MOPS comes to Puerto Rico!

Posted November 11th, 2008 under Church, Life, Mothering, Puerto Rico by MicheleP.

(side note: ARGH! I cannot get my formatting to work on this post!)
Being a SAHM can be a very isolating experience. I know it was for me at times. I was used to daily interaction – with ADULTS – and there were days when I longed just to talk to someone who could actually carry on a conversation that didn’t involve “Don’t put that in your mouth!” “No touch” or “Do you need a diaper change…again?”. The daily trials of mothering are alone a challenge, but try doing that in a different country where you don’t have deep relationships, don’t have any family, and you may not even speak the local language.
This summer I began to think about starting a regular playgroup for other SAHMs. I wasn’t sure how I was going to meet them but figured I’d start with the couple I knew and go from there. About that same time a new friend of mine invited me to lunch. She wanted to share something that was on her heart – starting a Mothers of Preschoolers…or MOPS group in Puerto Rico and she wanted me to consider co-birthing it with her.
Of course I said YES and we spent the next few months planning and organizing the first charter of MOPS in Puerto Rico. We are doing the modified version of MOPS – which is called MOPS@. It’s different from a traditional MOPS program in that we meet in a home, have a smaller group, and use a DVD system in lieu of having speakers. But the purpose is still the same – strengthening moms in their relationships with each other and with God.
Friday was our first meeting! We were hoping for at least 8 moms but we had 14 moms attend with several more who want to come. At this rate, we might “graduate” from a MOPS@ group to a traditional MOPS much sooner than we planned! I’m so excited to see what God is going to do with our group!
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7 Comments

  • 1

    Very cool! How awesome that God puts things on our hearts at the same time. I recently had that happen with a new ministry at my church.

    Comment by julied — November 11, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  • 2

    Wow! That’s awesome, Michele!

    Comment by Tara — November 11, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  • 3

    I’m so thrilled for you, dear friend!! What a blessing this will be to all of the moms. Yay!

    Comment by Heather — November 11, 2008 @ 8:20 am

  • 4

    You know I’m excited for you! What an amazing turn out!

    Comment by Alicia @ Experiencing Each Moment — November 11, 2008 @ 8:37 am

  • 5

    That is so cool, Michele! MOPS was a *huge* blessing in my life when my kids were smaller. I even served on steering for a year before we moved to Colorado, and the first thing I did here was fina a MOPS group. Some of those moms are still my closest friends!

    I am so happy you’re doing this. It is such a great program!

    Comment by Meredith — November 11, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  • 6

    That is excellent news!!!

    See, it may take a while but eventually you start to get some of your “Mainland” activities again. LOL!!!

    Comment by Random Reader — November 11, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  • 7

    YAY!!!!!! That is super exciting. Congrats on your early successes.

    Comment by Sarah Williams — November 13, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

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