A Message From Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Dear Prayer Partner,

It’s been a long few months, my friends. We live in a broken world, and that seems abundantly clear right now.

In times like these, it is tempting to turn to prayer in desperation. To petition the Lord when we’ve run out of other resources or options. But this month, I want to encourage you instead to pray every step of the way. Pray for clarity and direction. Pray for God to guide your steps. Pray for both energy and rest.

In this posture of prayer, I believe you will find relief. This way of praying reminds me of the hymn, “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” The verses are honest about the hardness of life — the tempter’s snare, seasons of distress and grief. But at the end of each verse, we are centered again on the sweetness of prayer.

“I’ll cast on Him my every care, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.”

This month, we have so much to pray for. Effects of COVID-19 are still being felt across the globe. Injustice is still being fought, even as the fighters grow weary. Poverty continues to wage war on children everywhere. Will you pray for God to guide your petitions this month? And when you feel the despair, remember that God is with you. Listening and guiding.

He hears your prayers. And for that we are so thankful.

In Christ,

Jimmy Mellado signature (first name only)
Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado 
President and CEO
Compassion International 


  • We praise God that there have been no new rainstorms in Rwanda the last two weeks, and the threat of danger from the rainy season has passed.
  • We praise God that the impact from Typhoon Vongfong in the Philippines was significantly less than expected. The 26 affected children and their families are now back in their homes.
  • We praise God that there were no injuries or deaths in the fire that damaged facilities at a center in Kenya.
  • UPDATE: We praise God that the 831 children in Bolivia diagnosed with dengue fever have all fully recovered.
  • The staff from Compassion International Ghana would like to praise God and thank him for all that he has done for them and the children they serve.

Prayer Calendar

When you join Compassion International's Prayer Partner Network, you receive a monthly prayer calendar via email at the end of each month. The monthly prayer calendar will help you pray consistently for "the least of these."