Friday, January 29, 2010

International Justice Mission

I had the privilege of speaking to some young people on the admin staff at International Justice Mission (IJM). These incredible people in their 20's and 30's moved to Washington DC from all over the US and several other countries as well. I sensed such a love for God and a desire to serve Him through serving others.

I shared the opening devotion before they began a full day of training. Our topic was What Happens When You Put "Both Feet In" To Follow God? Using the story of Peter walking on water, we looked at 6 points from scripture -- 6 things we need to know about being fully committed to God.

These young men and women were so responsive in sharing bits of their lives in the short time we had together. They were ready to hear a message from God and attentive to His Word. I was so touched that I plan to continue to pray for them each week. And I came away encouraged. Funny how ministry is --I am often the one most blessed when I serve.

I also came away impressed by IJM as an organization of excellence that cares for its people. Ongoing training, daily personal quiet time and group prayer time are provided. No wonder they are doing such incredible work around the world. Here's some information from their website:

International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.

IJM's justice professionals work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.

I'm so proud of the young men and women I met. I know God has great plans for their lives.

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