IAFR Publications

These publications are created to help facilitate informed conversation about refugee realities in our world today. They are free to download and distribute under the condition that they remain unchanged from their original form and are not edited or changed in any way.

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Introduction to IAFR

cover imageIntroductory booklet featuring powerful photos and a brief overview of the ministry of IAFR. Available in low resolution for viewing (1st button) or full resolution for printing (2nd button).


  • Looking for the gaps
  • Strengthening ministry networks
  • A Mission of recovery
  • Overview of IAFR ministry locations
  • Training and consulting ministry
  • Helping a family recover
  • 2015 Financial Overview
  • Listing of special projects
  • Listing of IAFR Board of Directors

NEW! Refugee Realities - FAQ (2016 Version)

Click the image to discover the answers to these questions and more:

  • How many forcibly displaced people (FDP) are in the world?
  • How many refugees are in the world?
  • What countries host the most refugees?
  • How many refugees are children?
  • ...and much more!

IAFR's Unique Role on the Refugee Highway

The response to humanitarian crisis requires more than the services of emergency relief agencies. See how IAFR is committed to long-term recovery work that is helping refugees recover from displacement and rebuild their lives. 1 page document with graphic.

State of the Refugee Highway 2015

This 4 page document is taken from the speech by Tom Albinson to the North American Roundtable of the Refugee Highway Partnership on 22 July 2015. Tom outlines the sobering realities related to forcible displacement in our world before offering reasons to not lose heart as we seek the welfare and protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people.

3 Dimensional Thinking - Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Considerations related to national security are but 1 of 3 important dimensions of the global refugee crisis. As we seek solutions to the growing problem of forced displacement in the world, we need to also consider our commitment to Universal Human Rights and our divine mandate to love refugees. 1 1/2 pages.

The Work of Jonathan

Learn what it means to help refugees find hope in God from an oft overlooked passage in Scripture. 2 pages.

Refugee Resettlement and National Security

This paper explores how an efficient and generous refugee resettlement program can strengthen national security and offer hope to the global refugee crisis.

Written by Thomas Albinson, 11/2015. 3 pages.

Justice & Compassion - Responding to the Refugee Crisis

This paper explores how we can respond to the global refugee crisis in ways that are both just and compassionate.

Written by Thomas Albinson, 9/2015. 10 pages.

A Christian Response to the Mediterranean Crisis

This paper offers a Christian response to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.

Written by Thomas Albinson, 4/2015. 5 pages.

Refugees in the Bible

From beginning to end, Scripture is filled with stories of forcibly displaced people. This handout lists some well-known people in the Bible that spent time on the Refugee Highway. Explore and discuss biblical passages telling stories of forcible displacement.

10 Myths Concerning Refugees

There are a lot of false assumptions and myths going around concerning refugees. We've responded to 10 of the most common myths on this straight-to-the-point 1 page resource.

  • Myth 1: There are plenty of countries in which refugees can find refuge.
  • Myth 2: Most of the world's refugees are found in Western nations.
  • Myth 3: Most refugees are eventually resettled to another country.
  • ...and 7 more!

Why Christians Care About Refugees

This 1 page resource presents compelling biblical reasons why Christians need to be concerned about refugees in the world.


"From the divine banishment of Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23,24) to the final book of the Bible penned by John while in exile on the island of Patmos, stories of forced displacement run throughout Scripture."

5 Reasons Followers of Jesus Seek the Welfare of Refugees

The Bible is filled with exhortations to care for the needy, vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed. Followers of Jesus Christ are called to be humble people living lives marked by mercy, justice and hospitality. We have specific reasons to be highly motivated to seek the protection and welfare of forcibly displaced people....

Tom Albinson explores 5 reasons followers of Jesus seek the protection and welfare of forcibly displaced people.

Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders

At the request of UNHCR, a coalition of faith‐based humanitarian organizations and academic institutions (including HIAS, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lutheran World Federation, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Religions for Peace, University of Vienna Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance and World Vision International) drafted “Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders.”

The Affirmations, which have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish, inspire leaders of all faiths to “welcome the stranger” with dignity, respect and loving support. Faith groups around the world are encouraged to use the Affirmations and supporting resources as practical tools to foster support for refugees and other displaced people in their communities.

10 Ways We Can Help Refugees

Everyone can make a difference in the life of a refugee. But it isn't always easy to know where to begin. This 2 page resource is written with this in mind and offers 10 ways to consider getting started. Each suggestion includes a brief description.

10 Ways We Can Pray for Refugees

It isn't always easy to know how to begin praying for forcibly displaced people. This 2 page resource offers 10 suggested prayer points to help us get started. Each suggestion includes a brief description.


  1. Pray for their essential needs.
  2. Pray for peacemakers and peace.
  3. Pray for healing and security.
  4. ...and 7 more suggestions.

How You Can Help (USA Context)

Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin helping refugees. This document offers 17 starting points from which to choose. Take a look and consider how you can make a difference in the lives of the world's forcibly displaced people.

  • How to get informed and inform others
  • Ways to watch and pray
  • Ways to offer practical assistance
  • Hospitality and relationship - the most important way to welcome the refugee

What Local Church Leaders Can Do

This 3 page resource is written with local church leaders in mind and offers several ways that they can integrate awareness of our divine mandate to love the foreigner within their community of faith. Each suggestion includes recommended resources to empower church leaders and members.


  1. Get informed re: refugee realities
  2. Get informed re: biblical perspective
  3. Invite a guest speaker.
  4. ...and several more suggestions.

The Church on the Refugee Highway

Many of the 51 million forcibly displaced people and refugees in the world today identfy themselves as Christians. There are many refugee pastors, priests and Christian leaders serving among them. But few of us are aware that these brothes and sisters and their churches even exist...

Tom Albinson explores the challenges and contributions of the refugee church to the kingdom of God in our world today.

Terminology of Forced Displacement

Get an understanding of important terms associated with forced displacement.

  • Refugees
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Undeclared Asylum Seekers
  • Internally Displaced Persons

IAFR is seeking the welfare of forcibly displaced people together with the church.