Your Sponsored Child Prays For You

Amenorpe Korsi Fume is a volunteer teacher at the Faith Baptist Community Church Child Development Center at Madina, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. Korsi Fume teaches the 12-year-olds at the center and is also responsible for leading prayer and devotion time. He sees children’s sponsors as special people without whom the center cannot realize its vision.

For this reason, “Teacher Fume” (as he is commonly called among the children) never forgets to have the children pray for every sponsor any time the children meet collectively as a center to pray. Praying for you has never been missing from their prayer topics.

“We have made these children aware that they would not have the opportunity they now have if they had not been sponsored. So they have to be thankful to God and lift their sponsor up in prayer every day and night. They pray for their sponsors every time they are at the center. I speak with them and they tell me they pray even when they are not at the center.”

Many of the children confirm this.

Voicelord, who is sponsored by Katrina, thanks God every morning for giving Katrina to him as a sponsor. He also tells God to protect her and let her work prosper so that she will earn more money.

Emmanuel has a couple as his sponsors, and when he prays he does not forget to pray for them.

“Lord God, thank you for everything. Thank you for Jesus; thank you for Compassion all over the world; thank you for all sponsors, especially my own sponsors — Kyle and Danielle.

“Thank you God for making them choose me. Please Father, bless them and all that they do; bless their families and everybody they love.

“God, there are some of my friends who do not have a sponsor; please Father, touch the hearts of other people to come and sponsor those who do not have anyone to support them.

“Father, I know that you would do this for me. Thank you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!”

Grace’s sponsor is a student named Morgan. Grace prays for Morgan.

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“My heavenly Father, I thank you for this day. I thank you for giving me such a sponsor; please God guide her in everything she does. Help her in her studies at school so that everything she studies, everything will stick in her mind. Let her remember everything she learns so that she can do well in all examinations.

“Father God, take care of her and give her long life. Give her a good job so that she will prosper. Please God, bless her family and her friends and make her happy all the time. Amen!”

Emmanuella is 12 years old and in grade six at school. Her sponsor’s name is Karen. Emmanuella knows a lot about her sponsor because they communicate a lot and ask each other many questions. Emmanuella prays:

“My Lord and Master Savior, thank you for giving me Karen. Heavenly Father, I thank you for my sponsor’s life. I thank you for her family. I thank you for everything she has been doing for me. Heavenly Father, I want you to give her long life. Bless her family; bless her business and everything she does. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!”

Sandra is 12 years old. She prays for her sponsor Kami and Kami’s husband.

“My Lord and Savior, thank you for the life of my sponsors. Thank you for the life of her family and the life of every member of her family. I pray that you bless her and help her in everything she does. Make her prosper; help her in her work; help her husband and everybody. Please God, give her long life and prosperity; everything she touches should be blessed. Let your blessing be upon them all the time. Amen!”

Okoe and Akwetey are twins. Their sponsors are Daralyn and Gayle, respectively. The twins and their family are very appreciative to God for their sponsors. Okoe’s sponsor sent him a family gift, which helped to boost the mother’s kenkey-making business and changed the family’s life.

Kenkey is a typical Ghanaian dish eaten mostly by the people from Accra (Gas) and the Central Region (Fante). Kenkey is made from fermented corn dough. The twins’ mother used to buy the corn on credit and in small quantites.

The gift money the family received was invested into the business. Now the twins’ mother is able to buy a whole 50 kilo bag of corn outright. So the small, one-person business has expanded. She now has two people to help her, and she produces more kenkey and makes a better profit.

Before the gift money came, the family was living mainly on the profits from the kenkey the mother was selling. They could not think of providing a different dish for themselves to eat because the money was not there. But now because the twins’ mother makes a better profit, she is able to cook rice and stew or some yams or plantains.

For this family, the sponsors are much appreciated. The mother says,

“It is my prayer that any of my children’s sponsors should just get the means to visit Ghana so that I will get the opportunity to hail them and show them how much love I have in my heart for them. The children have been writing to them, but I do not feel that letters alone can say well how we appreciate them. I am praying to God to grant us physical meeting one day.”

The father of the house is almost always not at home, so the mother sometimes joins the twins in prayer generally, with praying for the two sponsors being part of the main prayer topics.

