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Good News: Student tickets cheaper

Students will have to pay less or no more for traveling by train and bus from 1 August. The price of the student ticket is dropping from 29,50€ to 21,80€ when buying with cash. With a subscription, the fee is reduced from 22,92€ to 17€. The sibling card is discontinued. If you are eligible for the Berlin Pass, you travel free. The state is offsetting the lower revenue of transport companies.

Thank God for this favourable measure for children


Violence in Schools – new Numbers

According to a recent statistic, the number of crimes committed in Berlin schools – in particular personal injuries – has risen by a total of more than 10 percent over the past four years. However, the number of thefts declined significantly. Up to 30 offenses per year are registered per school. The highest level is in the Mitte district (including Wedding and Moabit), followed by Reinickendorf, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Lichtenberg and Neukölln. The violence is begun by pupils, parents, but also strangers. In recent years, the erection of fences around one of the schools and the use of security guards have caused a significant reduction in crime. However, in addition to the officially reported crimes, there is also a high number of unreported cases in schools such as bullying. In addition to physical violence, many students are also exposed to psychological violence. There are prayer initiatives in other cities in Germany and also internationally, where churches each „adopt“ a school nearby and pray for them on a regular basis.


  • Pray for protection of students from physical, mental and other forms of violence
  • Pray that many would pray for God’s peace in schools
  • Pray that politicians, police and school superintendents find good solutions to the problems of the schools


New Commission for the Future: “City of Health BERLIN 2030”

In the region’s healthcare sector, 370,000 employees generate 25 billion euros in annual sales. Berlin is to be developed into the leading health care location in Europe, starting with the Charité, Europe’s largest university hospital, and Vivantes, Germany’s largest municipal hospital group. Pharmaceutical companies and medical technology manufacturers are increasingly settling in and around Berlin. The Governing Mayor Müller said in an interview (Tagesspiegel 5/16): „The health industry is great for Berlin. … We are increasingly perceived as a city of science and research and as a congress city in the middle of Europe. … Science is incredibly important to our start-up scene. University spin-offs have created 20,000 new jobs in Berlin.” Müller expects Berlin to become the „Silicon Valley of Health” in the future.

In order to accelerate this development, the Senate set up the Commission for the Future „City of Health BERLIN 2030“ in May. It will develop concrete proposals. The commission members are all proven experts who do not come from Berlin – apparently the view from outside is welcome. Chairman of the eleven-member panel is the health expert and SPD politician Karl Lauterbach. The eleven members of the commission – including health insurance experts, university researchers and nursing experts – are to determine which research and care priorities are meaningful and how universities, hospitals and companies can network better with one another. (Source: Tagesspiegel 5/14)


  • Thank God that Berlin continues to develop in the direction of its potential
  • Pray for a fast start and creative work of the Commission for the Future
  • Pray that Berlin becomes a „city of health“ in the medical, social and spiritual sense


Dissatisfaction with the Senate Policy

According to a survey by Abendschau and Berliner Morgenpost – BerlinTREND May 2018 – Berliners are not really satisfied with the work of the mayor and senate. If elected on Sunday, Die Linke would be the strongest party. With 21 percent, the largest opposition party CDU is just behind the Linke, the SPD follows with 18 percent. That is the worst percentage for the SPD ever recorded in BerlinTREND. In two and a half weeks, Michael Müller wants to be re-elected as SPD chairman for the federal state of Berlin. Müller is recognized in the party, though not without controversy, but only 36 percent of the population is satisfied with his work. The deputies of the mayor, Klaus Lederer (Die Linke) and Ramona Pop (Greens), can increase their approval ratings. However, about half of the respondents stated that they either did not know them or could not assess their work. When asked about the management of city growth, the respondents expressed massive doubts as to whether this Senate and its authorities are up to it. Only 16 percent are satisfied, 81 percent are dissatisfied.


  • Pray for new strength and confidence for all those responsible in the Berlin Senate and for more support among the population
  • Pray for wisdom and creativity in solving the pending problems
  • Pray for insight on where to leave old ways or where mistakes need to be corrected


Prayer for Muslims during Ramadan

Since 15 May many Muslim residents also here in Berlin are fasting. This is a special challenge at this time of the year, as the day is very long and therefore also the time during which you can neither eat nor drink. It is also unusually hot. There are always problems in schools because children also fast and sometimes physically reach their limits. In addition, the fact that it is not possible to eat until 9:15 pm at the earliest results in not only the children being tired. Despite these challenges, for many Muslims this time is a very important one. Many feel closer to God and expect him to be actively involved in their lives – one more reason to pray during this time especially for Muslim neighbours and acquaintances. A daily prayer guide for the Muslim world is available until 14 June at This year, for example, on May 29, there was prayer especially for the approximately 10,000 Chechens in Berlin.


  • Pray that Christians in Berlin build relationships with Muslim neighbours
  • Pray that the time of Ramadan does not cause even more conflicts in schools
  • Pray that the Chechens in the city would encounter Jesus Christ


New Police Chief

Since 10 April Barbara Slowik is the first female Chief of Police in Berlin. Her predecessor Klaus Kandt had previously been dismissed by the Interior Senator, because future-oriented cooperation could no longer be expected. Ms. Slowik was born in Berlin and worked as a lawyer in the Senate Department for the Interior, then in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, and has made a name for herself as a specialist in counter-terrorism. Previously, she was responsible for personnel and top-level managers. She set up a program to de-radicalize young Muslims and set up the Joint Extremism and Terrorism Defense Center at both the federal and state levels. All this sounds like a lot of competence, although the job at the head of this large Berlin public authority is a new field for her. People are expecting her to make a fresh start after the many scandals of the past. She says her leadership style is „very cooperative, direct and pragmatic.” She talks about new ways of attracting young trainees and reducing bureaucracy, but also about standards such as monitoring potential terrorists. If crime and extremism are global, the fight against crime must be networked globally. The nearly violence-free 1 May was a first success also for the new police president.


