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Compassion International calls for prayers for Burkina Faso.

On Jan. 24, a military coup took place in the capital city of Burkina Faso. Members of the Burkinabe military announced their control of the country and declared a new leader. I’m writing to ask for prayer for our 362 church partners in this country during this volatile and uncertain time.

We are grateful to report that our programs continue to operate as normal in Burkina Faso, and we have not received reports of direct impact to any Compassion-assisted children. If operations or your sponsored child are impacted, we will let you know as soon as we are able.

As I’ve considered this recent development, I’ve been reminded of Proverbs 21:1 (NIV) that says, “In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” Our God is the Lord of Lords. We know that the hearts of those in authority are in his hands, and he easily guides their intentions wherever he wishes. Our prayer is that God would guide the hearts of those in authority toward peace and restoration, in Jesus’ name.

I know that hearing about this situation may weigh heavily on your heart. Would you join us in prayer? We ask you to pray with us for:

  • Wisdom and discernment for government officials and military.

  • That Compassion children and families would experience peace, not fear or confusion.

  • For the wisdom and wellbeing of Compassion staff during this volatile time.

  • For overall peace in Burkina Faso.

We are in regular contact with our national director in Burkina Faso and we are evaluating ways we can best support our church partners during this season. Compassion staff members on the ground are trained to assess and provide appropriate and timely support to those in need. We will continue to monitor this situation and update you as we are able.

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