IJM Prayer Requests

“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

Africa

  • This week IJM President Sean Litton and the Honorable Chief Justice of Uganda Bart Katureebe signed an MOU that will lay the path forward for IJM’s work to end violence against women and children in Uganda. Praise God with us for this incredible opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Ugandan government and celebrate the changes we have witnessed in the public justice system over the years that we have been partnering with them to protect widows from land theft.
  • In another exciting development, IJM has been chosen by the Uganda Ministry of Gender to consult on a World Bank project to protect women and children from violence in Western Uganda. Thank God for Uganda’s leaders taking a strong stand against violent attitudes towards women and children, and pray for this partnership to grow and lead to a transformation of the public justice system so that all Ugandans can know they are safe and protected by the law.

Latin America

  • Praise God for a great opportunity to train police officers to fight sexual violence against children in Bolivia. On October 10 and 11, our field office team led a training on investigations of child sexual violence for 16 police officers, 15 of whom were brand new to the division! Pray that these new police officials will put into practice what they have learned and that they will remain open to respond to God’s call to seek justice as they perform in their new roles.

South Asia

  • Please pray for a survivor of sex trafficking named Rachita* as she continues on her healing journey. Incredibly sweet and selfless, Rachita prays constantly for those around her rather than for herself — but admits she still carries a lot of sorrow from the violence she experienced in a brothel. She’s working through this trauma bravely, and we ask for God’s encouragement in her recovery. Please pray he will continue the powerful work happening in her life, and ask for blessings over Rachita as she works toward full restoration in her heart.

Southeast Asia

  • Praise God for another conviction in a case of cybersex trafficking in the Philippines. Three people pled guilty and apologized for exploiting their children, aged 9 to 13 years old. Praise God that justice was handed down through a plea bargain, meaning the children will not have to go through a lengthy trial or be asked to testify against their own relatives. Pray for miracles of restoration in the hearts and minds of the children, who are now living in a shelter, and for the perpetrators as they serve out prison sentences.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Please join us in lifting up the prayer gatherings happening in Dallas, TX, and Orange County, CA. Join us in praising God for the volunteers who are leading these gatherings, and please pray that the events would rally more and more people to step into the fight against slavery through prayer.

IJM Prayer Requests

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3

Africa

  • Praise God for the arrest of several exceptionally violent men who threw a widow and her son out of their home when the widow’s husband died. These men even went so far as assaulting the police when they came to investigate the accusations of land theft on behalf of the widow. Pray that the court case against them will proceed and send a message that Uganda’s legal system will not allow widows to be abused with impunity. Pray also for the widow who was thrown off her land and her son. Just last week IJM helped her to open a small secondhand clothing store so that she will have a source of income. Pray for her encouragement and safety.

Latin America

  • The CNN Freedom Project recently featured our work fighting sex trafficking in the Dominican RepublicPraise God for these inspiring stories and pray for all the people who will see these videos, that their eyes would be opened to the reality of sex trafficking and that they would look for ways to join us in the fight to end sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic.

South Asia

  • Praise God for a major week of rescues late last month — IJM helped officials free 88 people in 8 operations in 8 days! In four cases, the teams freed girls and young women from sex trafficking in brothels and secret trafficking networks. In the other four, IJM helped rescue families from a rock quarry, a sugarcane farm, a lumber yard and a sheep-grazing unit. Thank God for the proactive officials who made this all possible, and pray for all of these 88 survivors as they receive trauma care and begin rebuilding their lives in freedom. Read more about these rescues!

Southeast Asia

  • Two weeks ago we asked you to keep praying for a cybersex trafficking case involving 12 children as young as six years old in the Philippines. Three of the five suspects had been convicted, but two more were refusing to accept plea bargains. This week we learned that both of these suspects admitted guilt, and we will not have to go through a lengthy trial. Praise God that justice has been done for the young survivors in this case, and they won’t have to testify in a trial. Pray that God will reveal his love to all five criminals as they serve out prison sentences.

IJM HQ & Global Partners

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

  • Praise God for an incredible Art Music Justice Tour in Washington and California at the end of September. Thank God for Sandra McCracken and Sara Groves, our artist partners for the tour. Please also pray for everyone who attended the concerts, asking God to continue working in their hearts and in their cities to raise up a movement to seek justice for the poor and the oppressed.

Rebound Prayer Request

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST:  We are in desperate need of more young adult volunteers at all of our Roots locations.

Last year WWU sent us nearly 20 college students, and this year we area receiving only one.  PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WOULD BRING US THE RIGHT NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS, SOON.  ROOTS BEGINS THIS WEEK IN BLAINE AND BELLINGHAM, AND NEXT WEEK IN NOOKSACK VALLEY....

NOOKSACK ROOTS: Praise for God's provision of Nooksack Valley Community Church to house our newest Roots Program in Everson.

Please pray that many families will come to the program who will benefit from the teaching, mentoring, and advocacy we provide. Also that small groups from the church will step forward, volunteering to provide the meal we serve previous to each evening's classes.

BLAINE ROOTS:  Please pray that we find a new location for this program quickly, as we have recently learned that we no longer have access to last year's location.  Blaine Roots is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 4th...

BELLINGHAM ROOTS:  Please pray that more families will attend our Bellingham Program at Christ the King/Meridian Street.  Numbers were down last Spring and we pray that God would bring the many people we know could benefit from coming to Bellingham Roots.

Please pray for God to raise up the right facilitators for each location, people with a heart for our families and the difficulties they face.

For preparations that have begun to plan the 2017 Comfort & Joy fundraiser, that all the pieces will come together smoothly!