The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents'
November 30, 2019
"Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge."
– Deuteronomy 24:17
Praise God for the launch of the Kenya Champions of Justice, a local network of survivors who are using their voices and their freedom to advocate for justice in cases of police abuse in Kenya. "We want to activate the survivor services within the public justice system to serve survivors...and ensure that their rights are upheld..." said David Makara, chair of the Kenya Champions of Justice and survivor of police brutality. Pray that this group would be a resource and a haven for other survivors, and that their credible advocacy would lead to a reformed police service in Kenya.
Earlier this year our team in the Dominican Republic secured a 20-year sentence against a German citizen guilty of trafficking, physical and psychological abuse and sexual exploitation of two Haitian sisters. Recently, the aggressor appealed the sentence. The hearing for his appeal has been rescheduled twice already, delaying justice for the two survivors, and the next hearing is currently set for December. We urge you to pray with us so that the hearing will not be suspended again and that the judge overseeing this appeal will uphold the previous sentence and rule with justice — serving as an example to other courts.
Praise God for a successful rescue operation in one of our offices, where 29 people were rescued from horrific conditions at a tree-cutting unit in a rural area. These children, women and men had been forced to work in bonded labor slavery for years by a violent owner. They lived in poor, makeshift tents with very little contact with the outside world. Today, they are being protected by our law enforcement partners and cared for by our aftercare team. Pray for their recovery and for follow-up arrests of the slave owner who abused them.
Please pray for the restoration of survivors in Cambodia. As survivors of labor trafficking return to their community, please pray for safe job placement for them and for emotional healing. Please pray they will be fully restored to health and be able to thrive in safety.
IJM HQ & Global Partners
IJM headquarters is located in the United States. IJM has international advancement offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Please pray for the advocates who will be wearing a dress each day in December, partnering with our friends at Dressember to generate awareness and support for ending slavery. Ask God to give these advocates creativity, enthusiasm and joy as they participate in the campaign and rally others to the fight.
RESCUE THOUSANDS. PROTECT MILLIONS. PROVE THAT JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IS POSSIBLE.
Plead for the widow
Gail South, 609-709-5365 email@example.com
Weekly Prayer Needs
These needs are really little stories from the field relating some of the things the International Justice Mission is working on. As we start a new year, I’d like to point out some of the ways IJM works with local authorities to bring peace, love and safety to thousands of poor people who live with the threats of violence every day.
Some of the things they do are not “stand-up-and-take-notice” events. Much of the work is done behind the scenes, aiming at long-term change instead of mind-boggling rescues. In Uganda, IJM has, for years, worked with local police, training them in methods of dealing with victims so they are seen as protectors, not oppressors.
When there is a rescue, IJM stays on the job, working with local authorities to help the victims heal and to provide support to local courts so that survivors can live without the fear of further abuse. The process IJM has developed is one of using modern data collection methods to analyze patterns of violence to prevent it before it can occur.
And it’s not all tireless work. The story from Thailand tells of celebrating the success of securing legal rights for thousands of stateless people, giving them hope that they could only dream of before.
Check back every week for more good news.
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
PROVE THAT JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IS POSSIBLE.