IAFR Dzaleka

Field notes, stories, perspectives and updates related to our ministry in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi

Supporting the work of the refugee church

August 27, 2021

In a place like Dzaleka Refugee Camp, the work of a pastor never stops. Providing emotional support, visiting the sick in their homes, and even transporting the sick to and from the hospital…these are just a few of the tasks they perform on a regular basis. And in a camp of nearly 50,000 people, even these few things can easily take up a whole day.

One practical tool that helps pastors and other church leaders in these tasks is a bicycle. A bike can ease the burden of transportation in countless ways, and it can help pastors reach places and homes they often cannot on foot. Bicycles enhance the life-giving work of churches in the camp who are providing essential emotional and spiritual support to the community. They truly help lighten the load physically and figuratively for pastors who carry a heavy burden for their people in need. This past month we were able to provide 45 bicycles to pastors and churches throughout the refugee camp, and even to some of the Malawian villages in the host community near the camp. A huge thank you to everyone who helped support this work.

- Jake Tornga

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About IAFR in Dzaleka

IAFR has been serving people in Dzaleka Refugee Camp since 2009. About 50,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution, and gross violations of human rights.

We visit Dzaleka 2-3 times annually, during which time this blog is most active.

Visit the Dzaleka page on the IAFR.org website to learn more!

Our Partners

We partner with There Is Hope - a local Christian agency founded by a former refugee serving people in the camp and surrounding host community. We also partner directly with refugee churches in the camp.

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