If you were to look up the word “mother” in the dictionary, you may be quite disappointed to find this blasé definition; “a female parent.” That’s sort of like defining the sun as, “a big light.” Both are true, but neither definition gets close to what the real thing is. Besides, everyone knows that being a mother is not easy. If it were, fathers would do it.
There is no debating the enormous influence “being a mommy” has on children. Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.“ This is especially remarkable because Lincoln’s mom died when he was just nine years old.
For most, it is through our mothers that we first have a taste of God’s unconditional love for us. Mothers see all our imperfections and shortcomings and love us anyway. Their patience seems to have no limit and they are always ready and willing to forgive and let us start over again. (See note below.)
In Cuba, I had the joy of meeting a young couple working to establish a home church in Pinar del Rio. They were gracious recipients of our P.I.G. ministry and I was able to visit their humble home and met Yanis. She is a devoted wife and mother who left all she knew to follow her husband to a distant city. They had no money, no family or friends in the area. All they had was a clear sense of God’s calling and leading.
When Yanis arrived with her husband, she was eight months pregnant. “Yanis,” her husband said, as they looked over their “new” home in desperate need of repair, “I understand if you want us to go back home.” She looked around the dilapidated house and said, “Unpack our things. I am home.”
In the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, a grandma named Nadi arrived at the restaurant with her husband. Her pace had slowed greatly and I marveled at how tenderly her husband cared for her with each step. This was a couple dear to my father’s heart and thus mine as well.
Nadi was born into a life of privilege, so when she told her mother and father she wanted to marry a poor pastor her parents thought she had lost her mind. “What kind of life can he offer you?” they exclaimed, trying to talk some sense into their daughter. But Nadi is a woman of great faith.
Now, over 50 years later, this godly couple (whom together barely stretch 10 feet tall), have planted dozens of churches, a hospital (where they are often paid with chickens and eggs), a clinic for Down Syndrome children, and a school for abandoned little girls.
Both of these remarkable moms are part of our LOGOI family. The first is helping her husband start a church and studying God’s Word through our Bible courses and resources. Her children will one day attend schools which will vehemently contradict everything she is teaching them about the God she loves and serves. But communist credos are no match for a mom filled with faith, hope, and love.
The elderly mom is now enjoying one of God’s greatest gifts to us: Grandchildren!There should be no surprise that all of her children and grandchildren have been raised to love and trust our Lord. In fact, Nadi’s son-in-law is a pastor and frequent partner in ministry with us at LOGOI. I think that is very cool.
I enjoyed reading an article written by Pastor Neil Phelan where he wrote, “the word ‘mother’ is a warm expression. It suggests three: wife, husband and child. It suggests a home. As a matter of fact,” Pastor Phelan explains, “the Bible definition of a mother is, ‘the bond of home.'”
I love that definition. I see that “bond of home” in my wife and I have enjoyed a life full of that amazing “bond” with my Mom. How desperately needed in our world today are godly mothers training up their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). And what a joy that LOGOI’s ministry provides Bible training and encouragement for thousands of Moms throughout the Spanish World.
Thank you for being a part of LOGOI’s family. We are honored to serve the Lord with you. Your prayers and financial partnership are being used to strengthen, encourage, train, and equip God’s people …Mom’s, too… to proclaim the Good News. Way to go!
NOTE: There are those whose mother or father (or both) were absent, negligent, or even abusive. The scars and pain carried throughout lives as a result are devastating. To those who carry such burdens we cry out to our Heavenly Father as the Psalmist pleaded, “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Psalm 10:17). Only the Lord Himself can truly heal such pain. May you find peace and comfort in His arms.