“Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.”
— Psalm 45:6
Praise God for a conviction in Gulu, Uganda of a man who had abused his wife. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a fine. Pray that he would take this conviction to heart, and learn to protect rather than abuse the people in his life. Pray for the continued safety and wellbeing of his wife — that she would feel secure and confident that the authorities will respond on her behalf.
Praise God for two strong convictions in Bolivia! The first is the case of a small girl who was abused by her cousin when she was nine years old. Praise God for a 25-year conviction of her perpetrator, and please pray for her health, schooling and recovery — the abuse has had a profound impact on her and she is still healing. The second conviction is in the case of two girls — this week the accused received a sentencing of 15 years. Pray for continued healing and restoration for these girls, and please keep praying for justice in Bolivia.
Please pray for healing for a survivor of sex trafficking who’s enduring many medical challenges. Due to a long-running medical condition, she has been bedridden for several years and is losing her speech and motor skills. We have been supporting her with physiotherapy and counseling, but now her family feels like she needs much more intensive care. Ask for God’s wisdom for our aftercare team as they strategize on how to get this young survivor the long-term care she needs.
Praise God that justice is “rolling on like a river” in the Philippines, where courts have convicted four traffickers for abusing and exploiting children. Pray that through these decisions, more children will be protected from ever being exploitated in the first place. Please also pray that the survivors represented in these cases would continue to heal from their trauma and be restored to safety and strength.
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Thank God for the Dressember advocates who wore a dress or tie each day of December, generating awareness and support for ending slavery. Thank God for these advocates’ creativity and perseverance over the past two months as they rallied others to the fight against trafficking.