  • Pray that the new police chief can make the best use of her skills and effectively implement her plans
  • Pray for trust from residents, politicians and the police staff


Keeping On: Day-Care Places and Personnel

Unfortunately, there is little progress here. Last Saturday there was a demo for more day-care places organized by parents‘ initiatives with 3,000 people. There are theoretically enough places, but often too far away. In addition, there is a massive shortage of personnel. The Senate has taken into consideration the poor pay and now desires to raise the salaries of the personnel. The situation needs our prayer.


„Ick brauch keen Hawaii“ is looking for prayer support

Once again this year, the youth festival will take place from 4-8 July. The organizer is the YMCA in cooperation with Berlin-United, Together for Berlin, the SMD and volunteers from about 30 churches. It will start daily at 2pm. There will be an attractive youth and family program in the afternoon with sports, music and art. In the evening there will be an evangelistic worship service. – Prayer should take place during the entire time. We are still looking for prayer support from churches. If interested, please contact



13 June, 6pm: Prayer for the City Rotes Rathaus

4–8 July „Ick brauch keen Hawaii“ – see article above.


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Good News: Community Organizing Platform Spandau

Initiatives, associations and religious communities are joining together in so-called Community Organizing Platforms to work together on solutions for their neighbourhood or district. Following Neukölln, Berlin Südost and Moabit-Wedding, the fourth Berlin Community Organizing Platform was founded in the district of Spandau. Christians are taking part. A number of churches are involved as well as some mosque communities. They want to tackle issues together that are on the hearts of many in Spandau and negotiate with politicians face-to-face about solutions. Around 450 people from 15 groups came to the founding meeting.


  • Thank God that Christians and other people of good will are working together for better quality of life
  • Thank God that in this way they are serving the city and its residents

Personnel Emergency in the Courts

The Berlin judiciary has been overburdened for years, and the situation is still tense. The district court in Berlin-Moabit is particularly affected – Too few staff for too many cases and in addition, not enough courtrooms. This often leads to long delays in court cases, in part those concerning serious crimes. Proceedings cannot be completed quickly due to increasing numbers of offenses. Due to the delay in beginning the trials, prisoners are released from pre-trial detention because the duration of the legally allowed pre-trial detention has been exceeded. 19 out of 40 criminal chambers are officially overburdened. By summer, five new criminal court divisions will be set up, and new jobs will be filled – aiming for relaxing the overall situation. New high-security courtrooms are planned, but the building permit has not been granted yet.


  • Pray for the relief in the current workload of judges and prosecutors
  • Pray for timely filling of new posts in the criminal courts
  • Pray for rapid processing of the cases that have been postponed
  • Pray for a decline in the number of crimes in Berlin

Stumbling Blocks

The stumbling blocks are originally a project of the artist Gunter Demnig. The small commemorative plaques are intended to commemorate the people who were persecuted, murdered or deported during the National Socialist era. Around 7,800 stones have been laid in Berlin. On March 20, a nationwide „spring cleaning of the stumbling blocks“ took place. The stumbling blocks and the cleaning action are directed against the forgetting and suppression of our German history. It means pausing in hectic everyday life to decipher the writing on the ground. It requires humility to kneel down on the street to keep the memory present by brushing. What has happened may be repeated if we do not learn from past experiences. In Berlin, for example, in recent months, stumbling blocks have been torn out and an Israeli restaurant owner was verbally violently attacked with anti-Semitic rhetoric.

It takes courage to practically implement the motto „Never again“. Everyone is called to oppose anti-Semitic sayings or prejudices in their everyday lives. Another way to take action is to participate in the „March of Life“, which is directed against forgetting and against modern anti-Semitism. The march begins on April 18 at 6pm at George-Grosz-Platz (corner of Kurfürstendamm and Schlüterstraße).


  • That people will remain conscious of our special German and Christian responsibility for Jews and Israel
  • Pray for the protection of Israeli and Jewish citizens and institutions
  • Pray for courage and determination to stand up against anti-Semitism
  • Pray for a large number of participants and public impact from the „March of Life“

Business Location Berlin

There is good news from the business sector in Berlin. New jobs will be created (55,000 in 2017) and this will reduce unemployment. Berlin is an attractive location for companies from the digital economy, tourism and the media sectors. In recent years, economic growth in Berlin has repeatedly exceeded that of the rest of the Federal Republic. But from an all-German point of view, Berlin’s economic contribution does not look so glorious. Berlin contributes only four percent to the gross domestic product and even pushes the average per capita income down. Current surveys show that the potential of the business location Berlin is very different between Berlin and other federal states. In order for the economy of Berlin to continue to grow and the business location to become more attractive, executives cite in particular better education, optimization of administration, more openness, more investment and better infrastructure as areas of needed growth.


  • Thank God for the economic growth and the new jobs
  • Pray for politics which look to the future and address the areas of needed growth in Berlin
  • Pray that new companies gain a foothold and existing ones remain stable

Kreuzberg and May 1st

For many years May 1st in Kreuzberg meant riots and unrest. Since 2003, Christians have been promoting a peaceful May 1st – with local public church services, street prayer teams, and worship times. How will it be this year?

As in previous years, the district and local residents are organizing the MyFest with eight stages from 11am to 10 pm around the Oranienstraße. The MaiGörli from noon to 11pm on two stages in the Görlitzer park with extensive entrance controls is new this year. The Revolutionary May 1st demonstration has been announced, but once again will probably not be officially registered. The demonstration under the motto of „For social revolution“ and „Make the rebellious city visible“ is supposed to start at the Oranienplatz.

Christian groups are planning the following:

„BURN“ from April 30, noon to May 1st. midnight: Praise and worship in the prayer cellar at Kottbusser Tor, for 36 hours. Intercession times embedded in BURN (April 30, 8 pm, May 1st, noon, 4 pm and 8pm).

On-site Prayer coming up to and during the demonstration: Monday, April 30, 6pm, along the demo route and May 1st beginning about 5pm parallel to the demo.
Evangelization in small teams on May 1st from 1pm at MyFest; joint start with a sending worship service.
If you want to join, please contact!


