Many of you know (via e-mail at least) Ashley Brooks, our Volunteer Child Sponsorship Coordinator.
What you may not know is that Rob and Ashley are headed to Southeast Asia in September to work with International Justice Mission (IJM) for the next year.
Ten years ago, Frank and I had the privilege of meeting both Rob and Ashley (before they met each other) when they were in high school, no one dreaming of the journey on which they are about to embark!
Rob is on the board of Remember the Poor, and he just earned his law degree from the University of Chicago. Ashley graduated in 2008 with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, also from the University of Chicago. They have both received fellowships with IJM in their fields of law and social work.
Rob shared in a recent letter that an estimated 27 million people are in slavery today–more than at any other point in history. Their work with IJM is to “loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke.”
We are paralyzed in a poverty of hope because, first, we underestimate the value of what God has given us to transform lives. Second, we underestimate the value of a single life. And third, we underestimate God’s determination to rescue us from a trivial existence if we just free up our hands and our hearts from unworthy distractions and apply them to matters that make a difference in someone else’s life.
…Likewise, when our grandchildren ask us where we were when the weak and the voiceless and the vulnerable of our era needed a leader of compassion and purpose and hope – I hope we can say that we showed up, and that we showed up on time. And that the very God of history might say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ Gary Haugen, Founder of International Justice Mission, Terrify No More
We are excited about all the Lord is doing through them!
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do good;seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless; plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:16-17