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My Story: a journey years in the making My journey to Chennai began back in high school when God placed a passion in my heart for missions. I went on two mission trips which radically changed my worldview. In college I studied missions as my minor and thoroughly enjoyed classes over world religion, inter-cultural communication, and history of missions which little did I know at that point would come in handy years to come. In 2008, I went to South Korea to teach English for two years. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there learning the culture and was active at Seoul International Baptist Church. While in Korea and around Asia, seeing open prostitution, sex trafficking, and lack of social justice for the poor really bothered me. I shared this passion with my friends, and found out the Not for Sale campaign had a conference in Seoul that month. I read up on the organization, read the founders book, and attended the conference which ignited a desire to not just have a burden for these issues, but to be involved. At that time, I was not sure how I could be involved as an ordinary person with skills or training in that field. Fast-forward two years and I am back in the US working as an HR manager at a small tech company. On a whim, I go out to Vegas to meet a friend and when having lunch one day, I begin talking to the women next to me who happened to be a former IJM employee. After learning about what she did with the organization, she encouraged me to apply. I did apply the following month and received word back that after seeing my resume that they have a particular role in mind for me, working in their South Asia field office doing HR work. Praise God for doing things in his own time.
WHAT IS INJUSTICE?Injustice occurs when someone abuses their power to take from others the good things God wants them to have — their life, liberty, dignity and the fruits of their love and labor
OPPRESSIONEstimated 27 million people in slavery (National Geographic)
OPPRESSION Total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion. (UN)
BIBLICAL JUSTICE “Seek justice,rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan,plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
BIBLICAL JUSTICE Defend the weak and thefatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4
IJM’s Vision: to rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible.