“Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them” (Psalm 12:5, NIV).
Human trafficking and the sex trade have become a severe crisis, not just on the other side of the globe, but here in the United States and even in our own local neighborhoods. Running through the towns of Wethersfield, Newington, Berlin and Meriden, the Berlin Turnpike and its dozens of motels plays host to the exploitation of hundreds of girls each year.
This sad crisis touches many of our hearts, and it touches the Lord’s heart as well. He is ever on the side of the oppressed; He is a God of justice.
The Wellspring School of Leadership is teaming up with The Underground, a local group of committed Christians focused on ending the sex trade on the Turnpike, to host a prayer gathering Saturday, April 26, at Wellspring Church. Our purpose in this special service is to engage with the Lord for the rescue of these oppressed in our own towns.
Saturday, April 26
Free admission –
an offering will be collected
We will be joined by special guest Jim Martin, Vice President of Spiritual Formation at International Justice Mission. Jim will be sharing the work of IJM and, more importantly, the need for any Christian standing for justice to remain intimately connected to the Father, the God of justice.
Jim Martin serves as IJM’s Vice President of Spiritual Formation, where he works with IJM’s global leaders as they strengthen IJM’s foundation of Christian spiritual formation. Jim seeks to equip IJM staff worldwide to do the work of justice joyfully and sustainably with ever-deepening dependence on God. Prior to this position, Jim served as IJM’s Vice President of Church Mobilization, where he led a team working to move churches to a deeper level of understanding of God’s passion for justice. Before joining IJM, Jim was a pastor at The River Church in San Jose, CA. Over the years, Jim has spoken at churches, mission events and pastors conferences all over the world. He received a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts. His book, The Just Church
—a practical guide for churches to engage in life-giving justice ministry—was released by Tyndale in 2012. Jim and his wife Jenna live in the Washington, DC area with their three children.