Around 700 people working against human trafficking gathered together for the Manila Prayer Gathering 2016 (MPG2016) held at the Victory Christian Fellowship Center, Robinson’s Galleria, Mandaluyong City last June 23.
The MPG2016 is an annual gathering hosted by the International Justice Mission (IJM) as a thanksgiving for all the victories the Lord has sent them in the mission of ending human trafficking. Attendees come from church organizations, civic groups, government agencies, who share in the advocacy to end human trafficking.
This year’s MPG focused on Hope Abounds. The night of prayer was highlighted by short sharings from Field Office Directors of IJM on three sub-themes: Hope Fulfilled, Hope Perseveres and Hope Abounds. These sharings were characterized by reports on the work of IJM, on how many trafficked victims they have rescued, how many traffickers are prosecuted and new forms of trafficking they discovered.
Each attendee was asked to pray for a department of IJM, and for a trafficking victim embodied by a stone, some of which have names, most of which do not have. These stones with names represent trafficked persons rescued and are being helped by IJM. Those stones without names symbolize trafficked persons still to be rescued by IJM.
Gathering the prayers of various churches into one, the night or prayer ended with a worship session. IJM thanked everyone who came, and who continues to join the fight against human trafficking.