IJM Prayer Requests

“ ‘Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord."

— Jeremiah 1:8

Africa

  • Pray as the trial for the murder of our colleague Willie, client Josephat, and trusted driver Joseph continues on November 28. This is a critical stage of the trial, and we are asking God for courage and safety for the remaining witnesses. We are thankful for the number of witnesses who have testified so far, and for the relatively fast progress of the case compared to other police abuse trials. Please also continue to pray for the emotional healing of the family members, particularly as the holidays approach and the loss of loved ones becomes even more acute.

Latin America

  • Praise God for our Latin America teams and the work they do relentlessly representing child survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence around the region. A common challenge they encounter in court is the continuous rescheduling of hearings, which is a major road block that delays justice for the most vulnerable. Frequently, hearings are rescheduled because one or more people don’t attend the hearing. Please pray for strength for our teams as the cases are rescheduled, and pray that once they give a new date they will move quickly. Pray specially for all hearings scheduled until the end of the year, so all parties will be present and the hearings will take place.

South Asia

  • Please pray for stability within our key government partner agencies as we work together to combat sex trafficking. One of the departments with whom we’ve had very close and strategic relationships has experienced a lot of transfers and restructuring, which slows down how much progress we can make together. These government relationships are critical to ensuring sustainable change takes hold and thousands of girls are rescued from exploitation. Pray our advocates would have solid job security so they can keep up the fight alongside us!

Southeast Asia

  • Praise God for our police partners in the Philippines. We work with several agencies and many officers of goodwill. We are especially grateful for our partners in the anti-trafficking unit of the Women and Children Protection Center. This specialized unit was established in 2015, and already they are making an impact in the communities to protect children from cybersex trafficking. Pray for the leadership to be wise, full of integrity and strategic. Pray that the unit will get the full resourcing it needs to be successful. And praise God for the dozens of children who have been set free as a result of their hard work.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

  • Please pray for our Advocacy & Mobilization team as they continue to recruit and train volunteers in cities throughout the U.S. Pray for wisdom and creativity for these volunteers as they rally financial resources, advocacy momentum and prayer support for our work, and ask God to use them as part of a movement to make justice for the poor unstoppable.

Rebound Families Prayer Requests

Pray for a homeless couple who are expecting a child. They are approved for housing, and waiting for their apartment to open. Pray that this process goes smoothly and quickly so they are able to have their other two children begin the process to get them returned home from foster care.

For all Roots families as we enter into the holiday season. It is a tough time for many for various reasons. Pray for peace and comfort.

Pray for strength and stability for the Rebound staff to serve all families to the best of our ability throughout the Holiday season.

For blessings for each and every person that reaches out to Rebound for support or resources during the holiday. 

Pray for a single mother, a victim of domestic violence, whose mobile home burned when she was six months pregnant with twin boys.  She is now in temporary housing with her children, who were born one month prematurely and are suffering health problems.  A Ray of Hope mom has taken this woman under her wing, and has had the opportunity to talk to her about God, give her a Bible, and pray with her.  Pray that she comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and puts her trust in Him.  Also pray for the  twins to be healthy and thrive.

For a young woman who suffers from ongoing alcohol addiction which causes her to lose employement, and housing.  For healing from this addiction, and for a new chance at living a normal life.

Please pray for Comfort & Joy - that this important fundraiser would successfully raise the money Rebound needs to run our Roots programs, which have now expanded into three areas.

Please continue to pray for the financial viability of our organization with the year end giving season coming upon us.  Although there are many worthy nonprofits to support, especially in Whatcom County, Rebound is one that we'd ask people to prayerfully consider when deciding which ministry to support.  We are always thankful for every donation, large or small and give thanks to God for every person who chooses to support our work to connect, empower and restore vulnerable children and families. 

Thanks for all the generous donors and supporters of Rebound this year. A lot of changes with staff and programs yet they have remained faithful with their contributions!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

IJM Prayer Requests

“At that time I will deal with all who oppress you. I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they have suffered shame.”

— Zephaniah 3:19

Africa

  • Praise God that last week Sean Litton (IJM President) and Blair Burns (VP, Justice Operations) had the opportunity to meet with the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to talk about our partnership with the government to address child slavery through enforcement of Ghanaian law. It is incredible to see how far we’ve come in just the past year, to a point where Ghana’s leaders are speaking about the importance of working together with partners like IJM to end child slavery. Pray that our government partnerships would continue to strengthen and lead to the end of children being enslaved in Ghana.

