Writing and receiving letters is a wonderful part of child sponsorship. It offers a two-way connection and mutual encouragement. Many sponsors like to pray for the children they sponsor as well. They want the children to know how loved they are and to see God at work in their lives.

However, knowing what to pray for can be difficult, as children in different countries will experience poverty in various ways.

You may want to consider writing your prayers and sending them to encourage them even more! They’ll love that!

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Children use prayer and Bible verses they learned at their child development center to encourage themselves and others in difficult times.


1. Pray for basic needs like food and health


Sponsorship enables local churches to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children and their families. The children in our programme are enduring some of the worst forms of poverty. A lack of access to food and medical support can threaten the lives of these children as well as members of their families. This can be terrifying for everyone involved.

Pray for the health and wellbeing of the child you sponsor. Pray the same for their family.

Pray for their mental health. Poverty tells a child they have nothing and they are nothing. Pray that they would experience God’s love and find their worth through their Heavenly Father.

Pray for the physical health of your child and their family. Pray against any deadly diseases or conditions.

Pray over the fear of food insecurity. This is a very real fear for many families living in poverty. Pray that the Lord would provide for their every need.
Pray for the wisdom, discernment and skills of our frontline church partners working to meet those urgent needs.


2. Pray for their empowerment through education and employment


In addition to meeting basic needs, child sponsorship prepares a child to thrive—both now and as an adult. School supplies are provided. Vocational training is given. Child sponsorship gives children the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty that was once holding them back.

Your prayerful support is a very real and tangible encouragement—not only for the child you sponsor but for their family.

Pray for positive learning environments.

Pray that as they come to the end of their schooling, they would have the wisdom and means to successfully enter the workforce or continue into higher education.
Pray for employment opportunities and positive guidance and support from their parents, wider family, church and community.


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Your prayerful support is a very real and tangible encouragement—not only for the child you sponsor but for their family.


3. Pray for hope


The voice of poverty constantly lies to a child. It says they don’t matter and that they will be poor forever. Hope can be scarce.

Christians, however, can encourage their sponsor child to have hope in Jesus. A hope that is more powerful than poverty. A hope that provides purpose and joy in this life, and a foundation and anchor for the life to come. This is a hope that every sponsored child has an opportunity to embrace.

Pray for a real sense of hope-filled meaning and purpose in all kinds of circumstances.

Pray that in Christ, they can have and share a hope that speaks against the lies of poverty and promises a joy that is truly undying and eternal.

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