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.


Gail South, 609-709-5365 gtsouth@comcast.net 

The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents' 

      Plead for the widow
            …Isaiah 1:17

January 18, 2020

"But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies."

– Nehemiah 9:27

Africa + Europe

Pray for the staff from Africa and Europe who will be meeting this week to plan their strategy for the next year. Together these teams are combatting slavery, police abuse of power and multiple forms of violence against women and children in the region. Pray for wisdom, good collaboration and inspiration to bring safety and protection to vulnerable communities in Africa and Europe in 2020.

Latin America

Praise God for a summit in Latin America where many of our leaders gathered to refine strategy for our work combatting violence against women and children in the Northern Triangle. Thank God for these leaders, and please pray for wisdom and energy as they implement increasingly integrated programs to address violence in their countries.

South Asia

Please continue to pray for a successful judgment in the case of Abha*, who was rescued from sex trafficking in 2015. Abha was only 13 when traffickers sold her for sex and subjected her to drug use and other violence. We had expected a judgment against the 11 suspects back in September, but closing arguments have just been scheduled for late January. Please pray that the judgment would be given quickly, with strong convictions against each of the suspects, so that Abha can move on with her life and no other girls will be abused.

Southeast Asia

Please pray for the Philippines during the ongoing eruption of a volcano in the region. Pray for our IJM Manila team to remain safe and for the new staff set to deploy to the field, whose travel plans and moving dates have been disrupted. Also, pray for the people most vulnerable to the path of the volcano's destruction to reach 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.

Give thanks with us for God's financial provision through the abundant generosity of donors last year. Every gift, grant and fundraiser fuels our ability to rescue victims and restrain perpetrators. Pray that our donors would receive joy in giving, and that we would steward those resources with wisdom, efficacy and creativity to end slavery in our lifetime.