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IAFR Training

Perhaps you want to help people survive and recover from forced displacement, but you're not sure where to begin. Or maybe you are already serving refugees, but feel the need to be better equipped?

IAFR's training program will help you gain an in-depth understanding of refugee realities along with biblical perspective and cross-cultural tools to help you develop a ministry strategy well-suited to your unique context.

While our complete on site training requires 3 days, we are able to break it down into shorter segments to better work with your schedule. Learn more about our training and upcoming training opportunities below.

Training & Event Calendar

Upcoming training opportunities, conferences, workshops and speaking engagements are listed below. Click on a heading to learn details of an event.

6 May 2017 | Awaken Community Training (St. Paul, MN)

Date: 6 May 2017
Time: 1:30 - 5:30 PM
Event: Awaken Community Training
Host: Awaken Community, St. Paul, MN

Details
Rachel Uthmann (Director of Church Training) and Sarah Miller (US Regional Director) will be offering ministry training for people from Awaken Community (church) interested in serving asylum-seekers in the Twin Cities area.

By invitation only.

7 May 2017 | Hope Presbyterian Church (Richfield, MN)

Date: 7 May 2017
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 AM
Event: Hope Presbyterian Church Adult Sunday School
Host: Hope Presbyterian Churchl, MN

Details
Tom Albinson (President) will be speaking on refugee realities and a biblical perspective of forced displacement at the Hope Presbyterian Church Adult Equipping Hour.

Open to the public.

9 May 2017 | Immigration Forum (St. Croix Falls, WI)

Date: 9 May 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Event: Immigration Forum (Evangelical Immigration Table)
Host: Alliance Church of the Valley, St. Croix Falls, WI

Details
Sarah Miller (IAFR US Regional Director) will speak on "The U.S. & the global Refugee Crisis". Other speakers include Liz Dong (Midwest Mobilizer, Bibles, Badges & Business for Immigration Reform), Calleigh McRaith (Associate Attorney, Immigration, Wilson Law Group), Petrona Melgarejo (Federal Investigator, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and Jose (Former Director, St. Croix Falls Chamber of Commerce) & Anna Trejo (Founder, The Salve Project and The Vine Enterprises).

Open to the public.

2 June 2017 | Refugee Ministry Training (Clarkston, GA)

Date: 2 June 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Event: Refugee Ministry Training
Location: Lantern Project, Clarkston, GA

Theme: IAFR Basic Orientation and Training to Refugee Ministry

Details
IAFR's Atlanta Ministry Leader, Sharon Tonzo, and IAFR US Regional Director, Sarah Miller, will facilitate the 2 hour training.

Open to the public.

18 June 2017 | Vriesland Reformed Church (Zeeland, MI)

Date: 18 June 2017
Time: 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Event: World Refugee Sunday (Sunday worship service)
Location: Vriesland Reformed Church

Theme: The Call to Christians to Show Hospitality to Forcibly Displaced People

Details
IAFR Associate Director for East Africa, Jacob Tornga, will be the guest speaker.

Open to the public.

19-22 June 2017 | Fellowship Reformed Church (Hudsonville, MI)

Date: 19 - 22 June 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM daily
Event: Vacation Bible School
Location: Fellowship Reformed Church

Details
IAFR Associate Director for East Africa, Jacob Tornga, will be a guest speaker.
The VBS will raise money for the IAFR Bibles for Refugees Project.
Open to the public. Registration required.

25 June 2017 | Fellowship Reformed Church (Hudsonville, MI)

Date: 25 June 2017
Time: 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Event: World Refugee Sunday (Sunday worship service)
Location: Fellowship Reformed Church

Theme: The Importance of Caring for Forcibly Displaced People

Details
IAFR Associate Director for East Africa, Jacob Tornga, will be the guest speaker.

Open to the public.

25 June 2017 | Metamora Mennonite Church (Metamora, IL)

Date: 25 June 2017
Time: 9:30 AM
Event: World Refugee Sunday (Sunday worship service)
Location: Metamora Mennonite Church

Theme: The Refugee Crisis and the Unique Role of the Church

Details
IAFR Executive Vice President, Tim Barnes will be the guest speaker.

25 June 2017 | Northwood Church (Maple Grove, MN)

Date: 25 June 2017
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 AM and 10:50 - 11:50 AM
Event: World Refugee Sunday (Sunday worship service)
Event Location: Northwood Church

Theme: The Refugee Crisis and the Unique Role of the Church

Details
IAFR President, Tom Albinson, will be the guest speaker.

28-30 June 2017 | Stott-Bediako Forum (Ghana)

Date: 28-30 June 2017
Event: Stott-Bediako Forum
Theme: The Refugee Crisis: A Shared Human Condition
Location: Akrofi-Christaller Institute for Theology, Mission, and Culture in Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana
Registration: By invitation only

Description
IAFR President, Tom Albinson, will be speaking on "The Unique and Essential Role That The Church Can Play in Recovery From Forced Displacement" at this conference of academics and practitioners hosted by International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT)

16 July 2017 | 1st Covenant Church (St. Paul, MN)

Date: 16 July 2017
Time: 9:30 AM
Event: Twin Cities Refugee Day (Sunday worship service)
Location: 1st Covenant Church, St. Paul, MN

Theme: The Call to Care for the Stranger

Details
IAFR President, Tom Albinson, will be the guest speaker.

26-28 July 2017 | North American Refugee Round Table (Dallas, TX)

Date: 26-28 July 2017
Event: North American Refugee Round Table
Event Host: The Refugee Highway Partnership - North American Region

Theme: Love Ignited
Location: Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX

Details
The North American Region of the Refugee Highway Partnership will convene for its 9th annual Round Table that will bring hundreds of Christians together who share a common interest in the welfare of refugees. Featured speakers include Tom Albinson, Stephan Bauman,and Vickie Reddy.

Several IAFR teammates will also lead table talks during the Round Table. More details forthcoming.

15-18 October 2017 | Crisis Publishing Initiative (Sopron, Hungary)

Date: 15-18 October 2017
Event: Crisis Publishing Initiative
Location: Sopron, Hungary
Registration: By invitation only

Details
IAFR President, Tom Albinson, will lead 2 workshops. One will present a biblically informed view of forced displacement and a global perspective on refugee ministry. The other will be done in partnership with a journalist exploring how the humanitarian sector and journalists can find common understanding of one another's roles, contributions, needs and interests.

Learn more at Crisis Publishing Initiative

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IAFR Training

Refugee Realities

Gain an in-depth understanding of the global refugee crisis.

Biblical Perspective

Develop a biblical perspective concerning issues related to refugees and forced displacement.

Recovery Work

Learn how you can help people recover from the trauma of forced displacement.

Ministry Strategy

Develop a contextualized strategy to help people survive and recover from forced displacement.
IAFR missionaries bring a wealth of front-line refugee ministry experience and perspective to our training and consulting work that is highly sought out by churches, agencies and practioners around the world.

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A Movement of Hope

Let’s make a difference together!

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.

Learn more below.
PROJECTS
Discover how you can help refugees survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, specialized training and more!
LOCATIONS
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.
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When it comes to helping people survive and recover from forced displacement, our team is our greatest asset. We think you will agree. Get to know the IAFR team now.

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