  • Thank God for the years of significant decline in violence and riots surrounding May 1st
  • Pray for a peaceful day at the MyFest and MaiGörli
  • Pray for a peaceful 6pm demonstration (and any other demos)
  • Pray for wise, deescalating and effective action on the part of the police

Better Air Quality Through Tempo 30

In Berlin, as in many other cities, the level of nitrogen dioxide pollution on busy roads is above the permissible limit. This endangers the health (not only) of local residents, pedestrians and cyclists. Studies show that slower, evenly rolling traffic reduces the pollution level. For example, over three years of testing in Berlin Tempo 30 resulted in a reduction of between seven and 13 percent. In the case of fine dust and the toxic soot it contains, the effects were lower, but also measurable. After the Easter holidays, the Senator for the Environment Regine Günther (independent, for the Greens) wants to take the matter seriously. She wants to dictate Tempo 30 only where it makes sense. The test phase begins at Leipziger Straße in Mitte. There, the limit has been exceeded by 65 percent, more than at any other of the approximately 30 measuring points on major arteries operated by the Senate.

(Der Tagesspiegel 03/22/2018)


  • Pray for effective and sensible measures to reduce pollutants
  • Pray that the often emotionally and ideologically overloaded discussion will become more objective
  • Pray that the air quality in Berlin improves in the short-term term – and thus also health

Keeping On: Anti-Semitism

In a Tempelhofer elementary school (with 95 percent pupils with migrant background!), a Jewish girl was insulted and threatened by a Muslim classmate because she does not believe in Allah. The case is making waves all the way up to in federal politics. During his inaugural visit to Israel, the new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas condemned the incident and any kind of anti-Semitism in general. In addition, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble commented accordingly. In the affected school, the problem will be addressed pedagogically after the Easter holidays with external assistance. Such an incident is probably just the “tip of the iceberg”. There is open anti-Semitism both in Muslim circles and among Germans with right-wing sentiments.

Our prayer and practical work against anti-Semitism and hatred of the Jews reflects an unfortunate continuing need.


April 11, 6pm: Prayer for the City, Rotes Rathaus

April 18, 6pm: March for Life (see article above), George-Grosz-Platz, Charlottenburg,

April 30 and May 1: Prayer Surrounding May 1st (Details in the article above)


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Good News: Less Crime on the Kotti

We have often called for prayer for the Kottbusser Tor in Kreuzberg. According to rbb, the local police statistics show a significant decline in crime over the past year pertaining to assault and theft as well as pickpocketing, which all together fell by 14 percent from 2016 to 2017. Pickpocketing even fell by 42 percent. Unfortunately, the number of drug offenses has risen. Thank God, and continue to pray!

Sexual Diversity in Day-Care Centres

A new pedagogical guideline has been published for day-care centres– funded by the Senate – with the title, „Murat plays princess, Alex has two mothers and Sophie is now called Ben“. The target group, 1-6-year-old day-care centre children, is supposed to deal with all sorts of sexual and gender identity, orientation and life-styles in the form of picture books and stories. Child-care workers are trained to question the sexual and gender identity of toddlers and to help them find their sexual orientation. The topics in this brochure were developed by the LGBT interest group „Queerformat“ on behalf of the Senate. Despite the tolerance for different sexual orientations, also part of the Christian faith, many experts fear that children will be overburdened and experience serious interferences in their psychological development. If parents appeal to their constitutionally guaranteed parental rights and do not want to go along with this, the brochure indirectly threatens with the withdrawal of their custody rights. The attitudes propagated in the new brochure contradict standards based on biblical ethics. There is an online petition against this new guideline: In addition, an initiative in Berlin could be a role model for other federal states.


  • Pray that the focus would be on the well-being of the child and not on ideological targets
  • Pray for the withdrawal of the guideline

Bicycle City Berlin

Serious accidents with fatal outcome for cyclists happen over and over again. “Ghost Bikes”, white-painted bicycles commemorating a fatal accident, have been set up, and the lines for bike paths, for instance at the Kolonnenstraße in Schöneberg, have been re-painted with solid lines and red paint. But again and again, these color-coded borders are disregarded.

We already requested prayer for this issue in February. Now the Senate has decided that in the next ten years Berlin should become a cycling city. The House of Representatives still has to agree, but most probably nothing will stand in the way. The Radverkehrsgesetz (bicycle traffic law) states that because of double proportion of cyclists, proportionally more space should also be allocated on the roads. This affects the parking along the roads, which have to give way to the bike paths. As a result, by June, a Federal Council initiative for more traffic safety will be formulated.


  • Pray for protection and mutual respect of all those using the roads
  • Pray for solutions for safe conditions, especially for the weaker traffic participants
  • Pray for speedy and successful implementation of the goal of a bicycle-friendly city

Overcome Evil with Good –Transforum-Conference

According to Romans 12:21 „overcoming evil by good“ is the opportunity and task of Christians. How can the Spirit of Christ, who is a Spirit of love and reconciliation, become more evident through us in our cities? Are there successful models? This and more is the theme of the Transforum Conference by Gemeinsam für Berlin from 8 to 10 March in the Joshua community in Spandau. Exciting plenary guests and 24 workshops invite you to listen and participate. The whole program and registration can be found here:


  • Pray for ground-breaking and sustainable impulses through the conference
  • Pray that Berlin and other cities will increasingly be changed by the reconciling Sprit of the gospel

Nursing Crisis

There is a lack of nurses, including in Berlin. Already last year, the Berlin Senate forecasted a need for around 4,000 additional care and nursing assistants in the capital in 2018. People who work in nursing are often overwhelmed, overburdened and poorly paid, but they render an invaluable service to society. A referendum has been launched to establish, among other things, a minimum number of caretakers in the state hospital law.


