Ask a Mom: Six Moms with Cookies and Hope

October 2018 - Cover Story
by Jean Wilund

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October 2018 - Cover Story

A free cookie won’t eradicate thoughts of suicide, but it might show a student someone cares. A hug from a stranger won’t erase depression, but it might crack open the door for a student to find hope in God. This is why a group of moms started Ask a Mom on the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus.

It all began more than 12 years ago in Orlando, Florida. Two moms wanted to tell college students about Jesus at the University of Central Florida, so they formed a ministry they called Ask a Mom. Their friend Noelle Gebel, an Irmo mom of four grown children, cheered them on and prayed for them. Last year, God put it on Noelle’s heart to bring Ask a Mom to USC. Across town in Lexington, God put the same desire on the heart of one of her friends, Karen Laughridge.

God connected Karen and Noelle and brought them two more friends to help, Pat Lamas and Jean Wilund. In 2108, two more friends joined the team, Elise Hane and Dede Gavlin. The six women represent three different churches.

On its inaugural day, September 25, 2017, the Ask a Mom team gathered outside the Russell House. They stood by their banner with baskets of home-baked cookies and prayed for God to send students to encourage.

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