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By Joash Thomas, Regional Mobilization Manager, Southeast
At IJM, we believe that prayer is the starting point for the work of justice. As we seek justice on behalf of the poor and oppressed, we turn to God to ask for his help with work that can seem daunting. Around the world, IJM prayer partners and prayer communities comes together to enter in to the work of prayer as we press forward in areas of great darkness and serve those in need of rescue and restoration.
In July of 2016, you stood with us when IJM investigator and human rights lawyer, Willie Kimani, and two friends, Joseph Muiruri and Josephat Mwenda, were abducted and murdered. You helped spark a global outcry for #JusticeinKenya and an end of police abuse of power through this ongoing petition.
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Congress is already facing pressure to impose signficant spending cuts on foreign aid in next year’s budget. Calling your Senators is one of the best ways to show them you care and ensure they use their power to protect funds that will end slavery for good.
As IJM’s Regional Mobilization Manager for the West Coast, I (Kate) have the privilege of building teams of leaders across the West Coast who partner with us in making freedom real for IJM’s clients around the world. They courageously build this movement for advocacy, prayer and raise funds in their city that make rescue and restoration possible worldwide.
This last November, I traveled with seven IJM supporters and advocates, making our way from the Bay Area to Manila, Philippines. We spent a week diving deeper into our work combating cyber-trafficking, allowing these friends to imagine unique tech-solutions that could be brought to bear in addressing this issue.
During the trip, we had the opportunity to attend the Manila Prayer Gathering. It was incredible to see a cross section of faith leaders in the Philippines praying specifically and urgently for this work happening in their own city. As visitors, we had the chance to witness real life updates that we prayed for at our Bay Area Prayer Gathering just months prior.
We also had a chance to visit with the Philippines National Police and meet officers who, in partnership with IJM, lead national efforts to combat cyber trafficking. It was a powerful visual of the transformation that’s taken place over the years in Manila through fundraising, prayer, and persistent advocacy in the United States. It was life-giving for our team to meet and see the people doing this work.
With great clarity, I saw the life-changing impact that's possible. I'm more convinced than ever that our action right where we are is transforming the movement for justice around the world. My encouragement to you would be that your voice matters.
Your tweet, your call to Congress, and your actions are ensuring a better life for someone you may never get to meet. We did, and I wanted to share this impact with you.
- Kate Case, IJM Regional Mobilization Manager