The Salvation Army's ministry to refugees in Germany is featured in a short video that is now available online. The new video is the second to be released through a joint project between the International Headquarters (IHQ) Communications Section and the Video Production Unit from the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. Together, a number of releases over the coming months will provide an overview of The Salvation Army's refugee response in Germany and Norway.
The footage is designed to be shared online to help Salvationists, friends and the general public have a better understanding of the Army's ministry to refugees and asylum seekers.
The second video follows Captain Matthias Lindner, from Berlin West Corps (church), as he serves hot tea, coffee and refreshments to refugees who have just arrived in the German capital and are waiting to be given a place in a refugee centre. On the morning of filming the temperature is -5 degrees Celsius – but previous nights had been even colder.
Some of the refugees being helped by The Salvation Army are from Afghanistan, including a translator who worked for the American forces and has since had to flee the Taliban.
Captain Lindner says that providing warming drinks is only part of what The Salvation Army is doing. They provide emotional support for people who have fled desperate situations. 'We are giving tea,' he says, 'but also some hope.'
The Germany footage and the first video, from Norway, are available on the Europe Refugee Response section of the IHQ website: sar.my/europerefugees