Sebastien, our sponsored child

Sebastien, our sponsored child
Sebastien is a tiny eight year old!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Missions Month

My church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church is having a "Missions Month".  And this past Sunday, the Reverend Larry Martin from the International Justice Mission spoke at sunday school and the main service afterwards.  IJM is a group of Christian lawyers, counselors, etc. that focus on the areas of forced slavery and prostitution (especially that of children), property grabbing, unprosecuted child sexual assault, and abuse of police power.  They provide victim rescue and relief, aftercare, perpetrator accountability, and structural transformation (I took notes!) 

These are areas close to my heart, and his presentation, including a slide show, brought me to tears many times that day.  If you are interested in more information, please go to their website.  I am sure they will do a much better job explaining their mission that what I just did!  Anyways, they are having a "Pray 27 days for million slaves" campaign right now.  Experts estimate that there are 27 million children, women and men in slavery today.  IGM believes that God knows and cares for each person who suffers- and IGM wants you to ask Him to bring rescue and release to those who wait for help.

Here is an example of prayer that will guide you if interested:

  • Pray for an end to slavery around the world, and that God would bring rescue, restoration and hope to people who are enslaved right now.  (Psalm 10:16-18)

  • Pray for wisdom and protection for IJM mission staff, government and ministry partners who undertake dangerous and difficult work every day.  (Psalm 23:4)

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.  (Psalm 140:12)


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