August 2012 Prayer Calendar

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

August 2012 Prayer Calendar
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A child's trust is precious. The very young have no reason to doubt, and their trust is absolute. The phrase "wide-eyed wonder" was definitely coined with children in mind! Most children believe with abandon. That is a beautiful thing. But to see a child's trust broken — that is a tragedy.

Poverty does everything it can to steal the trust of millions of children across the world. Poverty feeds children lies. It tells them: You are not good enough. You are not strong enough. You deserve this. And with each lie, that wonderful sense of childlike trust is exploited and twisted.

But can I tell you how beautiful it is to see a child's trust restored and redeemed through Compassion! Every registered child learns the truth — that he or she is the beloved child of Christ. Compassion workers become safe, trusted individuals in a child's life. Sponsors speak words of truth and life over each sponsored child. And a child's trust, broken and scarred by poverty, is made whole again.

This month, will you pray for this spirit of trust in the children we serve? Pray that they will see the words of poverty as lies, and that they will be able to discern truth from the heavenly Father. Pray that their lives will be filled with people — Compassion's program workers, sponsors, family members — who will restore their trust.

Your prayers mean the world to more than 1.3 million children around the globe. Please trust in that. Your words are heard by the Father, and we can trust that He hears them and that He loves His children and has a perfect plan for their lives.

Verse of the Month

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”

  — Psalm 13:5, NIV

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Wednesday 1

As you pray for Compassion in August, ask God to restore the childlike trust of children whose trust has been weakened or broken by the lies of poverty. Pray that these children will know that God loves them and cares deeply about them.

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Thursday 2

Praise God for the large number of children and caregivers in Ethiopia who have given their lives to Jesus Christ and are now ministering in their local churches!

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Friday 3

Pray for Compassion-assisted families who sustained damage to homes and lost personal belongings in recent heavy rains in Managua, Nicaragua.

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Saturday 4

Please continue to pray for the Compassion families and communities impacted by the Dukono volcano on Halmahera Island in Indonesia.

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Sunday 5

Pray for one of our Child Survival Program mothers in Sri Lanka, who was seriously burned during an argument with her husband. She faces a long and painful recovery.

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Monday 6

Pray for 9-year-old Esthefany in Peru, who was hit by a car and sustained a severe head injury.

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Tuesday 7

Pray for the Lord’s healing for 8-year-old Samuel in Haiti, who was recently diagnosed with leprosy.

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Wednesday 8

Pray for Compassion-assisted children in Ethiopia; some are struggling with illnesses that are impeding their education.

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Thursday 9

Pray for healing for a Compassion-assisted child in Pasay City, Philippines, who is confined to the hospital with tuberculosis.

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Friday 10

Pray for Jairo in Bolivia, who suffers from chronic malnutrition. Workers at his Compassion-assisted child development center are providing supplemental nutrition.

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Saturday 11

Pray for parents and caregivers in Burkina Faso, who are mostly farmers, to have a successful rainy season — and for protection from malaria when the rains do come.

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Sunday 12

Pray for the families, friends and sponsors of the following children in India who recently passed away: Geetha, Sreelatha, Sudhakaran, Arjun, Ilavarasan and Anushiya.

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Monday 13

Pray for all Compassion-assisted children, their families, and partner churches in Latin America and the Caribbean during the hurricane season.

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Tuesday 14

Pray for these children in Togo who suffer from epilepsy: Godwin, Dorcas, Ignace, Gedeon and Julien.

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Wednesday 15

Pray for God’s peace and comfort for the family, friends and sponsors of Laila in Ecuador, who died in a house fire.

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Thursday 16

Praise God for the healing of Calvette in Kenya, who suffered from leukemia. After more than two years of treatment, doctors confirmed that the cancer cells are gone!

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Friday 17

Pray for the Lord’s protection and care of our children and church-partner staff throughout Bangladesh. Damaging storms impacted three church-based Compassion programs and several families.

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Saturday 18

Pray for 8-year-old Aaron and his family in Peru. Aaron’s mother recently passed away.

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Sunday 19

Pray for the impact of “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience,” a touring exhibition now visiting churches and event venues across the U.S. to give people a greater vision for releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

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Monday 20

Compassion workers in Uganda and Bolivia request special prayer for children they work with who have suffered physical and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment. Pray that God will heal their hearts and protect these children from further trauma.

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Tuesday 21

Pray for the nine Compassion children and their families whose homes were damaged and personal belongings lost during recent floods in San Martin Texmelucan, Mexico.

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Wednesday 22

Praise the Lord for a record month of new child sponsorships at Compassion. Men, women, young people and families committed to sponsor 18,834 children during the month of May!

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Thursday 23

Pray for the Compassion staff at the Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. whose homes were recently destroyed or damaged during the massive fire that swept into the northwest part of the city.

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Friday 24

Pray for our long-term reconstruction effort in Haiti as Compassion rebuilds 30 child development centers that were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. A commitment to safety is paramount as each center is being built to international seismic standards.

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Saturday 25

Pray for the families of four Compassion beneficiaries in Wamena, Indonesia, whose homes were burned during recent civil unrest. Compassion is helping rebuild these homes.

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Sunday 26

We praise God for the long rains in Kenya that were much prayed for! Though there was destruction in some parts of the country, the rains were a welcome reprieve from prolonged drought.

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Monday 27

Pray for 5-year-old Antônio in Brazil and his little sister. Their father recently murdered their mother.

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Tuesday 28

Pray for 9-year-old Passakorn in Thailand, who has brain cancer. Please pray for the doctors’ wisdom in treating him.

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Wednesday 29

Pray for Bryan in Nicaragua, who has cancer. His doctors seem to have given up on him; pray that Bryan and his parents will know that God never gives up.

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Thursday 30

Please continue to pray for families in Ethiopia who have lost children, parents and caregivers to the AIDS pandemic.

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Friday 31

We praise God that 140 children have recently been sponsored in Sri Lanka!

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