“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
— Matthew 5:5
Praise God for a historic conviction in Kenya in December! We have achieved the conviction of a senior police officer in our highest-profile case of police abuse prior to the murder of our friends in 2016. This is the first time in Kenya’s history that an officer of this rank has been convicted for murder, and the tenth police officer convicted for murder in 2018 (across all police abuse cases, not just IJM’s). Prior to this year, convictions of police for any crimes have been rare. Pray for the movement to end police abuse to continue to gain momentum until the people of Kenya have a police force that they can trust to protect and serve them.
Pray for our teams in Latin America who, in collaboration with local authorities and IJM-trainee partners, are working to protect children from sexual violence, sex trafficking and other forms of violence against women and children. As the New Year begins, it is crucial for our teams to continue developing good relationships and open doors for training and mentorship between our teams and key actors of the justice system, who ultimately have the power to effectively enforce their countries’ laws to rescue and protect the most vulnerable from violence.
Please pray for a group of slavery survivors who are rebuilding after a fire devastated their small community last month. These families had lived in sturdy but simple thatched-roof homes, and many were lost when a fire moved quickly through the village. IJM and our government partners are now helping the survivor families rebuild. Pray we could meet each family’s needs and get them back on their feet quickly in the new year.
Pray for the thousands of people displaced by the recent landslides and devastating floods in the central Philippines, and for the families of those who have lost their lives. As heavy rain continues, pray that emergency services are able to reach all of the affected areas and that authorities are able to locate those who are still missing. Pray that those affected would be protected from further abuse or exploitation and able to return home safely.
IJM HQ & Global Partners
IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Please pray for the IJM campus chapter student leaders as they begin a new semester this month. Pray that God would grant these students wisdom, energy and creativity as they seek to raise awareness of trafficking, and as they mobilize their peers to take action against slavery in concrete and tangible ways.