Dear prayer partner,

There are different ways to lift your requests up to the Lord in prayer. This month, we’re focusing on prayers of transformation.

We know that when we are in Christ, we are a new creation. The old has gone, and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). Yet, being transformed by the Holy Spirit is not a one-time event. It’s a life-long journey. Our hearts, minds and lives grow closer to Christ each time we come before the Lord in prayer.

I know you’ve heard the example of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. At birth, a caterpillar already has the ability for this transformation. It never pretends to be a butterfly. It doesn’t have to earn it. The caterpillar simply eats. And as it gets nutrition, it grows … until the time is right.

Our transformation to the likeness of Christ is similar. It’s not something we do on our own. We simply consume his Word and spend time in prayer and wait for the work of the Holy Spirit.

So with that in mind, let us pray this prayer of transformation from Psalm 51:10:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”


In Christ,
Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado
President and CEO
Compassion International



  • Thank God that families impacted by a fire in the Philippines received construction materials to rebuild their homes. The new homes are complete, and the families are settled back in.
  • Thank God that peace and stability have returned to regions of Ghana that previously faced civil unrest. Children are back in school, and men and women have returned to work.
  • Thank God for the safety of Compassion children and staff members during Hurricane Julia in Nicaragua. Though many were affected, there were no casualties.