Pray for vulnerable children in Caraballo: Pray for over 200 needy and vulnerable children and youth in Caraballo in the north of the country as they benefit from a quality basic education through 6th grade. Pray for local government favour as we seek to add grades 7 to 9 to enable children to develop and gain confidence in their schooling. We are blessed to see academic results that are many percentage points higher than the government schools in the country. Please pray for the high school discipleship programme that helps former students stay connected and be encouraged on their faith journey. Please pray for healing for the children who have suffered severe trauma and are receiving care from the recently-appointed psychologist. Pray also that more children and families would be able to benefit from new classroom space, a dental clinic and new playground equipment, and the expansion of vocational training for older students and graduates.
Vulnerable children placed within families: Residential care for orphans and vulnerable children has to be a last resort. God’s best for children, when it is an acceptably safe option, is for children to be brought up within their own family. Please pray that the right support is available to allow children to have their basic needs met, including healthcare and an education. In addition, pray that adult relatives would not only be encouraged to release their children to go to school but also to find hope, dignity and self-respect themselves through tailored programmes that enable them to provide for their families and grow towards becoming financially independent. Reaching out to these families in need not only shows the love of Jesus in practical ways, but also opens doors to share the transforming gospel message.
Pray for Dominican Republic: Dominican Republic - a sovereign nation sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Kids Alive currently serves more than 2000 children in Dominican Republic; the Ark homes in Jarabacoa, Constanza, and Monte Plata house and care for children who are orphaned or abandoned and need a safe place to live, and our schools and care centres provide education, support, and Bible studies for local at-risk children in impoverished communities. Pray for wisdom and the continuing effective selection process for new students in places where we only have space for one out of five applicants, all of whom live in extreme poverty. May the Lord use our Service Teams, interns, and other visitors to create awareness of, and love for, at-risk kids in DR. We're praying for true heroes of the faith, for the spiritual growth and stability of our 275 staff (90% of them Dominican nationals) pouring their lives out in service of the children. As children become adults, please pray for effective discipleship of our university-age students, and our July “Independence Camp” which prepares them for the transition from our care to independent living.
Manchay Oasis Care Centre: Manchay Oasis Care Centre opened in 2003 to help poverty-stricken mothers of Manchay with their young children. Many of these mothers are not married, and while they often do their best to provide, malnourishment and neglect are rampant. Homes in this city are often one or two-roomed cardboard or tin shacks with dirt floors and no electricity, running water, or sanitation. The number of needy children continues to grow each year. Many children come to the preschool programme where they receive a meal each day and learn skills. Older children come before or after school and receive a meal and get help with their homework. Basic health services as well as counselling are offered for those who have been through traumatic experiences. Pray that God will bless the development of our therapeutic programmes, and that he will bless the relationships between children and counsellors, breaking down the walls and building trust.
Bringing hope to victims of sexual abuse: The work with young Guatemalan girls who are the victims of sexual abuse is hard, unpredictable, costly work. Thank God for the dedicated Christian staff who walk the long journey of healing traumatised minds until the girls are ready to live with a safe and loving family. Pray for those staff who dare to challenge evil and bring justice through the prosecution of the abuse perpetrators. Please pray that God will provide all the practical and spiritual resources needed to bring protection, healing, justice and his love to young lives. Please pray for the influence that is bringing massive changes in Guatemala’s child protection system to continue so that a whole nation will be blessed and be a light for other countries in the region where such abuse is endemic.
Seeking the best for the most vulnerable: For poverty to be effectively addressed in many developing countries, the governments need to have the determination to bring about change. Thank God for positive signs in parts of Africa, pray against the corruption that threatens in other places. Please pray for fruitful relationships between the Zambian government and organisations seeking the best for the most vulnerable children and families in Zambia, so that children receive the opportunities to eventually contribute meaningfully to their nation. (Hope for Kids International)
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon: The majority of Syrian refugee children fortunate enough to receive a Christ-centred education at Kids Alive Lebanon’s Beirut campus are from Muslim families. Pray for the staff as they seek to build relationships with the mothers in these families. In the south of Lebanon, the New Horizons programme seeks to build bridges between the Gypsy and Syrian refugee communities. Pray that the hearts of ‘excluded’ families will be touched by the love of God and that they will find meaning to their lives.
Show your power, O Lord!: Our partner in Zambia, Kids Alive Zambia, has told us that Zambia is "in extreme electricity load shedding" due to poor rainfall this past rainy season. Crops failed earlier this year and the country might need to import corn (a staple food) this year.
For electricity, they rely heavily on the hydro-power station at Kariba dam (shared with Zimbabwe) and water levels are critically low. Think how dependent on electicity we have all become - and please pray for the nation of Zambia. Thank you.
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon: Our Lebanon partner, Kids Alive Lebanon, has been caring for refugee children from various countries since 1948. The cost of transport to get these kids into their school, the increasing cost of food and the government-enforced salary increases for teachers are all limiting the impact they can have. Please pray for more financial resources to help teach, feed and nurture more refugee children - including over 80 who fled Syria in the recent crisis. Thank you.