“Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence. Strike them with terror, Lord; let the nations know they are only mortal.”
— Psalm 9:19-20
Pray for the communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they are experiencing the second largest and second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. This week, the outbreak crossed the border into Western Uganda. Pray for all of the communities and individuals at risk, as well as for the government and health workers who are responding. Pray for comfort, peace and protection for the families who have lost loved ones.
Praise God for a great opportunity to provide critical training to 28 local staff and volunteers from the Guatemalan Red Cross. Last week, IJM staff led a two-day training for volunteers and staff who serve across the country. Participants learned about the prevalence of sexual violence in their country, best practices to provide crisis intervention, and how to use an IJM tool called “Guardian,” a comic book designed to reach children and empower them on topics of prevention and breaking the silence. Please continue praying for these 28 volunteers as they serve and support survivors of sexual violence in their communities.
Praise God for two recent convictions that helped secure justice for a teenage girl who was trafficked for sex. This man and woman had trafficked 16-year-old Gita* from her impoverished village to one of South Asia’s largest red-light districts. Once she was rescued, IJM helped her move into a loving aftercare home and stay strong during the legal trial. After nearly four years in court, a judge finally convicted both suspects and sentenced them to 10 years in prison and a hefty fine. Praise God for justice served in this case, and pray that the news would encourage Gita as she continues to rebuild confidence for the future.
In a precedent-setting decision, the Thai government awarded substantial victim compensation from the government’s trafficking in persons fund to five Cambodian survivors of labor trafficking. These survivors, rather than staying in government-run shelters in Thailand throughout the legal process, were able to return to their homes in Cambodia but traveled back to Thailand to participate freely in the case. The survivors received compensation calculated at the Thai minimum wage rate for each day they were exploited in the Thai fishing industry, plus additional compensation. Praise God for this decision and the encouraging progress it represents in protecting and defending victims of trafficking throughout the region. Also pray that this decision would empower other victims to bring their cases forward and pursue justice against those who exploited them.
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 New Activist Podcast, produced in partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. The show features conversations with leaders tackling some of the world’s biggest humanitarian issues and people taking extraordinary steps to seek justice in their day-to-day lives. Pray that the podcast would continue to rally people across the globe to step into the fight against slavery and injustice in tangible ways.