For immediate release
April 3, 2003
As U.S. troops fight a war in Iraq, the students on the campus of Abilene Christian University fight to free victims of oppression all over the world. This week is International Justice Mission Awareness Week on the ACU campus, and students are participating in justice-related events and lifting up the International Justice Mission and its cause in prayer.
The International Justice Mission is a Christian agency, led by lawyers and human rights professionals, that helps people suffering injustice and oppression who cannot rely on local authorities for relief. The agency documents and monitors conditions of abuse and oppression, educates the church and public about the abuses, and mobilizes intervention on behalf of the victims.
This week, students are invited to pray at the GATA fountain every day after chapel for IJM and the victims of injustice.
“Christians are given the amazing opportunity to pray for real people who are on the verge of justice in their own lives. We get to see the hand of God move in lives in a way that we could never have done on our own,” said Kelsie Wylie, sophomore biblical text major and chair of the ACU chapter of the International Justice Mission.
The members of IJM also set aside Wednesday, April 2, as a day of fasting and prayer. Students gathered in Chapel on the Hill from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. to spend their lunch hour in prayer, and a corporate time of prayer and devotion took place from noon to 12:30 p.m.Wednesday
On Thursday, a small group chapel met in Chapel on the Hill at 11 a.m. From Thursday night to Saturday afternoon, the students of IJM will partner with the International Students’ Association to host a badminton tournament on campus to raise money for IJM.
Students can visit a table set up in the Campus Center every day and receive more information, an awareness ribbon and a prayer bracelet.
“We’re not only fighting ignorance, but apathy as well,” Wylie said. “These two things are the hardest to combat.”
The first-ever IJM campus chapter was formed at ACU in 1999. Since then, its members have continued to support the mission of IJM through fundraising, educating students about its cause and praying for IJM and the victims of injustice.
“Through the work of IJM we are able to find tangible ways of helping the millions who suffer under forced prostitution, slavery, torture, false imprisonment, beatings and execution. IJM is bringing justice to the world one person at a time,” Wylie said.
The students of the ACU chapter of IJM also invite the Abilene community to inquire about IJM through their website (www.ijm.org), Wylie said. Students from the ACU chapter of IJM are willing to come and share more about IJM with any interested church or organization.
“We want to educate our community about this cause and give them a chance to react in a way that will help not only justice in other countries, but justice in our community. Seek justice where you are and support IJM to seek justice where you cannot be,” Wylie said.
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