Compassion sends out a monthly prayer partner newsletter from Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President of Compassion International. I love their suggestions of how to pray for our sponsored kids and thought that I would begin sharing these each month. Click here to download the April prayer calendar.
Children can be so loving and caring — except when they’re not. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent, it’s that children don’t automatically know what is “pure and right.” A child will learn to hurt just as quickly as he will learn to help. And it is our responsibility, our privilege even, to demonstrate for our children those actions that show love.
Especially among children in severe poverty, the temptation can be to become hard — to form a shell of protection. And that’s why I love that Compassion helps children fight social and emotional poverty as much as we fight physical poverty. At our child development centers, children see Christ’s love in very real, very tangible ways. The adults around them are living models of pure and right — and the children we serve learn from that.
This month, will you pray that those life lessons become real in the hearts of the children we serve? Pray that those hard shells soften, and that hearts full of light and kindness break forth and glorify God.
Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
Proverbs 20:11, NIV
Thank God for the incredible labor of love by thousands of staff at our frontline child development centers around the world — not only as they nurture children each day but also as they go “beyond the call” to help children and their families in emergency or disaster situations. These are the true heroes of Compassion’s ministry!
Praise God that no injuries have been reported among Compassion children in the devastating slum fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. All were safely attending the Senpara Child Development Center at the time of the fire.
Pierre in Togo suffered from heart failure that caused him to feel extremely weak and sick. After receiving medications and treatment, his last checkup revealed that he has totally recovered!
Praise God for successful surgery to remove an enlarged kidney from Ganesh in India. He is now out of danger and recovering quickly!
Praise God that Aisha and Afredi in Bangladesh are completely healed from typhoid fever!
Praise God that training is completed and Compassion’s Child Survival Program is ready to be implemented in Guatemala!
All children mentioned have sponsors and their monetary needs are supplied.