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NEW! Introduction to the Refugee Highway (7 minutes)

We've got some new resources for you!

You are reading this blog because you care about refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people. We want you to know about some great resources that will help you stay well informed. We hope that you will find them helpful in creating space in the hearts and minds of others for our displaced friends.

The Introduction to the Refugee Highway (above) is a 7 minute video that offers a current global perspective of forced displacement along with some biblical perspective. We hope that you will watch it now - and share it with others! You can always find the latest version of this video in the IAFR online Toolbox.

The MAP is back!

The NEW Map of the Refugee Highway!

The all-NEW Map of the Refugee Highway is also available for downloading. We designed it to help raise awareness of refugee realities and call the Church to action. It can be printed at up to 36 x27" in full resolution. Click the above image to find it in our online Toolbox and download a copy today!

Refugee Realities FAQ

The NEW Refugee Realities 2022!

We also updated our Refugee Realities FAQ that answers to common questions about forcibly displaced people. It's short and to the point. Click on the image above to download a copy from our online Toolbox. You will find it in the "Important Perspectives" section of the Toolbox.

Answers to the question: What can we do to help?

If you read the last few issues of Resilience, you know that we looked at several biblical examples that help us answer the question, What can we do to help refugees?

CLICK HERE to download the article from which those posts were taken. You can also find the article in the "IAFR Voices" section of the online Toolbox.

It is pretty amazing what we can learn from people like Reuel, Boaz, Ruth, Nehemiah, Artaxerxes, Jonathan, and David!

We hope you will enjoy these resources AND share them with others!

- Tom Albinson

Open Post

How can we help? (pt. 6)

Statistic: UNHCR Global Trends 2021 (published 6/2022)

The escalating global refugee crisis is among the defining issues of the 21st Century. Many are asking if there is any way they can help. Let's see what we can learn from the example of Jonathan. It might surprise you. We find this story in the book of 1 Samuel 23.

The Example of Jonathan and David

David was a refugee before he became king.

In 1 Samuel 23, we read how David was a refugee before he became king of Israel. It begins with David fleeing persecution from king Saul.

Like many refugees today, he fled into a harsh semi desert wilderness. And that’s when Jonathan shows up in the story. Jonathan went out into the desert to find David and help him find strength in God.

Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya (2014)

Jonathan knew that David could not come to him.

So, he set out to find David.

Many refugees in the world are like David - in remote places that are difficult to access. It is not safe for them to return home. And there are not many countries eager to offer them permanent refuge. So, they are stuck, traumatized, and isolated.

A former refugee once shared with me what it felt like to be in a refugee camp in Malawi. "I felt forgotten".

"I felt forgotten." -A former refugee in Malawi

Humanitarian agencies look after their bodies, providing just enough aid to keep them physically alive. But refugees tell me that one of their daily struggles is to keep hope alive.

Our bodies need food, water, shelter, and medical care. But our souls need hope.

Delivering hope is not on the agenda of humanitarian agencies. But hope is the currency of the Church. That’s why we must not fail to show up in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.

Hope is the currency of the Church.

When Jonathan went out to visit David in the desert, he went to help him find strength in God. Jonathan knew that hope is rooted in God. For hope rises up in our hearts when we learn that God sees, hears, and cares for us. We can strengthen hope by becoming a tangible expression of that reality to our displaced friends.

We can be a tangible sign of God with us.

Many years ago, God used the story of Jonathan to stir my heart to visit Kakuma refugee camp in remote northwestern Kenya. Like Jonathan, I knew I could not solve all of the problems and challenges confronting the people there. But I could still show up and let them know that they were not forgotten. I could listen to them. I could pray with them – and help them find strength in God.

Some of us can help break isolation.

Like Jonathan, some of us can go to remote places and into detention centers to break the isolation of our forcibly displaced friends.

IAFR is looking for Jonathans to join our team and show up in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in life-giving ways.

We are looking for Jonathans.

Several of our ministry locations are praying for reinforcements to join their teams.

- Athens needs medical professionals to join the work.

- Minneapolis/St. Paul needs teammates to help provide shelter and community to asylum seekers.

- Northern Colorado needs teammates to join in the work of helping former refugees integrate into their new community.

- Our Ukraine Response work needs a full-time person to coordinate our long-term response.

We are also praying for God to call people to develop an IAFR ministry among asylum seekers along the US - Mexico border in Texas.

Perhaps you or someone you know has a burden for a specific refugee context in the world. We would love to hear about it. Several of our existing ministry locations began when a person came to us asking if we would be interested in starting a ministry in a specific place.

LEARN MORE ABOUT IAFR MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES.

- Tom Albinson

Open Post

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