A Message from Mark Hanlon
“Teenagers these days!” Have you ever said that? Or maybe even just thought that? I know I’ve been guilty of that sentiment before. But then I think about my own teenage years and remember those feelings of uncertainty about the future, of trying to find that place between childhood and independence. They’re tough years!
One of the biggest struggles I see in the teenagers Compassion works with is the pressure to provide for their families. Many teens leave our programs to find full-time jobs to relieve some of the financial strain on their parents. It’s a noble cause, but we know how shortsighted it is. Because keeping a child in the program, and in school, means that child will have a long-term path out of poverty.
This month, we celebrate International Youth Day. According to the United Nations, this day is to “celebrate the achievements of the world’s youth and to encourage their participation in enhancing society.” As you pray, will you spend a few moments praying for the teens Compassion serves? Will you pray that they will feel celebrated and valued by their families and the Compassion staff? Pray that they will know that God has given them a calling and a purpose — and that He will equip them for that call.
Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of the children we serve together. I’m excited to see how the children you pray for today will be the adults who change the world tomorrow!
Senior Vice President
Global Marketing and Engagement
- We praise God for the ongoing rain in Tanzania that has ushered in the hope of a bountiful food harvest this year.
- We praise God that the more than 2,000 Compassion children in Colombia affected by the Zika virus are now doing well.
- We praise God that all of the children from a child development center in India who had smallpox have fully recovered.
- We praise God that Erasmo and his family in the Dominican Republic, who were recently evicted, have found a new home with the help of their church and Compassion.