Prayer 2013 Prayer Calendar

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

October 2013 Prayer Calendar
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Children notice everything. And I do mean everything! Even when they seem to be innocently playing with their toys, they notice what’s on the television, what’s happening out the window and every word we’re saying. How often have you heard something out of your child’s mouth and realized they were simply imitating you?

As we interact with children, we strive to make sure that the things they notice are positive, life-giving and encouraging. We want to be good role models for the children who are watching and soaking in our every move, every word.

I am especially aware of this when I travel with Compassion. So many of the children we serve have observed tragedy and heartache. But when they come to their child development centers, they quietly observe a different world. I am constantly reminded how our staff demonstrate love and kindness to each child. Little boys who have no father figures watch the staff lead and serve sacrificially. And little girls who grow up thinking they have no value see women who are educated and confident. They observe and notice and soon mirror the love and sacrifice they see in those around them.

This month, join me in praying for positive role models in the lives of the children we serve. Not only in their church-based centers, but in their homes and communities. Pray also for those who are being watched — that the love of God will be seen clearly through them.

And don’t forget, you are being observed too, by the children in your own life! My prayer is that the light and love of God will shine to every person you come in contact with this month!

As always, thank you for your commitment to praying for children in poverty around the world. You are making an eternal difference!

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

Verse of the Month

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
— Ephesians 6:18, NIV

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Tuesday 1

This month, pray for God to provide positive role models in the lives of the children we serve — not only in their child development centers, but also in their homes and neighborhoods.

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Wednesday 2

Please pray for the families of more than 350 Compassion children in Pundaluoya, Sri Lanka, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by heavy rains.

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Thursday 3

Pray for God’s protection of our Leadership Development Program (LDP) students in Tanzania who live off-campus. These students are more vulnerable to dangers as they walk to classes.

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Friday 4

Pray for the Lord to comfort and provide for the families of 17 Compassion children in Recife, Brazil, who lost their homes and belongings in a devastating fire.

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Saturday 5

Pray for an 11-year-old Compassion-assisted girl in eastern Indonesia, who was a victim of rape and is now pregnant. Compassion staff are providing guidance and care.

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Sunday 6

Pray for God’s protection over Compassion children and their siblings in Burkina Faso, who face increased risk of malaria during the rainy season.

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Monday 7

Update: Praise God that all children who were affected by the dengue fever outbreak in three of our centers in Nicaragua have been released from the hospital and are improving!

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Tuesday 8

Please pray for Compassion families in Thailand whose homes were damaged or destroyed by heavy flooding.

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Wednesday 9

Pray for Bertrand in Rwanda, who recently learned that the person she thought was her mother is actually her aunt. (Her parents were killed during the genocide.) She is having a difficult time accepting the truth and is in counseling.

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Thursday 10

Pray for LDP student Julieth in Colombia, who recently had successful surgery for ovarian cancer but just learned that the cancer has spread to her stomach.

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Friday 11

Pray for the 6,200+ front-line churches who partner with Compassion to work with the local children. Pray for the staff and volunteers who love and minister to the children each week.

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Saturday 12

Pray for the LDP students in Ethiopia who graduate next month. Pray for God to bless their careers — and those of all our LDP graduates.

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Sunday 13

Pray for the family, friends and sponsor of Oswaldo in El Salvador, who drowned during a church field trip to the ocean. Pray for comfort for the family and that his body will be found.

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Monday 14

Pray for 10-year-old Priya in Bangladesh, who suffers from severe asthma attacks.

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Tuesday 15

Praise God that Gabriela in El Salvador, who needed surgery to prevent kidney failure, came through the operation with flying colors and was discharged from the hospital!

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Wednesday 16

Pray for Ashel in Rwanda, who was recently diagnosed with serious disease in his left hip. Pray for strength and healing as he undergoes treatment.

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Thursday 17

Pray for Compassion child Kavindu’s 1-year-old sister in Sri Lanka, whose right eye developed cancer and had to be removed by surgeons.

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Friday 18

Pray for twin children Irene and Doreen in Tanzania, whose mother passed away during childbirth.

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Saturday 19

Pray for Compassion sponsors and Advocates as they give Compassion Sunday presentations this fall in churches across the U.S. Ask God for a bountiful harvest of new sponsors!

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Sunday 20

Pray for a peaceful resolution to the political unrest in the Assam and Darjeeling districts of eastern India. Several child development centers have had to suspend activities until the tensions ease.

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Monday 21

Please continue to pray for HIV/AIDS-infected children and their families in Burkina Faso, who face difficult challenges and stigmatization in the community.

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Tuesday 22

Please continue praying for the implementation of the Child Survival Program (CSP) in Guatemala, which is launching this year.

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Wednesday 23

Pray for 5-year-old Angel in the Philippines, who has rheumatic heart disease and needs surgery but is too underweight for the procedure. Pray for quick weight gain and healing.

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Thursday 24

Pray that God would comfort Compassion Ghana staff member George and his wife, who recently lost their baby.

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Friday 25

Please pray for the families of our Compassion children in Jailolo, eastern Indonesia, who were affected by recent flooding.

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Saturday 26

Pray for the families, friends and sponsors of Kavitha, Mahanthi, Pooja, Suman and Thupakula. These children in India all recently passed away and their families need God’s comfort and peace.

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Sunday 27

Thank you for praying for Gabriel in Togo, who has had leprosy. Update: After several trials and treatments, doctors declared that the germs have been neutralized! However, Gabriel still needs prayer to ease after-effects of the disease.

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Monday 28

Pray for God’s protection of the staff and children of the CDI Cuidad de Refugio center in Honduras. Local gang violence is causing many children to stay home.

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Tuesday 29

Pray for the families of more than 415 children in six child development centers in the Philippines, whose homes were flooded after monsoon rains. Compassion staff are helping with emergency food and supplies.

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Wednesday 30

Pray for Melan, a CSP child in Kenya, who came to us very malnourished. Pray that she responds well to the CSP intervention.

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Thursday 31

Thank you for praying for former LDP student Gelen, who was comatose following an aneurysm. Update: Gelen is now home and in stable condition! Her family and friends are praising God for this miracle.

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