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Equipping and supporting effective ministry among refugees

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.

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.

18-19 Aug 2017 | PRAXIS Conference (Fairfax, VA)

Date: 18-19 August 2017
Event: The PRAXIS Conference
Event Host: George Mason University

Theme: Building Peace with Youth in Conflict

Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (The Johnson Center)

Details
IAFR East Africa Associate Regional Leader, Jacob Tornga, will present as part of an Economics Panel at 11:30 AM on 18 August (Friday).

The conference will focus on bridging the knowledge gap between scholars and practitioners working with children and youth facing conflict and violence. The spectrum of engagement ranges from child soldiering, gang activity, civic activism, environmentalism, and peace work centered around current and ongoing conflicts and violence of all types. The conference is sponsored by George Mason University, The GMU School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Registration Required.


14 Sept 2017 | The Refugee Crisis (Minneapolis, MN)

Date: 14 September 2017
Event: MOPS at City Church
Event Host: City Church, Minneapolis, MN

Theme: The Refugee Crisis

Location: City Church, Minneapolis, MN

Details
IAFR Director of Church Training, Rachel Uthmann, will be speaking and interacting with this MOPS group at City Church. Time to be determined.

Open to everyone.


17 Sept 2017 | France and the Refugee Crisis (Pine Island, MN)

Date: 17 September 2017
Event: Sunday School Hour
Event Host: Good News Evangelical Free Church, Pine Island, MN

Theme: Refugee Realities: Northern France

Location: Good News Evangelical Free Church, Pine Island, M

Details
Join us to hear Michael Jurrens, an IAFR France Ministry Partner, discuss some of the realities facing the refugees and asylum-seekers of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of Northern France, the ever changing trajectory of the situation and ways we can help.  There will be a Q & A following the talk.

Open to everyone.


24 Sept 2017 | Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis (Zeeland, MI)

Date: 24 September 2017
Event: Living Out Sunday Sunday School Class
Event Host: Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, MI

Theme: The Refugee Crisis and how we can respond as Christians and the Church

Location: Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, MI

Details
IAFR East Africa Associate Regional Leader, Jacob Tornga, will be speaking and answering questions on 3 Sunday mornings (9/24, 10/1 and 10/8). The class begins at 10:45 AM.

Open to everyone.


24 Sept 2017 |God's Heart for the Foreigner (Cannon Falls, MN)

Date: 24 September 2017
Event: Missions Sunday
Event Host: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls, MN

Theme: Hospitality and God's Heart for the Foreigner

Location: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls, MN

Details
During the regular Sunday morning worship service, IAFR Minneapolis/St. Paul missionaries, Josh and Jen Levin, will give a twenty minute presentation on how IAFR is demonstrating God’s heart of hospitality toward the foreigner in the Twin Cities by way of Jonathan House, a ministry that offers shelter and community for asylum seekers. The service begins at 10:00am.

Lunch is offered following the service (donations accepted).

Everyone is welcome!


1 Oct 2017 | Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis (Zeeland, MI)

Date: 1 October 2017
Event: Living Out Sunday Sunday School Class
Event Host: Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, MI

Theme: The Refugee Crisis and how we can respond as Christians and the Church

Location: Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, MI

Details
IAFR East Africa Associate Regional Leader, Jacob Tornga, will be speaking and answering questions on 3 Sunday mornings (9/24, 10/1 and 10/8). The class begins at 10:45 AM.

Open to everyone.


8 Oct 2017 | Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis (Zeeland, MI)

Date: 8 October 2017
Event: Living Out Sunday Sunday School Class
Event Host: Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, MI

Theme: The Refugee Crisis and how we can respond as Christians and the Church

Location: Community Reformed Church, Zeeland, MI

Details
IAFR East Africa Associate Regional Leader, Jacob Tornga, will be speaking and answering questions on 3 Sunday mornings (9/24, 10/1 and 10/8). The class begins at 10:45 AM.

Open to everyone.


9-20 Oct 2017 | Welcome the Stranger (Bethany Global University)

Dates: 9-20 October 2017 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)
Event: Welcome the Stranger
Event Host: Bethany Global University, Minneapolis, MN

Theme: Welcome the Stranger

Location: Bethany Global University, Minneapolis, MN

Details
IAFR Director of Church Training (Rachel Uthmann) and IAFR Colorado Ministry Leader (Shanna Doughty), will be teaching a course on Welcoming the Stranger from 8:00 - 12:00 on the Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays within the given dates.

The focus is on a deeper understanding of the causes and challenges of forced displacement as well as best practices in welcoming forcibly displaced people in our communities.

Restrictions: Open to registered students at Bethany Global University only.


13-14 Oct 2017 | Missions Fest Seattle

Date: 13-14 October 2017
Event: Missions Fest Seattle
Event Host: Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, WA

Theme: From Nations to Neighbors

Location: Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, WA

Details
Tim Uthmann, IAFR Assistant Director of Operations, will present a seminar titled "Neighboring from the Nations: the Church's Role in Loving Refugees" at 11:00 - 12:00 on 14 October.

As the conference considers the church's missional role with its neighbor, this seminar will explore the unique opportunity we have to love the forcibly displaced as their journey brings them to us.

No registration required.

*Tim will be available at the conference throughout the day. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to meet up & chat over a cup of coffee!


15-18 Oct 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

19 Oct 2017 | Pressing Issues in Global Missions Contexts

Date: 19 October 2017
Event: Pressing Issues in Global Missions Contexts
Location: Multnomah University, Portland, OR
Registration: Registered university students only

Details
Tim Uthmann, IAFR Assistant Director of Operations, will use this college class to highlight the current refugee situation and encourage students to consider the implications for their future missional engagement.

Registered university students only.

*Tim will be available on campus throughout the day. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to meet up & chat over a cup of coffee!


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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 28,000 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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