  • For better work conditions and pay for nurses
  • Pray that young people will be encouraged to seek jobs in nursing
  • Pray for the funding of more positions in nursing
  • Pray for the success of the referendum

Problems with the Construction of New Schools

Because Berlin is growing and therefore the number of pupils is also growing, the Senate will provide a total of 5.5 billion euros for the renovation and especially for the construction of schools for the next ten years. It is planned to complete 51 schools with a total of 55,000 pupils in just four years of construction (instead of the previous eight years). The interior design will be adapted to modern teaching methods and inclusion. To realize this goal in the planned time, the construction company Howoge is to carry out the construction work, and other private companies will carry out the renovation work. Critics fear that there will be privatization of schools and land and that the risks will have to be borne mainly by the districts and the Senate. Another problem is the lack of construction professionals in the relevant building authorities and also in the open labour market.


  • We bless the responsible politicians with wisdom and a clear view of the overall situation
  • Pray for new / different ideas to carry out the necessary construction work
  • Pray that the construction contracts do not lead to a one-sided burden on the Senate and districts
  • Pray that the independence of education from private economic interests can be maintained
  • Pray for more planners, engineers, and workers to carry out the planned construction projects

New Police Chief

The Senator of the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), surprisingly dismissed Police Chief Kalus Kandt on Feb. 26. He had been increasingly controversial, among other things, because of numerous mishaps surrounding the Christmas market assassin Amri and the events in the Police Academy. According to the Senator of the Interior, the dismissal of Kandts was not a hasty decision — The Berlin police needed to renew itself. There needed to be a culture in which one could speak openly about mistakes. The new dual leadership to be found by mid-April could embody a credible new beginning. Police Vice President Margarete Koppers is also leaving the police on March 1 to take over the post of attorney general. The successor to Kandt will be the director of Directorate 5, Michael Krömer. On several occasions, he was Director of Operations on May 1 and is considered an experienced police leader. (rbb)


  • Pray for fast success and optimal choice in the reorganization of the police leadership
  • Pray for God’s protection from crises and disasters during the transitional period

Keeping On: Praying for our Country

Since 2004 there has been an annual Lenten prayer campaign entitled „40 days to pray and fast for our country“. It was founded prior to Jesus Day 2004, a major event with attended by 40,000 people which took place in Berlin on 9/11/2004. First there were booklets, then flyers, now everything is online. Because of digitalization, the campaign is now a smartphone app. Since this is a kind of partnership nationwide for our Prayer for Berlin, we want to let you know that for both Android and iOS there is an app called DEUTSCHLAND BETET, where our prayer requests for Berlin are included. There you will also find GEBET FÜR UNSER LAND with daily requests for politics and society. The special feature: Prayer partners are asked to keep on, not only for the 40 days until Easter, but throughout the year in prayer for our country.


March 8-10, Transforum-Conference – see article above

March 10, 11am to 4 pm, Day of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea, Lukas-Gemeinde, Kurfürstenstr. 133, 10785 B.

March 14, 6pm: Prayer for the City, Rotes Rathaus


April 18, 6pm: March for Life, George-Grosz-Platz, Charlottenburg,

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Good News: UNITED more than ever before!

Christians from more than 30 denominations and from at least as many native cultures prayed together on January 20 in plenary and at 13 „prayer stations – Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Free Church, an African and a Coptic choir and more. „ONE – pray together, celebrate, act together“ was the fruit of years of building relationships and trust. Sponsors were the Evangelical Alliance, Together for Berlin with its youth network BerlinUnited and the Ecumenical Council Berlin-Brandenburg. This response summed it up well: „To unite over confessional boundaries in prayer and to bring in their own profile and the richness of this tradition – equal and in the brotherly respect of others – that comes very close to the prayer of Jesus ‘… that they may all be one’. And it’s a taste of what I imagine heaven will be like. Hopefully this will happen again next year.” Prayer: Many reasons for thanks!

Offices and Senate Administrations

In order to prevent financial collapse, the number of staff in the Berlin administrations was massively reduced beginning in 2001 (60% in the districts, and 10% in the senate administrations). In addition, state-owned or district-owned properties were sold or leased. The training of staff has been essentially discontinued, so there is a lack of younger employees in the administrations. Recently, the districts were once again allowed to recruit significantly more staff. However, there are problems: there are no qualified administrators; newcomers not only lack the expertise, but also knowledge of administrative processes; there is little time left for the transfer of knowledge from the „old hands“ to younger employees; there are too few workspaces for newly hired employees. Partly because of lack of space, the new employees that are urgently needed and – finally – approved by the Senate have not been employed. In addition, the processes from application to recruitment are very cumbersome, tedious and outdated. For many applicants, an employment offer comes too late. How to get these problems under control is controversial. The Senate blames the districts; the districts see the blame on the Senate level. The communication between both sides is clearly disturbed. The Governing Mayor now wants to extend his rights of intervention in district powers, but the districts and the district mayors are not open to this.


  • Pray that the state and the districts would be willing to seek solutions together
  • Pray for a new willingness to talk and a new culture of discussion between those responsible
  • Pray for suitable applicants for vacancies and that positions will quickly be filled
  • Pray for solutions for lack of space and more vocational training places

Overload and staff shortage in the judiciary and police

The frequent outbreaks from the Berlin prisons over the past few weeks are not the only reason for the necessity of effective and rapid measures. For a long time there has been a massive lack of personnel in courts, prisons and the police. The prison system is lacking around 200 employees, though the prisons are fully occupied. The director of the Moabit prison reported: The consequence of the lack of staff is „that every prisoner gets less care and less attention than he should actually get, in order for us to fulfill our legal mandate. This results in more risk for both my employees and for the State of Berlin.” The Justice Senator wants to hire more staff. This applies, on the one hand, to the 150 trainees who are finally completing their training this year and to other prison staff, but also to judges with special attention to the juvenile division. A significant increase in the number of staff in the police has already been decided, but of course, it will take time until the applicants are fully trained.


