“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
As we place our hope and trust in the Lord how often do we actually pour out our heart to Him. So much of what we see and hear in the area of human trafficking and sexual exploitation breaks our hearts and I’m sure many of us often pour out our heart to friends and those we minister with and it is good to have those with whom we can weep and rejoice. But how often do we actually tell God how we feel about the things we have to deal with and yet His Word tells us He is our refuge, the rock of our strength.
So why not take time this month to share the inmost feelings of your heart with Him and see how He will strengthen you in that place of heart to heart.
PRAY FOR EFN
Pray for the Hidden Treasures Initiative which is producing a fantastic audio resource of testimonies of freedom that EFN partners can use with women still suffering exploitation. Pray for the necessary finances and that the content will be inspired by the Holy Spirit so that it can be used powerfully to help bring freedom.
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM / FOR OUR SOCIO- POLITICAL CONTEXT.
Pray for the new Members of the European Parliament and EFN partners like CARE for Europe who are building relationships with them and will want to help MEPs do an even better job at pushing for wise and effective policies to prevent and stop sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
COUNTRY IN FOCUS: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Ireland is primarily a destination country for victims of trafficking, most commonly from Eastern Europe and Nigeria, trafficked for the commercial sex industry. There are also some cases of Irish victims and victims of labour exploitation.
At present prostitution in and of itself is legal, but most activities which are necessary for it to take place (such as operating brothels and other forms of pimping) are illegal. This means that the sex industry is highly clandestine and difficult to access. It is operated mostly online and out of apartments or shop-fronts (such as massage parlours). Individuals forced into prostitution are therefore in very vulnerable positions and we believe there are many in our country whom only God sees.
The Government response is mainly focused on the police force, which has a special anti-trafficking unit, and the after-care falls on one NGO in particular (Ruhama). There are very few Christians working in the area, however, we believe God is stirring the hearts of people particularly across Dublin city.
There is a current debate in Ireland regarding the potential liberalisation of prostitution laws. Thankfully the dominant thought is to keep it as illegal as possible.
Please pray for:
• The hidden victims – those that only God sees.
• The development of legislation – pray against the push for the legalisation of prostitution
￼• The Christian response – pray for obedience, courage, unity and vision The work of all individuals working to fight trafficking
• The work of Tirzah – the focus at the moment is to build the website and a base support of aware and praying people
YOUR OWN NATION
Take time to also pray for your own nation, try to gather together with others and share what is on your heart for your nation and your ministries/churches and hear what God is saying to you.
Do let us know any answers to prayer so we can rejoice together. Maybe you could be our country in focus in future months.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your praise reports and if you would like to be a future country in focus.