“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
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.
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.
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!
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 Sunday. Through 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.