  • Thank God that prisons are once again training staff
  • Pray that prison personnel will be protected against overload and for good success in the care of detainees
  • Pray for a faster resolution of staff shortages in the judiciary and police

University Contracts

In mid-January, the university contracts between the State of Berlin and the Berlin universities including the Charité hospital were signed. For the first time, the contracts will be valid for five years, from 2018 to 2022, thus offering universities greater planning security. The total volume amounts to 8.1 billion euros, which is to be used to improve the study and employment conditions. Thus, finally, more scientific staff of the academic middle-class can be employed indefinitely. It will also support measures that drive the digitization and free availability of research results. The topics of integration and migration research, Islamic theology, as well as peace, conflict and terrorism research will also be promoted.


  • Thank God that money has been put aside for education and better employment in the area of science · Pray that funds will be used effectively and responsibly
  • Pray that the responsibility for the funded research topics will be given to Spirit-filled people

More Homeless

The number of homeless is increasing: At present, at least 10,000 homeless people live in Berlin. Some experts estimate the number even higher. Every year, between 500 and 1,000 homeless people come to Berlin, mainly from Eastern European countries. Since there is a shortage of shelters, many of them had been sleeping in the Berlin Tiergarten park, but this was cleared last year before winter came. For the first time, districts, senate administrations and NGOs jointly discussed the problem at the first strategy conference on homelessness in the capital. The goal is to be able in the future to offer every homeless at least one emergency shelter.


  • Thank God for the first joint search for a solution between the parties involved
  • Pray for a sufficient number of shelters
  • Pray for sustainable, timely and visible solutions to improve the situation

Accelerate Housing Construction

It is undisputed that Berlin needs more housing as quickly as possible, especially housing that is affordable for low incomes. Berlin is not fulfilling the quota of 25% social housing in new construction that was intended in the “Berlin model” of the Senate. In addition, there is a growing need for housing for mid-level incomes. The housing policy of the Senate is being generally criticized, especially the Senator for City Development Katrin Lompscher (Linke), also by their coalition partner SPD. The focus on public companies does not do justice to the fact that 90 percent of the new construction in Berlin has been given to private companies and property developers. In addition, the announced „urban development housing plan“ is overdue. Apparently, in recent years the Senate has hardly ever acquired land offered by the federal government at a preferential price. The federal government and Berlin are blaming each other for this. Another factor causing delay is the (legally stipulated) public participation: Everyone wants the construction of new apartments, but of course not on their own doorstep! The common good, however, must always be higher than individual interests. It is also urgent that the time needed for building permits and preliminary construction decisions be shortened. All in all, the new housing construction in Berlin obviously requires stronger political control and more effective cooperation between the Senate and the districts. However, whether a central Steering Committee for Urban Development should be set up is a matter of dispute between the coalition partners. The home exchange that is being set up seems to be a good new idea.


  • Pray for a rapid end to the roadblocks and delays in the construction of new housing
  • Pray for agreement between the Senate departments, the federal government and the districts
  • Pray for creative, new ideas for more living space

Keeping on: BER and Tegel airports

Unfortunately, a continuing long-term issue! All the more reason for prayer. The fight continues: There is a new legal opinion commissioned by the Senate which makes the continued operation of Tegel almost impossible. The opposition (FDP and parts of the CDU) however continues to demand the continued use of Tegel. The federal government and the States of Brandenburg and Berlin maintain their position that Tegel must close six months after the BER opens. The construction costs of BER have risen again. The probability of the announced opening date for 2020 seems to be increasing. So keep on: Let us continue to pray for the end of the unfruitful quarrels, that sloppiness and corruption will be revealed and for a quick completion of the BER and for the optimal use of Tegel!


February 14, 6 pm: Prayer for the City, Rotes Rathaus

February 23, 5pm: Prayer for the Kotti, Gebetskeller am Kottbusser Tor, Adalbertstr. 97

March 10, 11 am to 4 pm: Day of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea, Lukas-Gemeinde, Kurfürstenstr. 133, 10785 Berlin


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Good News: 7,8% more births

Last year, 41,000 children were born in Berlin. This represents an increase of 7.8 percent compared to 2015 – 0.4 percent above the national average. There have not been so many babies in Berlin since the ba-by boom in the 60s. Let’s welcome each baby as a miracle of God and congratulate the parents!

  • Thank God for the increasing courage for new life and parenthood

Christmas – Peace on Earth?

There are mixed feelings about Christmas. For some, it is a celebration they look forward to with bright eyes and full anticipation. For others, it is a time when family tensions can no longer to be evaded. And still others feel particularly excluded during the Christmas season – because they have no one with whom they can celebrate or because they are new here in Germany and do not yet know Christmas customs. We also need to pray for the protection of the Christmas markets from terror and violence. A year ago on December 19, an assassin rammed a truck into a Christmas market. 12 people died and 60 were injured.


  • Pray that the message „God with us“ will touch many non-believing people who, whether because of tradition or curiosity, visit worship services or Christian celebrations
  • Pray that Christians will invite lonely people to their house to celebrate together
  • Pray that Christmas markets will be protected from terror

New Tourism Concept

It is a gift that many people from all over the world visit our interesting city. Almost half of them come from abroad. In 2016, 12.7 million people visited Berlin; 31.1 million overnight stays were recorded. The numbers continue to rise slightly. For the residents in the districts which are particularly popular with tourists, the many visitors can also sometimes be a burden. The Berlin Senate is currently working intensively on a new tourism concept that aims, among other things, to increase the marketing of the outer districts of the city and to provide more contact between Berliners and visitors. Electric buses and other measures should make tourism more environmentally friendly.


  • Pray for a smart, sustainable tourism concept
  • Pray for good measures that combine tourism promotion and protection of local residents
  • Pray that more tourists stay longer and discover the city and its residents

Day of Prayer “ONE in Christ”

A prayer day for the city with this motto and the subtitle “pray together, celebrate, act“, will take place for the first time on January 20, 2018. At the end of the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer Evangelical, and in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Evangelical Alliance, Together for Berlin, and the Ecumenical Council Berlin-Brandenburg are inviting Christians to come together for a day of prayer. At this event, Christians from different church backgrounds, cultures, and generations will meet each other, united in Jesus Christ. The sponsors would rather have “the greatest possible diversity than the lowest common denominator“. The event begins at 3:30 pm in the Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Schöneberg, Hauptstraße 125. We will begin together with music and songs to the glory of God and an input. We will then pray at twelve different „stations“ in various forms and traditions, distributed throughout the building. A children’s program will be provided. After a joint closing session, there is time to meet others over snacks and drinks. The day will close with the usual prayer concert of the youth network Berlin UniteD, beginning at 7:00 pm.


