“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”
— Titus 3:14
- Pray for our team in Kenya, as this week marks one year since the disappearance and death of Willie, Josephat and Joseph – IJM investigator, client and trusted driver. We feel the loss of our friends deeply, and are more committed than ever to seeing justice done on their behalf, and on behalf of the countless others who have been victims of police abuse. Join us as we come before the Lord with heavy hearts, asking him to move in the hearts of Kenya’s leaders to hear the voices of the oppressed and transform the police and justice system to be one that protects the poor instead of abusing them.
- Praise God for a successful rescue operation in the Dominican Republic last week, which led to Dominican authorities bringing two young sisters out of exploitation. After receiving an anonymous tip, anti-trafficking authorities contacted IJM. Together, they quickly mobilized to find the girls and their mother—who they believe was exploiting her two young daughters—in a crime-ridden and impoverished neighborhood in Santo Domingo. Authorities arrested the suspect, who will remain in jail pending her trial, and IJM social workers are ensuring that the young survivors will receive care to heal from the trauma they endured.
- Praise God for a successful rescue operation this week that freed two teenage girls from sex trafficking at a private brothel. IJM and police had been investigating this trafficking network for over a year, and just recently we found these two minor girls being exploited. On Monday afternoon, the team successfully rescued the girls and arrested four suspects. Please pray for follow-up on the legal case, and pray for comfort and healing for these girls as they settle into a loving aftercare program.
- Please pray over the training for Trauma-Informed Care trainers that happened this week in the Philippines. This training equips leaders in law enforcement to teach other members how to interact with victims of trauma in a way that helps the victim and does not unknowingly cause further trauma. Equipping and empowering law enforcement leaders to teach others about trauma-informed care helps to ensure future members of law enforcement will also be well-trained in this area.
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- Please pray for our Church Mobilization Team as they continue to rally churches to participate in Freedom Sunday on September 24. Pray that God would move more and more pastors and volunteers to bring Freedom Sunday to their churches, dedicating a service to preaching about God’s heart for justice and calling congregants to join the fight against slavery.