Daily Topic for May 21, 2012
Imagine how busy Paul must have been. He was a premier missionary, a spokesman for the Church, and he was constantly traveling. He must have had many things to pray about, not the least of which would have been his own health and protection in the midst of persecution and prison. But his praying didn’t stop with his own concerns. He even prayed for people he had never seen. One of the purposes of this Global Prayer Digest is to help you to pray for people you have never seen—the world’s unreached peoples.
Pray that you will be motivated to pray without ceasing for the world’s exploited and unreached peoples.
In 1997 Gary Haugen, then working in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice, saw the need for Christian lawyers to work on behalf of the following vision: “to rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove justice for the poor is possible.” International Justice Mission (IJM) was conceived for this purpose. It now operates in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, using the national laws and the local court systems of the countries to protect people from exploitation.
IJM began by launching an extensive study of injustices witnessed by overseas missionaries and relief and development workers. Although there was unanimous awareness of abuses of power, no vehicle existed to confront the abuse and rescue the victims. Most perpetrators of injustice against the poor did so because they believed that they would not be held accountable for their actions. Therefore, the first thing that IJM addressed was to work with a country’s justice system.
IJM’s goals can be summed up as follows: to bring victims relief; to bring accountability to perpetrators; to give aftercare to victims; and to work with judicial systems to bring about long-term changes that support the end of abuse and slavery. IJM investigators, lawyers, and social workers intervene on a case-by-case basis to bring support to the victim and take appropriate action against the perpetrator.
Pray that each individual case of justice for the abused will be like seed that yields a hundred fold in spreading justice for all potential victims.