We are helping refugees recover from displacement and rebuild their lives in Northern Colorado.
Together with local churches, we offer our new neighbors a welcoming community along with practical help. We raise awareness among churches and in the greater community concerning the challenges that refugees face and the blessings that they bring.
We support churches with a burden to welcome refugees into our community in ways that demonstrate the love of God. We come alongside and support efforts in the refugee community, making connections between people and resources, and creating collaborative solutions in the ongoing process of recovery from forced displacement.
Since 1980 over 50,000 refugees have resettled in Colorado. This includes secondary migrants who were originally resettled in other states but have since migrated to Colorado. Many refugees who relocate to Colorado come for good paying jobs in agricultural processing plants that require minimum English language skills. These jobs also draw immigrants and asylum seekers from Central America.
We are working in Fort Morgan, a multi-ethnic community located in Northeastern Colorado. This town of 11,000 is home to approximately 1,000 East African refugees. Sixty percent of the school population is Latino or Hispanic. The local church is in a unique position to model the beauty of multi-ethnic community and to stand for the value and dignity of every person.
In addition to Fort Morgan, we are collaborating with refugees, churches, and organizations along the Front Range of Northern Colorado.
Refugees in the USA
The United States has a long and proud history of providing refuge to victims of religious, political, ethnic, and other forms of persecution. It has committed itself to the principle that everyone has the right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution. Nonetheless, refugees face strict limitations on services to meet their basic needs, and asylum seekers receive no support upon their arrival in the United States.
The USA is the world's leading country of resettlement for refugees. The USA also receives the second most requests for asylum in the world.
Churches across the country are increasingly recognizing their mandate to welcome and reach out to these new arrivals in their communities. As they do, they discover that the blessing is mutual.
There are over 65 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world. That's 1 in every 113 people alive today. Another 34,000 people are uprooted every day. The last time there were this many refugees was during World War 2.
Three reasons why we refuse to lose hope.
First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway today. Second, Refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.
Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and the USA.