IJM Prayer Request

"The Lord is known by his justice, the wicked are ensnared by the works of their hands."

- Psalm 9:16

Africa

Pray for a construction project in Ghana that is rehabilitating an aftercare home in the northern part of Lake Volta. We desperately need good partners and safe aftercare homes for children in order for us to be able to continue conducting rescues. Pray that this rehabilitation project will move forward smoothly so that we will have the space we need to house children in freedom.

Latin America

Pray for all open cases in the Dominican Republic where our team is representing child survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Pray especially for those cases in the last stages of trial - pray that God's justice is served, that judges rule justly, 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

Please pray for strong employment opportunities for families we help rescue from bonded labor slavery. As part of our aftercare program, we help these survivors access trainings, loans or other programs that equip them to find dignified work or start their own businesses. Pray that IJM could identify additional partners to employ these motivated survivors, and that all rescued families would find stable and honoring jobs to support their journey in freedom.

Southeast Asia

Over the course of this month, IJM's team in Chiang Mai will be taking many trips to remote villages in Northern Thailand to train volunteers helping stateless hill tribe communities navigate the registration process. These networks of volunteers across Northern Thailand are critical to helping thousands of vulnerable people access the citizenship or legal status that they are entitled to under Thai law. Pray for energy and motivation for our team as they face long weeks of travel and extensive time away from their families.

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 prayer for Freedom Sunday - which is just three weeks away! Pray for wisdom and creativity as volunteers and pastors around the world prepare to share about God's heart for justice and invite their congregants into the fight. Please also pray for the many IJM staff members who will be speaking at Freedom Sunday events. Pray for safe travel, and for encouragement and excitement as they share about the mission of protecting the poor and the oppressed.

IJM Prayer Request

"When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evil doers."

- Proverbs 21:15

Africa

Pray for all of the preparations and for the great success of IJM Ghana's upcoming National Justice Conference and Freedom Sunday. Between those two events we will unite a vast number of Christian leaders in Ghana. So far, the Church there has been willing to listen and agree that slavery needs to end - please pray with us that all of this good will and the strong relationships we are building will translate into action on behalf of children enslaved on Lake Volta.

Latin America

Praise God that over 2,500 rookie police officers were trained to respond to sexual violence crimes in Guatemala. These officers graduated from the National Police Academy where, as part of the institutionalized curriculum created by IJM and the National Police, agents are now required to complete a basic course to address sexual violence to better serve victims and survivors across the country. Please pray for these 2,500 new officers as they will soon be deployed to their new positions. Pray that wherever they are they will serve and protect the most vulnerable and put their training into practice.

South Asia

Ask for God's guidance for our investigations teams as they work with police to find girls and young women being exploited for sex. Most of our cases now focus on private trafficking networks rather than traditional brothels. These networks can be much more difficult to trace and intercept. Pray for wisdom, discernment, safety and speed for our team, and that we would have breakthrough rescue operations this year to free dozens more girls.

Southeast Asia

Pray for survivors of labor trafficking in Cambodia as they seek stable job opportunities. Many Cambodians living in poverty migrate outside of the country and across the region to find decent work, but trafficking criminals often prey on these vulnerable workers and exploit them. Once survivors of trafficking are able to return home, they find themselves faced with the same lack of opportunity that caused them to be vulnerable to trafficking in the first place. Pray that churches and organizations across the country can connect returned survivors with employment opportunities so they can earn a living and stay safe from revictimization.

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 ask God to bring the right people to join IJM's team, in all of our offices around the world. Pray for wisdom as our recruiting team reviews applications and interviews candidates, seeking to bring the women and men on board who will help make justice for the poor unstoppable.

IJM Prayer Request

"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

Africa

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.

Latin America

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.

South Asia

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.

Southeast Asia

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.

IJM Prayer Request

"He sets those on high who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety."

- Job 5:11

Africa

Thank God for our continued warm relationship with the investigative agencies and prosecutors in Kenya, the key government leaders who will be able to bring an end to police abuse. Pray for these agencies and the decision-makers and leaders in them. We currently have several police abuse cases stuck waiting for a decision on charges, so pray that they would be able to move forward so that justice can be done.

Latin America

Please continue praying for full healing for all women and children survivors of sexual violence, sex trafficking and other types of violence that our teams in Latin America support every day. Pray that they are able to recover from trauma and build healthy relationships that help them thrive. Pray that their processes of restoration will be an encouragement for other victims around them to break the silence and reach out for help. Pray that when they do reach out for help, local authorities and our trained partners will respond quickly to protect them.

South Asia

Please pray we could get approval from the government for several training and partnership ideas in our anti-sex trafficking offices. IJM has pitched collaborative trainings on policing techniques, aftercare standards and other critical functions. We generally have great relationships with these government bodies, but getting official approvals sometimes moves very slowly through the bureaucracy. Pray officials would see the exciting potential of these initiatives and green-light us quickly so we can make progress this year.

Southeast Asia

Praise God for the successful training of local authorities and community leaders in the Kratie province of Cambodia. The district where the training took place sees a high volume of trafficking cases. The training equipped commune chiefs, local police officers, the Commune Committee for Women and Children, social workers, village leaders and religious leaders in that district to identify and report labor trafficking cases, as well as to support survivors in their communities. Pray for these leaders to be able to better protect vulnerable people in their communities.

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 the interns and fellows who recently completed their time with IJM. Praise God for the gifts that they brought to the work of protecting the poor during their time at IJM, and ask God to bless their next chapters as they return to their communities and seek justice in their vocations.

IJM Prayer Request

"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.