Opportunities

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Serve

Our missionaries are our greatest resource as we come alongside of forcibly displaced people in ways that strengthen hope and resilience.

We are looking for women and men of faith that resonate with our mission and values and sense God calling them onto the refugee highway.

Most of our ministry locations are in need of reinforcements. We are also open to exploring new ministry initiatives and locations.

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Train

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's training program 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.

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Advocate

There is great need for people to be creating space in the hearts and minds of others for refugees in our world today. Whether around the water cooler, at the lunch table, or at a church gathering, we want to help you speak up on behalf of refugees.

Our Toolbox is designed to help you pray and advocate on behalf of refugees. It includes insightful media presentations and publications along with links to other dependable resources.

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Give

Not everyone is able to go and serve refugees. But we can all help them survive and recover from forced displacement.

IAFR missionaries need a strong network of financial partners in order to pursue their mission. Our projects rely on the investments of generous donors. Undesignated gifts are applied to where the needs are greatest. Join our team of financial partners and make a difference in the lives of refugees today.

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IAFR Service Opportunities

Both short and long-term missionaries are required to cover 100% of their personal and ministry expenses. Donations toward support requirements are tax deductible in the USA.

Short-term Service with IAFR

Are you looking for a short-term ministry opportunity that will help people survive and recover from forced displacement? We might have an opportunity for you!

Most of our ministry locations offer short-term ministry opportunities that serve our long-term goals. We are often able to work out dates and costs with interested individuals and teams.

Click on a location to learn about short-term service opportunities.

MALAWI - Dzaleka Refugee Camp

MALAWI - Dzaleka Refugee Camp

LOCATION: DZALEKA REFUGEE CAMP, MALAWI
Dates: Negotiable. Trip duration is 14 days.
Cost: $4,500 per participant*
Team Size: Limit of 4 persons, including IAFR staff.

Description
IAFR visits Dzaleka refugee camp up to 2 times annually. IAFR ministry in Dzaleka is in partnership with There Is Hope Malawi and refugee churches in the camp. See the Malawi location page to learn more about our work there. We are able to take up to 3 people with us on each visit.

Requirements:

  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Complete the IAFR short-term application
  • Complete all IAFR orientation sessions and required reading prior to departure
  • Raise/provide full support requirement to IAFR by deadline determined by IAFR
  • Complete all vaccinations recommended by CDC prior to trip (non reimbursable)
  • Mature personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Healthy personal immune system
  • Physical capacity to walk long distances and stand for extended periods of time
  • Physical capacity to cope with blowing dust, heat and intense sun
  • Emotional stability to cope with unexpected circumstances
  • Sign and submit IAFR Release Form prior to trip departure

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*Cost estimate includes airfares, visas, accommodations, meals, ground transportation and travel insurance. Personal purchases are not included.


KENYA - Kakuma Refugee Camp

KENYA - Kakuma Refugee Camp

LOCATION: KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA
Dates: Negotiable. Trip duration is 14 days.
Cost: $4,500 per participant
Team Size: Limit of 4 persons, including IAFR staff.

Description
IAFR visits Kakuma refugee camp up to 4 times annually. IAFR ministry in Kakuma is in partnership with National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) and United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC). See the Kenya location page to learn more about our work there. We are able to take up to 3 people with us on each visit.

Requirements:

  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Complete the IAFR short-term application
  • Complete all IAFR orientation sessions and required reading prior to departure
  • Raise/provide full support requirement to IAFR by deadline determined by IAFR
  • Complete all vaccinations recommended by CDC prior to trip (non reimbursable)
  • Mature personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Healthy personal immune system
  • Physical capacity to walk long distances and stand for extended periods of time
  • Physical capacity to cope with blowing dust, extreme heat and intense sun
  • Emotional stability to cope with unexpected circumstances
  • Sign and submit IAFR Release Form prior to trip departure

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*Cost estimate includes airfares, visas, accommodations, meals, ground transportation and travel insurance. Personal purchases are not included.


COLORADO - Ft. Morgan

COLORADO - Ft. Morgan

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Dates: Negotiable. Service duration is 7-10 days.
Cost: To be determined
Team Size: 4-6 persons

Description
Once settled in the United States, many refugees make their way to rural communities that are home to large manufacturing, distribution, and food processing plants. Fort Morgan is one such community – a small rural community that is arguably the most ethnically diverse community in the state of Colorado.

Join us for a week of highly relational ministry in a community where word of mouth is the main form of communication. The Colorado Ministry Team Leader will work with the leader of the short-term team to craft an interactive discovery experience. As team members cultivate a commitment to answer the call to love the stranger, they will develop a deeper understanding of immigrant and refugee communities in America while supporting the long-term ministry in Fort Morgan.

Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Complete the IAFR short-term application
  • Complete all IAFR orientation sessions and required reading prior to arrival
  • Raise/provide full support requirement to IAFR by deadline determined by IAFR
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • • Willingness to enter this experience with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability

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Long-term Service with IAFR

Are you sensing God's call to long-term ministry among refugees? You might just be an answer to prayer!

IAFR is looking for creative people with high-initiative - people that enjoy working in unstructured contexts and who deeply resonate with our mission, values and affirmations. Does that sound like you? Read on!

While we are often able to help missionaries develop the skills and capacities needed in their ministry context, we are praying that God would send us people to help in some specific ways. Click on an opportunity to learn more about it.

MALTA - Teammates Needed!

MALTA - Teammates Needed!

