Field notes, perspectives, stories, news & announcements
February 18, 2021
"I hope God will help me to see my family before I die."
When family members spoke out for democracy and political change, the government murdered them. It then singled out Baba (pseudonym) for persecution, torture, and imprisonment.
"I ran to save my life because they wanted to kill me too."
Baba had to leave her children behind in her homeland when she fled to America. She is now among the asylum seekers living in one of IAFR's safe houses in the Twin Cities that we call Jonathan House.
Like many asylum seekers and refugees, faith plays an important role in Baba's life. Soon after her arrival in Minnesota, she sought out a local church community. This ethnic fellowship plays an important role in strengthening her faith and hope during her time of crisis.
"Jonathan House encourages me in my faith."
Baba recently told an IAFR missionary serving with our Jonathan House ministry,
"Jonathan House is a very nice place for asylum seekers. You accept people as family. You enter into my problems to pray with me. You got me connected to my church and talked with my pastor. This is what I appreciate."
Because of the important relationship between faith and hope, our team offers prayer and encouragement to Jonathan House residents that want it. When possible, we also help connect them with a local community of faith.
"We know how we are weak and fallen, but God keeps us safe and saved us, so we praise him."
We are grateful to our many friends who partner with the Jonathan House ministry in prayer and through financial support. It is because of you that we are able to offer safe shelter, supportive community, and spiritual support to Baba and other residents.
Click here to hear more of Baba's story and the ministry of Jonathan House.
CLICK HERE if you would like to financially partner with our Jonathan House ministry. It's easy to do and makes a life-giving difference in the lives of Baba and other residents!
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!
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