TRAINING

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

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Curious About the Role of the Church in the Refugee Crisis?

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!

How can IAFR help you?

Perhaps you want to help people survive and recover from forced displacement, but you're not sure where to begin. Or maybe you are already serving refugees but feel the need to be better equipped?

IAFR missionaries bring a wealth of front-line refugee ministry experience and perspective to our training and consulting work that is highly sought out by churches, agencies and practitioners around the world.

We can provide training on a single topic, several days of in-depth material, or consultation for your ministry team. A selection of our common topics are listed below. We are also launching a webinar series this year.

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IAFR TRAINING

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.

Core Topics

  • REFUGEE REALITIES
    A global overview of forced displacement including key terms and statistics from the refugee highway and relevant international law documents.

  • BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON REFUGEES
    An overview of forcibly displaced people in Scripture and why God cares about refugees.

  • THE CONTINUUM OF RESPONSE
    An overview of the needs of displaced people in various phases of the journey from flight to integra􀀁on and how churches are uniquely suited to recovery work

    RECOVERY MINISTRY UNPACKED
    A series of conversations unpacking how to support refugee recovery including practical examples and lessons learned from a variety of contexts.

    WORKING IN HUMANITARIAN SPACE
    Introduces the concept of humanitarian space and how ministry in this area presents particular challenges; includes discussion on government and humanitarian stakeholders, their motivations and concerns, and helpful approaches for engagement.

WHEN EVANGELISM MEETS AID
A discussion on having a faithful Christian witness in refugee ministry; addresses concerns of coercion and ethics in combining a spiritual message and basic aid.

  • OUR GOALS AND MOTIVATIONS
    An invitation to reflect on what drives us in refugee ministry and how we communicate our goals and motivations in an honest and helpful manner.

  • BEST PRACTICES FOR REFUGEE MINISTRY
    Principles of best practice in work with displaced people.

  • CONTEXT ASSESSMENTS
    A tool for identifying the strengths and opportunities for ministry in your context and determining a starting point for beginning or strengthening your ministry.

    WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED
    A basic introduction to trauma for the layperson; how to avoid harm and be a helpful friend to someone who has survived trauma.

    THE COST OF CARING
    Discussions on how to maintain your own emotional and spiritual health while walking alongside people who are healing from trauma.

    Additional topics are available upon request. Contact us from the form at the bottom of this page.

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RECOVERY WORK

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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