UNCOVER THE HIDDEN PLAGUE THE WORLD HAS MISSED
An essential part of the gospel is a call to justice and compassion and yet 4 billion of the world's poorest live outside the protection of the law. This weekend we are highlighting one of our key global ministry partners in this fight - International Justice Mission.
In IJM founder and executive director Gary Haugen's new book, The Locust Effect, he explains that while the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is the plague of everyday violence.
- NEARLY 30 MILLION PEOPLE ARE HELD IN SLAVERY WORLDWIDE
- 1 IN 5 WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD IS A VICTIM OF RAPE OR ATTEMPTED RAPE.
- EVERY YEAR, 5 MILLION PEOPLE ARE VICTIMIZED BY FORCED EVICTIONS, AND MILLIONS MORE RUN OFF BY MORE POWERFUL NEIGHBORS.
- 4 BILLION PEOPLE LIVE OUTSIDE THE PROTECTION OF THE LAW.
Violence is as much a part of what it means to be poor as being hungry, sick, homeless or jobless – but it is much harder to see. The poorest are the most vulnerable because their justice systems – police, courts and laws – don’t protect them from violent people. According to the United Nations, justice systems in the developing world are so broken that the majority of poor people live life “far from the law’s protection."
Worse yet violence undermines so many of the things we try to do to alleviate poverty. The medical clinic can’t help the slave who isn’t allowed out of the rock quarry to go see a doctor. The new school can’t benefit the girl who cannot walk there because she fears being raped on the way.
International Justice Mission is combatting this epidemic of violence in the following ways:
- RESCUE VICTIMS - IJM partners with local law enforcement to go into brothels, slave facilities and other dark places to rescue victims.
- BRING CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE - IJM relentlessly pursues justice in court to ensure that traffickers, slave owners, rapists and other criminals are brought to justice.
- RESTORE SURVIVORS - IJM helps survivors of violence rebuild their lives - including trauma counseling, job skills training or education.
- STRENGTHEN JUSTICE SYSTEMS - IJM provides training and support to police, judges, prosecutors and justice system authorities advocating for reforms that will keep the poor safe from being victimized.
This month we want to help IJM turn $500,000 into $1 million! Through a generous gift of investors if IJM is able to raise $500,000 by June 30, they will match our gifts with an additional $500,000 - meaning that IJM will receive $1 million!
This Sunday we will be receiving a special offering as well as selling T-Shirts in the lobby to help raise funds and promote this crucial ministry.