May 2012 Prayer Calendar

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

May 2012 Prayer Calendar
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A popular children's song has the line, "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart." And while it is true that we have joy in our hearts, I am here to tell you that the children I have met in my travels with Compassion have joy that cannot be contained just in their hearts!

These are children who have faced poverty head-on. Who have worked jobs, cared for their younger siblings, and seen death and destruction in their daily lives. But when these children come to know Jesus, when they finally know the freedom of being a child of God, their joy overflows!

It's as if you can see the weight of poverty lifted off of these children. They sing worship songs with their hands lifted high, and their words of praise inspire me. In the lives of these children, joy is not stagnant. It is moving and active. A child filled with joy cannot sit still!

I am so thankful that their joy is contagious. You cannot be near a joyful child without feeling a smile on your own face. And when a child, filled with joy, reaches out a hand to you, you cannot stand back and politely shake your head. You must take that hand and join in the dance when they pull you in — and they do!

Compassion-assisted children spread joy throughout their homes and communities. Poverty, however, is a relentless enemy. This month, will you join me in praying that the joy of the children we serve will be stronger than any disaster, any catastrophe? Will you pray for joy in the midst of trials and suffering?

Your prayers are heard by our joyful Father. Remember how He also delights in you, and may you find your own joy overflowing as you lift up these children in your prayers.

Verse of the Month

“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior."

— Habakkuk 3:18, NIV

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Tuesday 1

This month, pray that the joy of Christ among the children we serve will overshadow the poverty that surrounds them. And may your own joy overflow as your lift up these children in your prayers!

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Wednesday 2

Please pray for families with children in the Gee Child Development Center in Kenya as they repair their homes damaged by heavy rains.

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Thursday 3

Pray for the families of 1051 sponsored children and 20 Child Survival Program beneficiaries in Ecuador, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by recent flooding.

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Friday 4

Last month we requested prayer for 6-year-old Fatao of Burkina Faso, whom Compassion flew to India for critical heart surgery. Praise God that the surgery was successful and Fatao is back home with his family and friends!

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Saturday 5

Pray for God’s protection of Compassion-assisted families in gang-plagued cities in Honduras.

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Sunday 6

Pray for one of our Compassion-assisted children in India, who recently attempted suicide. Thankfully some friends quickly took him to the hospital, his life was saved, and our workers have arranged treatment.

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Monday 7

Pray for Compassion children Soledad and Matías and their infant sibling in Bolivia, whose father recently abandoned them.

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Tuesday 8

Praise God for this testimony from Sri Lanka: A single mom in the Child Survival Program (CSP) had endured ongoing ridicule from others in the community. But the CSP staff has regularly affirmed her in Christian love — and her outlook has improved, she is growing in confidence, and she is motivated to learn.

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Wednesday 9

More cases of cholera have been diagnosed in northwestern Uganda. Pray for God’s protection of our children and staff at the nearby Otal Child Development Center.

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Thursday 10

Pray for young Jonatan in Colombia, who is grieving the recent loss of his mother.

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Friday 11

Pray that the Compassion Tanzania office will be able to fill several staff vacancies soon.

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Saturday 12 Pray for the families, friends and sponsors of three sponsored children in eastern India who recently passed away: Monimoy, Surbhi and Sanjay.

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Sunday 13

Pray that God will protect the many Compassion children and families in Rwanda affected by HIV/AIDS. Many children have lost parents and caregivers.

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Monday 14

Pray for Compassion-assisted child Comfort in Ghana, who has a leg deformity that needs corrective surgery.

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Tuesday 15

Praise God that no Compassion children were injured in the magnitude 7.4 earthquake that recently rocked Guerrero, Mexico.

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Wednesday 16

Pray for the Lord’s protection and safety for our children, church staff and families in the Isiolo district of Kenya, where violent raids have impacted several program locations. Some families have lost their homes and the mother of one sponsored child was killed.

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Thursday 17

Pray for the family of Luis in Arequipa City, Peru, whose home was seriously damaged by floods.

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Friday 18

One of our children in India recently died of AIDS. Because his parents had also died of AIDS, he was living with his sister’s family. Pray for God’s comfort for his sister, friends and sponsor.

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Saturday 19

Pray for God’s continued blessing on Compassion’s Leadership Development Program (LDP), which is  now training, educating and discipling young servant leaders in 19 countries. Pray for the academic success and ministry of LDP students around the world.

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Sunday 20

Compassion leaders in Tanzania request prayer during the start-up of the LDP program there. Pray for God’s guidance as they select their first roster of students.

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Monday 21

Pray for God’s intervention for several CSP mothers in Sri Lanka, whose husbands do not work but expect the women to go out and work in addition to caring for the children.

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Tuesday 22

Pray for the comfort of Brayan’s family in Bolivia. His 2-month-old twin brothers passed away and the family is very distraught.

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Wednesday 23

Pray for good water supplies for Compassion’s child development centers in eastern India — during summer, many of the facilities face shortages of safe water.

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Thursday 24

Pray for God’s comfort for 9-year-old Yeferson in Peru, whose father was recently killed in an attempted robbery.

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Friday 25

Pray for the thousands of children around the world who have been identified by Compassion as “highly vulnerable” — in high-risk circumstances that require special intervention.

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Saturday 26

Pray for Compassion-assisted girls Charith and Karina in Colombia, who have been diagnosed with leukemia.

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Sunday 27

Pray for God’s comfort for the family, friends and sponsor of New, a 17-year-old boy in central Thailand who died from injuries sustained in a work accident.

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Monday 28

Compassion’s Dominican Republic auditor, Ivan Lopez, requests prayer for the salvation of his father, who has recently been attending church.

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Tuesday 29

Pray for 17-year-old Chantal. Her mother died in the Rwanda genocide, she does not know her father, she lives with her aunt and grandmother, and she needs God’s comfort, joy and peace.

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Wednesday 30

Praise God that two missing children in India, Melinati and Yaragalla, returned safely after wandering away from home.

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Thursday 31 Pray that the joy of the Lord will help our Compassion-assisted children overcome the sense of hopelessness that typically accompanies extreme poverty. Pray that they will choose, by faith, to be joyful in the Lord!

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