IJM Prayer Request

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

— Isaiah 1:17

Africa

Pray for child survivors of sexual violence in Western Uganda. Many experience stigma in their communities, and our government partners who serve these children often find themselves overwhelmed by their needs. Pray for our team in Fort Portal as they provide support, training and coaching to partners seeking to protect and defend children from sexual violence.

Latin America

Thank God for unity among our team in Guatemala and our local partners as they collaborate to protect children from sexual violence in the country. They face many trials on a daily basis: court hearings are rescheduled, roadblocks are thrown in their way and they consistently witness some of the cruelest crimes imaginable. Despite everything, our team and our partners show up to pursue justice for survivors and their families. Please pray for their emotional health and safety and ask God for his extraordinary strength and peace to surround them.

South Asia

Ask for God’s protection over our investigators as they seek to infiltrate private sex trafficking networks. These networks are much more difficult to trace than traditional pimps and brothels. Pray that our team and our police partners could stay on the cutting edge of technology and techniques to stop these traffickers from abusing children. Pray for major rescue operations this year to break up these networks and bring victims to freedom.

Southeast Asia

Praise God for justice in Cambodia. Our Cambodia team recently secured a conviction against three traffickers who are a part of labor trafficking networks. This conviction was in the case of a man who was trapped on a ship for 13 months without pay out at sea. He escaped and IJM was able to help him pursue his case. Two of the traffickers were sentenced to seven years in prison, but the lead trafficker, who was sentenced to eight years, has absconded. Please pray the police and our team find him and bring him to justice.

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 our church mobilization staff who are specifically seeking to connect youth to God’s passion for justice. Please pray for creativity as these staff equip youth pastors with a framework to talk with students about justice, and ask God to use these efforts to raise up the next generation of justice leaders in the church.

IJM Prayer Request

“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”

— Psalm 18:19

Africa

Praise God that we are seeing an increasing number of police officers in Kenya taken to court and held accountable for abusing their power. So far this year, the government has charged 14 police and won 2 convictions of police officers for violence in non-IJM cases. Pray that this momentum continues, and that police reforms would be institutionalized and an effective public justice system would reliably hold police to account.

Latin America

Praise God that our first local partner in El Salvador has taken on their first case to represent and support a young survivor of violence. An elementary age school girl was sexually abused by a man in her community. Her mother knew they couldn’t seek justice on their own so they reached out to our local partner for help. Immediately, our partner helped them report the case to local authorities and is now providing them with the legal and aftercare support that they need. Because they are not walking alone, the family is already seeing glimpses of hope: the aggressor has been arrested and will remain in custody until the end of his trial! Pray for a date to be assigned soon so the trial can start. Pray for our local partner as they take this case through the system until justice for this young girl is achieved. And finally, pray for our staff in El Salvador as they continue to walk alongside this local partner, providing mentorship and expert technical assistance.

South Asia

Please pray for our efforts to improve standards of care at shelter homes for survivors of sex trafficking. Many of these shelters are overburdened and under-resourced, which can leave their staff unmotivated to embrace new ideas. Pray for breakthrough in getting shelter staff excited about new ways they can serve survivors, and that we would get permission from the government to test out new programs to help these girls and young women heal.

Southeast Asia

Praise God for a landmark ruling in Thailand — IJM’s first forced labor trafficking case to result in a conviction! The convicted perpetrator, a Thailand port-based trafficker, collaborated as a key player within a cross-border trafficking network responsible for transporting hundreds, if not thousands, of Cambodian migrant workers and selling them to captains and owners of Thai fishing vessels. This conviction brings justice to the five Cambodian survivors who testified in the trial, and sets a promising precedent for future prosecutions in cross-border cases of trafficking into the Thai fishing industry.

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 all of our HQ and advancement offices. Pray for God’s favor, wisdom and creativity as they seek to rally financial resources, advocacy momentum and prayer support for the work of justice in their countries.

Rebound Prayer Request

Please pray that we continue to receive Ray of Hope Staff applications.Pray that we gain more male role models for our kids to look up to at Ray of Hope this summer.Continued prayers for one of our fantastic volunteers, and their family, as they go recover from very difficult medical procedures. Please pray for one of our employee's husbands while he goes through some difficult medical challenges.Pray for another employee of ours, as she is facing the difficulties of putting multiple parents in assisted living.

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IJM Prayer Request

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

— Proverbs 31:8-9

Africa

Praise God for the arrest of a man in Gulu, Uganda last week for domestic violence. Upon arrest, he was charged with grievous harm. His wife, Betty,* had left her previous husband because he strangled her, and she suffered from violence and threats in this new marriage for two years before she reported the abuse to local authorities and IJM took the case. Pray for Betty and her three children, for safety, peace and healing from trauma. Learn more about Betty’s case and combatting domestic violence in Uganda.

Latin America

Praise God for an incredible first four months of the year protecting children from sexual violence in Bolivia, where our team fiercely advocated for survivors, represented them in court and ultimately secured eight convictions! In two of the cases, the perpetrators were teachers in rural communities, so the families faced strong resistance from the community. Thankfully, both perpetrators have now been convicted. Please pray for the survivors of these cases as they continue their personal journeys of healing.

South Asia

Praise God for two successful rescue operations led by IJM’s faithful partners over the weekend. In the first case, a network of former slaves helped the government rescue 28 people who were being forced to chop wood in terrible conditions. In the second, our partner NGO helped rescue a 10-year-old boy who was made to graze hundreds of goats to repay his family’s debt of only $140. Today, this boy and these rescued families are recovering in safety and getting the care they need. Please pray for their healing and safety, and praise God for our partners moving the anti-slavery movement forward. Read more about these rescue operations .

Southeast Asia

Please pray for this week’s final sessions in a series of trainings that IJM is facilitating in Chiang Mai province in Thailand. On May 8 and 10, IJM’s team will finish a curriculum of training on responding to cases of sexual violence against children. We anticipate a total of around 75 local partners will participate at each session, including stakeholders from the Thai government and local NGOs. Please pray that these trainings are effective in building partners’ capacity to respond to these cases of abuse. And as capacity is increased, pray that these partners will work together to protect children across Northern Thailand from sexual violence.

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 the local volunteers and champions who are hosting Rescue Parties in their communities around the U.S. this month. Please pray for clarity and creativity as these hosts raise awareness of modern-day slavery and invite their friends and families to join the fight as Freedom Partners.