After over a Decade of ministry in Freiburg, we moved to Karlsruhe in 2011. In Karlsruhe, we joined Free Evangelical Church (FeG) and helped to reach out to foreigners and refugees. The Lord has blessed the willingness of the FeG and many migrants came to the international Worship. In 2012, Pastor Kraska Wolfgang shared with me that the Free Evanglical churches in Karlsruhe are looking to serve refugees in some way but do not have a plan yet. I am very thankful to Pastor Kraska who trusted me and tried to encourage me in the Migrant Ministry. In fact, FeG Karlsruhe has asked me to be their migrant ministry lead person and help the church to engage in the Migrant ministry.
As we continued served the Lord among refugees, we find some churches who are more willing to engage with refugee ministry. As we arrived in Karlsruhe there were only handful of people who were reaching out to refugees. I had the vision to bring together Free Evangelical churches together in this ministry.My first volunteer contact was Joel Burghoff who came to help me to visit refugees in their camps and work together to establish ‘Welcome Team’. We both dreamed together about a Christian center for refugees. ‘The Welcome Team#’ was very important to the Refugee Ministry in Karlsruhe. Several young people From FeG Karlsruhe joined ‘The Welcome Team’. Together with these young people we started to visit refugees in their camps. As we continued our ministry several Students and believers joined us from other churches for a regular visit to refugee camps and prayers. Through this Welcome Team we engaged several programs for refugees. We also established a Contact Day for refugee workers. I found that young people were much more open to other cultures and willing to engage with refugees. In deed, the Welcome Team paved the way for an Idea of working together in the churches. Since we had several of our team members from various free evangelical churches and we painted a picture of unity for the glory of God. Of course, there were struggles to but the glory of God always outweighs the struggles that we have in our lives.
At the same time, God allowed me to meet a youth Pastor Immanuel from Per.Du church in Durlach. This young Pastor was more than willing to meet with me and help me in anyway he can. Our relationship with Immanuel paved the way for many activities for refugees, such as International Evening, Summer Sport’s Camp for Migrants, Refugee Sunday etc. Per.Du church is a vital part of for the Refugee Ministry in Karlsruhe and encouraging us in the direction of Evangelical Migrant Centre.
As we continued our ministry, the Lord brought several people in our path. One of them was a young man called Micha Schlittenhartd. Refugee Ministry International agreed to support Micah to help me in the ministry. Together with Micah and others we explored several ideas and one of them was becoming partners of Nehemiah Initiative, Karlsruhe. The founder of this Initiative is Friedemann Kalmbach, who is a local politician. I have met with Mr.Kalmbach and talked about a possible support role for our ministry among refugees. He was very enthusiastic and wanted to support the work in Karlsruhe, f
or which I am very thankful. Mr.Kalmbach was exploring a possible place where several ministries can be offered to the people in Karlsurhe, including a refugee centre. However, things did not happened the way we thought. At the same time, Mr.Kalmbach encourage me that we can try to find ananother place and he was already trying contact several people to find a place for us.