So we went to Kansas City, found some great women, had an incredible amount of fun, and saw God honored. Always Amen!

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