IJM Prayer Requests

“This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’ ”

— Zechariah 7:9

Africa

  • Praise God for the successful arrest of a violent man in Uganda who attacked a widow on her way home from visiting her children at boarding school. For the past five years, this man has been attempting to claim the widow’s land, and IJM has been working alongside her since 2014 to ensure that her property, both her home and her source of livelihood, remains in her possession. Pray for the safety of the widow and her children, and pray that the arrest would be a warning to any relations of the perpetrator that they cannot get away with bullying her.

Latin America

  • As our teams in Latin America continue strengthening justice systems to protect children from sex trafficking and sexual violence, we build and maintain good relationships with key stakeholders and government officials who are eager to bring change in their own countries. Pray for God’s grace over our teams and these relationships, so together we can bring children to safety, speak truth into their lives and train other partners to do the same.

South Asia

  • Ask for God’s healing for two teen girls and five young women who were rescued this week from sex trafficking. These girls and women were being sold for sex in a suburban roadside lodge, and their traffickers were making huge sums of money from their abuse. IJM assisted local police in rescuing them this week and arresting the traffickers. Pray for their crisis care in these first few days of freedom, and pray for wisdom as IJM and our partners draw out long-term plans for their care and counseling.

Southeast Asia

  • Join our team in the Philippines as we celebrate the conviction of an Australian national who lured children to his home, sexually abused them and distributed footage of the abuse online. The convictions of this man and his Filipina recruiter send a strong message to other criminals: those who abuse and exploit children in the Philippines will face consequences. Pray for the victims’ continued healing as they process this news of justice served on their behalf.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please pray that God would continue drawing attendees to join us at Liberate, a global gathering to end slavery. The September event outside of Dallas, TX, will include all of IJM’s global staff and our family of supporters — our largest gathering ever! Ask God to pour out creativity and wisdom as we continue planning for the event, and pray that the weekend would be an enormous step forward in the movement to end slavery.

Rebound Urgent Prayer Requests

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray for a 16 yr. mom living in a family foster care needing to get a driver's license so she can go to school and get a job to  to support herself and have visitation rights with her child.

Pray for a homeless couple in need of an apartment or house to rent in order for them to have visitation with children who are now in foster care.

Please pray for the success of our Cups of Hope Fundraiser in partnership with Woods Coffee, which takes place on Friday, March 9th. 

Please pray that our friends and supporters will help us identify at least 50 new people who could donate a tax-deductible $50 monthly gift.  Studies show that peer-to-peer fundraising is very effective, and investing in a struggling young person's life is an investment into the future of our community.  Please pray that the 50/50 Challenge promotion will stir the hearts of others to join us in connecting, empowering and restoring vulnerable families.  Go to: http://reboundfamilies.org/5050 for more information.

Continue to pray for a Rebound dad whose child was returned to him this summer, but who is struggling with meeting his obligations and is in danger of having the child removed again, this time for good.  We believe in this dad, but he needs to show that he can parent in a well-rounded manner.

Please pray for favorable outcomes from the many grants we are writing in this grant-writing season.  Rebound relies greatly on Foundation funding to continue our programs' important work in our community.

Pray for our Ray of Hope Summer Day Program application process - that parents will see the positive results Ray of Hope has had in many children's lives and apply to send their children to our camp this year as we plan to increase the number of children we are accepting. 

IJM Prayer Requests

“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.”

— Matthew 10:26

Africa

  • Praise God that last week in Kenya, in a non-IJM case, a police officer with a reputation for killing suspected criminals was convicted of murder. This is the first time in Kenya that a police officer has been convicted of murder instead of a lesser crime. The IJM team in Kenya has been doubling down to fight police abuse following the brutal murder of an IJM client, staff member and driver in June 2016. All too often, police have been able to use their power to extort bribes, throw people in prison on false accusations, or even murder without being held accountable. We are heartened to see an instance of police regulatory agencies successfully using the law to hold an abusive police officer accountable for his crime. Please pray with us that this case will send the message that police abuse is not tolerated in Kenya.

Latin America

  • Please pray for Jeremias,* a survivor of sexual violence in Bolivia.He was abused by a family friend, and IJM has been supporting him with trauma-focused therapy and by representing him in court. A couple of weeks ago, Jeremias and his younger brother were biking and his brother had an accident that took his life. The family has gone through so much hardship — pray that God will comfort them in such a painful time. Specifically, pray with us for Jeremias as he grieves and still awaits a verdict in his case. Pray for strength and peace, and that in the midst of this tragedy, he and his family will feel God’s love more tangibly than ever.

