Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement
We are helping asylum-seekers and refugees survive and recover from forced displacement in northern France. We are calling churches to offer community and support to these vulnerable people. We seek to strengthen faith and hope by offering them pastoral support and prayer. We consult with churches interested in reaching out to them.
We are serving in northern France, a region through which many asylum-seekers pass in search of refuge. Many of these men, women and children sleep in fields and vacant buildings during this stretch of their difficult passage. They have few options when it comes to finding adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care and other essentials of life.
France takes a hardline approach in its immigration policy that increases the vulnerability of asylum seekers and especially those who are lacking personal documentation.
There is a great need for ministry centres in France in which refugees feel welcome and have opportunity to receive helpful information and personal support - places in which local churches can connect with refugees in ways that offer community, bring hope and strengthen faith.
We plan to open a refugee ministry centre in northern France in 2017. We need $15,000 in order to rent and set up a suitable space.
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.