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Map of the Refugee Highway

The all new Map of the Refugee Highway is now available for downloading from the IAFR Toolbox! Click the map (above) to learn more and get your own copy today!

Reunited!

Ammar and Tara arrived in the United States in 2014 through the US Special Immigrant Visa program for Iraqis who have been persecuted because of their employment with Western humanitarian and development agencies.

As we celebrated the one-year anniversary of their arrival to the US a few years ago, Ammar shared his concern for his younger brother, Mustafa, who he described to be like a son due to their age difference of 12 years. He was a refugee in Turkey.

Ammar and Tara knew of a refugee sponsorship program that they thought might be a pathway for Mustafa, to resettle in Canada. To be considered, Mustafa would need family members or a group of people in Canada willing to sponsor his resettlement. Ammar and Mustafa have an aunt and cousin in Toronto. I connected them with the director of Christie Welcome Center in Toronto, an organization that facilitates such sponsorships.

Over the next two and a half years, every time I saw Ammar and Tara I would hear of a step in the communication and application process. Every time we spoke, Ammar would thank me for what I did. I would always say, “We know don’t what will happen; there are no guarantees.” Ammar would smile at my response and say, “I know, but you gave me hope.”

Fast forward two and half years to April 2018, when I received a phone call from Tara informing me that Ammar’s brother, Mustafa, had been approved for refugee sponsorship to Canada! We celebrated together over an Iraqi meal as Ammar and Tara began making plans to travel with their two young daughters to meet Mustafa at the Toronto airport.

He arrived in Toronto June 7! It was a joy for me to join them in Toronto a couple days after Mustafa's arrival to celebrate this wonderful family reunion together.

Many times, we undertake what seems a small action, like making a phone call or sending an email, without knowing what the outcome may or may not be. Often it fizzles with little or no result. But sometimes something miraculous, life-giving and hope-inspiring like this happens.

-by Sarah Miller

Introduction to the Refugee Highway

We are happy to announce the release of our newly updated "Introduction to the Refugee Highway" video! It's amazing how much you can learn about forcible displacement in the world in just 6 minutes! It reflects the very latest statists from the UN and offers a biblical perspective of displacement. Why not watch it now?

Good Friday Reflection

We offer this reading of Psalm 22 as a Good Friday meditation. As Jesus was dying, he cried out words from this ancient Psalm.

Images from the Refugee Highway accompany the words as if they belong together.

We hope you find this 3 minute reflection helpful as you meditate on the loving sacrifice of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

Click here to find the words of Psalm 22.

All images except the drawing of the crucifixion by Tom Albinson. The drawing is by a Syrian refugee boy (Muslim). When asked if he knew who the man is, the boy replied, "Yes. He's the man who says he will end all wars." This photo was taken by a pastor's wife in Turkey who also shared the remarkable story with us.

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