June 2012 Prayer Calendar

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

June 2012 Prayer Calendar
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Parenting is not for the faint of heart. I realized this the day my wife and I brought our son home from the hospital. It’s terrifying to think that you are responsible for this tiny, vulnerable being. As a parent, I felt a sense of responsibility — a desire to protect my son — that I had never felt before.

But the day my son took his first steps, protecting him took on a whole new meaning. He reeled through the house, stumbling into walls and tripping over his own feet. It seemed that each day he had new bruises, new bumps, new injuries. But most of the time, my little boy picked himself up, rubbed his new “owie,” and set off on his next adventure.

I am continually amazed by the resilience, the seemingly super-human strength, of children. Tumbles rarely slow them down. Hurt feelings can be hugged away. Even in poverty, I see children overcome life’s hurts in ways that I can’t understand. I meet children in my travels who see things that can destroy adults — abuse, neglect, hunger, death.

When I visit Compassion-assisted children, I see a spirit of endurance. It was ignited when they faced their first loss or endured their first suffering. It continues to burn bright, nurtured by their sponsors and the staff at their Compassion centers. And their amazing resilience is further strengthened by you and your prayers.

As you pray for the children in this month’s prayer calendar, would you pray for their stamina? Pray that God will enable them to continue to stand back up, even as poverty tries to push them down. And pray that they will know the helping hand of loved ones who provide moments of comfort and peace.

Your prayers are heard by our Father — and there is none more resilient than Him. Thank you for your faithfulness in lifting up children in poverty, for easing their load, one prayer at a time.

Verse of the Month

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Psalm 30:5, NIV

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Friday 1

During June, please pray for God-powered resilience among Compassion-assisted children around the world. As poverty does its best to knock them down each day, may God enable these precious children to “get back up” and re-engage — stronger and more determined than ever to rise above the cycle of poverty.

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Saturday 2

Praise God for the large number of children and families in Ethiopia who have recently accepted Christ as Savior through the work of Compassion and its front-line church partners!

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Sunday 3

Please pray for 12-year-old Jancy in India, who is experiencing renal failure. She is in urgent need of a kidney transplant.

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Monday 4

Please pray for the children, families and staff of nine Compassion child development centers in Haiti that were affected by recent flooding.

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Tuesday 5

Please pray for wisdom for our Leadership Development Program (LDP) staff as they select LDP students for the coming year. This can be an emotional and difficult process, especially when they must decline deserving students due to limited slots.

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Wednesday 6

Please pray for Compassion-assisted child Bryan in Nicaragua. Doctors have diagnosed him as having brain cancer and are doing tests to determine if it is treatable.

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Thursday 7

Children at one of our child development centers in Brazil request special prayer for their parents — some of whom are alcoholic, ill, in prison or unemployed. May God strengthen and comfort these families.

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Friday 8

Pray for the children and staff of the Patharhuri Child Development Center in eastern India. Vandals recently set fire to fencing and damaged the roof.

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Saturday 9

Pray for Compassion-assisted children Georges, Dorcas, Godwin and Ignace in Togo, who all suffer from epilepsy.

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Sunday 10

Please continue to pray for the families of the 1,099 Child Sponsorship Program children and 21 Child Survival Program beneficiaries in Ecuador who sustained damage and loss in recent massive flooding.

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Monday 11

Please pray for 7-year-old Victor in Peru, whose 2-month-old baby sister has died from heart complications. Pray God’s comfort for Victor and his family.

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Tuesday 12

Please pray for Panupong in Thailand, who lost his father and his home in a devastating fire recently.

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Wednesday 13

Please pray that God’s presence and comfort will surround Betty, director of our Oasis de Gracia Student Center in El Salvador. Her son was recently murdered.

                                                                                                         

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Thursday 14

One of our child development centers in Uganda requests prayer for its Compassion-assisted children. In this region child neglect and social, emotional and physical abuse cause many children to suffer.

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Friday 15

Praise God with us that no Compassion beneficiaries were affected by the recent earthquake in the northern part of Sumatra Island in Indonesia!

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Saturday 16

Please pray for the children and families from the Sala Evangélica, Joel, and La Semilla child development centers in Peru, whose homes were damaged in recent flooding.

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Sunday 17

Pray for God’s comfort and peace for the families of Rohit, Sumanta and Ranajan in eastern India, who all recently passed away.

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Monday 18

Pray for God’s protection of two Compassion-assisted children and their mother in Nicaragua, who live in an abusive situation at home. Center staff are seeking a protective solution.

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Tuesday 19

Please pray that God will provide caring sponsors for more than 2,400 older Compassion-registered children (ages 10 and older) who are waiting for sponsors.

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Wednesday 20

Please continue to pray for LDP students in Ethiopia who, although they have graduated, still have not found jobs.

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Thursday 21

Pray for the families living in coastal areas of El Salvador, especially in the east. An uncommonly large concentration of algae that discolors and pollutes surface water is making it difficult for fishermen to work and support their families.

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Friday 22

Join us in praising God that the rains have started to fall again in Kenya! Rains will bring better harvests for the farmers and less-expensive produce for the general population.

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Saturday 23

Pray for God’s comfort for the family of 7-year-old Evelyne in Haiti, who has died from chronic heart problems.

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Sunday 24

Pray for Compassion-assisted child Pauline in Togo, whose mother is seriously ill and has decided to return to her village because she has nobody in town to care for her. Pauline will miss attending her child development center.

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Monday 25

Please keep lifting up our children, families and staff in Ethiopia as they continue to deal with the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Tuesday 26

Pray for Alexandra in Ecuador, who has kidney disease and needs to start dialysis.

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Wednesday 27

Pray for 12-year-old Naisha in Peru, whose mother recently died. Naisha and her two older siblings were recently kicked out of the home where they were living. Pray for God’s provision and for a safe, permanent home.

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Thursday 28

Pray for God’s comfort for Compassion-assisted children Nattapol and Attanont in Thailand. Their father recently committed suicide.

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Friday 29

Pray for God’s continued protection of our children and staff in the Bukonzho region of Kasese, Uganda, where a cholera outbreak is impacting many members of the community.

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Saturday 30

We praise God for healing André in Brazil, who spent 53 days in critical condition after an automobile accident that took the lives of two brothers and a friend.

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