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Ways we can partner together...

Pray

Refugees need our prayers - and everyone, young and old, can help in this way.

Sometimes it is difficult to know how to begin praying for others. IAFR can help you pray for specific people and specific needs along the refugee highway. A good first step is to add your name to our Email List below.


A second step might be to visit our Toolbox.

GIVE

Not everyone is able to go and serve refugees. But we can all help them survive and recover from forced displacement.

IAFR missionaries need a strong network of financial partners in order to pursue their mission. Our projects rely on the investments of generous donors. Undesignated gifts are applied to where the needs are greatest. Join our team of financial partners and make a difference in the lives of refugees today.

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ADVOCATE

There is great need for people to be creating space in the hearts and minds of others for refugees in our world today. Whether around the watercooler, at the lunch table, or at a church gathering, we want to help you speak up on behalf of refugees.

Our Toolbox is designed to help you pray and advocate on behalf of refugees. It includes insightful media presentations and publications along with links to other dependable resources.

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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Looking for Leaders...

We are always on the lookout for people of faith with leadership and pastoral gifts, cross-cultural experience and servant hearts. If that sounds like you, we hope you will contact us today!

IAFR Service Opportunities

Both short and long-term missionaries are required to cover 100% of their personal and ministry expenses. Donations toward support requirements are tax deductible in the USA.

Short-term Opportunities

Are you looking for a short-term ministry opportunity that will help people survive and recover from forced displacement? We might have an opportunity for you!

Most of our ministry locations offer short-term ministry opportunities that serve our long-term goals. We are often able to work out dates and costs with interested individuals and teams.

Specific short-term service programs/opportunities are listed below.

Long-term Opportunities

Are you sensing God's call to long-term ministry among refugees? You might just be an answer to prayer!

IAFR is looking for creative people with high-initiative - people that enjoy working in unstructured contexts and who deeply resonate with our mission, values and affirmations. Does that sound like you? Read on!

While we are often able to help missionaries develop the skills and capacities needed in their ministry context, we are praying that God would send us people to help in some specific ways. Learn more below.

Short-term Opportunities

COLORADO - Ft. Morgan

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Dates: Negotiable. Service duration is 7-10 days.
Cost: To be determined
Team Size: 4-6 persons

Description
Once settled in the United States, many refugees make their way to rural communities that are home to large manufacturing, distribution, and food processing plants. Fort Morgan is one such community – a small rural community that is arguably the most ethnically diverse community in the state of Colorado.

Join us for a week of highly relational ministry in a community where word of mouth is the main form of communication. The Colorado Ministry Team Leader will work with the leader of the short-term team to craft an interactive discovery experience. As team members cultivate a commitment to answer the call to love the stranger, they will develop a deeper understanding of immigrant and refugee communities in America while supporting the long-term ministry in Fort Morgan.

Requirements
  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Complete the IAFR short-term application
  • Complete all IAFR orientation sessions and required reading prior to arrival
  • Raise/provide full support requirement to IAFR by deadline determined by IAFR
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • • Willingness to enter this experience with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability
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KENYA - Kakuma Refugee Camp

LOCATION: KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, KENYA
Dates: Negotiable. Trip duration is 14 days.
Cost: $4,500 per participant
Team Size: Limit of 4 persons, including IAFR staff.

Description
IAFR visits Kakuma refugee camp up to 4 times annually. IAFR ministry in Kakuma is in partnership with National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) and United Refugee and Host Churches (URHC). See the Kenya location page to learn more about our work there. We are able to take up to 3 people with us on each visit.

Requirements:
  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Complete the IAFR short-term application
  • Complete all IAFR orientation sessions and required reading prior to departure
  • Raise/provide full support requirement to IAFR by deadline determined by IAFR
  • Complete all vaccinations recommended by CDC prior to trip (non reimbursable)
  • Mature personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Healthy personal immune system
  • Physical capacity to walk long distances and stand for extended periods of time
  • Physical capacity to cope with blowing dust, extreme heat and intense sun
  • Emotional stability to cope with unexpected circumstances
  • Sign and submit IAFR Release Form prior to trip departure
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*Cost estimate includes airfares, visas, accommodations, meals, ground transportation and travel insurance. Personal purchases are not included.

MALAWI - Dzaleka Refugee Camp

LOCATION: DZALEKA REFUGEE CAMP, MALAWI
Dates: Negotiable. Trip duration is 14 days.
Cost: $4,500 per participant*
Team Size: Limit of 4 persons, including IAFR staff.

Description
IAFR visits Dzaleka refugee camp up to 2 times annually. IAFR ministry in Dzaleka is in partnership with There Is Hope Malawi and refugee churches in the camp. See the Malawi location page to learn more about our work there. We are able to take up to 3 people with us on each visit.

Requirements:
  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Complete the IAFR short-term application
  • Complete all IAFR orientation sessions and required reading prior to departure
  • Raise/provide full support requirement to IAFR by deadline determined by IAFR
  • Complete all vaccinations recommended by CDC prior to trip (non reimbursable)
  • Mature personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Healthy personal immune system
  • Physical capacity to walk long distances and stand for extended periods of time
  • Physical capacity to cope with blowing dust, heat and intense sun
  • Emotional stability to cope with unexpected circumstances
  • Sign and submit IAFR Release Form prior to trip departure
Interested? Click below to let us know of your interest and explore the possibilities.

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*Cost estimate includes airfares, visas, accommodations, meals, ground transportation and travel insurance. Personal purchases are not included.

Long-term Opportunities

COLORADO - Church Relations Director

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Need: Church Relations Director
Monthly Support Requirement: 100% Compensation Package

Role Description:
Develop relationships with Northern Colorado churches. Discover areas where IAFR | Colorado can support existing refugee ministry, make connections between churches, and support collaborative efforts between churches and the refugee community that address areas of need. Work with the Colorado Ministry Leader and Community Relations Director to identify and support opportunities for collaboration between the refugee community and the receiving community at large.

Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Complete IAFR long-term application
  • Complete IAFR Training
  • Raise/provide full support requirement
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Willingness to engage both the refugee community and the receiving community with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability
  • Local church ministry experience preferred

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COLORADO - Community Relations Director

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Need: Community Relations Director
Monthly Support Requirement: 100% Compensation Package

Role Description:
Develop relationships with Northern Colorado community organizations. Discover areas where IAFR | Colorado can support existing work of community organizations among the refugee community, make connections between community organizations, and support collaborative efforts between community organizations and the refugee community to address areas of need. Work with the Colorado Ministry Leader and Church Relations Director to identify and support opportunities for collaboration between the refugee community and the receiving community at large.

Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Complete IAFR long-term application
  • Complete IAFR Training
  • Raise/provide full support requirement
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Willingness to engage both the refugee community and the receiving community with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability
  • Non-profit experience preferred

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COLORADO - Professionals Needed!

LOCATION: FORT MORGAN, COLORADO
Need: Entrepreneurs, Medical Professionals, Educators
Monthly Support Requirement: Ministry expenses only (if employed through another company or organization)

Role Description:
Carry out the mission and vision of IAFR | Colorado within a professional context.

Potential Professional Contexts:
  • Entrepreneurs: Interested in starting a business that provides training opportunities for refugees and a service to the receiving community at large?
  • Medical professionals: Fort Morgan is home to clinics and hospitals that participate in loan forgiveness programs.
  • Educators: Multiple Fort Morgan schools participate in loan forgiveness programs.
Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Complete IAFR long-term application
  • Complete IAFR Training
  • Raise/provide full support requirement
  • Mature personal faith
  • Strong interpersonal/relational skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Willingness to engage both the refugee community and the receiving community with openness, acceptance, trust and adaptability

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MALTA - Teammates

LOCATION: MALTA
Need: 3 full-time teammates
Ministry Role: IAFR Malta Teammate
Supervisor: IAFR Malta Leader

Summary
IAFR workers focus on nurturing the faith and well-being of uprooted people. The primary aim of IAFR in Malta is to work together with local churches to assist displaced people with integration and assimilation.

Malta Team Description
Malta teammates enjoy meeting new people and making strangers feel welcome. They find creative ways to address the needs of forcibly displaced people related to identity, belonging and purpose. They reflect hope in the midst of loss and crisis. They put people before task. They are team players who not only support the opinions and efforts of others, but also give voice to their own ideas. They are ready to serve, supporting each other in a demanding context of endless challenges and needs.

General Responsibilities for IAFR workers in Malta
  • Engage in service among displaced people in one or more of the following areas: integration, spiritual and emotional support; advocacy; humanitarian assistance; training and consulting; capacity building.
  • Contribute or develop a specific skill or focus to support the ongoing efforts of IAFR in Malta (e.g. book keeping, computer technician, photographer, writing, event facilitator, ESL, etc.).
  • Develop and pursue a plan each year that includes ministry priorities, personal renewal and ongoing personal development.
  • Participate in annual European Refugee Highway Partnership meetings.
  • Take part in monthly meetings and the annual review process with IAFR leadership.
  • Abide by the established policies and procedures of the IAFR handbook and ministry related agreements.
  • Maintain regular communication with donors, supporters and friends. Share stories of how God is at work through the ministry.
Requirements
  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Minimum service commitment: 2 years on field location
  • English language requirement: Able to converse clearly with others
  • Personal identification and resonance with IAFR’s values and affirmations
  • Active participation in a local church
Expectations for Service in Malta
  • Complete IAFR training requirements.
  • Complete the IAFR Maltese language training requirement within the first year.
  • Consisitent participatation in a local church.
  • Develop healthy and appropriate relationships.
  • Intentionally seek ways to promote the integration of asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Initiate and participate in ministries that include both forcibly displaced people and local communities.
  • Incorporate local volunteers and short term workers into the work.
  • Welcome input from fellow teammates and extend grace to them.
  • Work humbly within a wide spectrum of cultural and theological perspectives.
Personal Qualities
Due to the highly relational nature of this work, these are the kinds of qualities we are looking for in teammates.
  • Personal faith in Jesus Christ
  • High initiative
  • Cultural awareness
  • Team player
  • Flexibility
  • Hospitality
  • Encouragement
  • Compassion
  • Perseverance
  • Creativity
  • Healthy boundaries

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A Prayer for Refugees


Father in heaven, please be near those who are forcibly displaced today.

Some know you. Others do not. You love them all. May they all know your presence, protection and provision.

You have not forgotten them. You know their names. You know their stories. You know their journey. Please lead them.

You are not far from them. You know their loss and suffering. You suffered too. Please heal and comfort them.

You are not against them. You deeply care for each man, woman and child. Please renew their faith, their hope and their strength.

They've lost their place in the world. Be their refuge. Graciously lead them to a safe place where they can settle and rebuild their lives.

We pray for peace, justice and reconciliation in their countries of origin.

We pray in the name of Jesus who was once himself a refugee in Egypt.

Amen.

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.
TEAM
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.

Ministry Locations

Ministry Resources

Map of the Highway

Current refugee realities along with biblical perspective all rolled up into a beautiful poster. Free download.

IAFR Multi-media

Eye-opening presentations and videos designed to introduce current refugee realities and offer biblical perspective.

IAFR Publications

Precise and thought provoking perspectives concerning current refugee realities and contemporary issues.

Other Resources

Helpful links to information and resources related to forcibly displaced people.

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