What is the mission that drives IJM?
We are driven by our passion to
rescue thousands of victims of
violence, protect millions more,
and prove that justice for the poor
How do you view IJM’s relationship
with the Canadian Christian community?
The mission of IJM is the mission
of the church. The violence that the
poor experience in the developing
world is complex and chaotic, and
most churches are not equipped to
engage in that arena. We are the
hands and feet of the Canadian
Church as we serve victims of vio-
lence. We hope that our experience
inspires local churches to make a
difference for dignity and freedom
in their own communities.
Why is human trafficking such a huge
Human trafficking is driven by
crime and profitability, and fuelled
by poverty and lack of global com-
mitment to combat it. Traffickers
will continue to operate with im-
punity until there is a credible de-
terrent through local and inter-
national law enforcement to make
them stop. But it can be stopped if
we all join together to raise the
funding and generate the political
will to get the job done.
How can the Canadian Church be more
involved in this issue?
Pray. We are not only confronting
criminals, but entrenched social
and economic systems. Get involved. As Christ’s followers we are
called to offer humble and courageous service to victims of violence,
both here at home and in the developing world. Give.
How do you personally rejuvenate
after being immersed in these issues?
Nothing rejuvenates me more than
a long run. I run without music so
I’m alone with God and my
thoughts. I begin my run carrying
the burdens of our work and return
with a changed perspective.
Who are your heroes?
There are many leaders I admire,
but my heroes are the largely unknown men and women who pour
out their lives day after day for the
poor, the broken and the oppressed
of their communities.
What leadership book do you recommend most often?
Forces for Good: The Six Practices of
High-Impact Nonprofits by Leslie
Crutchfield and Heather McLeod
Grant (Jossey-Bass, 2012). The authors identify the distinctive practices of 12 nonprofits that have
achieved extraordinary levels of
impact. I’m working with our team
to ensure that we score high on all
of these practices.
What is your best leadership advice?
Stay the course. Pace yourself.
Learn to read your physical, emotional and spiritual gauges. As
leaders we need a right perspective
on our importance – it’s His mission, not ours. /FT
Ed Wilson is executive director of International Justice Mission
Canada. International Justice Mission protects the poor from
violence throughout the developing world by partnering with local
authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice,
restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.
Freeing the enslaved
victiMs that are
girls and woMen IJM Canada ( www.ijm.ca) is an affiliate of
the EFC ( www.theEFC.ca/Affiliates). Find
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