I’ve spoken a bit about how we are heading to Rwanda in a few weeks, but I haven’t yet explained why. I will be a legal fellow with International Justice Mission (“IJM”) (www.ijm.org). I am so excited about this opportunity to work with an organization I’ve followed for a number of years.
IJM seeks to protect poor people from oppressive violence in four ways – victim relief, perpetrator accountability, victim aftercare, and structural transformation. The investigators, lawyers and aftercare workers work across 18 field offices on seven different types of cases – bonded labor, sex trafficking, illegal detention, land grabbing, police brutality, hill tribe citizenship, and child sexual assault. In Rwanda, IJM focuses on cases of child sexual assault.
I have prayed for at least a year for guidance on my career. I have wanted to focus my skills on serving the poor, but I could not quite figure out how. After I left the law firm last fall, I applied to IJM – not thinking it would happen – but telling God that if he wanted to send us abroad, we would go.
I originally learned of IJM from my sister-in-law in Cincinnati. She heard Gary Haugen (IJM’s President and Founder) speak at Crossroads Church in Cincinnati and because I was in law school, she thought of me. From that time forward, IJM stayed on my radar.
So when we came home from Congo last summer after all our big plans fell apart, I decided to take the plunge and apply. After a few interviews, I received the offer just two weeks before Freddy was born.
I fully admit that it is with trepidation and humility that I embark on this job. It’s tough work, and it will likely bring me to my breaking point. I don’t have naïve idealism that I will change the world, but I have full confidence that I will return changed.
More to come!