“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ ”
— Revelation 21:3-4
Continue to pray for God to raise up partners in Ghana to provide services to survivors after rescue. As we are rescuing more children out of slavery in the fishing industry, we need to ensure that there are safe shelter homes where they can receive medical care, counseling and education as their long-term needs are assessed. Pray for our team as they are meeting with potential partners, for wisdom and insight to identify the right places for rescued children to receive care.
Praise God for last month’s success: Our Bolivia team supported local authorities in securing the maximum sentence of 30 yearsagainst a man who sexually assaulted his five-year-old granddaughter. When the trial ended the survivor’s mother was overwhelmed with joy and extremely grateful to our team for supporting them in this process. Please continue praying for this young survivor and her mother as they can now rest knowing this man can’t hurt them again. Pray especially for courage and wisdom as the abuse has taken a toll on their family relationships.
Ask God for protection and favor as our team seeks to find and rescue families trapped in forced labor slavery in the last few months of the year. We have seen great progress this year and hundreds of families brought to safety, but we know many more are still waiting for rescue. With many cases in the pipeline, pray we could move local law enforcement to action on behalf of the poor and shut down the abusive businesses that prey on women, children and men in need. Pray we could make a lot of progress before the end of 2018, so no one can deny the prevalence of modern-day slavery in the communities where we work.
Pray for IJM’s teams in Bangkok and our Thai partners as we seek to rescue and restore victims of labor trafficking. Vulnerable migrant workers across the region are exploited in Thailand’s extensive fishing industry, and criminal networks in Thailand and neighboring countries are making a profit off of enslaving people. Pray that the Thai government’s efforts to curb this epidemic would be successful, and pray for IJM’s teams in Thailand and Cambodia to bring rescue and restoration to the thousands of victims we have yet to meet.
IJM HQ & Global Partners
IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Please pray for the new staff members, interns and fellows who will be joining us for orientation at IJM Headquarters in a week. Thank God for bringing these talented women and men to join our team, and pray for peace and strength as they prepare for orientation. In particular, please pray for the team members who will be moving to the field for their positions. Pray for smooth logistics and physical and emotional stamina as they prepare to travel and arrive in the field.
Please pray for a Senior Director of Global IT Service Strategy and Operations. The primary responsibility of this individual will be to enable the global IJM staff to make efficient, secure use of technology in pursuing IJM’s mission. This person will serve as the servant leader for the Helpdesk, Infrastructure, and Data teams.