Jesus replied... "I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be." John 12:23-26

At our Celebration of Justice events this month, our guest speaker Carlos Hernández highlighted the verses above, which, upon first hearing, don’t seem to have a lot to do with celebration. “Is it possible to reach our dreams without paying a cost?” he challenged attendees, “How much are we willing to take risks in order to reach our dreams?

Carlos has taken on many personal sacrifices in order to lead AJS-Honduras in its efforts towards a more just society. But though he’ll be the first to admit that sometimes this gets weary, he sees the joy in it as well. He celebrates that in following Jesus’ commands, he grows closer to him. While the stresses in the world can seem overwhelming, we all are grateful for the promise that our work will produce “many seeds” in the future, and that eternal life awaits us.

Will you pray with us?

  • Praise God for his multiplying work, taking “a single seed” and producing crops of wheat.
  • Praise God for a 25% drop in homicides in Honduras! In 2017, Honduras’ homicide rate dropped from 60 per 100,000 to 43.6 per 100,000 – a difference of over 1,200 lives!
  • Praise God for the extension of the Police Reform Commission for one more year in Honduras, and the greater possibilities this offers the country to have a trustworthy and capable police force. Pray also for continued protection over our staff who publicly speak out against violence and corruption on a daily basis. 
  • We’re asking for ongoing prayer for the selection of Honduras’ next Attorney General this fall. This government position is crucial in the fight against corruption, drug trafficking, and violence, and it’s important that he or she be capable and trustworthy. Please pray for a transparent and merit-based process, and for AJS’s role in overseeing the upcoming election.
  • Please pray for members of the Honduran Congress to be held accountable for their use of public funds. Pray that AJS and our brave allies in Honduras will be able to successfully overturn laws and regulation that protect the corrupt.
  • Please pray for the people of Honduras to remain alert to injustices, and to be empowered into action. Pray with us especially for the Honduran church, that it would speak out and act in favor of justice.

 

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AJS began confronting community violence with a single investigator and a single lawyer, both of whom acted as trusted bridges between victims of violence and the judicial system, helping victims navigate the complicated path to justice. Individuals may not have trusted the police, but they grew to trust AJS, who knew them personally, supported them with emergency needs, and even prayed alongside them.

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