  • Pray that the broad unity of Christians honours God and encourages those involved
  • Pray for success for the complex preparations and planning
  • Pray that the world will realize that the Father has sent the Son (John 17:23)


In Germany, the use of drugs and the number of drug-related deaths continue to increase. The situation in Berlin is particularly frightening with a 15% increase in deaths in the last year, mostly due to heroin, cocaine and crystal meth in particular. But the capital is also the leader in cannabis use. The red-red-green government in Berlin wants to re-design its drug policy. This is shown, for instance, in Görlitzer Park, one of the main places for drug deals with hashish and marijuana. Following unsuccessful attempts to stop the dealing, so-called park walkers are now being used to keep the dealing at least within tolerable limits. This seems to work, because the accompanying crime has decreased. There is also a preventive offensive, which gives the Berlin specialist department 300,000 € more for prevention and education work in schools. Also, consumption rooms and so-called „drug checks“ are to be created in which police and consumers can check the substances.


  • Pray that an effective way out of dependency can be found for drug addicts
  • Pray especially that the prevention work among young people is fruitful

Nursing Care Crisis

Recently there was a strike at the Berlin Charité Clinic because the schedules for surgery are too full and there are too few staff. Nationwide and also in Berlin, the problem is growing: the number of (aging) needy people is increasing, but the number of nurses is increasing only slowly. This applies to outpatient home care as well as nursing home care and hospitals. There are currently very few nurses on the job market. Politicians urgently need to counteract this problem. The topic should be an urgent part of the negotiations for a new federal government.


  • Pray for determined action on the part of politicians at the state and federal level
  • Pray for strength and motivation for the care-givers
  • Pray for more Christians in nursing jobs

Keeping On: Crime

At Kottbusser Tor, Görlitzer Park, which is well-known for problems with drug dealers, and at the Warsaw Bridge, the number of crimes has declined compared to the previous year. There were fewer acts of violence and fewer thefts of bags or bicycles for instance. On the other hand, the drug trade increased in some cases (article above). It’s not that the state is powerless, but it is limited in its resources. Politicians of all parties did little, and the police force was neglected. Currently, nine large clans of Arab descent dominate the crime scene in Berlin. There are also rockers from various clubs, and the Russian mafia is also active.


  • Thank God for partial decline in crime and pray for further decrease

On a personal note: Rosemarie Stresemann is leaving the editorial team

Rosemarie Stresemann is a well-known name in the prayer scene in Berlin and now also nationwide. After 15 years she is ending her cooperation with the Berlin prayer mail and will now concentrate entirely on the „Wächterruf“, a continuous prayer chain for Germany with monthly letters and increasingly also conferences and seminars. The retired primary school teacher combines intensive and critical political research with a great passion for (often prophetic) intercession, a combination rarely found. Rosemarie has not only influenced the prayer mail, but also the prayer scene in Berlin significantly. From 2003 to 2016 she also co-headed the monthly meeting of the „Forum Prayer“ by Together for Berlin together with Axel Nehlsen. She has been responsible for an infinite amount of impetus for prayer for the city and also a significant portion of the texts and prayer requests in this prayer mail. It’s great to see our God sharpening the gifts and profiles of His people and using them for the coming of His kingdom. This also applies to Rosemarie’s future tasks. People can express their thanks in written or verbal form, but it is God who repays in his own way and creates lasting fruit. In that sense: May God bless you, Rosemarie!


Dec. 13, 6pm Prayer for City Politicians, Rotes Rathaus

Jan. 10, 6pm Prayer for City Politicians, Rotes Rathaus

Jan. 14-21 International Week of Prayer sponsored by the Evangelical Alliance. A brochure with Berlin dates can be obtained in participating churches and online here:

Jan. 20, 3:30pm Day of Prayer ONE (See article above)


Warm greetings from the editorial team (Kerstin Hack, Axel Nehlsen, Anna Wunderlich) and from the GfB-leadership team Ana Hoffmeister. We wish you all a meaningful Advent and Christmas season!


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Download as PDF: November 2017

Good News: Peter Steudtner freed

After a hundred days, on October 26th, the human rights activist Peter Steudtner (and some others) were surprisingly released from detention in Turkey. The Amnesty International activist had been accused of supporting a terrorist organization, and accusation which obviously could not be upheld. The Gethsemane church in the Prenzlauer Berg had been holding intercessory prayer for him during the entire time. We, together with the church, are grateful for the answer to prayer. Other Germans, however, remain unjustly imprisoned in Turkey.

Turkish Consular Teaching

The Turkish Consulate School, in which Turkish children in municipal schools can voluntarily participate in the afternoons, has been operating for a long time. The original intention was to learn the mother tongue and local history of the country of origin. Classes also take place in other languages ​​and are a relic of the time when the Italian, Yugo-Slavic and Turkish guest workers brought their families to Germany or started a family here. The concept is now completely outdated. After the attempted coup against Erdogan, the view of the Turkish consular education has changed. The curriculum, which was designed in Ankara, has been more closely examined and, according to the Education Administration, contains „clearly religious and nationalistic content“. A potential influence of the Erdogan-influenced authoritarian government is becoming increasingly clear. Therefore, on the one hand, a change in the curriculum is necessary; on the other hand, the state would like to develop an alternative offer, but the Senate has not come up with a concept yet. So far, fees for the classes have not been charged, but that is now changing. The Mitte district now wants to charge € 30,000. The Turkish community has protested. Native-speaker instruction in Turkish or also now in Arabic offered by school administration requires teacher training that does not exist yet. Therefore, adult education centers are being included.(Tagesspiegel 22.9.17)


