A Message From Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Dear Prayer Partner,

Is there a hymn that, each time you hear it, transports you back to a moment in time? For me, that is “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling.” Whenever I sing those words, I am immedi¬ately back at a Wednesday night prayer meeting in Dallas. It was there, as that hymn washed over me, that I gave my life to Jesus as a 5-year-old boy.

I’m so grateful that I grew up surrounded by hymns and prayer meetings and the local church. And that each child we serve comes to a church for their Compassion time! The church is a safe place for these children. It is where they play and learn and sing and pray. And it is where they learn about the love of God.

This month, will you pray for the hearts of the children we serve together? Pray that they will one day remember a special hymn or song as the moment they learned how very loved they are. And will you also remember the Compassion staff members who are speaking those messages of Christ’s love and joy to children and families around the world?

Thank you so much for praying for the hearts, minds, bodies and souls of these precious children!

In Christ,

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


  • We praise God for Scarleth in Guatemala, who recently had a medical checkup and found out that her cancer is in remission.
  • Compassion Burkina Faso would like to give thanks to the Lord for staff member Isaiah, who is getting better and can now speak after being involved in a road accident.
  • We praise God for the expansion that has happened in Indonesia this year. The field office has been able to open centers in five different regions: Palopo, Toraja, Surabaya, Malang and Solo.
  • Compassion Ethiopia praises God for the success He gave them during a partnership event. The Spirit of God moved, and participants left encouraged, with renewed energy to 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."