I Have a Place For You


February, 2018

Partner Ministries

MOPS is an incredible ministry that helps connect young moms to share the journey of raising the next generation.

Considering the number of young moms who walk through our doors every day, the YMCA is a perfect place to host these groups.

Here’s a great story recently shared with us from a MOPS mom who had the privilege of helping to launch a new MOPS group in the room above her garage.

The Pastor’s wife said, “Kim, we have been considering starting a MOPS group and someone told me this week that you know a lot about MOPS. Would you consider helping us?”

This is what I heard: “Kim, I see you. I know you. I love you. I accept you. I have a place for you.” It wasn’t the pastor’s wife talking to me – it was God. “Yes” was my response.

The MOPS group at that church has thrived, growing each of the last three years, as they reach out into their community to build friendships with moms. Lives have been changed. Families have been impacted.

Last year, our home church decided to start a MOPS group at the church plant located in our neighborhood. They asked if they could use our garage and its space upstairs for the meetings and child care. We agreed.

When launch day approached for the new group in our garage, I decided to attend their first meeting. The group had created an introductory booklet which included information about MOPS and interviews with each Leader. As I read one particular interview, tears began to stream down my face.

The Coordinator had been asked the question, “‘What is the kindest thing that anyone has ever done for you?” She shared her story: About our years ago she had a huge mound of groceries in the checkout line, no money on the bankcard, and a stranger paid her bill. She explained that she was not a Christian at the time and was living with her boyfriend. Since that time, she has become a follower of Jesus Christ, married her boyfriend, joined the church, and gained a desire to share the hope of Jesus with other moms.

Again I heard God say, “Kim, I see you. I know you. I love you. I accept you. I have a place for you.” I am in awe of the way God demonstrates His love and care for us. I am thankful for MOPS and the impact it has had and continues to have in my life.