A Message from Mark Hanlon
What was your favorite book as a child? Mine were the Hardy Boys books. I read them so often that I practically had them memorized!
It’s amazing to me how much comfort we can draw from books. Whether it’s the re-reading of a familiar story or the discovery of a new author, books can unlock a child’s mind and open them to new opportunities.
That’s why illiteracy is so devastating. Globally, 115 million teenagers and young adults can’t read. And the implications go far beyond not having a favorite book. Illiterate girls are more likely to marry early. More than 80 percent of juvenile delinquents are functionally illiterate. And a literate adult earns double or triple the income of his peers who never learn to read or write.
These children need your prayers. This month, as we celebrate International Literacy Day, will you pray for the children Compassion serves who struggle to read and write? Pray that they will be open to the help they need to learn. That tutors will have wisdom as they encourage them. Will you also pray for the parents of these children, many of whom are illiterate themselves? Pray that they will understand the importance of reading and writing in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Thank you, as always, for your continued prayers. You are helping to nurture the minds of the children who will change the world!
Senior Vice President
Global Marketing and Engagement
- We praise God for healing Sumon in India whose fingers were burned but God healed her completely.
- We praise God for the life of 13-year-old Esther in Ghana who had successful surgery to correct kyphosis (hunchback), which caused her to bend almost to the ground making walking difficult.
- We praise God that Lizbeth in Bolivia, who was run over by a motorcycle, has recovered well. The family of the man who hit her paid for all the expenses.
- UPDATE: We recently prayed for 15-year-old Luis in El Salvador who has epilepsy. He has been stable for several months and hasn’t had any seizures.