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Creative, concise and well documented, IAFR ministry resources are valued by both novice and seasoned veterans serving forcibly displaced people all along the refugee highway. We hope that you find them helpful. We invite you to download them to share with others.

The Map of the Refugee Highway

The official Map of the Refugee Highway - designed and produced by IAFR for The Refugee Highway Partnership.

Map of the Refugee Highway

IAFR designed this stunning and informative poster to raise awareness about the realities of the Refugee Highway and of our mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves. Perfect for churches, class rooms, dorm rooms and the office.
  • Click the map to download a standard resolution PDF file of the poster (5 MB).
  • For a high resolution file that is perfect for professional printing, Click here. Prints up to 36" x 27". File size: 157 MB.
COMPANION RESOURCES
Download the companion DISCUSSION GUIDE to help you unpack the map. CREDITS AND SOURCE INFORMATION are also available.

Map version: June 2016

IAFR Publications

These publications are created to help facilitate informed conversation about refugee realities in our world today. They are free to download and distribute under the condition that they remain unchanged from their original form and are not edited or changed in any way. Learn more by clicking on the tabs below.

Introduction to IAFR

Introductory booklet featuring powerful photos and a brief overview of the ministry of IAFR. Contents:
  • Looking for the gaps
  • Strengthening ministry networks
  • A Mission of recovery
  • Overview of IAFR ministry locations
  • Training and consulting ministry
  • Helping a family recover
  • 2015 Financial Overview
  • Listing of special projects
  • Listing of IAFR Board of Directors
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Refugee Realities (FAQ)

Be well informed. Discover the answers to frequently asked questions about refugee realities in the world today.
  • How many forcibly displaced people (FDP) are in the world?
  • How many refugees are in the world?
  • What countries host the most refugees?
  • How many refugees are children?
  • ...and much more
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Refugees in the Bible

From beginning to end, Scripture is filled with stories of forcibly displaced people. This handout lists some well-known people in the Bible that spent time on the Refugee Highway. Explore and discuss biblical passages telling stories of forcible displacement.

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What Can Local Church Leaders Do?

This 3 page resource is written with local church leaders in mind and offers several ways that they can integrate awareness of our divine mandate to love the foreigner within their community of faith. Each suggestion includes recommended resources to empower church leaders and members. Examples:
  • Get informed re: refugee realities
  • Get informed re: biblical perspective
  • Invite a guest speaker.
  • ...and several more suggestions.
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Terminology of Forced Displacement (NEW!)

Get an understanding of important terms associated with forced displacement.
  • Refugees
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Undeclared Asylum Seekers
  • Internally Displaced Persons
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Refugee Resettlement and National Security

This paper explores how an efficient and generous refugee resettlement program can strengthen national security and offer hope to the global refugee crisis. 3 pages.

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3 Dimensional Thinking - The Refugee Crisis

A thought-provoking article related to responding to the global refugee crisis. Considerations related to national security are but 1 of 3 important dimensions of the global refugee crisis. As we seek solutions to the growing problem of forced displacement in the world, we need to also consider our commitment to Universal Human Rights and our divine mandate to love refugees. 1 1/2 pages.

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Response to the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean

This paper offers a Christian response to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. 5 pages.

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Christian Witness in Multi Religious World

This resource is the fruit of a diverse and international group of Christian leaders as they consider what helpful Christian Witness looks like in our world today.

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IAFR's Unique Role on the Refugee Highway

The response to humanitarian crisis requires more than the services of emergency relief agencies. See how IAFR's committment to long-term recovery work is helping refugees recover from displacement and rebuild their lives. 1 page document with graphic.

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State of the Refugee Highway

This 4 page document is taken from the speech by Tom Albinson to the North American Roundtable of the Refugee Highway Partnership on 22 July 2015. Tom outlines the sobering realities related to forcible displacement in our world before offering reasons to not lose heart as we seek the welfare and protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people.

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Justice and Compassion

Responding to the global refugee crisis

This paper explores how we can respond to the global refugee crisis in ways that are both just and compassionate. 10 pages.

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10 Myths Concerning Refugees

There are a lot of false assumptions and myths going around concerning refugees. We've responded to 10 of the most common myths on this straight-to-the-point 1 page resource.
  • Myth 1: There are plenty of countries in which refugees can find refuge.
  • Myth 2: Most of the world's refugees are found in Western nations.
  • Myth 3: Most refugees are eventually resettled to another country.
  • ...and 7 more!


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The Work of Jonathan

Learn what it means to help refugees find hope in God from an oft overlooked passage in Scripture. 2 pages.

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Why Christians Care About Refugees

This 1 page resource presents compelling biblical reasons why Christians need to be concerned about refugees in the world. Excerpt:

"From the divine banishment of Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23,24) to the final book of the Bible penned by John while in exile on the island of Patmos, stories of forced displacement run throughout Scripture."

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10 Ways We Can Help Refugees

Everyone can make a difference in the life of a refugee. But it isn't always easy to know where to begin. This 2 page resource is written with this in mind and offers 10 ways to consider getting started. Each suggestion includes a brief description.

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10 Ways We Can Pray for Refugees

It isn't always easy to know how to begin praying for forcibly displaced people. This 2 page resource offers 10 suggested prayer points to help us get started. Each suggestion includes a brief description. Examples:
  • Pray for their essential needs.
  • Pray for peacemakers and peace.
  • Pray for healing and security.
  • ...and 7 more suggestions.
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Welcome the Stranger - Affirmations for Faith Leaders

At the request of UNHCR, a coalition of faith‐based humanitarian organizations and academic institutions (including HIAS, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Jesuit Refugee Service, Lutheran World Federation, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Religions for Peace, University of Vienna Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, World Council of Churches, World Evangelical Alliance and World Vision International) drafted “Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders.”

The Affirmations, which have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish, inspire leaders of all faiths to “welcome the stranger” with dignity, respect and loving support. Faith groups around the world are encouraged to use the Affirmations and supporting resources as practical tools to foster support for refugees and other displaced people in their communities.

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Refugee Ministry Best Practices

Originally drafted in 2001 at a Global Consultation of the Refugee Highway convened by World Evangelical Alliance in Izmir, Turkey, these “Refugee Ministry Best Practices” have proven their worth in helping churches, agencies and individuals serving refugees over the years.

Refugee Ministry Best Practices have been widely circulated by the Refugee Highway Partnership. This version of Best Practices has been slightly updated and edited by IAFR.

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IAFR Multimedia

Take your time as you absorb these eyeopening realities and perspectives related to forcibly displaced people in our world. As you watch, invite God to share his heart for the alien with you. Pray for God to help them. Ask God how he might want to use you to make a difference in their lives. Click here to view more IAFR media on our VIMEO Channel.

Introduction to the Refugee Highway
Dorcus shares how much her Bible means to her
Interview with a refugee pastor
Pastor Timothy shares about the need for Bibles in Kakuma refugee camp
A refugee pastor shares about the need for Bibles
Rhoda shares how much her Bible means to her

Books & Videos

IAFR is always on the lookout for books and films dealing with issues related to forced migration. The best ones make our book and video recommendation lists. Viewer discretion advised. Each book and video is linked to an online source from which they can be ordered. The order in which they are listed does not reflect preference or rating.

Helpful Links

We are always looking for helpful refugee ministry related resources, agencies and connections. We've listed some of them below. Click on a link below to learn more.

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