February 2013 Prayer Calendar

Participation in the Prayer Partner Network is an essential part of Compassion's ministry for children and families in poverty.

February 2013 Prayer Calendar
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How many times have you told a child, “You’ve grown a foot since the last time I saw you”? Or the ever-popular “You’re growing like a weed!” And it does seem that, in the blink of an eye, pants no longer cover ankles, and shirts leave wrists exposed.

But that growing is not limited to how clothes fit. Children are learning and expanding each day. They learn new words. Form new opinions. Their minds soak up new ideas, and their worlds are filled with challenges and dreams.

For children in poverty, too often that growth is restricted on every front. Malnourished little ones stop growing. Without education, words and ideas slow. Challenges seem insurmountable and dreams are out of reach. And these children, with minds and bodies primed for growth, are stunted in the prime of their lives.

What an honor it is to work with people who believe that every child has the right to learn and grow. Our Compassion staff do all they can to reignite growth in children pressed down by poverty. Sponsors provide encouragement that these little hearts soak up. And through your prayers, these children can shake off the bonds of poverty, growing strong in the process.

This month, please pray that the million-plus children we serve will grow like weeds. That each day they will grow physically stronger. That their minds will be filled with new ideas. And that their spirits will be resilient — strong enough to withstand the blows of poverty, but gentle enough to know the love of the Father.

Thank you again for your prayers on behalf of the children we serve!

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

Verse of the Month

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."
— Romans 12:10, NIV

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Friday 1

This month, please pray with us for the healthy physical, mental, social and spiritual growth of our Compassion children around the world.

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Saturday 2

Praise God that the Child Survival Program (CSP) has taken off in Ghana and all is going well! Mothers are enthusiastic about the program and are taking an active part in group activities.

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Sunday 3

CSP mom Asha, in Sri Lanka, requests prayer for her older son who has been hospitalized with Dengue fever.

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Monday 4

Please pray for the Lord’s protection of Compassion beneficiaries near Huancayo, Peru, where the national health department has declared an epidemic of Dengue fever.

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Tuesday 5

Our Compassion Kenya office requests prayer for peace and cool tempers to prevail as national elections are held next month.

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Wednesday 6

Pray for Pastor Monace, pastor of the Simonette Child Development Center in Haiti, who recently had a stroke.

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Thursday 7

Please pray for one of our Compassion children in eastern India, who is suffering from brain cancer and needs God’s healing touch.

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Friday 8

Our Compassion Nicaragua office requests prayer for God’s provision to help build needed facilities at several of its local child development centers.

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Saturday 9

Praise God with us that Compassion Rwanda recently graduated its first class of Leadership Development Program students!

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Sunday 10

Please pray for the Lord’s protection and care for our beneficiaries in the Philippines, where Typhoon Bopha affected the families of 417 Compassion children.

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Monday 11

Please pray that God will supply outstanding Christian people for four vacant positions in our national office in Tanzania.

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Tuesday 12

Please pray for the Lord’s protection and care of our beneficiaries in Honduras, especially in San Pedro Sula and El Progreso, where devastating floods damaged the homes of 58 Compassion children.

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Wednesday 13

Please continue to pray for the families of 210 Compassion children in Guatemala, whose homes were damaged by a recent earthquake.

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Thursday 14

Praise God with us that Compassion U.S. recently reached a record 800,000 child sponsorships! Combined with our international partner countries, Compassion is nearing a total of 1.4 million sponsored children worldwide.

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Friday 15

Pray for 7-year-old Rachel in eastern Indonesia, who is suffering from a heart defect. She needs surgery soon but her parents are resisting efforts to help the child.

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Saturday 16

Pray for God’s comfort and provision for 10-year-old Karen, 9-year-old Jhoselin and 15-year-old twins Luis Fernando and Luis Antonio in Peru. These children’s fathers all recently passed away.

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Sunday 17

Pray for Jarunee and Nattapong in Thailand, who recently lost their father to suicide. Pray for their mother who now must care for and raise her children as a single parent.

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Monday 18

Please pray for God’s divine intervention for 11-year-old Jemima in Rwanda, who has leukemia.

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Tuesday 19

Please pray for God’s comfort and healing for Rosa in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Yulet in Chiapas, Mexico, who both have been diagnosed with cancer.

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Wednesday 20

Pray for comfort and provision for Stevian and his family in eastern Indonesia. Their home burned down, destroying everything they owned. Compassion is assisting with shelter and provisions.

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Thursday 21

Please pray against terrorist attacks in Kenya aimed at houses of worship and other public places, which have increased tension between the Kenyan and Somali inhabitants of Nairobi.

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Friday 22

Please pray for the family of one of our children in the Dominican Republic, who were left homeless when a fire destroyed their home. Compassion is helping with temporary shelter, necessities, and the search for a new home.

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Saturday 23

Our Burkina Faso office asks prayer for God’s protection over the families of Compassion children, that God would continue providing their parents with the resources they need to take care of their little ones.

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Sunday 24

Please pray for the families, friends and sponsors of 15-year-old Emmanuel and 9-year-old Jean in Rwanda, who both recently passed away.

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Monday 25

Please pray for the new Compassion centers in Tanzania that minister to children in an area hostile to Christianity. May God protect our church-partner workers, grant them wisdom, and bless their outreach.

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Tuesday 26

Pray for God’s grace and healing for Marleni, one of our sponsorship coordinators in El Salvador, who suffers from cancer.

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Wednesday 27

Pray for Maribel in Bolivia, whose mother abandoned her family after suffering several severe beatings at the hands of her husband. Compassion is intervening to protect the children.

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Thursday 28

Praise God with us for 10 new church partners in eastern Indonesia, whose new child development centers will soon be ministering to over 2,000 children!

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