IJM Prayer Request

“It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.”

— Isaiah 19:20

Africa

Please pray for the satellite office we are opening in the northern area of Lake Volta in Ghana. This location will make it possible for us to more effectively address slavery in the fishing industry because it is in the north where access to the lake is far more challenging and the trafficking is at its worst. We want to ensure that there is no part of the lake where traffickers can hide enslaved children. Pray for the right people in the office, for the right partners, for police and prosecutors who will be taking these cases and for new aftercare homes in the area.

Latin America

Please pray for an upcoming trial against a suspect accused of sexually exploiting four minors — among them his 13-year-old daughter. Earlier in February, our team in the Dominican Republic assisted local authorities in a rescue operation hoping to find one specific minor. The night of the rescue, we found her, and three other minors! Please pray for their restoration as they start the long process of healing. Also pray that the proper court procedures will be followed in order to ensure justice.

South Asia

Praise God for a highly successful training conference we conducted with anti-trafficking police in one of the states where we work. IJM staff helped these officers better understand the tactics traffickers use and how they can gather better evidence to make legal cases stronger. We also helped them better understand victim trauma and how to interview trafficked women and girls in a sensitive way. Overall, the officers were very engaged and excited to put their skills into practice. Pray for successful rescues to come!

Southeast Asia

Pray for IJM’s opportunity to join a working group in Thailand that will evaluate the civil registration system for inaccessible populations. Since the early 2000s, our team in Chiang Mai has worked with thousands of hill tribe members in Northern Thailand to help them receive the legal status that they rightfully deserve. Through this working group, alongside leaders in the Thai government and other civil society members, we hope to help fix the barriers that continue to keep vulnerable people groups, like these hill tribe populations, from receiving their citizenship and accessing the benefits that it offers. Pray for wisdom and the development of solutions that will bring lasting relief and protection to vulnerable people in dozens of countries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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 energy and creativity as our Church Mobilization Team begins rallying churches to participate in Freedom SundayThrough this campaign, churches around the world will dedicate their September 22 service to preaching about God’s heart for justice and to calling congregants to join the fight against slavery and injustice. Pray that God would move mightily in the hearts of His people around the world, drawing thousands of congregations to speak up for the poor and the oppressed by hosting Freedom Sunday at their churches.

IJM Prayer Request

“How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The LORD will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

— Hebrews 10:29-31

Africa

Praise God for a successful community dialogue in a low-income neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. This event was organized to strengthen police and community relations in order to address police brutality. Senior police officers, the director of public prosecutions and the director of criminal investigations (DCI) all attended the event and heard the stories of people who had lost loved ones to extrajudicial police killings. The DCI stood up at the event and said, “I stand before you and declare that anybody, be it under my command or myself, that will ever cover-up for someone who has killed an innocent person [...] May God himself curse me. No one will ever cover for a police officer who kills under my watch.” Praise God for people in power standing up against police abuse, and pray for continued movement in Kenya toward a police force that protects and doesn’t abuse the poor.

Latin America

Rejoice with our Bolivia team for the signing of their first collaborative casework partnership agreement! This partnership is key to extending the protective and restorative services that IJM has provided in Bolivia thus far. It opens the door to equip a local organization and improve their capacity to provide support to child victims of sexual violence and their families. Please pray that as our team meets with this new organization, God will provide us with clear strategies in order to best support the people in their community.

South Asia

Please continue to pray for ongoing investigations in one of the sex trafficking operations you prayed for last week. The two rescued teen girls have been opening up about their stories and giving police new leads for other potential victims, suspects and locations tied to a private sex trafficking network. Police were able to arrest another suspected trafficker this week, and they are continuing to follow up on new information. Pray that we find every girl being sold by this network and can end their reign of abuse.

Southeast Asia

This week, a 21-year-old young woman in the Philippines pled guilty to trafficking children and faces 15 years in prison. Before her arrest, she had offered to live-stream the sexual abuse of three young girls, including her six-year-old niece. Pray that in His infinite mercy, God would bring this young woman to repentance. Pray for healing and restoration in the lives of these three young survivors. And pray for strength for the victims’ families and community, as they seek to repair what is broken and keep the children safe from further exploitation.

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 lift up the local prayer gatherings happening in communities across the U.S. over the next few months, beginning with Orlando later this month. Join us in praising God for the volunteers who are leading these gatherings, and please pray that the events would rally more and more people to step into the fight against slavery through prayer.

IJM Prayer Request

“They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from those who enslaved them.”

— Ezekiel 34:27b

Africa

This past week, IJM held a conference for a large fishermen’s association in Ghana to explain the anti-trafficking law and call on them to surrender any child slaves they are currently using. Pray that the word will spread in the fishing community about the consequences of abusing children and using them for slave labor, and that many will be convicted to release the children that they have enslaved.

Latin America

Praise God for committed local partners who are eager to learn and be better equipped to support women and children survivors of violence in El Salvador. Last week, our team and a local partner organization held strategic planning sessions. Please pray that God will give both teams guidance and clear communications as we grow together in this partnership. Ask God for his favor over this new relationship so the most vulnerable can have access to the care and protection they desperately need.

South Asia

Praise God for five teen girls rescued from sex trafficking in two rescue operations this week. IJM teams in two cities worked with anti-trafficking police on Monday and Tuesday to infiltrate private sex trafficking networks that were selling girls in private apartments. In one instance, the suspected trafficker was one girl’s own mother. Please pray for these girls as they settle into aftercare homes and begin to heal from the trauma they have endured. Ask for God’s wisdom as IJM and police finish documenting evidence in these cases and move them toward prosecution, so that justice can be served.

Southeast Asia

Pray for an ongoing trial against a Cambodian man who has allegedly trafficked vulnerable Cambodian migrant workers into forced labor in the Gulf of Thailand. He is believed to be a key player in a network of recruiters, brokers and traffickers stretching from impoverished villages across Cambodia all the way to fishing ports along Thailand’s coast. Thai authorities arrested him in 2018, and he now faces charges for his crimes. Pray that the trial would progress quickly and close successfully, bringing justice to his victims and sending a message of deterrence to other trafficking criminals.

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.

Praise God for survivors who are leading the justice movement in their communities and around the world. These survivors are sharing their stories, calling on governments and individuals to protect people from violence. Please ask God to pour out resilience and joy on these survivor leaders, as talking about their experiences can be challenging. And ask God to grant IJM wisdom as we support these survivors in the process of sharing their stories.