Okoe’s prayer for Daralyn is:

“Lord, I thank you for my sponsor. Take care of her health so that  she will be healthy all the time. Please God do not make her sick; let her work prosper.

“Dear Jesus, let her know that I love her very much. Make her love me too. Lord, I know that you will one day make her to come to Ghana to visit me. Bless her, bless her family and bless her country. Amen!”

These are just some of the prayers that are said in Ghana for you as sponsors. Compassion would not be Compassion without you. The children would not have the lives they have without your response to Jesus. We in Ghana appreciate you and pray that your relationship with us will be a lifelong one. Amen!

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    annabelle July 7, 2011

    wow!!! so cool, I remember dinnertime prayers for Akwetey!!!

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    The Bealls September 7, 2010

    I am so thankful to have this blog to help our family learn more about the needs and circumstances our sponsored child has. I was in tears by the time I had read it all. My three boys will be changed forever just having Desmond as their “little brother” in Ghana and they are fully aware of how our lives are so drastically different. It is so humbling to know how thankful the children are and how committed they are to praying for their sponsors. It is a true blessing to us!

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    Joanie September 4, 2010

    Somewhere Out There

    written by James Horner, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

    Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
    Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight

    Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
    That we’ll find one another in that big somewhere out there

    And even though I know how very far apart we are
    It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star

    And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
    It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

    Somewhere out there if love can see us through
    Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
    Out where dreams come true

    And even though I know how very far apart we are
    It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star

    And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
    It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky

    Somewhere out there if love can see us through
    Then we’ll be together somewhere out there
    Out where dreams come true

    Prayers and thoughts that go out to our Compassion children are very important. If you like or know this song, and you think your child will enjoy it, pass it on. I am praying and thinking of all the Compassion children tonight! Amen!

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    Vicki Small August 22, 2010

    Having read other stories and seen photos or videos of Compassion children in prayer, when I have a special prayer need, for myself or for someone close to me, I often wish I could send out an e-mail or something to each of my children–one they could get at least the same day–telling them of the need and asking for their prayers. That is not possible, of course; I wonder, though, if they have similar moments of wishing I could know their prayer needs immediately.

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    Ceridwen Harwood August 22, 2010

    I asked my one of the children I sponsor to pray for my father who was struggling to find a job. My dad now has a job praise God! I received a letter from her a few weeks after my dad got the job telling me that she was praying – the letter was of course sent a couple of months ago. Truly inspired and encouraged me and was such a blessing. God is good. I’m now encouraging my sponsor child that God answered her prayers 🙂

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    Nancy White August 17, 2010

    I am so gr4atful for thte prayers of my sponsored children. I would not be doing well without them. I love them in so many ways – letters, drawings, photos, their prayers, them just plain being my special children, thri families…name it!!! I love these children like my own.
    P.S. I too love the purple shirts!!!

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    James August 17, 2010

    What a wonderful post. My girls write that they pray for and write back that I pray for the too. To get an idea of they make actually be praying breaks my heart for them all the more. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

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    Kees Boer August 17, 2010

    Many of the Compassion children in Africa will take one night/month and pray for their sponsor for an entire night till the sun goes up.

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      Anna Pancake August 17, 2010

      Wow. Do you know which countries those children are in? I have one in Tanzania and one in Ghana, and while I appreciate beyond words the sacrifice that would involve from them, it is humbling to think of them doing that for me.

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    Stephanie Green August 17, 2010

    What a great post and a great reminder to us all to give thanks for these children who are surely doing the same for us. I have often thought, when a prayer is answered, that it could well be because one of my sweet children in Africa or South America is lifting me up in prayer. What a blessing!!!

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    Anna Pancake August 17, 2010

    “Make her love me too” Bless his precious little heart!

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    Juli Jarvis August 17, 2010

    First of all, I love the purple Compassion shirts! The boys look great in them! Secondly, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful prayers for us. It was very touching for me.

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    Catherine August 17, 2010

    This is one of the greatest blog posts I’ve ever read from you. What an eye-opening post. Thank you very, very much for reminding me how special each and every one of God’s children are. I feel so blessed to be a part of Compassion. This post makes me love my Compassion children even more than I already do! I didn’t know that was possible!

    THANK YOU!!!

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