Last Sunday CCIW joined more than 2,700 churches across the world in Freedom Sunday, as we spent time together in prayer calling on God to end slavery. Today, more than 45 million people are estimated to be in modern day slavery. It is a current reality that is vast and brutal.
It was a privilege to hear about the work of International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org.au) and their vision to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. IJM seek to protect the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.
If you’d like to learn more about the work IJM does there are a couple of next steps you could talk:
TED Talk: Gary Haugen: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now
This is a fabulous TED talk worth watching. IJM Founder and International President Gary Haugen explains why IJM’s approach is so powerful as he addresses some of the hidden systemic problems that keep poverty alive.
Pray with IJM
IJM sends regular prayer updates with praise points, specific requests and current needs to bring to God. If you’d like to pray for the work of IJM and join them in the fight to end slavery you can sign up to receive their prayer updates here.
In the Psalms we’re reminded that God's righteousness is like the mighty mountains, his justice like the great deep (Psalm 36). By his grace and mercy may we see an end to slavery.