LOCATION: MALTA
Need: 3 full-time teammates
Ministry Role: IAFR Malta Teammate
Supervisor: IAFR Malta Leader

Summary
IAFR workers focus on nurturing the faith and well-being of uprooted people. The primary aim of IAFR in Malta is to work together with local churches to assist displaced people with integration and assimilation.

Malta Team Description
Malta teammates enjoy meeting new people and making strangers feel welcome. They find creative ways to address the needs of forcibly displaced people related to identity, belonging and purpose. They reflect hope in the midst of loss and crisis. They put people before task. They are team players who not only support the opinions and efforts of others, but also give voice to their own ideas. They are ready to serve, supporting each other in a demanding context of endless challenges and needs.

General Responsibilities for IAFR workers in Malta

  • Engage in service among displaced people in one or more of the following areas: integration, spiritual and emotional support; advocacy; humanitarian assistance; training and consulting; capacity building.
  • Contribute or develop a specific skill or focus to support the ongoing efforts of IAFR in Malta (e.g. book keeping, computer technician, photographer, writing, event facilitator, ESL, etc.).
  • Develop and pursue a plan each year that includes ministry priorities, personal renewal and ongoing personal development.
  • Participate in annual European Refugee Highway Partnership meetings.
  • Take part in monthly meetings and the annual review process with IAFR leadership.
  • Abide by the established policies and procedures of the IAFR handbook and ministry related agreements.
  • Maintain regular communication with donors, supporters and friends. Share stories of how God is at work through the ministry.

Requirements

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Minimum service commitment: 2 years on field location
  • English language requirement: Able to converse clearly with others
  • Personal identification and resonance with IAFR’s values and affirmations
  • Active participation in a local church

Expectations for Service in Malta

  • Complete IAFR training requirements.
  • Complete the IAFR Maltese language training requirement within the first year.
  • Consisitent participatation in a local church.
  • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships.
  • Intentionally seek ways to promote the integration of asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Initiate and participate in ministries that include both forcibly displaced people and local communities.
  • Incorporate local volunteers and short term workers into the work.
  • Welcome input from fellow teammates and extend grace to them.
  • Work humbly within a wide spectrum of cultural and theological perspectives.

Personal Qualities
Due to the highly relational nature of this work, these are the kinds of qualities we are looking for in teammates.

  • Personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • High initiative
  • Cultural awareness
  • Team player
  • Flexibility
  • Hospitality
  • Encouragement
  • Compassion
  • Perseverance
  • Creativity
  • Healthy boundaries

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COLORADO - Professionals Needed!

COLORADO - Professionals Needed!

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Need: Entrepreneurs, Medical Professionals, Educators
Monthly Support Requirement: Ministry expenses only (if employed through another company or organization)

Role Description:
Carry out the mission and vision of IAFR | Colorado within a professional context.

Potential Professional Contexts:

  • Entrepreneurs: Interested in starting a business that provides training opportunities for refugees and a service to the receiving community at large?
  • Medical professionals: Fort Morgan is home to clinics and hospitals that participate in loan forgiveness programs.
  • Educators: Multiple Fort Morgan schools participate in loan forgiveness programs.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Complete IAFR long-term application
  • Complete IAFR Training
  • Raise/provide full support requirement
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Willingness to engage both the refugee community and the receiving community with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability

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COLORADO - Community Relations Director

COLORADO - Community Relations Director

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Need: Community Relations Director
Monthly Support Requirement: 100% Compensation Package

Role Description:
Develop relationships with Northern Colorado community organizations. Discover areas where IAFR | Colorado can support existing work of community organizations among the refugee community, make connections between community organizations, and support collaborative efforts between community organizations and the refugee community to address areas of need. Work with the Colorado Ministry Leader and Church Relations Director to identify and support opportunities for collaboration between the refugee community and the receiving community at large.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Complete IAFR long-term application
  • Complete IAFR Training
  • Raise/provide full support requirement
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Willingness to engage both the refugee community and the receiving community with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability
  • Non-profit experience preferred

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COLORADO - Church Relations Director

COLORADO - Church Relations Director

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Need: Church Relations Director
Monthly Support Requirement: 100% Compensation Package

Role Description:
Develop relationships with Northern Colorado churches. Discover areas where IAFR | Colorado can support existing refugee ministry, make connections between churches, and support collaborative efforts between churches and the refugee community that address areas of need. Work with the Colorado Ministry Leader and Community Relations Director to identify and support opportunities for collaboration between the refugee community and the receiving community at large.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Complete IAFR long-term application
  • Complete IAFR Training
  • Raise/provide full support requirement
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Willingness to engage both the refugee community and the receiving community with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability
  • Local church ministry experience preferred

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Ministry Locations

Atlanta | Colorado | Minneapolis | Austria | France | Italy | Malta | Kenya | Malawi | West Asia

A Prayer for Refugees


Father in heaven, please be near those who are forcibly displaced today.

Some know you. Others do not. You love them all. May they all know your presence, protection and provision.

You have not forgotten them. You know their names. You know their stories. You know their journey. Please lead them.

You are not far from them. You know their loss and suffering. You suffered too. Please heal and comfort them.

You are not against them. You deeply care for each man, woman and child. Please renew their faith, their hope and their strength.

They've lost their place in the world. Be their refuge. Graciously lead them to a safe place where they can settle and rebuild their lives.

We pray for peace, justice and reconciliation in their countries of origin.

We pray in the name of Jesus who was once himself a refugee in Egypt.

Amen.


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