  • Pray for a completely new concept of mother-language teaching that integrates
  • Pray for good transitional solutions
  • Pray for all students of other nationalities, that they will get enough support at school for their specific needs

The Amri Case and the Consequences

The detailed report of the Special Representative Jost in connection with the terrorist attack by Anis Amri on the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin on December 19, 2016 has been completed. It became evident that there were many wrong decisions and serious mistakes on the part of the authorities. They range from non-granted support by the Berlin State Criminal Office to subsequent file forgery. On November 10, 2017, the Amri Investigation Committee of the Berlin State Parliament will meet. According to Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) there will also be an inquiry committee from the Bundestag. This is due to the mistakes made by the state authorities and also at the federal level, and the lack of communication between the security authorities. Since „there are still a number of potential attackers in the country“ who should be deported, this should, according to Jost, be better organized at the federal level (


  • Thank God that the mistakes were openly addressed within the security forces
  • Pray that good conclusions will be drawn from the report that bring improvement
  • Pray for security, order and God’s protection over our country

Vision for Berlin 2050

„Berlin 2050 Concrete Density“ is the name of an exhibition designed to inspire debate on urban development. Unfortunately, for the past 20 years, no Senate has dared to try to coordinate urban development. However this is urgently needed. Berlin is growing by 60,000 people every year. The housing shortage is massive, and office space is now scarce. There is a lack of schools and day-care centres. Berlin is growing and bursting at the seams.

Now well-known architects and professors have given their students five areas for creative rethinking: Westkreuz around the ICC, Westhafen near Wedding, Karl-Marx-Allee, Charlottenburg-Nord, Niederschöneweide. The result is images of a new Berlin, which is more diverse, colourful and bigger. They want to encourage courageous brainstorming about the future of the city. „But the Senate is content with careful repairs and additions to the cityscape, as if the wall were still protecting the West Berliners from the market and competition and the East Berliners from the class enemy.“ (Tagesspiegel Oct. 13).

Other obstacles include the competence-wrangling between the Senate and the districts, the clientele interests of the three parties in the Senate and residents‘ initiatives and referendums that seem to resist everything new. In other areas (such as start-ups, culture, medical technology) Berlin is rightly known to be very innovative – does it not also deserve innovative, courageous urban planning?

The Exhibition: Architektur Galerie Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee 98, 10243 Berlin; October 13 – November 11


  • Pray for more courage for creative city planning
  • Pray that the innovative and creative God will equip people to do that
  • Pray that urban development becomes top priority

Homeless in Parks

More and more homeless people are staying in public parks. The problem came to light among the public after a woman was murdered in Tiergarten. The number of homeless people in Berlin is increasing. These include rejected asylum seekers, drug addicts, or especially many Eastern Europeans looking for work, and also Germans. There is alcoholism and drug-trade. Young people and young men are prostituting themselves. Anyone wanting to prevent this will encounter hate and violence. The police do not want to crack down because they do not want to be appear to be too harsh. The district mayor of Neukölln, Franziska Giffey (SPD), reports that, in cooperation with Caritas, it is organizing voluntary bus return trips for homeless people to Eastern European EU countries.

The Berliner Stadtmission often feels the significant increase in homelessness first. It is a well-known contact point and also offers a hygiene centre for the homeless. The Stadtmission does not feel that deportation is a solution. Housing the homeless also requires increased efforts and a concept. There are not nearly enough places for the winter.


  • Pray that enough overnight places can be found before winter
  • Pray for increased Senate efforts for an overall solution for homelessness
  • Thank God for all the Christians who wholeheartedly work or volunteer

Safety in Traffic

White-painted bicycles can be seen in different places around Berlin, commemorating cyclists who have died there. It happens relatively often that a truck does not see a cyclist when turning, and the person on the cycle gets run over.

Both technical and practical solutions are needed – from a large glass window as a passenger door (required beginning 2022 in the EU for new trucks) to a right-turn green light for cyclists, re-construction of intersections, or a truck ban in inner cities.


  • Pray for God’s protection and preservation for all those using the roads
  • Pray for the development of efficient, sustainable and implementable concepts

Suicide in Local Transport

Even if no exact figures are known to us – the number of emergency medical responses in the S-Bahn and subway trains appears to be increasing. In the course of his professional life, an S-Bahn driver runs over an average of two people. Often suicide is the reason. Sometimes it results from brutal behaviour of other passengers.


  • Pray that God would encounter and give hope those who are considering suicide
  • Pray that effective measures can be found to protect those using public transport

Keeping On: Air Berlin

Following the insolvency of the airline Air Berlin, around 3,000 of the 8,000 existing employees are still without a job perspective. Flight operations were discontinued the end of October. The involved federal states and the federal government could not agree on an Auffanggesellschaft, which would have helped employees receive further training or continued employment. But most likely a Transfergesellschaft will be able to help 1,200 people find new employment. The Senate, the Deutsche Bahn and others are offering jobs. Let us pray for jobs and perspectives for those affected!


  • Nov 8, 6-7 pm, Prayer for city politicians at the Rote Rathaus
  • Nov 24, 5-7 pm Prayer for the Kotti, Adalbertstraße 97, Gebetskeller Kreuzberg


New: Our Prayer Mail App in German

  • Download the app “Deutschland betet” from the app store (available for Android and IOS)
  • Subscribe to “Gebet für Berlin” and then “bis Ende des Anliegens” Done!


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Download as PDF: October 2017

Good News: Digital Economy is growing

In recent years, the digital economy in Berlin has grown considerably. 77,000 jobs are now available in this sector – more than in any other German city. 8.5% of Berlin’s economic power comes from the digital economy.


  • Thank God for this good development
  • Pray for many new jobs in this sector

27 Years of German Unity

On October 3, we will celebrate 27 years of German unity – and thus also the unification of our formerly divided city. But living conditions in the east and the west have not evened out yet. The results of the Bundestag elections differed widely between east and west, and also in Berlin: large majorities for the Linke and the AfD in the east, the SPD and the Greens in the central parts of the city, CDU majorities in the north-west and south-west, but also strong growth for the AfD even there. One may see this as an image of colorful and diverse Berlin, but it also reveals the massive contrast in the (dis)satisfaction with our democratic system, in the social sector, and in the feeling of quality of life. Unity in heads and hearts is by no means completed. The contrasts have actually grown. The situation needs political wisdom, recovery of trust in politics and political parties, civic involvement – and our prayer.


