The Journey Prayer Guide


    The Journey Prayer Guide
    Day 1: Children Who Live in Poverty

    Living in poverty puts children at a greater risk of illness, violence, disabilities, exploitation and death.

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    Day 2: Kids Who Can’t Go to School

    Every child deserves an education. More than 1 in 4 children in developing regions entering primary school will be likely to drop out. About 126 million youths worldwide lack basic literacy skills.

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    Day 3: Abused Children

    Sexual abuse is a hidden pandemic that affects millions of children in every country. Often, children’s abusers are family members or other people they know and love. Worldwide, approximately 1 million children are forced into prostitution every year, and as many as 10 million children total are prostituted.

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    Day 4: Orphans

    Jesus stressed the importance of caring for orphans. Nearly 43 million children in the least-developed countries are orphans due to AIDS, armed conflicts, natural disasters, famine, abuse and other issues related to poverty.

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    Day 5: Conflict

    Each day in 2013, 32,000 people left their homes to seek protection from conflict. That same year, 51 million people were forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence and human-rights violations.

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    Day 7: Sponsors

    Compassion supporters are transforming the lives of millions of children who live in poverty. Many of these children would not have received health care, educational opportunities or biblical teaching without their sponsors.

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    Day 6: Girls

    Girls in poor, rural households are more likely than boys to be excluded from education. Worldwide, 11 percent of girls are married before they turn 15, jeopardizing their rights to health and education.

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    Day 8: Safe Places

    Imagine if your child didn’t have a place to play. In the developing world, the poorest families live in unsafe homes pieced together with scraps of plastic, cardboard or tin, and open sewage is often a problem. Children don’t have safe places to play, learn or study, and their parents work long hours.

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    Day 9: Education for Parents

    Education is a pathway out of poverty. In developing countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10 percent. Children are at greater risk of dying before age 5 if they are born in rural areas, in poor households or to mothers without basic education.

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    Day 10: Children With Special Needs

    Throughout the world, kids with disabilities are less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. Kids with special needs are also more susceptible to violence and exploitation.

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    Day 11: Exploited Children

    God’s plan is to give every child hope and a future, yet 15 percent of the world’s children are engaged in child labor, and child soldiers are now in almost every region of the world, illegally forced into armed conflict.

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    Day 12: Equipping the Church

    The pastors and staff who partner with Compassion to meet children’s needs often put aside their own similar needs. To minister to families in impoverished communities requires resources, passion and strength.