Reciting Bible scriptures in the Lutheran Church of the Reedemer, Kim Mikulas, Monica Poole and Synthia Montgomery meet every Wednesday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 to pray for the school and its students as part of the interdenominal Christian organization Moms in Touch International.
“We pray scripture over our children because we believe scripture is life,” group leader Mikulas said. “We also pray for ill teachers, other students and the school’s sports teams. We pray that they will glorify God when they’re out there.”
Mikulas, Poole and Montgomery make up the school’s local chapter of Mom’s in Touch International, an organization that unites like-minded moms to pray for the needs and concerns of children and schools across the world. Viera and Satellite high schools also have chapters.
“I feel like these moms found their purpose with God to pray for schools,” area coordinator Robin Morrison said. “I also feel like it’s nice to know someone is praying for your benefit.”
The group not only prays for the school and its students, but they also receives prayer requests from other schools.
“We got a request last month from someone from Melbourne High to pray for a 15-year girl who committed suicide,” Mikulas said. “We don’t just stay inside the box of West Shore.”
Junior Victoria Heuston says the group is beneficial to the school.
“I believe that Mom’s in Touch has a positive impact on the school since the organization is an example of active parents who care,” Heuston said.
Sophomore Sunny Saini says the group is acceptable to a point.
“It’s fine as long as they stay within their limits and keep it a private thing,” Saini said. “They shouldn’t try to get the actual school involved since that could offend people who belong to a different religion or are atheists.”
Though the number of moms in the West Shore group fell from 10 to the three members who are currently in the group because old members went back to work or left when their kids graduated from school, Mikulas maintains a positive outlook.
“It’s funny because in the Bible it says ‘for where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them’ and that’s how we are at the moment,” Mikulas said. “What God has shown me is that our job is to pray for [the] school, and we’ll keep doing it as long as there are people willing to pray.”