Prayer 2013 Prayer Calendar

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

September 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

"Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge."
— Proverbs 14:26, NIV

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Sunday 1

This month, please pray that the Lord will help Compassion-assisted children grow in spiritual sensitivity … not only to His leading in their lives but also to the needs of those around them.

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Monday 2

Praise God that all 571 children attending 11 child development centers in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, who were affected by Hurricane Barbara, have returned to their homes or have found other living arrangements.

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Tuesday 3

Please ask the Lord’s healing for 70 Compassion children in Nicaragua who contracted dengue fever during an outbreak of the disease.

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Wednesday 4

Pray for Compassion beneficiaries in the community of Loro, Uganda, where severe dry spells have affected crops. Pray that the rains will come soon.

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Thursday 5

Pray for comfort and provision for Nikenin in eastern Indonesia, whose home was destroyed by fire. Compassion is assisting with the family’s needs.

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Friday 6

Pray for comfort and emotional healing for 5-year-old Jhonner in Peru, who recently witnessed the brutal murder of his father.

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Saturday 7

Heavy rains and winds have damaged the homes of several Compassion children in Sri Lanka. Pray for these families as Compassion staff assist them and provide emergency supplies.

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Sunday 8

Pray for the families, friends and sponsors of two children in Indonesia who recently passed away: Pani, who died in a fire, and Angga, who was killed in a landslide.

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Monday 9

Pray for the Lord’s protection over Compassion children and staff in Bangladesh, who often face danger and death threats from different religious factions if they don’t cease Christian activities.

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Tuesday 10

Pray for child development center staff at four of our centers in the Dominican Republic, as these partner churches are in the process of changing pastors.

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Wednesday 11

Pray for Lambert in Rwanda, who needs healing from tuberculosis.

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Thursday 12

Pray for Genevieve in the Philippines, who is very ill but whose parents are resisting medical intervention. Pray that they will allow her center to arrange medical assistance.

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Friday 13

Pray for the family of Iara in Brazil, who recently passed away from leukemia.

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Saturday 14

Tonight we celebrate Wess Stafford’s leadership of Compassion as he retires from his role as President and CEO. Praise God for the incredible growth and impact of Compassion’s ministry during Wess’ 20 years as President.

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Sunday 15

Pray for Juni and Rifaldi in Indonesia, who both recently lost their mothers. Pray for our staff as they provide comfort and care for these teenage orphans.

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Monday 16

Thank you for praying for Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado as he prepared during the summer to assume Compassion’s leadership. Update: Today is Jimmy’s first official day as Compassion’s new President and CEO! Thank God for bringing this godly, dynamic man to lead us into the future. Pray that he will be blessed with daily strength and wisdom.

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Tuesday 17

In March 2012 we prayed for Comfort in Ghana, who needed leg surgery requiring special metal imported from Canada. Update: Comfort has still not had the surgery. Please continue to pray for her, and that her doctors would treat her case with urgency.

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Wednesday 18

Pray for healing and comfort for Sangita in eastern India, who is suffering from tuberculosis and jaundice.

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Thursday 19

Pray for family relationships among our beneficiaries in Peru. Several children are experiencing parental separation, infidelity, abandonment and other issues that are tearing their families apart.

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Friday 20

Pray for Gabriel in Togo, who suffers from leprosy. Although his condition has improved, Gabriel still needs our prayers for a miracle healing.

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Saturday 21

Pray for God’s comfort for Pastor Herodes in eastern Indonesia as he grieves the death of his son. Compassion partners with Herodes’ church in running the Doulos Student Center.

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Sunday 22

Pray for the families, friends and sponsors of Bebi and Elsa in eastern Indonesia, who both passed away unexpectedly.

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Monday 23

Pray for 5-year-old Samilya in Brazil, who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

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Tuesday 24

Pray for 19-year-old Lillian in Rwanda, who has been on dialysis for two years. Update: A matching kidney donor has finally been found! With Compassion’s help, Lillian will travel to India for a kidney transplant.

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Wednesday 25

Please pray for our beneficiary families in Burkina Faso, whose homes were damaged by recent heavy rains.

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Thursday 26

Pray for healing and strength for Herlyn in the Philippines, who is struggling with typhoid fever.

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Friday 27

Pray for the emotional recovery of 18 Compassion children in Guatemala, who were severely traumatized when unstable men entered their school and killed two children. Compassion staff are comforting and helping these children.

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Saturday 28

Pray for God’s protection over our children and their families in Burkina Faso from the outbreaks of malaria that come every year during the rainy season.

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Sunday 29

Pray for Worawet in Thailand, whose left leg has atrophied due to polio. Although he is able to walk, he has difficulties and needs God’s strengthening touch.

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Monday 30

Praise God that many children have received sponsors in response to presentations at Christian concerts and events during the summer.

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