South Asia

  • Please pray for a 33-year-old woman just rescued from 15 years of domestic servitude by one of IJM’s trained partners in South Asia.She had been forced to work exhausting hours cleaning and maintaining homes, and she was never allowed to leave. Praise God for her miraculous rescue and for our partner NGO working in their own community to free people from slavery. Pray for this woman’s emotional journey home, and for millions of other women and children who are trapped in domestic servitude in South Asia, that they may be found and rescued soon.

Southeast Asia

  • Justice was served this week in the Philippines, as back-to-back convictions in two cases of child sex trafficking held two criminals accountable under the law. Join us in praising God that the courts listened to the victims and ruled justly, and for the perseverance of IJM’s team in Cebu — one of the cases has been ongoing since 2011! Pray also for the survivors’ continued healing and strength.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please pray for the launch of IJM’s spring advocacy campaign,Hidden No More: The Digital March to End Slavery. Ask God to move in the hearts of people across the United States, mobilizing them to advocate for their elected officials to protect resources that combat slavery around the world.

IJM Prayer Requests

“He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.”

— Job 5:15-16

Africa

  • The trial of suspected traffickers, arrested in the January 2017 rescue operation in Ghana, has begun. Please pray that the prosecutors will do their job diligently and passionately throughout the trial. Pray also for understanding and excellent coordination between IJM attorneys and the police prosecutors.

Latin America

  • Last year we asked you to join our Guatemala team in prayer for the creation of a Sex Offender Registry and a DNA Bank which we believe will protect thousands of children from sexual violence. God answered our prayers! Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales officially approved this bill earlier this year. Our Field Office Director in Guatemala said, “The sex offender registry is a reflection of the great shift that the government has made in prioritizing the protection of children from sexual violence.” Thanks for praying with us!

South Asia

  • Please pray for a large-scale rescue operation IJM and our partners conducted this week in South Asia. Our teams have spent the last several months investigating a group of several villages — spread out over a broad swath of countryside — where hundreds of families have been held in bondage to powerful farm owners. The rescue operation began on Monday, but the scale and spread of this case means it will take many days or even weeks to complete. Please pray for safety for our teams and the local authorities, for encouragement for the victims being rescued and for good follow-up to keep these families safe and apprehend their alleged abusers.

Southeast Asia

  • Praise God that 471 children in one district in Northern Thailand received Thai ID cards this week, confirming their status as legal citizens of Thailand. As we shared last week, hundreds of thousands of people from ethnic minority groups in Northern Thailand are not recognized as citizens — despite their legal right. Without this recognition, stateless people are not protected by any nation’s laws, are often denied access to education or medical care, and are more vulnerable to violence and abuse as a result. Join us in thanking God that these children will grow up as Thai citizens and in praying that their lives will flourish.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please join us in prayer for The Freedom Project Tour, launching this month. Pray that the ten events — a partnership between author Jennie Allen, musician Christy Nockels and IJM — would equip and inspire attendees to experience freedom in their own lives and set others free in turn.

IJM Prayer Requests

“He rescues and saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.”

— Daniel 6:27

Africa

  • Pray for the stabilization of the public justice system in Uganda.Prosecutor strikes in 2017 made it challenging to provide relief to victims of land theft, as hearings couldn't take place and an IJM initiative to introduce plea bargaining was delayed. Thankfully, the strikes ended in mid-December. Pray that the courts would continue to move cases forward and that widows and orphans would not have to wait long for justice.

Latin America

  • Praise God for the patience and perseverance of our team in the Dominican Republic as they serve survivors of sex trafficking. On January 22, seven traffickers were sentenced to jail — two of the perpetrators were given 10 years, the maximum time for this crime. This strong conviction is a huge victory for our team, as this ruling concludes the first case IJM took in the Dominican Republic, dating back to 2014 when 13 minors were rescued. Let this testimony of praise be an encouragement for you that even when things take longer than we want/plan, justice can prevail!

South Asia

  • Please pray for several teams in South Asia as they prepare for their first rescues of the year. Often it takes some time for local authorities to gain momentum in the new year, so pray that IJM will build strong cases that will drive these authorities to take action. Pray for protection for our teams as they investigate slavery and sex trafficking cases, and pray that they could quickly mobilize the police on behalf of the oppressed. Ask God for this to be another groundbreaking year of rescue for IJM in South Asia!

Southeast Asia

  • Pray for a number of citizenship applications that are being processed in one district in Chiang Mai. These applications have been pending for as long as six years, while vulnerable people wait for their legal right to citizenship to be recognized. Without citizenship, stateless people are not protected by any law, are often denied access to medical care or education and cannot work or travel outside their district. Pray that district officials swiftly approve these applications and affirm their rightful citizenship.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please continue to pray for The New Activist Podcast — now in partnership with the RELEVANT Podcast Network. The show features conversations with leaders tackling some of the world’s biggest humanitarian issues. Pray that it would rally people across the globe to step into the fight against slavery and injustice.