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At the International Justice Mission (IJM) Global Prayer Gathering this
year, a young woman named Angel took the stage to share an update
on how her work is progressing at an IJM aftercare facility. She herself
was rescued by IJM from a brothel and now works as a social worker
with other young women who have been rescued from the same
abuse. After her planned remarks, she stood at the edge of the stage
with a countenance that lit the room. “It is important that you know
that I am the answer to your prayers,” she stated.
In that moment I felt so grateful that at the same time I began
learning about the reality of human trafﬁ cking and modern-
day slavery, I was also learning about an organization like the
International Justice Mission that is ﬁ ghting these atrocities with faith
I’m not sure how I could face such extravagant sin and pain without
remembering that God is still saving and is still calling and equipping
His people to respond in His name.
It is hard enough to grasp that so many young girls and boys are
treated like paper cups without the knowledge that investigators
and local ofﬁ cials are working to secure their rescue from brothels
and securing the prosecution of those responsible for their abuses.
There is cause for despair when a widow loses every means to provide
for her children because her land has been seized, unless we are
armed with the hope that there are lawyers advocating for her. It is
impossible to comprehend that entire families will never be free of
the violence that they face on a daily basis at the hands of a slave
owner without the possibility that investigators and lawyers are
working tirelessly with local ofﬁ cials to secure their freedom.
In the last four years, because of the faithful work of IJM, more
than 2,000 children, women and men have been freed from slavery;
more than 800 women and children have been freed from forced
prostitution; more than 300 individuals have been arrested for
trafﬁ cking-related offenses; hundreds of widows and orphans have
had stolen property returned to them; and thousands have received
their entitled documentation of citizenship or elevated legal status.
If they are the answer to our prayers, then we are the answer to
theirs when we support these friends who are so willing to go and
serve in Jesus’ name. Please consider becoming a Freedom Partner
with IJM this year.
ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS HELPING TO FIGHT INJUSTICES AROUND THE WORLD
THIS MONTH, SINGER/SONGWRITER SARA GROVES
SHARES HER INSIGHTS INTO THE WORK OF
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION.
Sara’s song “Joy Is in Our Hearts,” from Fireﬂ ies and
Songs (INO), was inspired by the work of IJM. Learn
about how to become a Freedom Partner at