IAFR designed this stunning and informative poster to raise awareness about the realities of the Refugee Highway and of our mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves.
Perfect for churches, class rooms, dorm rooms and the office.
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Map version: June 2018
Be well informed. Discover the answers to frequently asked questions about refugee realities in the world today. How many forcibly displaced people (FDP) are in the world? How many refugees are in the world? What countries host the most refugees? How many refugees are children? ...and much more.
From beginning to end, Scripture is filled with stories of forcibly displaced people. This handout lists some well-known people in the Bible that spent time on the Refugee Highway. Explore and discuss biblical passages telling stories of forcible displacement.
Introductory booklet featuring powerful photos and a brief overview of the ministry of IAFR.
This 3 page resource is written with local church leaders in mind and offers several ways that they can integrate awareness of our divine mandate to love the foreigner within their community of faith. Each suggestion includes recommended resources to empower church leaders and members. Examples: Get informed re: refugee realities Get informed re: biblical perspective Invite a guest speaker. ...and several more suggestions.
Get an understanding of important terms associated with forced displacement.
A thought-provoking article related to responding to the global refugee crisis. Considerations related to national security are but 1 of 3 important dimensions of the global refugee crisis. As we seek solutions to the growing problem of forced displacement in the world, we need to also consider our commitment to Universal Human Rights and our divine mandate to love refugees. 1.5 pages.
This important resource is the fruit of a diverse and international group of Christian leaders as they consider what helpful Christian Witness looks like in our world today.
The response to humanitarian crisis requires more than the services of emergency relief agencies. See how IAFR's committment to long-term recovery work is helping refugees recover from displacement and rebuild their lives. 1 page document with graphic.
This paper explores how an efficient and generous refugee resettlement program can strengthen national security and offer hope to the global refugee crisis. 3 pages.
This 4 page document is taken from the speech by Tom Albinson to the North American Roundtable of the Refugee Highway Partnership on 22 July 2015. Tom outlines the sobering realities related to forcible displacement in our world before offering reasons to not lose heart as we seek the welfare and protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people.
Responding to the global refugee crisis This paper explores how we can respond to the global refugee crisis in ways that are both just and compassionate. 10 pages.
There are a lot of false assumptions and myths going around concerning refugees. We've responded to 10 of the most common myths on this straight-to-the-point 1 page resource.
Myth 1: There are plenty of countries in which refugees can find refuge.
Myth 2: Most of the world's refugees are found in Western nations.
Myth 3: Most refugees are eventually resettled to another country.
...and 7 more!
Learn what it means to help refugees find hope in God from an oft overlooked passage in Scripture. 2 pages.
This 1 page resource presents compelling biblical reasons why Christians need to be concerned about refugees in the world.
Excerpt: "From the divine banishment of Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23,24) to the final book of the Bible penned by John while in exile on the island of Patmos, stories of forced displacement run throughout Scripture."
Everyone can make a difference in the life of a refugee. But it isn't always easy to know where to begin. This 2 page resource is written with this in mind and offers 10 ways to consider getting started. Each suggestion includes a brief description.
It isn't always easy to know how to begin praying for forcibly displaced people. This 2 page resource offers 10 suggested prayer points to help us get started. Each suggestion includes a brief description.
...and 7 more suggestions.
At the request of UNHCR, a coalition of faith‐based humanitarian organizations and academic institutions (including HIAS, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lutheran World Federation, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Religions for Peace, University of Vienna Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance and World Vision International) drafted “Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders.”
The Affirmations, which have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish, inspire leaders of all faiths to “welcome the stranger” with dignity, respect and loving support. Faith groups around the world are encouraged to use the Affirmations and supporting resources as practical tools to foster support for refugees and other displaced people in their communities.
Originally drafted in 2001 at a Global Consultation of the Refugee Highway convened by World Evangelical Alliance in Izmir, Turkey, these “Refugee Ministry Best Practices” have proven their worth in helping churches, agencies and individuals serving refugees over the years. Refugee Ministry Best Practices have been widely circulated by the Refugee Highway Partnership. This version of Best Practices has been slightly updated and edited by IAFR.
We are always looking for helpful refugee ministry related resources, agencies and connections. We've listed some of them below. Click on a link below to learn more.
The Refugee Highway Partnership | A Christian network of people, churches and agencies serving refugees
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees | The UN Refugee Agency
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Available in multiple languages
The Refugee Convention | The document informing the work of UNHCR and the responsibilities of signatory nations
IRIN News | Humanitarian and Development news and reports
Forced Migration Review | A free quarterly resource from the Refugees Studies Centre of Oxford University
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre | Resources related to Internally Displaced People (IDP)
RefWorld | An extensive refugee resource from the UN
RefUnite | Helping refugees reconnect with family
ImmiHelp.com | A clearing house of helpful forms and information.
US Application for Asylum | Official form and instructions
US Guide to Being Granted Asylum | Official website of USCIS
WorkPermit.com | Assistance with obtaining work permits in many countries
Refugee Council Online | UK refugee and asylum seeker information and assistance
Library of Human Rights | Extensive human rights documentation and information
When forced to flee their homes, refugees need to find a way to a safe place. There are some well-worn paths in the world that they travel. These paths are the Refugee Highway.
The Highway is paved with tears of loneliness, fear and discouragement. Whatever part of the Highway they travel, refugees are met with the same message: Do Not Enter.
Yet there is hope. God is alive and well on the Refugee Highway.
Watch this powerful 6 minute video to learn more. We hope that you will download it and share it with others!