December 2013 Prayer Calendar

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

December 2013 Prayer Calendar
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Children are loyal before they even understand what loyalty is. They are loyal to a toy, to a favorite movie, even to a particular T-shirt they refuse to take off. But in those scenarios, loyalty can blur into stubbornness far too easily!

What is truly amazing to see is the loyalty of a child when revealed through love and respect. As a parent, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing my own son’s loyalty and trust. His constant support and faithfulness are a gift. But they were also earned. My son learned at an early age that he could depend on me. He knew I loved him and would do all I could to protect him. Children learn loyalty when they see it demonstrated by those around them.

For children living in poverty, loyalty can be an abstract concept. When nobody pledges support to a child, they can struggle to know where to place their trust. Some trust no one — while others give their loyalty away too freely to anyone who can offer them the tiniest bit of support.

Through the churches Compassion partners with around the world, though, children’s lives are filled with adults and friends they can trust with their loyalty. This is especially true for children and their families in the Philippines as they deal with the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Join us in prayer for the thousands affected, and our staff as they work to provide safe places for children to feel loved and supported.

Thank you for your faithful support in the past year, in lifting up both the prayers and praises of children in poverty. Your loyalty to the children we serve together has truly been a blessing. May you have a wonderful holiday!

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Mark Hanlon
Senior Vice President, USA
Compassion International

P.S. We wanted to let you know that, beginning next month, the prayer calendar will have a streamlined new design. We hope you enjoy it.

Verse of the Month

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
— Luke 2:11, NIV

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Sunday 1

We praise God for healing Samuel, the son of Compassion El Salvador staff member Michelle, who had a severe case of dengue fever.

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Monday 2

A Compassion child development center in Ghana is having a hard time getting caregivers to attend meetings. Please pray that caregivers will show a commitment to the welfare of their children and program activities.

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Tuesday 3

Pray for the thousands of children and families in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the country on November 8.

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Wednesday 4

Pray for the Lord’s protection and care of our beneficiaries in Nicaragua, where heavy rains and flooding are threatening homes.

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Thursday 5

Pray for the children in Compassion’s programs who are learning about loyalty, trust and God’s love through the ministry of caring sponsors.

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Friday 6

Recently one of our sponsors, who had been sponsoring two children in India, passed away. Please ask God to comfort and bless her widower husband, who has committed to continue sponsoring both children.

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Saturday 7

Pray for LDP student Finni in eastern Indonesia, who is recovering from a serious traffic accident and must take a final exam at her college in a few days.

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Sunday 8

Pray for Agnes’ mother, who is suffering from cancer and needs surgery. Agnes is a Leadership Development Program (LDP) student in Uganda.

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Monday 9

Pray for children and families in eastern India who were affected by tropical cyclone Phailin.

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Tuesday 10

Pray for emotional healing for 5-year-old Jhonner in Peru, who witnessed his father being shot and killed. He and his mother are receiving psychological and spiritual support from Compassion staff.

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Wednesday 11

Pray for Pierre in Togo, who was recently diagnosed with a heart problem.

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Thursday 12

Pray for LDP graduates Markus, Elyakim, Agus, and Yudiawan in Indonesia, who are now raising up believers in their communities. Pray for their protection, health, and wisdom as they reach people for Christ.

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Friday 13

Pray for 6-year-old Ailin in Indonesia, who has leukemia and has started chemotherapy. Pray she’ll be surrounded by God’s love and care.

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Saturday 14

Pray for 14-year-old Grace in Rwanda, who is in the hospital receiving treatment for tuberculosis and HIV-related illnesses. Pray that God intervenes and heals her.

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Sunday 15

We praise God that in September, six babies were born safely and added to the Child Survival Program (CSP)in Bangladesh!

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Monday 16

Pray for a secretary at a center in the Dominican Republic who is in danger of miscarrying. She suffered a miscarriage during her last pregnancy and doesn’t want to lose another baby.

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Tuesday 17

Many young CSP mothers in Ghana are suffering physical and emotional abuse from their partners. Pray for protection and that the abuse would stop.

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Wednesday 18

Pray for God’s comfort for Sahaya in India, whose father died unexpectedly after being treated for kidney problems.

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Thursday 19

Pray for Compassion centers in the northern part of Honduras that are having problems with gang activity. Ask God for protection and safety.

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Friday 20

UPDATE: Praise God with us for the smooth transition in Compassion’s leadership as Wess Stafford retired and Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado became President and CEO. Compassion’s values, mission and effectiveness are as strong as ever!

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Saturday 21

Pray for 7-year-old Yulet in Mexico, who has leukemia and is having a hard time with chemotherapy treatments. Pray for her comfort and healing.

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Sunday 22

Pray for the Compassion-assisted children of a mother in Brazil who recently took her own life.

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Monday 23

Pray for Noyon, Sharmin, Mollika, Asha, U Waing, Joy, Bijoy and Prue in Bangladesh, who are all suffering from kidney problems.

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Tuesday 24

Pray for 12-year-old Miguel in Peru, who was diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy. Miguel is discouraged. He’s receiving spiritual and financial support from his Compassion center, but he needs your ongoing prayers.

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Wednesday 25

Today, as you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, ask God to bless our Compassion children with a special awareness of the Savior’s love for them.

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Thursday 26

Pray for Espoir in Togo, who was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Although that can be fixed with surgery, his parents are afraid of surgery and won’t allow it. Pray that God will soften the parents’ hearts.

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Friday 27

Please pray for God to comfort the family of Jocelyn in Guatemala, who recently passed away during surgery for a complicated case of hepatitis.

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Saturday 28

Please continue to pray for the Lord’s protection and care of sponsored children in Thailand after flooding damaged the homes of 145 children.

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Sunday 29

Pray for Luis in Ecuador, who lost his leg after an accident. Please pray that a suitable prosthesis is found to help in his recovery.

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Monday 30

Pray for Zharick in Colombia, who recently lost her father. Pray for the comfort of Zharick and her family.

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Tuesday 31

In September we prayed for 19-year-old Lillian in Rwanda, who had been on dialysis for two years when a donor was found. UPDATE: Lillian had a successful kidney transplant! She and her donor have recovered and are doing well.

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