Do we or our communities have anything to offer in the midst of such a complex problem? What is it that refugees, asylum seekers, and other people forced to flee their homes really need?
This one hour course will give you a paradigm for understanding different ways of engaging with the issue of forced displacement that are truly helpful. Also, you will learn how the strengths of a local church provide an ideal context for the recovery of forcibly displaced people. Enroll now to learn with IAFR's seasoned staff of practitioners!
The number of forcibly displaced people (FDP) worldwide increased from 41 million to 80 million between 2010 - 2020.
Forcibly Displaced People include refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people.
These are people uprooted by war, gross violations of human rights and persecution.
The ratio of forcibly displaced people (FDP) to the global population has steadily fallen between 2010 and 2020.
In 2013, 1 person in every 157 was forcibly displaced.
In 2020, 1 person in every 97 has been forcibly displaced by persecution, war and/or gross violations of human rights.
The number of refugees worldwide increased from 15 million to 26 million between 2010 - 2020.
Refugees are people who were forced to flee homeland to escape war, gross violations of human rights or persecution.
They fear imprisonment or loss of life should they be forced to return to their country.
85% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing nations.
The number of asylum seekers worldwide increased from around 800,000 in 2010 to 4.2 million in 2020.
Asylum seekers are people who have fled their country and applied for permanent refuge in a foreign country.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.
"Faithful Christian ministry will often take Jesus' followers to places where hope is in short supply: places where a sense of hopelessness hangs over a community."
The response to the global refugee crisis requires more than the services of emergency relief agencies. It requires long-term recovery work that serves to strengthen hope and help refugees rebuild their lives.
All too often, refugees find themselves viewed only as people in need. They are confined to the receiving end of the humanitarian and social services that keep them alive. As necessary as they are, it can be dehumanizing to be on the receiving end of such services.
Recovery work helps re-humanize people and restore hope by strengthening community, faith, emotional well-being and personal capacity. It also gets behind the ideas and solutions of refugees, recognizing the important part they play in finding solutions to their displacement.
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IAFR training will help you gain an in-depth understanding of refugee realities along with biblical perspective and cross-cultural tools to help you develop a ministry strategy well-suited to your unique context. Learn more about our core topics below.
Learn how to develop a contextualized ministry strategy that helps people survive and recover from forced displacement.
EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING FOR THE HELPER
Learn how to maintain your own emotional and spiritual health while engaging in relationships with people who have experienced deep loss.
CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN A HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT
Learn how Christian witness and high ethical standards work together in ways that respect the dignity and freedom of refugees.
INVESTING IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY
Learn how relief work and long-term recovery work compliment each other in helping refugees recover from forced displacement.
The Bible is filled with stories of forced displacement. Develop a biblical perspective concerning issues related to refugees and forced displacement.
Gain an in-depth understanding of global refugee realities in the world today.
Let us know if you are interested in exploring how we might be able to help you better prepare for ministry among forcibly displaced people.
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An eye-opening presentation introducing current refugee realities and biblical perspective on forced displacement.
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