This last Sunday we remembered the life of William Wilberforce, someone who spent his life working alongside people around the world to see slavery and the slave trade abolished throughout the British Empire.
We then announced that we have made the decision to support the work of International Justice Mission, a leading anti-slavery organisation, as they work to bring an end to the sex-trafficking of children in the Dominican Republic.
Throughout the day over 500 people stood to pray for God’s blessing and protection upon those who are working on the front lines against modern day slavery. This is the prayer we used:
You call us, your people, to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you.
We thank you for the opportunity you have given us to stand for justice and freedom around the world by partnering with IJM.
We pray that you would continue to bless the work they are involved with and that you would protect them as they fight for justice for the poor.
We pray particular for the Dominican Republic Field Office. For Fernando and Jessica and their team.
We ask that you would open doors to place trained and equipped police officers across the country, to find and arrest human traffickers.
We ask that you would enable them to build a network of partners who care for survivors with excellence and with love, so that they would be fully restored and that none would be exploited again.
And we ask that you would move mountains and end the slavery of children & teenagers in the Dominican Republic forever.
We pray all of this in the name of Jesus, the one who came to rescue us and has set us free. Amen.
You can find out more about IJM tonight, at an Open Mic event that the Social Justice Connect Group is putting on to raise money and awareness for IJM.
You can also read more about their work in the Dominican Republic, and can sign up for a monthly prayer update, here.