May 8 2019

A mother’s encouragement

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Writer/Editor Jordan Kimbrell.

May, for me, has always been associated with my mom. Partly, and obviously, because of Mother’s Day, which my sister and I mark by making her breakfast, but also because Mom’s birthday is at the end of May. So when May comes around, I celebrate her.

And there’s a lot to celebrate. Growing up and throughout my life, Mom’s been my biggest champion, and not just when others doubted. She’s had to convince me a time or 20 that I was perfectly capable, despite my skepticism. She pushed me to try my hardest and to realize my potential, even when I’d have rather been playing video games.

In many of the interviews I’ve read as a writer/editor for Unbound, mothers talk about how being part of Unbound helps them pay school fees, start businesses or participate in mothers groups through which they can take loans.

These moms are using the resources offered through sponsorship and other Unbound programs to push their daughters and sons to achieve their highest potentials. But the moms add something sponsorship can’t provide. They offer a special kind of love and encouragement, and discipline, too, without which the other resources wouldn’t be as effective.

It’s why we celebrate moms.

Please pray

We give thanks, Lord, for the women in our lives who give us life, love and support, the ones we call “mom.” May mothers everywhere draw strength from you, that they may raise their children with grace, compassion and patience. May we as children remember your command to honor our mothers and be thankful for all the sacrifice and turmoil they experienced on our account. In your name we pray. Amen.

Jordan Kimbrell


Jordan joined the Unbound family in 2011, after completing her master’s in English: Creative Writing from Kansas State University. Jordan is constantly inspired by the hope and creativity displayed by the sponsored members and their families and loves being able to share their stories with the rest of the world. Jordan lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her cats, Mina and Isabeau, and can often be found playing board games with friends.

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