Kristen Welch
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Kristen writes at her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family and is author of Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Safe Sparkly Faith is No Longer Enough and founder of The Mercy House. Follow Kristen on twitter as @WeareTHATfamily.

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  1. long story short; we run a school of ministry, one our students at an event that we serve at ran into his old science teacher, who he always knew in highschool that that teacher was a christian, but didn’t care at all…at the time.
    Meeting up with his teacher at this event, he found out that this teacher had prayed and prayed and prayed for this guy, and had felt very specifically that two kids in that exact science would one day be walking with the Lord.
    It was awesome to see his prayer answered!
    I guess there really is hope in our prayers!…even the christian girl prayers we prayed so many years ago–yeah, I say we, I was that “christian girl” too. just don’t make me wear my “i’m the christian the devil warned you about” shirt again. it was all neon colors too. oi vey.

  2. Thank you for writing this. 🙂 I am planning to enter into the mission field of teaching again. And, it was encouragement to me to keep praying for those teenagers. God has His hand on them. Blessings to you! 🙂

  3. Why are we always so shocked when prayer works?
    I always feel like these kinds of stories happen to OTHER people, to OTHER families, but it’s not true. God hears my words and then I’m the only one who is surprised by the effects.
    Good reminder today and a great story.

  4. Thank you for sharing that side of yourself. I was THAT girl in high school too. Thank you for reminding me that we never pray a prayer or cry a tear for others in vain. God is faithful, and His Spirit is working in others’ lives LONG past the time we prayed the prayer or cried the tear. This is exciting to me!

  5. This made me teary-eyed. I’ve spent about half of my life being the only Christian girl, surrounded by non-believers. It’s so encouraging to hear stories about the power of prayer. Now I work with at-risk teenage girls, and I will not give up the fight! Thanks for the encouragement to keep praying.

  6. Tears in my eyes… It is so encouraging to know that God is working even if we don’t see it. We can just have faith that he is. Thanks for the reminder to not stop doing what we are supposed to be doing!

  7. Thank you so much for your reminder that we serve a mighty God who, way more than we, wants all His children home again! I was that Christian girl and am that Christian mom, praying for teenage daughters who are dancing close to the edge.

  8. Thanks for this encouraging post! It’s such motivation to keep on praying for people I know, even when I can’t see the answers to my prayers just yet.

  9. Awesome, Great story. It is a special gift from God when He allows us to see some the fruits of our labor. It encourages us to do more, and in your case to put another twenty years into the effort. Would you join us and please pray for our ministry, God knows our needs.
    Jireh Ministries Foundation

  10. Yay! I love it when we get to see the answers to our prayers – especially when it’s a long time coming and is unexpected. Or when it’s sooner. Thanks for the reminder to keep praying even for the long-haired, bad-crowd kid. Because it’s worth it.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this, Kristen! You are right. God is working and we never know the difference we can make for those that He sends across our path.

  12. Thanks for the post Kristen. Sometimes, when you don’t see the results right away, it’s hard to keep praying. At least it is for me anyway. That’s such a neat story!

  13. I was the opposite. I wanted to be with the bad crowd even though I clearly was not. Dated the guys who were not shy to express themselves. And ultimately created a false reputation of myself to others. Most that knew me at that time thought I was a wild child and probably many prayed for me, prayed for my parents and so now when they see me again after two decades, are quite surprised of the life I am living.

    Little did anyone then knew how different I wanted to be than everyone in my community. Always wanted to be someone other than plain Jane only in the end to become plain Jane. God knows the plans He has for me even when I made every attempt to veer off the road He has already placed. I am brought back again…. Our God is Awesome!