While historically, the USA has played a leading role among nations, government policies and processes related to asylum seekers and refugees hoping to resettle to the US have become increasingly restrictive in recent years. Those in the States today find themselves in the midst of a deeply polarized society. IAFR teams are working in cities and regions with large populations of refugees and asylum seekers. It is more important than ever to be a welcoming and life-giving presence in their lives.
Georgia is among the US states receiving large numbers of resettled refugees. IAFR serves in Clarkston, just outside of Atlanta, where the local high school boasts students from 54 countries. It has been called the "Ellis Island of the South" and the most diverse square mile in America.
Our ministry in Clarkston is highly relational, with a major focus on youth related ministries and family support. Ministry priorities include:
Although lawfully present in the US, asylum seekers are initially barred from both employment and governmental assistance. This leaves them especially vulnerable.
In response, IAFR operates multiple "Jonathan House" ministries to assist asylum seekers with shelter, a welcoming community and practical help. We partner with residents in ways that set them up for success.
IAFR ministry priorities include:
Many refugees in the US seek good paying jobs in agricultural processing plants in rural Colorado as they require minimum English language skills. Much of our work is in Ft. Morgan, a town of 11,000 and home to approximately 1,000 East African refugees.
Together with local churches, we offer a welcoming community along with practical help. IAFR ministry priorities include:
Many asylum seekers have entered the U.S. via the southern border or are in Mexico awaiting decisions on their asylum claims. IAFR is developing relationships with potential partners along the southern border and conducting initial research, assessment and strategy development.
Please pray with us that God will call 2-3 people to join IAFR to pioneer this ministry. Let us know if you're interested in learning more by inquiring below.
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