Yesterday I met with a good friend, Terry, who is Executive Director of International Justice Mission (UK). IJM is a growing human rights organisation that investigates and provides legal help for victims of injustice in many parts of the world. In many places, poverty excludes people from the justice systems that are available – IJM deals with cases of slavery, abuse, land grabbing, exploitation and state injustice against its citizens.
I’m glad to have been able to put him in touch with a few people locally who have skills or experience to offer.
I’ve worked with Terry before on some projects he was overseeing with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland as a ‘mission accompanier’. These kinds of friendships are so helpful – I admit I’d probably be at a loss to know what to do if we swapped jobs (and I’m not sure how keen Terry would be to take on schools work in Colchester!)
Our shared observation is that issues of justice, particularly on a global scale, are a major concern to young people and the rising generation of twenty-somethings who are filling our churches and are increasingly active in stirring up awareness and doing what they can to bring about change.