Violence, Compassion, & Last Week with @IJM

Last week, I attended the International Justice Mission (IJM) annual Global Prayer Gathering. I sat among 1400 people from across the world and listened to stories, testimonies, and the great work of IJM, but mostly we heard reports from the IJM field officers and we gathered to pray. This was my second time attending the gathering. The experience is one of the most humbling practices and reminders of my year. It is nearly impossible to fathom that there are such crimes against humanity happening all around the world. It is encouraging to know that God is at work. It is evident when I pray that God breaks up the fallow ground in my own heart about what is important, what is priority, and how I can join in his redemptive work.

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Psalm 62: The Word of the Lord for a Time Such as This

Ps 62 Verse 8

My soul finds rest in God alone;

my salvation comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault a man?

Would all of you throw him down—

this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

They fully intend to topple him

from his lofty place;

They take delight in lies.

With their mouths they bless,

but in their hearts they curse.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;

my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken;

My salvation and my honor

depend on God;

He is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times,

O people;

pour out your hearts to him,

For God is our refuge.

Lowborn men are but a breath,

the highborn are but a lie;

If weighed on a balance,

they are nothing;

together they are only a breath.

Do not trust in extortion

or take pride in stolen goods;

Though your riches increase,

do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,

two things have I heard:

that you, O God, are strong,

and that you, O Lord, are loving.

Surely you will reward each person

According to what he has done.

Psalm 62

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Justice: Rescue Orphans

Jamie Rohrbaugh headshotPlease join me in welcoming Jamie Rohrbaugh to the blog today as she shares her heart about rescuing orphans:

Have you ever felt rejected? Have you felt like you don’t fit in anywhere, and that you have no one to love you? Have you ever felt like you’ve been forgotten?

I spent most of my young life being tortured by all of those horrible feelings. However, after I met Jesus at age 21, I came to know that I am a beloved child of my Papa God. I am a member of a spiritual family; a daughter, not a spiritual orphan.

However, there are many in this world today who have no way of receiving that same healing—because they ARE orphans. They have no parents, and no one to show them the love of Jesus.

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