Every year we try and pull our complete IAFR team together for a few days of fellowship, refreshment and training. All but 3 of our teammates made it to our gathering this year - and we were glad to be able to connect with them via Skype during the week (photo).
As always, we ended our conference with a communion service. Time and again our teammates commented on how IAFR is "home" and "family" to them. I couldn't agree more. We serve in ministry contexts in which people are carrying heavy burdens and often struggling to find reasons to hope. Many of us don't have another teammate on location. It can get lonely when things get tough. The conference was a reminder that we are not alone and that we can lean on our IAFR colleagues whenever needed.
We have now traveled back to our various ministry locations - with full hearts and fresh perspective for the opportunities and challenges that lay before us.
Many thanks to everyone who stands behind our teammates in prayer and through financial support! Together we are helping people survive and recover from forced displacement!