IJM Prayer Request

“I know that you can do all things, no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

— Job 42:2

Africa

  • Pray that the IJM Ghana team would be able to obtain extended custody orders for 30 children rescued out of slavery on Lake Volta in April. These custody orders allow the aftercare shelters we partner with to have temporary custody of the rescued children for 9 months, allowing our team and partners sufficient time to assess their needs, locate their families, and work with them so they can be safely reintegrated in their communities. Please pray as well for additional capacity and resources for aftercare within Ghana as IJM seeks to rescue more children from slavery on the lake.

Latin America

  • Please pray for our Guatemala team as they launch a four-month training for police officers who will serve in sex crimes units. The training will equip these officers to effectively investigate cases of sexual assault, helping local authorities bring relief to victims and hold criminals accountable. Pray for wisdom for the IJM team members who are contributing to the training, and pray that it would build the capacity of the local justice system to protect vulnerable children from ever being victimized by this crime.

South Asia

  • Praise God for 149 people rescued this week from bonded labor slavery at a massive farm. IJM’s trained partner organization worked closely with local authorities to investigate the abuses these families had suffered for generations, and then mobilized a swift rescue operation to bring them to safety. Please pray for follow-up arrests of the suspected slave owners, and ask for God’s provision for these survivors as they return home and build new lives in freedom.

Southeast Asia

  • Pray for IJM’s new relationships with government officials. IJM recently met with an official to introduce the organization and introduce the issue of cybersex trafficking.  The official seemed very interested in the issue and in building a relationship with IJM.  Praise God for this potential relationship, and pray He continues to grow IJM’s relationships with officials who will join us in the work of justice.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please pray for a Field Presence Director to join us as we seek to establish a new office in El Salvador. The Field Presence Director (FPD) will build and lead a multi-disciplinary team to assess the long-term need and feasibility for a Justice System Transformation program in El Salvador, addressing everyday violence as it relates to sexual violence against children, gender-based violence, and gang related violence. The ideal candidate will lay a strong foundation for a long-term programming that effectively protects vulnerable Salvadoran communities from violence.

Rebound Prayer Request

Pray for the Ray of Hope Team as we process child applications. It is always a difficult process as we discern who we are able to accept. 

Pray for the Ray of Hope Summer Staff - that in the weeks leading up to camp they would mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepare to mentor kiddos with high behavior needs.

Pray for comfort for the family of one of our staff members, whose great-grandson passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. 

Pray for a dad for strength and the ability to focus on what he needs to do this next month in order to have his son returned to him.

Pray for a dad, that his heart towards state agencies and police changes and does not affect his son's return home. Pray for him to remain humble.

Pray for parents who are struggling with addiction issues.

For parents who are searching for housing in Whatcom County, specifically fathers. Fathers have fewer opportunities than mothers when it comes to housing.

IJM Prayer Request

April 29, 2017

"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?"

— Luke 18:7

Africa

  • Praise God for the largest IJM Ghana rescue to date, resulting in freedom for 30 children who had been forced to work in the fishing industry on Lake Volta. The IJM Ghana team worked with police to rescue 29 boys, one six-year-old girl and an adult man from the lake, while police arrested 11 suspected traffickers who had been profiting from their forced labor. The rescued children are now safe in aftercare shelters where they will receive trauma care and any needed medical treatment while the aftercare team works to locate their families and ensure they have a safe home to return to. Pray for their healing after the abuse they have suffered, that they would be restored to complete health and able to thrive in school and their communities.

Latin America

  • Join us in praying for strong candidates for the Director of Investigations and Law Enforcement Development position in the Dominican Republic. This leader will be key in building the capacity of Dominican law enforcement to effectively investigate cases of child sex trafficking, hold suspected traffickers accountable for their crimes and treat victims in a sensitive, trauma-focused manner. Pray that God would bring individuals who have extensive law enforcement experience and are fueled by a strong passion for the work of justice.

South Asia

  • Please pray for our legal team as they finish several important trials against slave owners and traffickers. It can take several years for a case to progress through the overburdened courts, so these teams have already invested hundreds of hours and dozens of trips back and forth to courtrooms to bring these cases so far. Seeing criminals actually sent to jail for their crimes is rare, but a huge deterrent to others who try to abuse the poor—so we are praying for strong convictions in these cases to prove that justice for the poor is possible.

Southeast Asia

  • Praise God for a successful training workshop for church leaders in Cambodia, the first of several that we’ll be holding this year in Cambodia. The goal of these workshops is to equip church leaders with knowledge and tools that they can use to fight human trafficking. We will host them in provinces across the country, inviting leaders from rural provinces so they can take what they learn back to communities that are most vulnerable to labor trafficking. Several government officials spoke at the first training, and a combination of law enforcement, IJM and other NGO staff led the workshop. Praise God for this collaboration and unity in the fight against slavery in Cambodia.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please pray for us as we search for a Human Resources Systems Analyst – Global Rollout to join our team. IJM is seeking a professional to work with the People Operations/Human Resources (PO) team to manage Workday, IJM’s Human Capital Management (HCM) system. The HR Systems Analyst acts as a resource for all users throughout the organization to provide information and support in regards to PO systems and leads efforts to optimize the systems. The Systems Analyst will also be an integral part of the organization’s global Enterprise Resource Planning project and will sit in Washington, D.C.

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

  • Pray for our Africa Aftercare Specialist as she is traveling to our offices in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda to meet with the aftercare teams. Pray that the time together would be encouraging to the teams, and prove fruitful as they develop plans and ideas for growing our capacity to care for men, women, and children after they have been rescued from violence.

Latin America

  • Join us in praising God for a conviction in Bolivia that has brought relief and joy to Lorenzo* and his family. In 2013, 11-year-old Lorenzo was repeatedly raped by a local shop owner who may have also abused other children. IJM and Lorenzo’s parents fought for years in a slow-moving trial, and this week the shop owner was finally convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Lorenzo’s father was almost moved to tears out of gratitude to IJM and the courts. Praise God for this just conclusion to their case, and please pray for Lorenzo’s ongoing healing and hope.

South Asia

  • Praise God for a major victory for sex trafficking survivor Shefali,* who we have been supporting since her rescue nine years ago. She stood up bravely in court until her trafficker was convicted, and then for three more years to secure victim compensation she was owed. This month, she was finally granted these funds from the courts—the last milestone that lets her close this painful chapter of her life. The funds help girls like Shefali rebuild their lives and stay safe from re-trafficking long term, and we are so grateful she now has this security for her future!

Southeast Asia

  • Pray for a 10-year-old girl who moved into a new aftercare shelter this week in Thailand. This young girl is a survivor of sexual assault, and we have been seeking a long-term, safe place for her to heal and grow. Praise God for the provision of this spot opening up in a shelter, and pray that she would experience the fullness of life that God intends for her.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please pray for us as we search for a Director of Strategic Partnerships, Northern California to join our team. IJM is hiring a Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Bay Area. This person has the opportunity to meaningfully engage donors in our work, showing how their joyful financial partnership can bring freedom and rescue to thousands. The position is based in San Francisco and reports to the National Director of Strategic Partnerships.