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Happy Easter

Sudanese children worshipping Jesus in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
Jesus revealed just how far God's love will go to rescue us.

The Bible reveals that God sees, hears, and cares for all humankind – with Jesus being the ultimate revelation as his incarnation, life, sacrifice and death demonstrate just how far God’s love will go to rescue us from evil, restore us to Himself, and bring about the renewal of all things.

Love and Life get the final word.

That's why we can live and serve with hope even in the midst of sorrow and suffering. For by Jesus’ resurrection and promised return, we know that love and life get the final word rather than evil and death. We have this hope not only in this life, but in the life to come. Jesus has risen and so will we.

We are partnering with God in the renewal of all things.

As we serve, we pray and long for the time when all things will be made new and life and peace will fill the earth – and there will be no more refugees. In the meantime, we live and serve with confidence, knowing that...

"Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:39 (NLT)

May your celebration be filled with joy as you reflect on the glorious hope we have in Jesus Christ.

- Tom Albinson

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The Hospital Refused to Help

The Athens Ministry Center and Medical Clinic
The hospital refused to help!

A young Afghan man recently broke his collar bone in a motorbike accident. He was treated at the public hospital and sent home in a simple brace, even though the pain was still extreme.

The Athens team was concerned. They showed his x-rays to an orthopedic surgeon who volunteers with our refugee medical center in Athens. He confirmed that it was a serious break. Our friend would lose full use of his arm unless he received immediate surgical intervention.

The team took the surgeon's report back to the hospital. But they still refused to do the surgery!

The team refused to give up. Thanks to those who support the Athens ministry financially, the team was able to help him get the needed surgery at a private hospital last week.

The Athens team did more than help him get surgery.

In the days leading up to his surgery, he shared the heart-breaking story of his parents’ deaths and his difficult childhood. The team was there to listen. “He has experienced little affection or kindness over the years and was deeply touched when we helped him in this simple way.” God is using the Athens team to help heal more than his broken collar bone.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death...

The Athens team has also been walking alongside of a young Iranian battling cancer. Doctors have determined that neither chemotherapy nor radiation have helped. They are now going to try immunotherapy even though the chances are slim that it will be effective. It may soon be time for him to transition into hospice care.

He is fighting for his life, far from home and family. But he is not alone. The team continues to walk with him daily and help as they are able.

How good to know that our friend is a follower of Jesus. He knows sickness and death will not get the final word.

Far from home and family, but not alone.

IAFR partners with One Heart, a like-minded Greek nonprofit led by Sahar Kamrani, a former refugee from Iran. Ilir and Kate Cami (IAFR missionaries) serve full-time under the leadership of One Heart.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the work in Athens by clicking below.

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When you partner with IAFR, you are meeting critical needs, strengthening hope, and re-humanizing our refugee friends. Your support is a tangible sign to them that they are not forgotten and that God hears and sees and cares for them.

Many thanks to our faithful and generous financial partners who make it possible for our team to show up in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers every day!

- Tom Albinson with Kate and Ilir Cami

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