The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents' 

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            …Isaiah 1:17






Gail South, 609-709-5365 

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.

February 22, 2020

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."  – Deuteronomy 31:8

Africa & Europe

Pray for the Mavoko 3 trial in Kenya as it continues this week. Pray for comfort for the family and friends of the victims — IJM staff member Willie, our client Josephat, and our driver Joseph — and that the trial would be able to reach a swift conclusion with justice realized.

Latin America

Pray for all open cases in the Dominican Republic, as our team is diligently taking these cases to court to represent survivors of sex trafficking. Please pray especially for the cases that are in the last stages of trial. Pray that criminals are held accountable for the crimes committed, and that survivors are vindicated and placed on the path to a full restoration.

South Asia

Pray for courage and joy for the survivors of sex trafficking we're supporting in our Champions Program. These young women have overcome immense trauma and are emerging as brave new voices in the fight against sex trafficking. As part of this special program, they learn how to share their stories, raise awareness and advocate for change. Many of them have had the opportunity to speak at conferences or on the radio — and it's been so beautiful to watch them shine. Please pray for more opportunities for these survivors to lead the conversation, and for their ongoing healing and restoration.

Southeast Asia

Please pray for our IJM Bangkok team as they seek new cases. Pray that God will continue to guide them to more cases and more rescues for those trapped in forced labor slavery in the Thai fishing and seafood industry.

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.

Pray for our advocacy campaign to the U.S. Congress, in support of anti-trafficking efforts in the U.S. government. Give thanks with us for the thousands of people who have taken action through our petition, and pray for thousands more to join them! Pray for Members of Congress to be moved by the plight of the poor and the oppressed so they support critical funding in the 2021 federal budget.