Church Asylum

Church Asylum (from the German "Kirchenasyl") stands on a centuries-old tradition by which churches offer accommodation and protection to vulnerable people.

In the past years Bethel IBC has successfully hosted and protected several refugees who would face unacceptable hardships, torture or even death if forced to return to their country of origin. 

Those were mainly people from minority groups fleeing civil war zones and Christian converts fleeing countries where there was no religious freedom; some of which lived in our church building for several months, while their asylum application was re-examined.

From 2016, due to problems in our church building, we have not been able to host refugees any longer.