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
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.
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.
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.
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.