June 2013 Prayer Calendar

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

June 2013 Prayer Calendar
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It’s finally summer here in Colorado, after a long winter. And it seems that everywhere I go, I see children. Set free from months of snow boots and heavy coats, they run through sprinklers and blow bubbles in their front yards. They crowd into parks, on swings, legs pumping as they shout “Higher! Push me higher!”

That freedom and exuberance is fun to watch. The ability to live so completely in the moment, to not worry about social norms or perceptions, is enviable. And it’s also a little contagious! Being around children can allow me to forget, even for a moment, the weight of adult responsibilities.

I’ve seen so many children in poverty who have taken on that weight, that burden, far too early. When they should be running and playing they are working and caring for younger siblings. Poverty applies a weight that robs children of the joy of childhood.

But for the children in Compassion’s programs, freedom is restored — even if for a moment. At the center, each child has the space to be free. They run and play with their friends. They spin and giggle, and the burdens fall away.

This month, please pray that each child we serve will know the taste of freedom. That the physical, spiritual and emotional burdens they feel will be lifted. That each child will have a safe person in her life to whom she can say, “Push me higher!”

Thank you for all you do on behalf of millions of children in poverty. Your prayers are needed, felt and appreciated!

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

Verse of the Month

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed

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— John 8:36, NIV

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Saturday 1

This month, please pray that the Lord will continue His mighty work through Compassion, enabling more and more children to find freedom in Christ and freedom from poverty’s grasp.

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Sunday 2

Please lift up Compassion President Wess Stafford and Compassion President-elect Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado in prayer as they work together for a smooth transition. The official leadership handoff will take place in September.

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Monday 3

Pray for Jimmy Mellado and his family this summer as he wraps up work with the Willow Creek Association and prepares to move to Colorado Springs.

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Tuesday 4

Pray for the 92 children in the Guayas province of Ecuador whose homes were damaged or destroyed by recent heavy rains.

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Wednesday 5

Pray for the nine Leadership Development Program (LDP) students still in need of mentors in eastern Indonesia.

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Thursday 6

Pray for healing for a 4-year-old Compassion child in Ghana who is HIV-positive and very weak.

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Friday 7

Praise God for His continued care and protection of our beneficiaries from heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro. Pray for their neighbors who have experienced death and destruction.

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Saturday 8

Pray for 16-year-old Pablo in Peru, whose mother recently died of a brain tumor. Pray for Pablo’s sibling and father as they grieve their loss.

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Sunday 9

Pray for the children in one of our eastern India programs, where people of other religions are trying to keep the children from attending the Compassion center.

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Monday 10

Compassion Guatemala is requesting prayer for the implementation of the Child Survival Program (CSP) this year. Pray for the Lord’s clear guidance and blessing.

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Tuesday 11

Please continue to pray for the Philippine Compassion families whose homes were damaged during tropical storm Shanshan.

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Wednesday 12

Thank you for praying for Elizabeth in Nicaragua. Her mother, who had abandoned the family after the father did the same, now comes to visit her children every day and brings them food. Emotionally, Elizabeth is much better and she wants to be baptized!

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Thursday 13

Pray for the children in Mexico who have to labor to support their families by working the fields, trash dumps, clay pits and other unsafe places.

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Friday 14

Pray for God’s healing hand to touch 12-year-old Nazrul in Bangladesh, whose kidney disease has damaged both of his kidneys.

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Saturday 15

Pray for the families of 74 Compassion children and three partner-church staff in Haiti, who sustained damage to their homes and lost belongings in recent heavy floods.

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Sunday 16

Pray for God’s encouragement and strength for LDP student Erika in Guatemala, whose father recently left home.

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Monday 17

Pray for the families of 15 Compassion children in Tanzania, whose homes were damaged by recent heavy rains.

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Tuesday 18

Continue to pray for LDP student Alexandra in Ecuador, who suffers from chronic renal failure and needs regular dialysis. Praise God for her recent marriage to a local pastor!

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Wednesday 19

Pray for Ayub and his family in Indonesia, whose house was recently destroyed by fire. Compassion is helping with provision and reconstruction.

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Thursday 20

Pray for the family and friends of 13-year-old Solange in Rwanda, who recently died of heart failure. Pray that God would strengthen and comfort them.

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Friday 21

Compassion presently has nearly 100,000 unsponsored children on its waiting list. Pray that God will quickly raise up dedicated sponsors for these children.

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Saturday 22

Pray for 13 year-old siblings Alexander and Vannia in Peru, whose father recently lost his battle with leukemia. Pray for their mother who now must provide for four children on her own.

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Sunday 23

Pray for God’s comfort and provision for a Compassion child and his three older sisters in eastern India after their father recently passed away.

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Monday 24

The Kweikrom Baptist Child Development Center in Ghana has experienced several recent child-sponsorship cancellations and requests prayer for new sponsors and for the financial stability of present sponsors.

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Tuesday 25

Pray for the mental health and safety of Yayra in Togo, who wanders away without telling people and sometimes passes out.

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Wednesday 26

Please pray for the protection and care of Compassion beneficiaries in Bangladesh, where heavy rains have damaged homes, displaced families and caused the death of one registered child. Pray for the Lord’s comfort and peace for the family who lost their child.

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Thursday 27

Pray for the staff and children of the Jerusalen Student Center in El Salvador, which borders the territories of two rival gangs. This causes difficulties when the staff make home visits. Pray for safe passage for Compassion staff and children.

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Friday 28

Pray for 12-year-old Angelica in the Dominican Republic, who was born without intestines and needs several reconstructive surgeries.

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Saturday 29

Pray for comfort and emotional health for CSP mother Thiruchelvi in Sri Lanka, who recently lost her newborn baby.

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Sunday 30

Praise God with us that extensive independent research, recently published by Dr. Bruce Wydick and colleagues, objectively confirms the long-term effectiveness of Compassion’s child development program! (For more information see It Works.)

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