What does it look like to serve refugees and asylum seekers around the world? These photos from our various IAFR ministry locations will give you a first hand look.
IAFR is drilling a well and piping water to a camp for Internally Displaced People who presently fetch water by walking 3-4 miles to dig into this dry riverbed and fill their Gerry Cans many times every day.
Refugees and asylum seekers gather for worship in Athens. Refugee churches provide life giving faith as well as a safe and supportive community to forcibly displaced people.
Two boys in a refugee camp in Greece. Over half of the world's refugees are children.
Visiting a refugee outside of Athens. We partner with the refugee in offering medical care for refugees in the camp - often from his small room.
An asylum-seeking resident walks up the path toward one of the Jonathan House sites. IAFR’s Jonathan House provides safe, stable shelter and community to asylum seekers in the Twin Cities, a crucial step in their surviving forced displacement.
IAFR's Sarah Miller and a volunteer help set up a Jonathan House site. IAFR’s Jonathan House partners with local churches to come alongside asylum seekers, so they can recover from forced displacement and rebuild their lives in their new communities.
IAFR's Paul Sydnor talks with an asylum seeker in an abandoned building in northern france. Around 200 asylum seekers have taken temporary shelter there. It's just another stop on their dangerous journey searching for safety and peace in this world.
IAFR missionary, Paul Sydnor, with a French pastor and a local asylum seeker studying renovation plans to transform a former service garage into a local church building and refugee ministry centre in northern france.
Two young mothers living in a camp for internally displaced Kenyans break into smiles outside of one of the shelters provided by IAFR.
A Sudanese Christian with her Bible in church for worship. The soft sunday morning light falling on her shoulder and onto the pages of scripture created a sense of peace in a place of struggle.
This is what it looks like when Greek and Korean-born ministry partners join IAFR on a visit with friends from Somalia and Congo. Our friends in the camp have often commented how re-humanizing it is to just sit with someone and talk about life for a couple of hours.
A boy standing in the doorway of the tent he calls home while waiting for his daily meal. His teenage sisters are cooking a pot of beans off camera. The majority of refugees are children. What will become of them?
The care package this boy is holding is for the most vulnerable refugees. In the background we see aid workers and a policeman - intimidating people caught up in the moment of distribution of care packages.
Refugees sitting on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s strange the way this photo is both an emblem of hope for new life, and something that has seen so much death.
The refugee situation is often de-humanizing. Humans don’t belong in tents under bridges.
The vision of IAFR in Dzaleka to partner with refugee churches and serve together under their leadership to invest in life-giving faith and community for people in the camp.
Dzaleka refugee camp, Malawi. A refugee woman and her children walk down a well worn path. The vast majority of refugees today are women and children.
Four men from different countries all working together in one church in unity and peace. Note the joy in the smiles of the faces of these leaders as they know they are not forgotten and can now give many families in their church a Bible for the first time.
A Yazidi boy in a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey. A man brought him to us asking if we knew someone who could adopt him. His family had been killed by ISIS in Iraq. The family that took him to Turkey was planning to flee to Europe and didn't want to take the boy on the dangerous journey.
Yazidi girls living in a tent along the fence of a tennis court in a park that had been converted into a refugee camp in southeast Turkey. Mom is in the background cooking while they are drawing pictures of princesses.
Having found temporary refuge in Turkey from ISIS in Iraq, these women prepare a simple meal outside of the tents that have become their home.
A Yazidi boy sits among men talking about the horrific violence their people suffered at the hands of ISIS in Iraq. Trauma mixed with exhaustion are in his eyes.
All photos on this website by IAFR.