Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.” –Revelation 3:2

gulliver.jpgIn Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, the title character finds himself shipwrecked on an island, immobilized by hundreds of small strings. But despite the best efforts of the island’s tiny inhabitants, as soon as Gulliver wakes up, he is able to “break the strings, and wrench out the pegs that fasten [his] left arm to the ground…”The ties only work against a giant who is sleeping – they are no match for a giant who’s awake.

The Church today, AJS directors sometimes say, is like a sleeping giant. If every Christian – Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Nondenominational – came together with purpose and dedication, we could break the ties of injustice and inequality. If the Church would awaken to our neighbors’ need for justice, we could scatter the oppressive systems of this world.

In Revelation, God has this message for the sleeping church – “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die.” Each of us, all parts of this body that dwarves earthly powers, should be encouraged and challenged by this command.

Praise

  • Thank God with us for openness from public authorities to attend trainings, forums, and conversations that improve their ability to exercise their positions. This month, for example, we connected eleven Regional Directors of Education to attorneys from the court’s Special Crimes against Children unit to host a productive conversation about keeping Honduras’ children safe.
  • Thank God for his provision, and the hearts he has touched to fund our work.

Requests

  • Transparent Elections: You’ve heard from us about Honduras’ upcoming general elections, and we continue to ask for prayers for transparency and healthy, open debates focused on how to best serve the Honduran population. Pray for our staff who have met with dozens of candidates to get their commitments to transparency, and who will continue this advocacy until Election Day on November 26th.
  • Police Purge: Over 5,000 corrupt officers have been removed from Honduras’ police force, which is a historic reform. Now, a year and a half later, the work of strengthening and restructuring continues. Pray for the 5,000 young, new officers who have joined the force, that they might be brave and honest in their work.
  • Gang Activity: Gang presence has increased in one of our target communities, causing violence and pressuring children as young as ten to participate in criminal activities. Pray for families, churches, and impact clubs in this community, that they would help provide children and teens with meaningful alternatives to joining a gang.
  • Flooding in Northern Honduras: Heavy rains have flooded northern Honduras in the last few weeks, leaving at least three dead, two missing, and some homes destroyed. As you pray for the aftermath of natural disasters across Latin America and the Caribbean, please also remember Honduras in your prayers. 

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A new headquarters will help AJS as we work to end corruption and violence, bringing hope and justice to Honduras.

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