A Message from Mark Hanlon
Happy New Year! It’s so hard to believe we’ve closed the door on 2016 and are beginning the adventures of 2017.
Every January, we like to take a moment to reflect on what the coming year may hold. And as we step into 2017, I would like to challenge you, and myself, to focus on the attributes of God. Each month we will discuss a different characteristic of God and try to consider how it applies to our lives, our prayers and children in poverty.
This month, let’s start with God is all-knowing. I don’t know about you, but at the beginning of a brand-new year, that feels comforting to me. I don’t know what the coming year will bring — what tragedies or triumphs. But I do know that none of it will surprise God.
Will you pray this month that the children we serve will gain a glimpse of that truth? That despite the lies poverty tells them — that they don’t matter, that nobody cares — they will be reminded that God knows them. And He has a plan for them.
This year, as we explore God’s attributes, I’m excited to tell you that we will also feature prayer letter guest writers who are Compassion program graduates. Each will tell a story of how God revealed Himself to them — through a tutor at the Compassion center, a letter from a sponsor, or a miraculous answer to prayer.
Thank you as always for your prayers. I’m so excited about all of the things that 2017 will hold for Compassion and the children we serve together!
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- We praise God that the recent Leadership Development Program female camp in Thailand helped students understand themselves better and realize how to behave as women of God and be true servant leaders.
- We praise God that 4-year-old Jostin in El Salvador suffered no damage to his eyes or vision after accidentally opening a bag of bleach directly onto his face.
- We praise God for the complete healing and recovery of Jabez in the Philippines from dengue fever.
- The staff of a Compassion center in Togo would like to praise God that two children who were hospitalized have been released and have returned home to their families and friends.