The Episcopal Church of The Holy Innocents 


August 3, 2019

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5

Africa

Praise God for seven children rescued out of slavery in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. Three boys and four girls between the ages of 6 and 14 were rescued because of information provided by other children from previous rescues. This operation was the first rescue conducted by IJM Ghana's new team based in the northern part of the country. Pray for them as they conduct all the necessary follow up to provide care for each of the children, and to drive the legal case forward.

Latin America


Pray for our first survivor of violence in El Salvador, who is being supported by one of our local partners. Please pray that her case moves smoothly through the legal system and for her restoration as she receives aftercare services. Pray for her and her family's protection and that they will be encouraged as they continue to seek justice.

South Asia

Please pray for IJM's legal cases to move more swiftly through the overburdened courts. Bonded labor slavery cases can sometimes take up to eight or nine years to reach a judgment. This wait is due to poor court management, judge transfers and delay tactics from the accused slave owners. Several of our cases that are ready for judgment this year are only waiting for the final hearing to be scheduled. Pray these cases would wrap up in the next few months with strong sentences for the accused.

Southeast Asia

Praise God for an exciting new partnership in the Philippines that will increase access to justice for survivors of cybersex trafficking. This week, IJM launched a partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Cebu and the anti-child pornography group of the Philippine government's Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT). Through this partnership, pro bono lawyers will be able to prosecute trafficking cases in courts - including cases of cybersex trafficking against children - while IJM and IACAT will provide coaching and mentorship. Pray that God would move mightily through this partnership, bringing justice for children who have been abused and igniting advocates of child protection among this group of lawyers.

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 IJM's advancement offices in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, the U.K. and the Netherlands. Pray for God's favor, wisdom and creativity as they seek to rally financial resources, advocacy momentum and prayer support for the work of justice in their countries.


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Here you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Enter the Bible as your guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible.

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Guided Meditation
The Psalms are wonderful prayers that can be used to communicate to God our desires, and for God to communicate in return. Using the guidance of voice, relax your body and mind and open your soul in prayer.

Upper Room Daily Reflections

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Centering Prayer
Prayer is a very personal experience of being with God. Each person finds different meaningful ways to pray. Centering Prayer is a style of meditative prayer that many people find significant while others find the long silence boring. The only way you’ll find out if it helps you connect with your deepest spiritual yearnings is to try it. 

Contemplative Prayer
Maybe you’re not the memorized prayer type of person, nor do you like to be confined to a scripture reading or a devotional book. Not to worry, there are many ways to pray and this one only takes your presence and attention. For those who have plenty of excuses for not praying but genuinely want to know God’s presence, contemplative prayer may be something to try. 

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Growing in the Life of Prayer & Spiritual Practices

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Daily Meditation & Reflection from Henri Nouwen
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God Pauses
God Pauses e-mail devotions

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Liturgy of the Hours - Divine Office App
Listen and pray the Liturgy of the Hours on the go.

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Sacred Space Daily Reflection
Sacred Space Daily reflection

ordinarily follows the scripture sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary. Longer reflections on the daily scripture readings are presented for Sundays, weekdays and many saints are presented daily. Make a 'Sacred Space' a daily practice, spend ten minutes, praying here and now, at a computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day. (multiple languages)

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The Other 6

Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits, devised an “examination of consciousness”—a prayerful review of the day intended to help people recognize where they were finding, or needing to find, God in their lives. Other6 takes the essence of this centuries-old practice of the Examen and adapts it for today’s Internet-driven world by posing two questions: Where have you found God today? and Where do you need to find God today?