There are over 65 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world. That's 1 in every 113 people alive today. 28,000 new people are uprooted every day. The last time there were this many refugees was during World War 2.
First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway. Second, refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.
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Forced displacement often leaves people without shelter, water, food and basic medical care. When the humanitarian world struggles to meet these basic needs, you can help.
Recovery from forced displacement requires a supportive community, life-giving faith and emotional well-being along with the ability to navigate and contribute to society. You can help refugees recover and rebuild their lives.
Good news! Many churches and people want to help refugees. They just don't know where to begin. IAFR's refugee ministry training is specifically designed with the local church in mind.
Our work flows naturally out of our relationship with Jesus Christ who taught us that the greatest of all commandments is to love God and our neighbor.
We are committed to helping churches discover their unique role in the global refugee crisis and to then engage in life-giving ways that play to their strengths.
We are committed to financial integrity and transparency. As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation, IAFR complies with U.S. Federal and State laws and carries out an annual independent audit.
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 generate 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 impersonal humanitarian and social services meant to keep them alive. And as necessary as such services are, they can be quite dehumanizing as they undermine dignity and hope.
Recovery work helps re-humanize people and restore hope. Recovery work seeks to strengthen community, faith, emotional well-being and personal capacity. It also includes getting behind the ideas and solutions of refugees themselves, recognizing the important contributions they offer in finding solutions to their displacement.
This is IAFR's strategic part in seeking the welfare and protection of forcibly displaced people in the world today.