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Another training begins

IAFR launched our first missionary training week of 2018 today! We are thankful for the remarkable people God is calling to help us pursue our mission of helping people survive and recover from forced displacement.

Mission Accomplished!

We thank God for having the privilege of participating with him in answering the prayers of 25 Internally Displaced Women in Kakuma, Kenya. They prayed for God's provision so that they could expand their chicken business (eggs) from 500 to 2000 chickens. They needed money to build a new coop to house the birds.

Thanks to IAFR's generous financial partners, we were able to give them what they needed earlier this year. And on our December 2017 visit to Kakuma, we had the honor of officially opening the doors of the new coop, built with help of our partner agency, National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK). You can watch the ceremonial opening of the door and the dedication of the coop below (videoed with Facebook Live).

After assessing their funding, the women decided to reduce the projected number of chickens for their business from 2000 to 1500. This helped them stretch the funds to not only build the coop and purchase cages, but also purchase 1000 chickens along with initial feed and vaccinations. These ladies know what they're doing!

Pure joy.

-by Tom Albinson

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of the friends and supporters that make the ministry of IAFR possible! May the new year be one that draws us closer to Jesus as we seek his kingdom together!

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Pastor Gatera | MSP

We are happy to welcome Pastor Jean Pierre Gatera to the IAFR Team! Pastor Gatera is preparing to serve with us in Minneapolis/St. Paul - and ultimately further afield. Read on to learn more about our old friend and new colleague!


Pastor Jean Pierre Gatera is Burundian by birth. He spent 20 years of his life in Kakuma refugee camp in remote northwestern Kenya.

Pastor Gatera pastored a refugee church in Kakuma for 10 years. He also served as the chairman of a diverse association of churches from within the refugee camp and surrounding host community for over a decade, during which time the association grew from 21 to over 83 churches. He also taught for many years at the Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission (KISOM). It is through Pastor Gatera and his many networks that IAFR's ministry in Kakuma began in 2012.

Pastor Gatera is passionate about helping refugees overcome the many challenges of resettlement in the US and other countries. He has a special burden to encourage and equip refugee Christians for ministry in refugee camps as well as in countries of resettlement. He has a special calling to encourage and strengthen interdenominational associations of refugee churches within refugee camps, believing that God seeks to use the refugee church to further his kingdom in a mighty way around the world.

While a refugee, Pastor Gatera earned a Diploma in Missions from the Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission (KISOM) and a Bachelors degree in Theology from Global University. He also earned certificates in Bible Training for Pastors, Don Bosco Vocational Training, Trauma Care, Conflict Transformation, Leadership Training, Peace Building, Pastoral Training and Million Leaders Mandate.

Pastor Gatera and his wife and three children were resettled from Kenya to the US in 2016.

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