Compassion International, a sponsorship agency for children in need has just published the Journey Prayer Guide, a 30-day Prayer Guide for children in poverty, created by the staff of Compassion Magazine. Below you will find prayer suggestions for a week. Further suggestions will be published on this blog on Saturdays for the following week until the project ends. You can also start your 30-days of prayer at anytime. Eventually all of these posts will be filed in the Category List at the right of my blog under Praying for Children in Poverty.
Join me in praying for:
Day 22: Malaria – One of the world’s most devastating diseases comes from one of the smallest insects. Malaria — a disease transmitted by female mosquitoes — killed 450,000 children in 2012, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Day 23: The Global Church – God’s Church is the greatest agent for bringing hope and healing to broken families and their children. Compassion works with more than 6,500 churches in the developing world, where pastors and staff are transforming their communities.
Day 24: Vaccines – Pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles and AIDS are the primary killers of children in developing countries. There are currently no vaccines for diseases like AIDS. However, many of these deaths occur because children don’t have access to immunizations that would save their lives.
Day 25: Sanitation – Lack of access to clean water kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age die from diarrhea each year.
Day 26: Single Moms – Single moms work hard to provide the best they can for their children. Worldwide, one-quarter to one-third of all families are headed by single mothers. In the developing world, job insecurity, death, addiction and interpersonal conflict are a few of the many reasons why mothers raise their children alone.
Day 27: Babies – A child’s risk of dying is highest in the first 28 days of life. Neonatal care and assisted childbirth can prevent many of these deaths.
Day 28: Pregnant Women – Compassion’s trained staff and volunteers start caring for children before they’re even born. They visit, encourage and train expectant moms in the Child Survival Program.