Friday, May 2, 2014

Compassion Prayer Partners | Honest

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.  

Recently I became a grandfather for the first time, and I can honestly say there is nothing in the world like it! It has brought my wife and me so much joy to be with our grandson. And being around a little baby has reminded me with fresh clarity that my grandson’s world is filled with discoveries.

What an honor it is to watch a child discover the world around him! To see him respond to voices, feel the sun on his face. To watch as he discovers his own fingers and toes. His world is filled with good things waiting to be revealed.

Our Compassion staff and sponsors get to witness a similar time of discovery in the children we serve. Except that these children are discovering love and respect. Safety and protection. For some, their first gift or letter was received at the student center. For others, the words “I believe in you” have never been heard — until now.

Would you pray this month that God will continue to reveal those good and beautiful things to millions of children in poverty? That their worlds will be filled with discovery and wonder, as God is pleased to do (Matthew 11:26).

Thank you for helping reveal God’s good and perfect gifts to children around the world.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”
  ~ Matthew 11:25-26, NIV

Answered Prayers
Update: Last summer we prayed for Peterson, a Leadership Development Program student in Kenya who became blind from a brain tumor. She is now in a rehabilitation facility and is learning braille.

Praise the Lord for sending a heavy rainfall after a recent eruption of Mount Kelud in Indonesia. The rain rinsed away much of the fallen ash around our beneficiaries’ homes.

Praise God for the 1,591 new children registered in local Compassion India programs in a recent month! Pray that sponsors will come alongside them quickly.

We praise the Lord for the liberation of sponsored child Franklin in Honduras, who had been kidnapped. He was released unharmed after two days!

Update: Last year we prayed for Miguel in Peru, who was suffering from leukemia. Miguel is receiving chemotherapy and is improving. Thank you for your continued prayer for Miguel.

Praise God that, because of generous donors, Roza was able to travel from Ethiopia to India for heart surgery. She is now home and in good health!

All children mentioned have sponsors and their monetary needs are supplied.

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