When children in our programs write down their lists of prayer requests, family members are usually at the top. It makes sense! Loved ones feature strongly in our prayers too. Families often carry a special place in our hearts. They can be the people who share our joys and challenges. The things that impact our families also impact us.
When a child joins Compassion’s program at one of our church partners, the impact of that program reaches their family as well. We recognize that, sometimes, the best way to improve a child’s life is to improve the life of their family — their health, income, housing or food sources. A child and their family are simply too interconnected to help one without helping the other.
That’s why our church partners frequently help children’s caregivers as well as the children themselves. Sometimes that means medical support or housing assistance. Other times it’s a loan or gift of livestock to start a small business.
And sometimes, Compassion’s initiatives are answers to prayer.
Here are a few ways God has used gifts from supporters like you to answer families’ prayers: