The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
PROVE THAT JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IS POSSIBLE.
RESCUE THOUSANDS. PROTECT MILLIONS. PROVE THAT JUSTICE FOR THE POOR IS POSSIBLE.
Plead for the widow
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.
Coming Soon~ Fourth Annual Freedom Sunday~September 22!
Until All are Free
August 17, 2019
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed." - Luke 4:18
Please pray for continued momentum in Kenya to bring about real police reforms that will curb police violence against the poorest citizens. Kenyan leaders are collaborating with IJM and other human rights organizations to develop strategies to address police brutality - pray that they will institute effective reforms that will transform law enforcement into a force for good in Kenya.
Praise God for the opportunity to train over 300 prosecutors and forensic professionals in Bolivia. In partnership with a grassroots organization, IJM Bolivia trained prosecutors and personnel from the Institute of Forensic Research in the cities of La Paz, Sucre and Potosí. They are now better trained in trauma-informed care and victim care, specifically related to cases of sexual violence. Pray that as these key actors in the justice system encounter child survivors of sexual violence, they would treat them with dignity and respect, protecting them from re-victimization.
Pray for our efforts to identify and support survivor champions who can advocate on the issue of bonded labor slavery. Much of our most exciting progress in the last few years has been led by passionate survivor leaders, and we want to expand this group to include new and diverse voices. Pray we could select women and men who are ready to speak up on behalf of their community, and that we could train them well to move into this new phase of responsibility.
Please continue to pray for God to bring more aftercare services for survivors of cybersex trafficking in the Philippines. After rescue, survivors have complex needs, and half of the children we serve are 12 years old or younger. Pray specifically for more shelters in the Visayas and Midanao regions who can accept groups of siblings in the same home, and pray for God to bring foster families who can care for very young survivors.
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 join us in thanking God for our athlete partners, like Clayton Kershaw, who are using their platform and influence to rally others to seek justice. Ask God to give them creativity and persistence as they build awareness about the scope of modern-day slavery and cast a hopeful vision about how to end slavery in our lifetime.