After one of the most challenging years of their young lives, children all over the world still have encouraging messages of hope.
Just as their families and Compassion tutors have supported them through the struggles of the past year, the children have handwritten, heartfelt signs of encouragement to share with YOU. Their message — from Nicaragua to Tanzania, Bangladesh to Ecuador — is beautiful: You are loved, you are not alone, and you will get through this.
1. Antonio, 9, Ecuador: “God bless you.”
I hope sponsors feel happy to know that God blesses them, as he has blessed my family. I hope they feel excited to know that God is stronger than any problem in the world.
2. Festino, 12, Tanzania: “We are praying for you.”
When people see my sign, I would like them to be hopeful because we are praying for them. There is nothing he cannot do. He will answer. I would like to tell them the troubles they are going through will not last. God will see them through. We love them.
3. Saju, 12, Bangladesh: “You can get through this.”
I tell my friends, ‘You can get through this,’ when they are sad to cheer them up. Surprisingly, when I tell it from my heart, the words work every time.
4. Virginia, 11, Kenya: “Hang in there.”
I hope my sign will encourage someone who feels discouraged. I want people to know that it’s not good to give up. Jesus went through more and overcame. We are overcomers in him. Hang in there! We are praying for you.
5. Fatima, 10, Nicaragua: “Keep going …”
“… God is with you and he takes care of you always! He will help you and give you strength.”
Trust in the Lord because he’s always with us, in good times and bad times. He protects us and helps us. I want to tell you that we are praying for you constantly, and that when we allow the Lord to enter our hearts, he takes care of us and gives us strength. Hold onto him.
6. Caleb, 7, Ecuador: “I’m praying for you.”
I hope sponsors feel peace when they see my sign, because I pray every day to God for them. Sometimes people feel lonely and I think they need to know that I am praying for them, as many children in the world are. When you are sad or afraid, sing a song of hope and you will feel better, and don’t forget many children are praying for you.
7. John, 13, Tanzania: “Don’t give up. God will answer you.”
When you are going through tough times, it is easy to give up. I want to encourage people to continue praying and God will answer their prayers. I would like to thank you for your love and encourage you that any hardships they may go through, God will help you.
8. Bikash, 11, Bangladesh: “COVID will get better.”
Bikash is the son of a tea-leaf picker. They live in one of the poorest communities in Bangladesh, surviving on just U.S.$1.10 a day. Despite this, the 11-year-old is hopeful his family will rise above the pandemic, because Compassion is standing beside his family.
9. Savera, 11, Kenya: “We are praying for you.”
I pray that my sign will remind everyone that God will never leave nor forsake you. I want people to understand that our God is an ever-present God. He has your life and your well-being in his palm. We love you all.
10. Melanie, 12, Ecuador: “Never give up.”
I would like them to read my message and to never stop dreaming. You can do it. God makes you perfect and strong. You are smart, and all of this hard time will fade soon. Jesus is holding your hand and he will never give up on you.
11. Zawadi, 12, Tanzania: “God is preparing your Moses.”
I want everyone who is going through hardships to feel hope that God is preparing someone to take you out of your hardships — just like he did for Moses. Continue praying, God is preparing your Moses moment. May God keep you and bless you for your love.
12. Tawhid, 11, Bangladesh: “Stay happy always and never feel sad.”
Always stay happy and never feed sad because the happier you are, your loved ones will feel your joy.
13. Emmanuel, 10, Kenya: “God is bigger than COVID-19.”
I hope people will be happy and know that they are not alone because God is with you. Our God is greater that COVID-19, and there is nothing too hard for him.
14. Delmar, 13, Nicaragua: “The Lord is with you …”
“… He is taking care of you! He will keep you safe! You are strong warriors in Christ! Continue having faith in him always.”
I want to encourage you to have faith in the Lord because he will give you strength. You are all stronger than you think you are, and every day we pray for the Lord to bless you and your families.
15. Bibiana, 12, Tanzania: “We love you.”
When you read my message, I want you to feel hope that God loves you. I would like to encourage you not to give up. We love you and may God protect you.
16. Gino, 8, Ecuador: “Be brave.”
We need to be brave and trust in Jesus. God is a good Father and he will give you whatever they need. I have seen it in my family. When we need something, we pray and God provides — that’s what my mother says. Be a warrior, fight against the fear, don’t forget to smile and remember that Jesus cares for you.
17. Nazmul, 9, Bangladesh: “Things will get better.”
For everyone having a hard time right now, Nazmul has one encouraging message to share: “Things will get better.”
18. Charles, 9, Kenya: “Don’t worry. Be happy.”
Even during difficult times like COVID-19, we can find moments of happiness and joy. I want you to know that God loves you, and we love you too, and are thankful for all you have done for us. We are praying that God will bless them for all the smiles they have put on our faces.
19. Josebeth, 13, Nicaragua: “Keep your faith …’
“… because, with the Lord’s help, we will overcome this. Remember, you are loved!”
I hope people who read this feel happy and loved. I think people need to read my message because we have been going through a lot of changes during the past few months. I’d like you to know that we love you and that we hope you are always surrounded by love and happiness.
20. Sumona, 11, Bangladesh: “You will get through this!”
This situation is temporary, and you will all get through this situation very soon.
21. Gonzalo, 14, Nicaragua: “Persevere in prayer …’
“ … the Lord will comfort you! You are not alone! The Lord is with you! He will fill your heart with peace.”
I think people need to read my sign right now because things have been really hard lately, and the economic crisis has affected us all. I want to tell you to persevere in prayer because the Lord will comfort you and motivate you to continue moving forward. He will be your strength and support during this time.
22. George, 15, Kenya: “Relax. God is in control.”
These times are not easy as we would have wished you to be but there is peace and joy in knowing that God remains God and he still loves and cares for us. Never give up! No matter the situation that they are going through, everything will be OK in Jesus’ name.
23. Haydee, 10, Ecuador: “Thanks Jesus”
I hope people can remember we always need to thank Jesus because he is good to us. Be strong because your God is with you. Whatever the situation, he is with you. I am praying for you and sending hugs wherever you are. You are not alone.
24 & 25. Dennis, 9, and Alex, 7, Kenya: “We love you.”
We would like our supporters to know we are praying for them and we deeply appreciate and love them for sticking with us even during this difficult time. Keep the faith, hold on to the hope that is Jesus.