Tom Albinson: Refugee Church (Stott-Bediako 2017)

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From the 2017 Stott-Bediako Forum on The Refugee Crisis: A Shared Human Condition – African Context.

This and other presentations from the forum have been featured on the INFEMIT website from September to November, 2017.

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Thomas Albinson presently serves as Founder and President of International Association for Refugees (IAFR). In 1981, Thomas began serving refugees in Austria as a missionary with Slavic Gospel Association. In 1992, he joined International Teams where he served as Director of Refugee Ministries before founding IAFR in 2009. In 2013, Thomas was appointed by World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) to serve as Ambassador for Refugees, Displaced and Stateless People. Thomas is an active founding member of the Refugee Highway Partnership – a growing international network of churches and Christian agencies serving refugees and forcibly displaced people.

Over the years, Thomas has provided leadership and ministry support to teams serving forcibly displaced people in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, New Zealand, Sudan, Turkey, the UK, and the USA.

Thomas received a BSW in Social Work from Taylor University in 1980. He has since studied at Wheaton College Graduate School (Wheaton, IL), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) and Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA).

Thomas lived in Austria from 1981 – 2003. He is married and has two grown children.

About the Event

The annual Stott-Bediako Forum held by the International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT), bears the names of John Stott and Kwame Bediako, two historical theologians who shared a vision for theological expressions rooted in and emerging from diverse contexts around the globe. They sought to bridge traditional divides, such as those between “Majority” and “Minority” worlds, men and women, academia and practitioners. This year, in its sixth iteration, we celebrate that the Stott-Bediako Forum could finally take place in the homeland of Kwame Bediako in Ghana where it was hosted by the Akrofi-Christaller Institute for Theology, Mission and Culture.

This year’s forum built upon reflections from the previous year and carried forward the theme: The Refugee Crisis: A Shared Human Condition. With a specific focus on The African Context, this forum sought to deepen our understanding of migration movements in our world today, especially across the continent of Africa, and explore a holistic theological vision for our response… Click here to read more.

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