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A Time to Withdraw

Photo: The IAFR Team (2018)

"Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake..." (Mark 3:7)

Most of the IAFR team was able to withdraw together this month for a time of worship, learning and rest. We carry heavy burdens and time away together is precious. Faith was deepened. Burdens were lifted. Friendships were strengthened. Hope was renewed.

It was especially encouraging to see the growing diversity of our team. Several of us know the refugee experience firsthand. Our countries of birth include Canada, Burundi, Iraq, the Philippines, Scotland, Somalia, South Africa, and the US. If everyone of our teammates had been able to make it to the conference, our diversity would have been even greater. It is a powerful testimony to the reality that faith in Jesus helps us transcend all other identities.

Top photo: Tim Barnes (Executive VP, IAFR US) leads a time of ministry training.

Bottom photo: We ended our conference by celebrating communion together on a beautiful evening in the Minnesota woods.

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