September 2012 Prayer Calendar for Children in Poverty

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September 2012 Prayer Calendar
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If you’ve ever watched a child “make believe,” you have seen the truest form of belief. A little boy wearing a cape believes he can fly. A little girl twirling in a sparkly dress believes she is a princess. A child tucking a stuffed animal into bed believes he can hear the animal’s snores.

One of the most devastating cruelties of poverty is how it robs children of belief. There are no capes or sparkly dresses, only hunger and responsibility. A child who has to cook, clean and care for younger siblings has little place for belief.

 What’s worse, these children begin to believe, instead, the lies of poverty. They believe they are worthless. That they don’t matter. That they’ll never, ever, be princesses or heroes. And this death of childlike belief is one of the greatest tragedies I see in the countries where Compassion works.

 I have learned something, though. Belief can be crippled and dormant, but it does not die. It is a spark that the Spirit places in us that can’t go out. We are all children of God; we are part of His Kingdom. And when children enter a Compassion-assisted child development center, they are surrounded by people who tell them they can be anything. Letters from their sponsors reinforce that. Slowly, gradually, their sense of belief is restored. And that is the only way I can explain how children who grew up in desperate poverty have become real heroes — doctors, teachers, even politicians. Those dreams are possible only through belief — belief in the Father, the giver of hope and the sustainer of believing.

Please pray this month for belief among the millions of children and families we serve. Pray that they will dream big, work hard, believe in themselves, and believe in God who loves them so much. Pray that sponsors will speak words of healing and hope into the lives of these children and that program workers will daily remind little boys and girls how much they matter — and how they can, indeed, be heroes and princesses.

Thank you again for your prayers. They matter, more than you can possibly know. I believe that!

Verse of the Month

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”  

 — Luke 1:37, (NKJV)

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Saturday 1

Praise God that Ansu, a Compassion-assisted child in India, was able to save the life of her mother in a crisis situation. Ansu was given a state award for bravery!

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Sunday 2

Please pray for Kevin, 17-year-old son of Monty Wooldridge, our agency director at the Global Ministry Center in Colorado. Kevin has lived with low-functioning autism since early childhood and underwent deep-brain surgery in late August. Pray that the ground-breaking procedure will calm his symptoms and result in a better quality of life.

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Monday 3

Please pray for 11-year-old Olive in Rwanda, who has a health condition that causes her to pass out. She is on medication and doctors are still trying to diagnose the cause.

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Tuesday 4

Please pray for the families helped by our child development center in Laureles Sur, Nicaragua, whose homes were damaged during recent flooding.

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Wednesday 5

Pray for 4-year-old Daniel in Bolivia, who needs God’s healing touch from leukemia.

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Thursday 6

Please pray for the family, friends and colleagues of Mary Salim, program communication manager for Compassion Indonesia, who recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

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Friday 7

Please pray for our programs in Burkina Faso as the country enters the windy and dusty season which makes children more susceptible to meningitis.

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Saturday 8

Please pray for Liliana in Cacahoatan Chiapas, Mexico, whose father recently died due to respiratory illness.

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Sunday 9

Please pray for our Amor Viviente Student Center in Batey Magdalena, Dominican Republic. The landowner has stopped providing electricity to the church and center. Pray for God’s provision of a generator.

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Monday 10

Please pray for the families and friends of Compassion-sponsored children Alamelu and Jancy in India, who recently passed away.

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Tuesday 11

Please pray for a Muslim child in one of our programs who is very interested in accepting Christ as her Savior but is afraid of her parents’ reaction.

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Wednesday 12

Please pray for a speedy recovery for little Brave, a Child Survival Program (CSP) child in Kenya who recently had surgery to repair a severe heart condition.

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Thursday 13

Please pray for comfort for the family and friends of Dayane in Brazil, who was recently killed in a motorcycle accident.

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Friday 14

Please pray for the Lord’s protection of our Compassion beneficiaries in northern Thailand from a recent outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease —  and for healthy recovery for children already affected.

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Saturday 15

Please pray that El Salvador rainy season will be good for the crops. Many families in the country depend on agriculture as their source of income.

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Sunday 16

Praise God for very positive responses to “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience,” now touring the U.S. This exhibition enables visitors to “walk through the life” of an actual Compassion-assisted child and to sponsor a child of their own. Pray for God’s protection of the traveling team and for His Spirit to move among those who attend.

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Monday 17

Please ask the Lord’s protection over our beneficiaries, church-partner staff and field office staff in Bangladesh as the monsoon season continues.

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Tuesday 18

Please pray for Lizeth and her siblings in Bolivia. Their father passed away, and he was their sole caregiver because their mother abandoned them six years ago. Pray for Compassion workers as they provide comfort and seek a loving home.

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Wednesday 19

Please pray for employment for Catherine in Ghana, a single mother with a 4-year-old son.

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Thursday 20

Please pray for Compassion-assisted children Ishwarya, Saikumar and Nagaraju who attend the Phoebe Child Development Center in India. All three are experiencing heart problems.

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Friday 21

Please ask God to comfort two families in Mexico who mourn the loss of their children: the family of Perla, a CSP infant who recently died; and the family of 10-year-old Ángel, who passed away after an accident.

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Saturday 22

Praise God for the many thousands of diligent front-line workers in Compassion’s partner churches around the world. Ask God to bless and strengthen them as they minister daily to our sponsored children in Jesus’ name.

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Sunday 23

Please pray for funding for the Rayito de Sol Student Center in the Dominican Republic to put a roof on a new building.

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Monday 24

Praise God that Compassion Australia recently reached its goal of supporting 100,000 beneficiaries. Through God’s grace and the staff’s hard work, their ministry grew by more than 400 percent in 10 years!

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Tuesday 25

Recently there has been a wave of kidnappings, molestations, and even killings of students in Kenyan schools. Please pray for our church partners as they implement additional protective measures for our children.

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Wednesday 26

Mairobys, a Compassion-assisted teen in Colombia, has requested prayer that her parents will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

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Thursday 27

Pray for Theodore in Togo, who has had serious health problems and needs heart surgery.

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Friday 28

There are approximately 1,500 children on Compassion’s waiting list who have been waiting more than a year to be sponsored. Pray that God will quickly raise up sponsors for these children.

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Saturday 29

Pray for God’s comfort for the family and friends of 10-year-old Clarisse in Rwanda, who recently died of malaria.

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Sunday 30

Praise God for protecting our programs and people from the recent flooding in the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in India!

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