Thoughts from my French friend

Recently I sent out an tweet and Facebook message asking for some response to the October Justice Awareness month where we went through the Steps Of Justice Prayer & Action guide together. I had a few different responses, but this one from my friend Isabelle blew me away. With her permission I am attaching it below.

“Hey Phil,

Just wanted to share with you about the month of steps of Justice. every (well, almost every) night before dinner, I’d read the page of the day with the kids (I would paraphrase) and then we prayed for the people in need. You can’t believe how the children’s eyes were opened to the needs of the world. They saw the pictures in the booklet and we talked a lot about poverty and how we can help. My kids are more eager to give to our church now! Thanks for giving me a tool to help them grow !”

I am honored and blown away by this comment. Gary Haugen with IJM talks in the movie Call + Response about our response to injustice. He says that “we go from ignorance to paralyses and from paralyses to dispair.” The idea behind Steps Of Justice is to take people from ignorance to horror and from horror to hope. Jesus has called us as followers of Him to “do justice.” We believe that if God has asked us to do justice then He will provide a way for us.

Please don’t stop, continue to “do justice” daily. Weather it be sending money, reading books, researching video’s, engaging with the news or bringing awareness lets make it a daily part of our lives along with being a good parent, caring for our bodies, loving those around us, etc.

Thanks again for those of you who followed along with us. Stay tuned for more action and projects with Steps Of Justice coming in December. Also, please push our twitter page so we can get others doing justice with us.



  1. Lisa Seward

    I’d say that the biggest benefit for me in doing the Steps of Justice was an increased awareness of the global problem of INjustice, and the variety of ways it is played out in real people’s lives. My personal conviction to get down and dirty and offer real hope has been tested a couple of times, including the other day as I was driving my 75-year-old mom down to Florida for the winter. We stopped at a rest area where a family was out of their vehicle holding a sign asking for food or gas money. I had grabbed an apple off of the hotel breakfast bar that morning, and got out and gave it to them. On the way back from the facilities, I asked my mom what else we had in the trunk, and we thought of more food we could offer. It was a great feeling to not only give to someone in need, but also to remind my mom that that very morning we had asked God to give us an opportunity to bless someone that day. I drove back toward the highway reminding her that we had seen an answer to prayer; we’d been someone else’s answer to prayer. That’s exciting stuff!

  2. philter

    Thanks Lisa. pretty humbling coming from a veteran missionary like yourself. I really believe that we can change our lifestyles and our focusses through new actions. I don’t want to get out of the habit of doing justice, but it is so easy if we just surround ourselves with healthy people.

    We can easily forget that there is hurt in the world if we decide to isolate ourselves from it.

    Thanks for the words friend.

  3. trevor

    Isabelle, that has given me a great idea to include my kids in this journey. I think I might do a Justice Awareness December with my kids! The shoes one will be great here in Winnipeg in December…

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