Latin America

  • Praise God that justice has been served in Bolivia. Last week, our team’s relentless efforts to pursue justice led to strong convictions in the case of a 16-year old girl who was kidnapped by a taxi driver and taken to a remote place where three other men were waiting to rape her. The four men were charged with rape; two of them were given a 20-year sentence and are held in custody, and the other two were given a 25-year sentence but have run away. Please pray for the police officials who are trying to find the two abusers who are on the run. Pray for wisdom and clarity of mind as they track them down, and for a quick arrest that can help stop these men from abusing others.

South Asia

  • Pray for our teams as they try to intercept inter-state trafficking networks that enslave the poor during this time of year. As the dry season begins in South Asia, many large brick kilns and rock quarries will recruit poor laborers to begin seasonal work — and many of these jobs become traps for bonded labor slavery. Our teams will work with police to intercept traffickers at train stations or major highways, and to monitor these high-risk businesses. Please pray we could stop criminals before they can enslave and abuse poor families just looking for good work!

Southeast Asia

  • Pray for nine children rescued from cybersex trafficking in the Philippines last Friday. Praise God that all of the victims were located after three hours searching the neighborhood. Pray for the girls and boys, ranging from 2 to 9 years old. Pray for the suspect who was arrested; she is accused of offering these young children to foreigners who would pay to live-stream sexual abuse via the internet. Pray that she will repent and find Christ.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

  • Join us in asking God to continue using The New Activist Podcast to mobilize his people to stand up for the poor and the oppressed. The show’s third season recently launched, continuing its partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. Thank God for the listeners who have already taken action to fuel the work against slavery, and pray that the show would continue to rally people across the globe to step into the fight in new and powerful ways.

IJM Prayer Requests

“You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.”

— Psalm 12:7-8

Africa

  • Pray for an ongoing case against an abusive police officer in Kenya that will resume next week. The two IJM clients in the case were with a third man, who was shot and killed by a police officer. The two surviving men were arrested and falsely charged with theft. IJM successfully represented the men to be acquitted, and the trial against the police officer is proceeding. Please pray for the safety and protection of staff and witnesses, and for justice to be done in this case.

Latin America

  • Please pray for our team in the Dominican Republic, as this week they began their first training with external Aftercare Case Managers. Our team is training a dozen staff from CONANI, the Dominican equivalent to Child Welfare Services, to meet one of the county’s biggest needs to address sex trafficking: specialized training. This training is part of a system reform project, and aims to build capacity among social workers and physiologists so they can better serve survivors of sex trafficking. Pray that CONANI staff members will be transformed by this training both personally and professionally.

South Asia

  • Please pray for two girls who were rescued from sex trafficking on Monday and are beginning their healing journey. These 15-year-olds are both from a community that traditionally encourages women into prostitution, so they have grown up with a distorted view of their worth and futures. We are so grateful police helped rescue them from abuse this week, but we will need God’s intervention to help them recover their dignity and self-worth. Pray for our aftercare team and partners meeting these girls in their time of need.

Southeast Asia

  • Praise God for justice in Cambodia: In the first three quarters of the year, the IJM team helped secure convictions against 18 people for labor trafficking crimes. There were several different types of slavery cases, including young women trafficked to China as brides, students deceived by a fake educational opportunity and forced instead to work in a factory, and men trafficked into Thailand’s fishing industry. Praise God for the Cambodian courts that have ruled justly, especially considering how these cases involved collaboration with other countries to track down evidence, witnesses and even the criminals themselves.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

  • Please ask God to bring the right people to join IJM’s team, both for positions at our Headquarters and in our Field Offices around the world. Pray for wisdom as our Recruiting Team reviews applications and interviews candidates, seeking to bring the women and men on board who will help make justice for the poor unstoppable.

Rebound Prayer Requests

Pray for wisdom going into our highest need time for financial support.  Pray that God will speak to those who have means to give financially to support Rebound.

For a Roots mom whose 1 year old son is in ICU at Children's Hospital, suffering from a critical case of croup.  That God's healing hand would be upon this little boy, and the peace of the Holy Spirit would comfort the family.

Pray for a homeless couple who attend Roots and are expecting a child - that resources would become available soon, allowing them to find housing.  Without housing, they will have to relinquish the child to CPS.

Pray for a Nooksack Valley family - dad did time in prison, and is now doing all he can to get his kids back.  The children were given up by their mother to their maternal grandparents, who would like to prevent dad from having involvement with them.  Pray for a volunteer to facilitate supervised visits.

For all of our families - holidays are a difficult time for people who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma.  It is a time when isolation is exaggerated by the expectations of our society.

Pray for the dynamic of the Roots volunteers in Nooksack Valley, that they would continue to bond between themselves, and with the kiddos they are serving.

Please pray for Comfort & Joy - that this important fundraiser would successfully raise the money Rebound needs to run our Roots programs, which have now expanded into three areas.