A women’s prayer group wanted to serve the many moms and moms-to-be in their community. The avenue they chose was a “mother book,” which may serve as a creative outreach idea for a Sabbath School class.
They distributed information about the project to the women in the church and invited them to contribute a page. Contributors were asked to:
- write out a favorite verse and tell how it had helped them in mothering;
- share an experience -- frustrating or joyful -- and tell how God helped them grow from it; and/or write out a prayer for moms.
After a month, all the entries were turned in. Four group members compiled and edited the pages. One woman drew a beautiful charcoal sketch of a mother and newborn that was selected for the cover. A local business did the printing at cost.
The completed book offered godly advice, encouragement, and spiritual insight. Mothers in all kinds of situations contributed -- young, scared moms living far from extended family; later-in-life, surprised-by-pregnancy moms; grandmothers; stepmothers; and adoptive mothers.
People wept after reading the page by a mother who almost aborted her child. The entry from a woman struggling with infertility also brought tears. By the time most readers reached the final page of the book, their hearts were open to its message -- a simple explanation of how to accept Christ as Savior. This project has been a huge success. People have requested copies to use as baby or Mother’s Day gifts. The idea could be adapted to dads, teens, grandparents, and so on. It’s a way to touch others with a bit of God’s love.
© 2006 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists