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The Global Prayer Gathering unites IJM friends and staff from all over the world to seek God on behalf of the oppressed.
Join us as we engage the work of justice through the vital work of prayer.
April 5-7, 2013
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor
Registration is now open for the 2014 Global Prayer Gathering
April 3-5, 2014 in Washington, DC
SCHEDULE & EVENTS
Additional Events – Sign up for these events when you register
Church Leaders: Gather with IJM staff and fellow ministry leaders at Base Camp, April 4-5, as we explore practical ways to guide your congregation into God’s call for justice. ($75)
Students: Join us at the Student Freedom Summit, April 4-5, to hear stories from the frontlines and train for action with other students passionate about ending slavery in our lifetime. ($30)
IJM Alumni: Reconnect with other former IJM staff, interns and fellows at our Alumni Luncheon on April 6, and hear from Sean Litton, IJM's Senior Vice President of Field Operations. Open to former IJM staff, interns and fellows only.
GPG: The Experience
We gather with a singular purpose: to engage in the work of justice through the vital work of prayer. In worship and reflection, we will encounter God and ask him to move in the face of great injustice.
We will hear first-hand stories of rescue and restoration from survivors and IJM's global staff. In smaller groups, IJM's field office directors will draw us closer to the frontlines and guide our prayers for the challenges ahead.
Together, we will celebrate God’s faithful intervention in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia–and thank him for making miraculous freedom possible.
See what we experienced together at GPG 2012:
GPG: The Story
Our prayer gatherings started small: 150 people coming together in 2001 to ask God's help. Since then, he has truly blessed these weekends. Our in person and online GPG community now exceeds several thousand committed friends.
Year after year, we see God’s faithfulness–as prayer requests one year become praises the next. We are deeply encouraged that our petitions can and do move our Heavenly Father.
This year, we look forward to our largest gathering yet. We are grateful for our returning friends, and excited for newcomers to this powerful prayer experience. Together, we will bathe this movement in the prayer that makes justice possible.
Gary Haugen is the President and CEO of IJM. Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. After leading the UN’s investigation in the aftermath for the Rwanda genocide, he was convicted by the need for the church to respond to God’s call to seek justice on behalf of the oppressed. Gary and his wife, Jan, have four children.
Bethany Hoang serves as the Director of the Institute for Biblical Justice at IJM. Ms. Hoang joined IJM in 2004. As Director of the IJM Institute for Biblical Justice, she leads the ongoing development and application of IJM's biblical justice theology. She convenes and equips Christian leaders from around the world to engage with the biblical call to seek justice on behalf of the global poor suffering from abuse and oppression. Ms. Hoang lives in the Connecticut area with her husband and two children.
Kathy Stout-LaBauve is the Vice President of Aftercare for IJM, where she coordinates global aftercare efforts in IJM’s international field offices. Before joining IJM in 2006, Kathy had a private psychotherapy practice for 15 years in Texas and had been the founding Director of the University Medical Center Rape Crisis Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kathy received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University.
Kaign Christy serves as the Field Office Director for IJM in Pampanga, Philippines. He leads a team of Filipino staff to equip and collaborate with police and courts to ensure the anti-trafficking laws are upheld and trafficking victims are set free. He joined IJM in 2004. Kaign received his B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Wheaton College and his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary. Kaign and his wife, Jean, have two children.
Eva Kadi serves as the Director of Gulu Operations for IJM in Northern Uganda. In this role, Eva oversees IJM’s project in Gulu, an area recently affected by conflict from the Lord’s Resistance Army. She joined IJM in 2008. Eva holds a B.A. in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University, Kampala. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Makerere University and anticipates completion in 2013.
Fernando Rodriguez joined IJM in January 2010 to serve as the Field Office Director in Bolivia. Previously, he spent ten years as a trial attorney in Dallas, Texas, for the law firm Baker Botts L.L.P. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, he clerked with Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht for one year. Fernando received a B.A. in History from Yale University. He and his wife, Terry, have four children.
Sanjay Macwan is the Field Office Director for IJM in Mumbai. Sanjay has 23 years of experience in the corporate sector and with Christian ministries, and his experience combines business management skills with a biblical perspective. Sanjay holds a M.B.A. from Adam Smith University and a B.A. in Theology from Asia Theological Association. He is married with two children.
Anu George Canjanathoppil is the Director of the Google Intervention project with IJM in Chennai. Anu previously served as IJM Chennai’s Legal Director. She holds a B.A. and B.L. from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College in Chennai and a diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the Indian Law Institute. Anu has held professorial positions at Bangalore Management Academy, University of Aberdeen and the Indian School of Business and Economics.
Melissa Walavalkar is IJM’s Director of Aftercare in Mumbai. She oversees casework operations and networks with partners to rehabilitate and reintegrate rescued victims into society. Melissa completed her Bachelors of Commerce degree from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics and her Master’s in Management Studies from Mumbai University. Before joining IJM, Melissa worked for Child Rights and You, where she established and managed key corporate alliances and partnerships for the organization.
Melody Olson is a worship leader and a singer/songwriter with a passion for seeking God’s heart for justice, love and mercy. She toured for several years as a background vocalist with Sara Groves and launched a solo career in 2010 with her debut release “All These Things,” an album of original music about her experiences with suffering and redemption. Melody hopes to inspire people into an authentic, worshipful response to God’s loving pursuit of His creation.
All Sons & Daughters was birthed in 2010 from Journey Church in Franklin, TN. Leslie Jordan and David Leonard met at Journey in 2009 where they began writing honest worship songs for their church family. Both currently serve on staff at Journey as Worship Designers.
VENUE & TRAVEL
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
The 2013 Global Prayer Gathering will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, situated just minutes outside of Washington, DC.
To receive our reduced rate of $159 per night (while rooms still available), when booking your hotel room at the Gaylord National Hotel please call the Reservations Main Line at 301-965-4000 and mention code S-IJM13 or click here.
The Gaylord National offers a picturesque waterfront setting on the Potomac, beautiful guest rooms, on-site dining, an indoor pool, and a spa and fitness center. As a guest at the Gaylord National, there is little need for a car as there are numerous shops & restaurants within walking distance as well as easily accessible transportation options to downtown Washington, DC (including an hourly shuttle service) and a water taxi to Old Town Alexandria.
Gaylord National is just 15 minutes from Reagan National Airport and 45 minutes from Dulles and Baltimore Washington International Airports. All of these airports have shuttle and taxi services available to the hotel.
Hertz is a Gaylord Hotels preferred partner for car rentals.
I can only attend part of the GPG. Can I pay for part of the registration fee?
Are there group discounts?
Can you reserve seats for me and my group?
Are meals provided?
Friday evening’s banquet is included. All other meals are at your discretion. The Gaylord National offers many dining options, and there are various restaurants within easy walking distance.
Where do I park?
For hotel guests there is discounted parking available at the Gaylord for $17/day that will be automatically discounted when you check in. The daily rate at the Gaylord for those not staying there is $24 or you may park in any of the nearby public garages ($10-12/day).
What if I cannot attend on Friday? Will I miss a lot?
You will miss the opening plenary session and extended worship time. The key sessions take place on Saturday, with two large group sessions and time spent rotating among prayer rooms of your choice. A number of groups join us Saturday morning.
I’m a student but also a former IJM intern. Do I register as an IJM Alumni or Student?
You may register as a Student and R.S.V.P. for the IJM Alumni Luncheon.
I am attending the Global Prayer Gathering and want to attend the Student Freedom Summit as well. Is this possible, or will the two events clash?
Yes, you can attend both events—and we encourage you to do so! The Student Freedom Summit runs from Thursday, April 4, through Friday afternoon, April 5. The Summit ends before GPG registration opens, so you will be able to attend both events.
Is there a dress code for those who are attending the GPG?
There is no dress code. Participants wear a variety of attire on Friday evening—from jeans to suits—and are generally more casual on Saturday.
What’s the latest I can cancel and receive a refund?
You may cancel before March 1 and receive a full refund of the registration fee. Alternatively, you may substitute someone else to take your place if you are unable to attend. IJM, however, will not facilitate finding the person to fill that slot.
Can you recommend some hotels nearby?
We encourage you to take advantage of the discounted rates at the official GPG hotel, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. To receive our reduced rate when booking your hotel room at the Gaylord, please call the Reservations Main Line at 301-965-4000 and mention code S-IJM13 or click here. Book before March 14, 2013 to receive the discounted rate.
Are hotel rooms included in the registration price?
Hotel rooms are not included in the registration price, but the Gaylord National offers a special reduced rate for GPG attendees.
I’m interested in sharing a room with another GPG attendee or would like to invite another GPG attendee to room with me. How can I do this?
Please visit IJM’s Facebook page and look for the 2013 GPG under Events. You may post to this wall about your room availability or your interest in sharing a room with other fellow GPG attendees.
How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
See travel info above.
I cannot attend the GPG. Will live streaming be available online?
Yes. Similar to last year, you can watch live streaming video of the main sessions, including late-evening worship and the main plenary sessions.
May I bring my children to the GPG?
Due to the sensitive nature of some of our casework, we do not recommend bringing children. We are unable to provide child care, but have reserved a space for those with upset babies to watch live GPG footage.
I would like to volunteer for the GPG. Do volunteers receive special discounts or incentives?
We appreciate the work of our volunteers and know that financial assistance is often a volunteer motivator, but we are financially unable to offer any discount or reimbursed registration for the GPG.
Sponsorship & Scholarship
I am receiving sponsorship to attend the GPG. Will donations be tax deductible?
The registration fee is not considered a tax-deductible gift, as it goes to cover a portion of the cost for hosting the GPG.
Does IJM provide scholarships for those wanting to attend the GPG?
Unfortunately, we do not have scholarship money available for the GPG.
Can you mail me an invitation via post?
We do not have the capacity to send printed invitations at this time. We can only offer an electronic invitation.
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