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A life changing moment

Photo: Two asylum seekers contemplate their next steps under a bridge in Ventimiglia


IAFR's Kelsey Briggs recently spoke with a refugee who had spent time in Ventimiglia, Italy about 10 years ago. This is what he shared:

In 2009 I spent two weeks in Ventimiglia. I was very sad and lonely. While I was there I ran out of the last bit of money I had for my journey. I had already tried to make it to France five times. I sat on the beach and prayed to God, asking what I should do. A few other people joined with me. While we were sitting together, a person came by and offered each of us a sandwich.

Kelsey says that this simple act of kindness stuck with her displaced friend. He said that he will never forget Ventigmiglia because he experienced God's faithfulness there.

He is now a follower of Jesus and leader in his church.

Kelsey says, "I am reminded that it is often in the midst of simple moments that God is telling his grander story".


Kelsey Briggs is in the IAFR support raising process, preparing to serve with IAFR in a city called Ventimiglia on the Italy - France border. She has had some discouraging weeks of support raising recently, but says that God has given her many moments of encouragement along the way.

Do you want to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of refugees in Ventimiglia? Join Kelsey's team of financial partners so that she can begin pioneering IAFR ministry there sooner than later!

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