One of our IAFR value statements, which guide our actions, is that we collaborate with refugee churches. We do this because we believe that refugees are not simply people in need but are created in the image of God, with dreams, hopes, plans, and solutions for their displacement.
One of my great joys is to collaborate with the refugee pastors and churches in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. During my most recent visit, the pastors from one of the refugee churches took me to visit some of the 15 branches that they have started in surrounding villages near the camp. As we talked together, one of the challenges of caring for these churches was the time and distance it takes for one of the refugee pastor/evangelist to travel (normally on foot) to these village branches.
But they proposed a solution...bicycles. Bicycles would make it easier to access the villages and reduce the time to get there. That was something that IAFR and the church could work on together. Through some generous gifts from friends of IAFR, we were able to make resources available to help purchase several bicycles.
I was thrilled to recently receive this picture of the bicycles, sent from one of the refugee pastor's mobile phone, and to see the joy of those who will use them to be carriers of Good News. In their displacement, the refugee church remains focused on their mission.
Photo: Refugee pastors in Dzaleka refugee camp