A Message From Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Dear Prayer Partner,

I come to the garden alone. This opening line of the classic hymn, “In the Garden,” may seem sad at first. Maybe because in recent months we’ve all experienced times of feeling alone or being isolated.

But let’s skip ahead a few lines in this beautiful hymn, to the words of the chorus:

“And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.”

Hold those words close. We do not walk alone through the trials of this world. We are children of the Father. He holds us close. And if you feel isolated and lonely, will you listen for his voice? You may hear it in the friendly wave of a neighbor. Or a Bible verse that calms you. Or a worship song that makes you smile.

This month, if you feel moments of loneliness, will you take some time to pray? Both for your own heart and for others who feel alone. Specifically, will you pray for the children and families we serve together who are feeling alone and frightened?

Pray for the mother who stays home with her children every day and doesn’t know where their next meal will come from. Pray for the little girl who misses her friends. Pray for the pastor whose church is empty.

Pray that they will find joy in knowing the living God who walks with them. And they are never alone.

In Christ,


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

Special Prayers for COVID-19:

  • Pray for the loved ones of the people who have passed away because of the coronavirus. Ask the Lord to comfort each of them with his unfailing love and grace.
  • Pray for the Lord to unify his church through this crisis, that we will become salt and light in our communities.
  • Pray for the field of medical researchers who are working diligently to find a vaccine. Pray for the Lord to direct their paths.
  • Pray for everyone in the Compassion global family as we unite our hearts in and through this crisis. Ask the Lord to make us one body for his glory, by serving and loving our neighbors in this crisis.

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."