August 2013 Prayer Calendar

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

August 2013 Prayer Calendar
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Have you ever noticed that children seem to have a knack for knowing something’s wrong — and how they can be so kind in the middle of it all? While they can be seemingly oblivious to bad things going on around them, I’m always surprised at just how perceptive they are. When my son was young, there were times when he would snuggle up next to me, or hug me or even just smile brightly across the room, at the exact moment I needed that small measure of kindness. Sometimes before I even knew I needed it.

The kindness of children is simple — a gift of a yellow dandelion or a prized toy — but at the same time it is profound. In my mind, the kindness of children seems to be a gift from God Himself, a seed He has planted.

But kindness is also delicate. As children grow older, they are often met with unkindness. And for children in poverty, that comes in the form of an all-too-unkind world. Hunger and disease and neglect can batter a child’s natural tendency to see the world as a place to love and be loved.

At our Compassion centers, we lavish kindness on children — and they respond in kind! A child who is loved and protected feels the freedom to show kindness. I can see it in the pictures they draw and the letters they write to their sponsors. In the prayers they pray for their family and friends. Hearts hardened by poverty grow pliable. Kindness flourishes.

This month, I would like to thank you for your own kindness shown to millions of children in poverty around the world. What greater act of love can there be than to lift up prayers and praises to the Father on behalf of each of these precious children. Your kindness is a gift. Thank you for that.

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

Verse of the Month

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people ... clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
— Colossians 3:12, NIV

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Thursday 1

Thank you for your prayers for Compassion Sunday, held on April 21. Update: 10,417 children were sponsored in April!

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Friday 2

Please pray for former Leadership Development Program (LDP) student Gelen in Guatemala, who recently suffered an aneurysm and is in a coma.

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Saturday 3

Pray for our beneficiaries in the Mathare slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, where fire damaged or destroyed thousands of homes including those of several Compassion children.

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Sunday 4

Pray for the safety of the children, staff, and families located in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, India, where monsoon rains have caused flooding and landslides.

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Monday 5

Thank you for lifting up the children who are waiting for sponsors. Update: May 2013 was a record-setting month for Compassion: 21,835 children received sponsors!

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Tuesday 6

Pray for strength and comfort for Tete and Madoe in Togo, who face many challenges related to their mother being paralyzed and their father’s recent death. Compassion is helping meet this family’s needs.

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Wednesday 7

Pray for the family, friends and sponsors of 9-year-old Shuily in Bangladesh and David in eastern India. Both children passed away after suffering snake bites.

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Thursday 8

Pray for the families of 28 children from the CDI Semillas De Bendicion center in Colombia, whose homes were damaged by recent flooding.

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Friday 9

Praise God with us for the recent opening of several new child development centers in Sri Lanka!

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Saturday 10

Pray for Junesius in eastern Indonesia. His father is in jail and his mother abandoned him after domestic violence. Compassion is helping find a safe situation for this child.

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Sunday 11

Pray for Jhostin in Honduras, who has been diagnosed with brittle bone disease.

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Monday 12

Pray for the family, friends and sponsors of 9-year-old James in Uganda, who recently passed away.

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Tuesday 13

Pray for Snoli in eastern India, who suffers from asthma and is unable to attend her school or Compassion program regularly.

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Wednesday 14

Please pray for Jeharin in Nicaragua, who is seriously ill with kidney disease. We will learn this month if Jeharin’s mother is a compatible donor.

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Thursday 15

Praise God that Rwandan child Esther, just 2 1/2, who recently had heart surgery, has improved to the point where she can now walk!

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Friday 16

Pray for the families of five Compassion-assisted children in Colombo, Sri Lanka, whose homes were damaged by heavy winds.

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Saturday 17

Pray for the families of 96 Compassion children in Haiti, whose homes were damaged and belongings lost during recent flooding.

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Sunday 18

The staff of our new centers in Burkina Faso request special prayer for God’s wisdom and grace to properly serve children in their communities. Would you pray this prayer for all Compassion staff around the world?

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Monday 19

Please lift up John, a local staff member in Uganda, whose wife passed away while giving birth. The baby survived. May God strengthen and comfort John as he raises the baby, and his other children, on his own.

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Tuesday 20

Praise God that graduates of the LDP are making a difference! Recently, three LDP alumni in Thailand turned down higher-paying jobs in order to teach at a local school. Their vision: community transformation! (Update: We now have 3,232 LDP students worldwide. Please keep praying for them.)

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Wednesday 21

Pray for Heydi, Wilson, Keyla, Fernando and Jean Pierre in Peru, who all lost their fathers in separate incidents.

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Thursday 22

Please pray for the Lord’s protection of more than 571 Compassion children in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, where Hurricane Barbara damaged their homes. Their Compassion centers have provided safe water, food and blankets and helped make repairs.

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Friday 23

Thank you for praying for Compassion’s new President-elect Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado. Update: Jimmy is now at work at the Global Ministry Center; the official hand-off from Wess Stafford to Jimmy Mellado will take place in mid-September.

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Saturday 24

Please keep praying for the protection of our Compassion beneficiaries and staff throughout Bangladesh as political unrest continues to plague the country.

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Sunday 25

Two of our Honduran children, Jorge and Yovany, were recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for God’s healing touch.

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Monday 26

Pray for special projects taking place in several of our centers in Tanzania, which will help provide safe water and a library for our children.

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Tuesday 27

Please lift up the family, friends and sponsor of Erlisa in eastern Indonesia who, after an argument with her parents and seeing a movie depicting suicide, took her own life.

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Wednesday 28

Pray for Kouma and Atawa in Togo, who both suffer from sickle cell anemia.

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Thursday 29

Please pray for God’s healing touch for Nazrul in Bangladesh, whose kidneys are damaged.

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Friday 30

Nineteen-year-old Lillian in Rwanda has been on dialysis for two years. Praise God that a matching kidney donor has been found! Pray for successful surgery.

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Saturday 31

Thank you for praying for Change the Story: The Compassion Experience, which continues to tour the U.S. Update: In the 12 months since its launch, more than 36,000 people have visited this inspiring mobile exhibition and over 5,300 children have received sponsors!

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