It is with joy that we announce that Shahrazad (Sherry) Mohamed has joined our IAFR team! Shahrazad joins our team in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Read on to learn more about our newest colleague!
Sherry is passionate about serving forcibly displaced people in ways that help them recover their dignity. She seeks to empower the Body of Christ to reach out to refugees with God's love by building bridges of friendship and meeting their practical needs.
Sherry was born in Somalia. In 1997, she first learned of the love of God for her and the story of how His Son, Jesus Christ, had given His life for her. She began to seek this God of love. It was in 1998 that she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. In 2000, Sherry and her son fled to the US as asylum seekers.
Sherry has much to offer others. Her faith in Jesus has been tempered by her firsthand experience of walking with God through the experience of prolonged forced displacement. Her seminary training (Asbury Theological Seminary) further informed her faith. Her 12 years with Arrive Ministries (a US refugee resettlement agency affiliated with World Relief) and her training in trauma care (New Ways Ministries and STAR Training) have taught her much concerning how to help others recover from forced displacement and rebuild their lives far from home. On top of all that, Sherry speaks English, Somali and Arabic.
As part of our Minneapolis/St. Paul team, Sherry is helping refugees and asylum seekers recover from forced displacement by extending pastoral care, assisting with local integration and connecting them with supportive community. Sherry also serves as a valuable ministry consultant for IAFR ministries, partners and local churches.
IAFR counts it a privilege to work with Sherry in seeking a long-term solution to her own displacement while continuing in her calling to serve refugees and asylum seekers.
We thank God for leading Sherry to join the IAFR team that is dedicated to the mission of helping people survive and recover from forced displacement!