Prayer 2012 Prayer Calendar

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

April 2012 Prayer Calendar
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One of my favorite things about spending time with children is seeing the way they can peel back the ordinary and reveal the extraordinary. At what other stage in life are dandelions as fascinating as they are to a 4-year-old? When else can soap bubbles be so captivating?

How refreshing it is to step out of my adult shoes and step into the world of a child. As a father, I experienced that joy daily when my son was young. But experiencing joy with children living in desperate poverty is a different kind of blessing. The children we serve through Compassion often enter our program after experiencing years of adult responsibilities. They have had very few opportunities to find delight in the ordinary.

But slowly, they get to be children again. Compassion offers them the safety and freedom to find the extraordinary in their lives. Their sponsors share love and encouragement through letters, and those children blossom. They pretend and draw and find joy in dandelions and soap bubbles. And each time I witness that transformation, I find that I, too, am refreshed and uplifted.

This month, would you join me in praying for the fragile joy of children living in poverty? Pray for them as they seek out moments of delight and laughter. And pray that they will find refreshing moments of delight and play in a world where poverty tries to crush their spirits. Pray also for the local staff members who offer these children a safe place to grow and hope.

As always, thank you for your commitment to pray for children in poverty. My hope is that you will find joy and refreshment as you lift each child in your prayers.

Verse of the Month

“You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

— Isaiah 58:11, NIV

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Sunday 1

This month, please pray for God’s refreshing of the fragile imaginations of children who live in poverty. Pray that they will learn to dream — to imagine growing up to be doctors and teachers and world-changers.

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Monday 2

Please pray for a healthy recovery for 6-year-old Fatao of Burkina Faso, who was flown to India by Compassion in early March for critical heart surgery.

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Tuesday 3

Please pray for the thousands of Compassion sponsors and Advocates who are preparing to present child-sponsorship opportunities at churches around the world on Compassion Sunday, April 22.

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Wednesday 4

Praise God for recent rains that brought a reprieve from the severe drought in Kenya!

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Thursday 5

Please continue to pray for the families in the Philippines whose children passed away or are missing after Typhoon Washi devastated the region.

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Friday 6

Please pray for 10-year-old Victor in Peru, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3. His single mother was only recently able to get him treatment.

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Saturday 7

Please pray for God’s comfort and provision for siblings Warraphon and Apiwat in Thailand, whose father recently died.

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Sunday 8

Please pray for Compassion-assisted children and their families in Java, Indonesia, whose homes were recently damaged or destroyed by strong weather.

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Monday 9

Some Burkina Faso caregivers who oppose the Christian principles we teach have removed children from our programs. Pray for God to work in their hearts and in the hearts of the children.

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Tuesday 10

Please pray for the safety of our field staff in El Salvador —  especially those visiting dangerous and violent places. Pray also for the safety of children living in areas rife with gangs and crime.

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Wednesday 11

Please pray for 14-year-old Jeanitha, a Haiti orphan who has suffered from Type 1 diabetes for several years. She lives with her sister, who struggles to provide even one meal a day.

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Thursday 12

Pray for the Mbale district of Uganda, which has seen a recent cholera outbreak. A Compassion-assisted child and a caregiver have been diagnosed with cholera but are in stable condition. Our 11 Compassion centers in the district have provided education and water purification kits to local families.

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Friday 13

Please pray for comfort and provision for the family of 13-year-old Rosa in Peru, whose home was destroyed in a fire that consumed 300 other homes.

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Saturday 14

Please pray for a change in people’s hearts in remote areas of Togo, where idol worship is prevalent and parents do not understand that some sicknesses originate from their lifestyle.

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Sunday 15

Please pray for three children from the Jesus El Camino Tamborada Student Center in Bolivia, whose homes were severely damaged in recent floods.

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Monday16

Pray for a number of children from the Ebenezer Child Development Center in Ghana who suffer from eye defects — especially for Steven, whose caregiver-grandmother is blind.

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Tuesday 17

Praise God for enabling us to help Wilson in Haiti, who was dying from severe anorexia. Compassion transported him from Cap Haitian to Port-au-Prince for intensive care. He is now on the mend!

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Wednesday 18

Please pray for the family of 5-year-old Desi in Indonesia, who was struck and killed by a truck while riding his bike.

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Thursday 19

Please pray for God’s Spirit to calm a violent child attending one of our centers in Brazil. This boy was severely beaten by his father and needs to discover and embrace Jesus’ gentle, unconditional love.

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Friday 20

Please pray for Compassion-assisted child Isai in Bolivia, who recently received a kidney transplant from his mother. Both mother and son are recovering.

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Saturday 21

Tomorrow is Compassion Sunday! Please pray that God will raise up tens of thousands of men, women, teens and even children around the world to provide loving sponsorship for children in poverty.

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Sunday 22

Please continue to ask for the Lord’s protection of our children, ICP staff, and their families in Cali, Colombia, where heavy rains and flooding have left a path of destruction.

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Monday 23

Please pray for comfort for the family of Worachote in Thailand, whose father died in a motorbike accident.

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Tuesday 24

Pray for the families of eight children from the P.A.G. Gee Child Development Center in Kenya, whose homes were damaged by heavy rainfall.

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Wednesday 25

Please pray for Nimisha in India, who endured major heart surgery at age 9 and now must undergo heart surgery again.

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Thursday 26

Praise God that two Christian radio networks, KLOVE and AIR1, recently partnered with Compassion’s Water of Life to provide nearly 40,000 safe water systems for families in Rwanda!

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Friday 27

Please pray for CSP mothers in El Salvador and around the world who are single and are raising their children on their own.

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Saturday 28

Please pray for wisdom and grace for our ICPs in Togo as these pastors and leaders reach out to a needy and superstitious people.

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Sunday 29

Please pray for God’s peace and comfort for the family of Sagar in eastern India, who recently passed away.

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Monday 30

Please join the staff of Espaço Esperança Student Center in Brazil in praising God for enabling Compassion to buy a hearing aid for one of their students, Carlos. The aid has substantially helped his cognitive progress!

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