Missions: 13 Weeks

Week 6 w/answersInternational Justice Mission

Welcome to our sixth week of studying about missions and focusing on actual mission-related work currently on-going in our neighborhood and around the world. This week weíll look at an organization called "International Justice Mission" (IJM).

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Focused on defending human rights for those who canít defend themselves, the IJM is a global organization seeking justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Visit their website at www.ijm.org.

Based on your findings at IJM's web site, answer the following:

  1. Which countries is the IJM currently working in?
    1. ANSWER: Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.
  2. Where is the IJM Headquartered?
    1. ANSWER: Washington, DC.
  3. How does IJM intervene for victims in countries where injustices are occurring?
    1. ANSWER: Working internally in that specific country, they work with Local Authorities to get the injustice corrected.
  4. There are six Casework Types that IJM supports, what are they?
    1. ANSWER: They are slavery, sex trafficking, illegal property seizure, illegal detention, police brutality, and sexual violence.
  5. When was IJM founded?
    1. ANSWER: 1997.
  6. Who founded IJM, and why did he do it?
    1. ANSWER: Gary Haugen, his work with the Rwandan Genocide and his knowledge of the great need for help for so many victims led him to form the IJM in 1997.
  7. Why is Isaiah 1:17 a verse that applies to IJM?
    1. ANSWER: Because it exhorts us to "Seek justice, protect the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow."
  8. Where does IJM gets its financial support?
    1. ANSWER: 59% from individual donors, and 26% from foundations with the remainder coming from a variety of sources.

It's encouraging to know that an organization like IJM is following Godís commands to defend the oppressed. With so much tragedy and abuse in the world around us, the success of the mission of IJM is another clear indication that God is on His throne, sees the injustice and is working through ministries like IJM to correct it. Let's pray this week for the continued success of this ministry, and lets pray for the end of slavery and sexual violence and oppression. Glory to God that through Christ there is hope for one and all, especially the violently oppressed.

In Christ,

Wes