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Refugee Graduation

Our refugee partners in Kakuma refugee camp (Kenya) held their 2017 KISOM graduation while we there in December. The Ethiopian refugee church in which the ceremony was held was packed. There was a bit of stress at the beginning as the gowns and diplomas had not yet arrived. But they arrived just in time. The man who brought them had taken a bus from Eldoret city - a full day's ride away. But this time the journey took more than a day as the bus broke down en route to Kakuma.

KISOM is the Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission - founded by United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC), a refugee initiated association of churches established in Kakuma back in 1997. Their vision is to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ from Kakuma. Thousands of graduates have gone through the school and are faithfully serving God in the camp as well as in countries both near and far (thanks to refugee resettlement).

IAFR is partnering with URHC to purchase land and erect the first KISOM building. We hope to break ground this year. Click here to learn more about this project.

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!

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

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