Abraham (Abey) George serves as International Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission – a human rights agency that protects poor people from violence. In sixteen field offices around the world, IJM investigators, lawyers and aftercare professionals work closely with local governments to bring rescue to victims of slavery, sex trafficking, police abuse and other forms of violent oppression. IJM seeks to bring rescue and restoration to victims and accountability to perpetrators, and to ensure that public justice systems keep the poor safe from violence.
Abey oversees IJM’s church mobilization efforts in each of the countries where IJM has field offices conducting casework. Abey travels internationally preaching at churches, leading conferences, and facilitating pastoral trainings.
IJM works with local government partners to bring rescue and restoration to individual victims of violent abuse as well as to transform the broken public justice system – police, courts and laws – so that the poor are protected. Likewise, IJM works with local churches around the world, to educate and engage them in the biblical work of justice in their communities.
Abey received a Master of Divinity from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, India, and a Master of Theology in Historical Theology, with distinction, from Trinity Theological College in Singapore. Ordained in 1999 by the Assemblies of God, Abey was a pastor and a theology lecturer in India. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2002, he conducted policy research for a think-tank in Washington, D.C., and managed the U.S. office of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians, an Oxford-based organization. Abey joined IJM in 2010.
Abey and his wife, Florence, have two children, and they make their home near Annapolis, Maryland.
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International Justice Mission
How do I get my church to care about justice?
“Often it’s a matter of surrendering yourself to what God has called you to and just go with it,” advises Abraham George, Director of International Church Mobilization for the International Justice Mission. Prayer and tenacity are all we need to succeed in what God has called us to do. We can help our church understand the need for justice “through prayer, and through talking, and by introducing [the church] to various resources and seminars.”
What keeps churches and Christians from engaging justice?
“A combination of ignorance and fear,” answers Abraham George, Director of International Church Mobilization for the International Justice Mission, “which causes a sense of apathy.” There is often no opportunity for the church to see the injustices that happen, so we remain ignorant. When we do find out, we are often too afraid to do anything. “Fear paralyzes us.”
What keeps some Americans from caring about justice?
“We seem to be completely oblivious to [real] suffering and pain,” explains Abraham George, Director of International Church Mobilization for the International Justice Mission. There is a disconnect between the pain that affluent Americans experience and the pain of those who suffer terrible injustices. “Even within, the Christian church has not taken the time to understand that: critical to an authentic discipleship is this whole idea of standing up for the poor.”