  • Pray for new bridges of conversation and mutual understanding in the city
  • Pray that politicians, churches and communities will actively seek people out and take their worries seriously
  • Pray that God’s grace leads us to the completion of inner unity

Thousands of Lateral Career-Change Teachers

In 2017, according to official Senate information, a total of 3,004 teachers were hired in Berlin schools, including 1,254 who came as lateral career-change teachers, (without the usual teacher training), 944 in August alone, 558 of which are in elementary schools ( The vice-chairman of staff, Haase, told the Berliner Zeitung, „Another complicating factor is that the quality of the applicants among the lateral career-change teachers has now declined considerably. In addition, a lack of knowledge of German and pedagogical training is a problem for teachers in elementary schools, but the majority of those with a lateral career-change are employed there. Furthermore, the situation could be reversed as early as 2022, since the number of graduates could then be far above the remaining need for new teachers, because the jobs would then be occupied by lateral career-change teachers. ( © 2017)


  • Pray for sound judgement on the part of those responsible for the choice of lateral career-change teachers
  • Pray for wisdom for every teacher with their students in the classroom and with their colleagues
  • Pray for good, long-lasting ways of dealing with teacher vacancies, so that new graduates are enabled to enter the profession

Rents continue to rise despite attempt to stabilize rates

In 2015, Berlin was the first state to introduce a program to put the brake on the rising cost of rental housing. It was hoped that this could be a suitable means of stopping the rents in Berlin from rising further. A Berlin court has now declared that law probably unconstitutional. Nevertheless, Lompscher, the Senator for city development, wants to sharpen this law even more. The law remains in effect pending a decision before the Federal Constitutional Court. Unfortunately, the rental price development in Berlin has not eased much. Too many exceptions prevent this law from being an effective key against rising rents. Most political parties are in favour of launching further construction programs to ease the housing market.


  • Pray that the rental brake will prevent extreme rent increases
  • Pray for legal clarity, including the implementation of the law
  • Pray for fast construction of affordable housing

Tegel Airport – what’s next?

The referendum, which took place at the same time as the Bundestag election, resulted in a clear majority of 56.1% to keep the Tegel airport (41.7% against), even after the 2019 hoped-for completion of the airport BER. The referendum did not contain a legislative initiative and is not politically binding. It merely states that the Senate should take all necessary steps to continue the operation of Tegel. The Red-Red-Green coalition in the Senate was and is against it. The outcome of the vote is seen as an expression of the dissatisfaction with the current Senate policy. The advocates of a closure of Tegel, above all the more than 300,000 residents who have been plagued by noise, have already announced they will pursue legal action complaints, should Tegel actually remain open. Now Mayor Müller wants to speak with the federal government and the state of Brandenburg as co-partners. As they have been until now, both are for the closure of Tegel no later than six months after the opening of the BER, which is the current contract. Müller wants to appoint a „recognized neutral personality“, who will use a “transparent and open” roundtable to check whether and how a continued use of the Tegel airport is legally watertight. It is a difficult situation legally, ecologically, and politically.


  • Pray for legal clarity, political cleverness and divine wisdom
  • Pray for an early completion of BER
  • Pray for relief for the residents affected by noise

On the Way to Inclusion

At the beginning of the new school year, inclusion began in the primary schools in Berlin. Teaching which takes pupils with disabilities and learning constraints into a regular class must be different. Inclusion education therefore actually means a change in the educational system. This new education experiment is starting with a very uncertain outcome. In other states (for example, Hamburg and Bremen), which have implemented a complete inclusion too quickly, inclusion has already been described as a failure by education experts. It led to a complete overburdening of the teachers. In Berlin, therefore, they want to proceed more slowly. The existing special schools for children with learning difficulties are gradually being closed. However, having both special schools for children with learning difficulties and inclusion does not appear to be a great solution either. In Berlin, children with learning disabilities and behavioural problems are to be included first. Over 60 percent of the children with special needs have behavioural problems (!). Inclusion will start first with those beginning school and those in the third grade. Specialists are assigned to normal classes according to a specific allocation key. But this allocation alone does not constitute a new educational system. Those who have taught know how often such specialist teachers are pulled out of their assigned class to substitute elsewhere. Is it really good for the students to be taught in mixed learning groups? Many students with behavioural problems simply need more attention and smaller groups. All those affected are now approaching this experiment with much uncertainty.


  • Pray that inclusion is introduced cautiously and problems can be identified in a timely manner
  • Pray that the teachers involved receive the support they need
  • Pray that the needs of the many students with behavioural problems will be recognized

Keeping On: Places for Births

A special summit was recently sponsored by the Minister of Health, Dilek Kolat. There are far too few places in delivery rooms for the increasing number of births (a great development!). There is also a great lack of midwives. Let us pray for solutions!

New: Our Prayer Mail App

We are pleased to report that the prayer requests from the Berlin prayer mail can now be accessed directly on your smartphone via the prayer app “Deutschland betet”. This app is provided by „Round Table Prayer” (the Lausanne Movement German Branch), which is also responsible for its content. This interdenominational network wants to strengthen prayer in all areas of society and to integrate it into a comprehensive perspective for our country (

Installation (Sorry, it is only in German):

  • Download the app “Deutschland betet” from the app store (available for Android and IOS)
  • Subscribe to “Gebet für Berlin” and then “bis Ende des Anliegens”
  • Done! The individual prayer requests will be distributed as notifications throughout the month on the appropriate date


  • Oct. 11, 6-7 pm Prayer for City Politicians at the Rote Rathaus
  • Oct. 27, 5-7 pm, Prayer for the Kotti, Adalbertstraße 97, Gebetskeller Kreuzberg


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