Episode 3: Gary Haugen

July 7, 2017

In this episode, Gary Haugen, CEO, and founder of International Justice Mission shares disciplines and habits that he and the entire IJM organization practice together.

In this episode, you'll discover

  • Why “prayerless striving” is ultimately self-defeating

  • Specific ways to calendar time to connect with God in daily, weekly and other rhythms.

  • Practical boundaries that enable us to receive the gift of Sabbath.

  • That our work is an opportunity for a relational God to do something with us.

  • What choices sustain us in joy for the marathon of justice and mercy.

Key Quotes:

"The victims of injustice and abuse in this world do not need our spasms of passion – they need our long obedience in the same direction." - Gary Haugen

"We need to do our ministry and our work out of the overflow of what God is putting into us." - Gary Haugen

"We need to take care of our own Sabbath, refreshment, and joy so that we will have the strength to actually go and do this difficult work." - Gary Haugen

Meet Our Guest


Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission.

Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press). Gary was invited to share the themes of The Locust Effect at the annual TED Conference in a talk entitled: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now.