Telling the story

I spent part of the day preparing to tell the IAFR story on Sunday evening as we begin the annual IAFR Missionary Conference.

It isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I decided I would highlight the defining moments in the story.

  • 1980 – The unmistakeable calling to serve refugees
  • 1997 – The vision of the Refugee Highway
  • 2001 – The global consultation on the Refugee Highway in Izmir, Turkey
  • 2009 – IAFR is conceived in Kenya
  • 2009 – IAFR is born
  • 2010 – Paul Sydnor joins IAFR as our second missionary
  • 2013 – Tom Albinson is appointed Ambassador for Refugees with World Evangelical Alliance
  • 2014 – The first draft of the Continuum of Response was drafted. It has become our core strategy for ministry and training.
  • 2017 – IAFR Canada is established

That’s the outline. Now to figure out a way to share it so that it makes sense and captures the interest of others…

Heading to NYC

Photo: deadwood

It’s a beautiful day here in the Twin Cities so I spent several hours clearing dead brush from under our pine trees.

But I need to turn my attention to packing my suitcase as I depart for New York early tomorrow morning. I’ll be wearing my World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) Ambassador for Refugees hat during 3 days of meetings with the WEA Public Engagement Team. It is a privilege to be part of the team and a wonderful platform from which I can influence WEA affiliated churches and institutions around the world. The position also let’s me speak into the United Nations with a Christian voice. As it is not a paid position, I am most gratefully our financial partners that make it possible for me to serve in this capacity!

Our son lives in NYC, so I look forward to having lunch with him tomorrow before heading a couple of hours north of the city for the meetings.