In 2015, one million refugees fled their homes and sought asylum in Germany. Our church community began to have conversations with the city to determine how we could become active in the refugee community. We wanted to simply build relationships with the people. In April, 2018, we started a project called SpielMobil (spielen means “to play”). Every other week, we bring a van full of activities and toys to refugee camps we partner with to play with the kids and build relationships with the parents.

Berliner Bar

One of the most frustrating things as a local pastor for Cris, who is one of our founders, was standing at the church door every Sunday waiting for people to come to the Church. German culture is now a post-Christian society, and traditional ministry methods stopped working long ago. Cris recognized this and determined he would no longer wait by the door, but go out and join the mission field in his own city: Frankfurt. That’s why he started Church in Action.

Creating new ways to serve

COVID-19 has forced us to think differently about how we serve the women in the red-light district of Frankfurt. We have transitioned from primarily focusing on building friendships and discipling to ensuring the women’s most basic needs are met.  The closure of Brothels in Frankfurt left these women without income, and many lost their housing as well. While some made it back to their home countries, many women are trapped in Germany, homeless, and trying to make a living by selling their bodies on the street.