International Association for Refugees

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

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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.

Three reasons why we refuse to lose hope.

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.

Learn more below.


Click here to visit to learn about IAFR projects and discover how you can help refugees survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, specialized training and more!


Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Click here to visit and explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and the USA.


When it comes to helping people survive and recover from forced displacement, our team is our greatest asset. We think you will agree. Click here to meet the IAFR US team now.

Our Mission

Helping People Survive

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.

Helping People Recover

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.

Training & Consulting

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.

Financially Transparent

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.

Our Strategy

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 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.

Ministry Locations

Atlanta | Ft. Morgan | Minneapolis | Lille | Madrid | Malta | Rome | Vienna | Dzaleka | Kakuma | Canada

Our Values

These are among the core values and convictions that shape the unique way we serve forcibly displaced people.
Refugee Churches

Refugee Churches

We Collaborate with refugee churches.

IAFR recognizes that refugee churches are uniquely situated to identify the needs of forcibly displaced people. They are well aware of the challenges and opportunities related to their context and often have clear vision and a compelling sense of mission. IAFR looks for opportunities to help refugee churches accomplish their mission.

Photo: A refugee church praying in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

Local Churches

Local Churches

We Partner with local churches.

As followers of Jesus are to be marked by hospitality to foreigners, local churches are called to be communities that welcome refugees. Their knowledge of the local language, culture, resources, and laws make them well-suited to helping displaced people integrate into their new society. The refugee crisis desperately needs churches to show up in ways that further hope, healing, and reconciliation in the world.

Photo: An IAFR partner church in Minnesota sending their greetings to refugee churches in Kenya.

Long-term Relationships

Long-term Relationships

We establish and sustain long-term relationships of trust.

Relationships of trust form the basis for all that we do. IAFR develops long lasting relationships with refugee churches and like-minded partners from which projects come and go. Our commitment to these relationships continues long after  projects are completed.

Photo: IAFR missionary, Sharon Tonzo, visiting with a resettled refugee family in Atlanta.



We collaborate with others, including refugees.

The challenges and needs facing forcibly displaced people are overwhelming. No single agency has all it takes to meet these needs.

We compliment existing ministries and partner with refugees as well as like-minded churches and agencies, believing that we can accomplish more together than we can on our own.

Photo: Our US partner (Wheaton College) offering theological and trauma care training to our refugee partner in Kenya (United Refugee and Host Churches).



We acknowledge that refugees bless us even as we seek to bless them.

Refugees are more than people in need. They are among the world's most resilient and resourceful people. Yes, we need to help them, but we also have much to learn from them. IAFR ministries promotes mutual blessing in all we pursue.

Photo: A short-term missionary sharing smiles with a refugee sister in Dzaleka refugee camp, Malawi.

Respect & Dignity

Respect & Dignity

We demonstrate respect and affirm dignity.

We are committed to demonstrating respect and affirming the dignity of forcibly displaced people. IAFR publications and media will represent them in honest, respectful and non-exploitive ways. We share IAFR publications, photos, videos, etc. with those featured in order to confirm that they feel respected and appropriately represented.

Photo: US church leaders listening to a refugee church leader in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

Host Country Economy

Host Country Economy

We respect and strengthen the economies of the countries within which we serve.

IAFR ministries and projects draw from resources available in the host country whenever possible. We seek to strengthen local economies and avoid creating dependencies upon foreign economies.

Photo: Pastors in Kakuma, Kenya, sharing their joy upon receiving a fresh shipment of Bibles. The Bibles were purchased from the Bible Society in Kenya.

The IAFR Toolbox - Ministry Resources

Check out our online refugee ministry resource toolbox on our international site (

Map of the Highway

Current refugee realities along with biblical perspective all rolled up into a beautiful poster. Free download.

IAFR Multi-media

Eye-opening presentations and videos designed to introduce current refugee realities and offer biblical perspective.

IAFR Publications

Precise and thought provoking perspectives concerning current refugee realities and contemporary issues.

Other Resources

Helpful links to information and resources related to forcibly displaced people.

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