Posting prayers and Praises from me, IJM [other organizations] and from you, fellow bloggers.
Alacrity Prayer List
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love" 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
* to be able to continually spread the Gospel to all, through our blogging, writing, speaking and the way we live our lives.
IJM Prayer List
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
— Acts 1:8
Continue to pray for the cases of two very young clients of sexual abuse in Rwanda. As these two children continue in the court process, pray that they and their families would have courage. Pray also for continued emotional and physical healing, and that, as they grow they would find peace, healing and God’s comfort.
Praise God that last week two young men who had been falsely accused of theft and jailed were both vindicated through IJM legal representation in court in Kenya.
Please pray for IJM Guatemala client Olivia,* who was allegedly sexually abused by a doctor and by her two older cousins who lived with her. Olivia and her little brother were rescued and brought to a safe children’s home to protect them from future abuse. Recently, Olivia ran away from the children’s home. She has now been placed in a government-run home for children. Please pray for Olivia’s restoration and that she would be filled with peace.
Please pray for the open staff positions in the IJM Bolivia office. Please pray for wisdom and discernment as the team makes hiring decisions and pray that the right people would be identified and hired soon. Also, please pray that the team would be strengthened now as they work with fewer staff.
Last week, the perpetrator in an IJM Guatemala case was sentenced to 124 years in prison for the serial rape and abuse of his daughters. Pray for this man as he begins to serve this sentence, the longest ever issued in an IJM Guatemala case. Pray for his children, who are now healing in safe new homes. Pray that God would grant these children peace and restore them to wholeness after suffering years of abuse.
Please pray that we would find a new location for one of the South Asia field offices, in order to move in 2012.
Please pray for the aftercare team addressing forced labor in South Asia as they review and revise current practices. Pray for a good relationship with their partner NGO in a neighboring state, and that quality care would be provided to their clients who have returned there.
Plans to open a new transitional aftercare home for sex trafficking victims in South Asia are progressing well. Please pray that the IJM aftercare team and the NGO we are partnering with would find a safe location, and pray for discernment in hiring great staff.
Praise God for a critical arrest achieved this week in a case against suspected sex traffickers.
Praise God that two young girls rescued from a foreign pedophile who lived in their small village in Cambodia are recovering in loving aftercare homes. Pray for continued courage and strength for the girls as well as their families. Pray that justice will be done and the suspected perpetrator will be held accountable. Praise God for his faithfulness in this case.
Pray for the IJM Thailand staff, who have assisted the government with an official nationwide survey to documenting people living in Thailand. Pray that the individuals who are now officially counted will be registered as Thai citizens a critical step in reducing their vulnerability to violent abuse.
IJM HQ & Global Partners
IJM has partner offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK
Praise God for the great success of IJM Germany’s seven-day bike tour in April, in which a team of up to fifteen riders pedaled from Strasbourg to Berlin to share God’s heart for justice. God blessed us with safety, joy, and wonderful engagements with several new churches. Please pray for God’s favor as we engage several of these churches in becoming new church partners.
Praise God for his presence with and refreshment of the IJM Canada team during our prayer retreat earlier this week.
Pray for IJM Director of Operations for Africa Philip Langford as he shares at North Park Community Church in London, ON.