Jeff & Bethany Mootz

Intercessory Missionaries at Underground House of Prayer in Sioux Falls, SD


We had the baby on Wednesday! Surprise surprise everybody she came early:)

We went into labor early Tuesday night at home, and stayed home through the night to see if it would stop or not… well it became very clear around 1am this was truly labor because the contractions started to get closer together. Around 4am our doula, Hannah, ( our labor support person) came over because I didn’t feel like I could handle the contractions anymore, and we stayed home through most of the morning just getting through labor. It wasn’t painful, and Jeff and Hannah really did so much for Bethany that helped her through it all. We went to the hospital around 8am and got registered and into our room. It took quite awhile for that little kid to come out, so we labored for most of the day. She wasn’t born until 5:30pm (we all were sooo exhausted!) She was a healthy little peanut, 5lb 8oz , and 19 1/4 inches long.  YAY!!!!

We named her Moravia Shiloh Mootz.

Moravia was a region of the czech area in the 1700’s.  A group of persecuted christians left Moravia to go to Germany where they started a worship community, which later turned into a missions community.  Their saying was, “Worthy was the Lamb who was slain.”  Some even sold themselves as slaves to different countries in order to share the love of God with slaves.  We picked this name because we think she will be a singer, love worship and missions and love God joyfully.
Shiloh is a name from Genesis 49 talking about Jesus.  It means “Until He (Jesus) comes” and also means peace.  It was also the first city that Israel placed the Tabernacle of Moses when they entered the promised land.  We named her that because we think she will experience promises from God and will love singing and worship.
We are doing good! Because Movavia is so small we have had to stay until the hospital for quite some time for her to get over the hump of jaundice. Bethany also had some high blood pressure issues so she had to be put on magnesium sulfate for 24 hours (quite a powerful drug) that knocked her out and made her feel horrible, just because of the risk of the high blood pressure. Today Bethany feels good and we all are well on the upswing and trying to get caught up on sleep. Sorry if we can’t reply to your emails quite yet, we are recuperating!


  1. She is so beautiful. Love all the pictures. Bethany, you look fantastic. Can’t even tell you just had a baby. CONGRATULATIONS MOMMY AND DADDY!!!! <3 you guys…….

    Love, Chris Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:54:47 +0000 To:

  2. I have to agree. She is so beautiful! Dah, look WHO made her; none other than the creator of the world!!
    No bias here!

    Grandpa Mootz

  3. Congrats guys!!! You both are already outstanding parents! Way to go Jeff on taking the dirty diapers 🙂 hope you had a great first night back at home and hope you can get lots of naps in when she is napping! We can’t wait to meet Moravia when we come back to the States!!

  4. It makes my heart feel so full to see you guys with your baby girl!!! Congratulations! What a joy!!!!

  5. YAY I am so happy for you guys! You are going to be amazing parents

  6. Jessi Colclasure

    September 5, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Oh you guys, I’m OVERJOYED! SO extremely happy for you and your gorgeous baby girl! Congratulations and many, many blessings. I’m so glad Rachel Weyman posted this on her facebook, or I probably never would have known or seen those precious pictures. I’m so glad I’ve got your blog now so I can stay updated! Congrats again! Her name is BEAUTIFUL!

  7. Sooooo happy for you three! What a beautiful name!!! She is beautiful.

  8. Wow this is such a blessing! I’m so happy for you both and I know you will be amazing parents. The pictures are sooo good and she is irresistible. 😀 Congratulations!

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