May 2013 Prayer Calendar

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

May 2013 Prayer Calendar
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If you want to know the truth about something, I’ve learned it’s best to ask a child. They will give you their opinions about your clothes, your corny jokes or whatever is on the top of their minds — always honest, never sugar-coated. Often that honesty is heart-warming. Sometimes it’s humorous. And sometimes it may even be more than you bargained for!

But at some point, that honesty can be tainted. A child is mocked for his honesty. He is hurt because he told the truth about how he felt, about his fears or insecurities. Or perhaps that child learns to lie because he is lied to. I see this over and over with the children we serve through Compassion. Poverty is a deceiver. It tells children they don’t matter. That they’re worthless. That poverty is what they were born for. Those layers of dishonesty can weigh on a child. And soon he believes them.

That’s why I am so thankful that through Compassion we can bring truth! At the child development centers, children realize their special gifts, how talented they are, and how special God has made them. Each lie that poverty has whispered is shouted down with hope.

And in the letters children get from their sponsors, I see truth again. Children learn the truth that they are loved and valued. Sponsors speak Scripture to their children. And each bit of truth can be held in a child’s hands. Can be shared with his family. Can be pulled out from that special place and read, over and over, to drown out the lies of poverty.

Your prayers are another way to bring truth to these beautiful children. Will you pray this month that the truth is bright in each child’s life — brighter than the darkness that surrounds them? Pray that the truth of God’s Word will be embedded deep into each child’s heart. And pray also for their sponsors, parents and Compassion staff, that they will be given the specific words of encouragement and light that each child needs to hear.

Thank you, as always, for lifting up prayers of truth and hope for children living surrounded by lies and darkness. You are a blessing!

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

Verse of the Month

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
— Philippians 4:6, NIV

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Wednesday 1

Praise God with us for His clear guidance as Compassion’s Board of Directors prayerfully selected Santiago (Jim) Mellado to become Compassion’s next President! Jim joins the Compassion family after 20 years of successful leadership of the Willow Creek Association.

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Thursday 2

Please pray for Jim Mellado and for Compassion’s current President, Wess Stafford, as they work closely together during the coming months of transition. The official handoff will take place in September 2013.

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Friday 3

Thank God with us for another very successful Compassion Sunday in April! Final numbers are still being tallied, but thousands of new sponsors stepped up to come alongside Compassion children.

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Saturday 4

Praise God with us that Jackson Muriiki, a graduate of Compassion’s Leadership Development Program (LDP), was recently elected as the county representative for Meru county in Kenya.

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Sunday 5

Please pray for the protection of our Compassion beneficiaries and staff throughout Bangladesh, where extreme violence and political unrest have caused some of our programs to temporarily suspend activities.

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Monday 6

Pray for the staff of My First Love Student Center in Chiapas, Mexico, who are repairing facilities after strong winds destroyed a classroom roof and damaged the student center office.

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Tuesday 7

Please pray for the Lord’s provision for the families of 283 Compassion beneficiaries in Burkina Faso, who lost their livelihoods when a fire swept through a local market destroying more than 1,000 shops.

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Wednesday 8

Please pray for Tersa and Sisli in eastern India, who both suffer from malaria.

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Thursday 9

Please pray for God’s peace and comfort for 8-year-old Heymi in Peru, whose mother recently committed suicide.

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Friday 10

Please pray for Lillian in Uganda, who is suffering from rheumatic heart disease.

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Saturday 11

Please pray for the Lord’s care of our beneficiaries in the Philippines, where tropical storm Shanshan hit Butuan City and affected several Compassion families.

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Sunday 12

Please pray for 5-year-old Kevin, nephew of a Compassion Colombia staff member, who is suffering from leukemia.

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Monday 13

Please pray for Gossaye, a recent LDP graduate in Ethiopia, who has begun work in his field of civil engineering but is struggling with chronic illness.

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Tuesday 14

Please pray for the family and friends of 12-year-old Jaya in India who, along with her mother and two siblings, was murdered by her father.

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Wednesday 15

Praise God for His protection over Gema and Ruth, two Compassion Mexico staff, who were unharmed in an auto accident while visiting program centers.

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Thursday 16

Please pray for 29-month-old twins Richecardine and Richecardy in Haiti, who both suffer from malnutrition and whose mother lives in a dangerous location with no income.

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Friday 17

Please pray for the family, friends and LDP team in Kenya who are mourning the loss of LDP student Prisca, who died recently after a sudden illness.

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Saturday 18

Please pray for the Lord’s provision for our beneficiaries in Tanjung Balai (eastern Indonesia)where flooding displaced many families and destroyed many school supplies and household items.

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Sunday 19

Please pray for Daniel in Bolivia, who has leukemia.

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Monday 20

Please pray for Rinah in Uganda, who needs nearly $30,000 for a kidney transplant. Compassion is working to help raise the funds.

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Tuesday 21

Please pray for the Lord’s provision for our beneficiaries in Manado, eastern Indonesia, where heavy rains have damaged several homes.

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Wednesday 22

Our Compassion India office requests prayer for godly sponsors to come alongside India’s 8,200 unsponsored children and 42 unsponsored LDP students. Ask God to quickly raise up sponsors for these and many thousands of unsponsored children around the world.

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Thursday 23

Please pray for Rita in Colombia as she undergoes chemotherapy. Pray for our staff as they work with her family to mitigate the expense and extensive travel required for her treatments.

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Friday 24

We praise God that the heart surgery for Theodore in Togo was successful!

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Saturday 25

Please pray for Elizabeth and her three siblings in Nicaragua, who were abandoned by both parents and are experiencing extreme emotional distress.

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Sunday 26

Please pray for Riny, Susmita, Anjoli, Pronoy, Nitta and Monica in Bangladesh, who all suffer from epilepsy.

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Monday 27

Please pray for the family, friends and sponsors of Noe Alfredo in Peru, who recently died from a brain hemorrhage.

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Tuesday 28

Please pray for Tete and Madoe in Togo, whose father passed away and mother is paralyzed. Our staff are working to find them shelter and supply essential provisions.

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Wednesday 29

Please pray for 7-year-old Isaiah in Kenya, whose caregiver was killed during recent violence.

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Thursday 30

Please pray for the Lord’s care of our beneficiaries in western El Salvador, where heavy winds recently damaged homes and displaced families.

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Friday 31

We praise God that recent ovarian-cancer surgery for LDP Colombia student Julitte was successful!

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