One local mother is hoping to encourage other mothers to "stand in the gap" for their children through prayer. Lori Irminger said she has been involved with Moms In Touch International for 11 years and is currently the contact person for McDuffie County.
Begun in 1984, MITI is an organization of groups in every state in the United States and more than 120 foreign countries. Each group consists of two or more moms who meet weekly to spend one hour in prayer for their children, their schools, their teachers and their administrators. The organization is not limited to moms, but is also for grandmothers or anyone else who wishes to pray for a specific child and school.
"The goal is that likeminded mothers will pray for one school," Mrs. Irminger said. "It is a Bible-believing, scripture-based organization... It has given me such peace of mind."
The need for this peace is what brought Mrs. Irminger to MITI when her oldest daughter was "getting in trouble" in high school in Knoxville, Tenn. Mrs. Irminger said she was in the high school office searching for her daughter when a staff member leaned across the desk and whispered that she belonged to a group that prayed for their kids and invited Mrs. Irminger to join them.
"And that was my introduction, because I thought, 'Yes, I need some prayer here, and some prayer partners,'" she said. "So I went to their meeting."
When she moved to the Augusta area, Mrs. Irminger said the first thing she did was look for a MITI group, "because I knew what a powerful connection it was." After moving to Thomson, she joined Marcha Thompson and Claudia Ebers in forming a home school MITI group four years ago.
Mrs. Irminger and her husband, Charles, have four children. She said the two oldest went through the public school system, have finished college and are now married with children. She home schools their two younger children.
Mrs. Irminger recalls a tangible answer her MITI group received when praying for safety for her daughter who was away at college. She said her daughter was concerned because her assigned parking space was located in a "dangerous location," and she had to walk some distance to her classes. Mrs. Irminger's MITI group prayed, and "by the next week, she had a parking spot directly across from her building." The new spot was in a small lot, with only eight parking spots in downtown Charleston.
"So it was just amazing," Mrs. Irminger said. "And God has just done that so many times over and over."
Mrs. Irminger said she would like to see other local mothers form groups at all the area schools. Forming a group is easy, and a guide is provided for leaders. Mrs. Irminger said there are a few rules which include the meeting must start and end on time and no refreshments or child care are provided. Mrs. Irminger said the purpose of the meeting is prayer that follows the four Biblical steps: praise, confession, thanksgiving and intercession. There are also MITI groups for moms of preschoolers, working moms, moms of children with special needs, those who are prodigals or are finished school and in careers.
As a busy mom, Mrs. Irminger said she understands parents "have their plates full" with sports and other activities.
"But I tell you, once you fit it in, there's no way you can do without it," she said. "It's one of those things that you can just see such value in that one hour a day. It's just amazing."
For more information, call Mrs. Irminger at 706-843-9321, or visit the website at www.momsintouch.org.