The beginning of All4Aid is connected to the work of Multination Church (formerly known as Bethel International Baptist Church) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2014, the church started providing church asylum (Kirchenasyl in German, also called ‘sanctuary’ in the USA) for asylum seekers. They were mostly Christians from persecuted countries who lived at the church to avoid deportation and earn the right to have their asylum requests processed in Germany.
Although church asylum is a century-long respected tradition that was being practiced by over 300 churches in Germany at that same time, a criminal investigation was opened against Rev Rodrigo Assis da Silva, lead pastor of Multination Church at the time, on charges of assisting illegal migrants. Following the launch of a petition campaign called “Respect for Church Asylum”, which gathered the support of thousands of people from all over the world, all charges were dropped. In the following years, the refugees who lived in the church were all granted asylum in Germany. They also integrated into their local communities, learned the language, found jobs and are living happily and safely in Germany to this day.
After being exonerated, Rodrigo founded All4Aid in 2017 to catalyse even more support towards refugees. Several friends joined the project by offering prayers, financial support and even joining as full-time workers. In February 2019, after running a few programmes in Germany, All4Aid was offered the opportunity to take over the management of a centre in front of Moria Camp. This was the beginning of our long-term presence on Lesvos, Greece.
(Photo: pastor’s office turned into a dormitory at Bethel IBC church).
Who We Are
We are a group of friends called to work together with displaced people: individuals and families who had to flee their homes due to war, persecution or disaster. We are registered in Germany as a nonprofit organisation with a global reach (All4Aid gGmbH). We are also registered as a NGO in Greece (All4Aid AMKE). Currently, most of our work is based near the Mavrovouni Refugee Camp (Moria 2.0), on the island of Lesvos, Greece.
Displaced people attaining life in all its fullness (John 10:10b).
To work with displaced people to enhance their quality of life by facilitating humanitarian assistance, cultivating social inclusion and fostering educational development.
The values that guide our actions and the way we work are based on the principles of the Christian Faith and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Caring about and having a genuine love for people facing displacement.
Doing everything to the best of our ability, with boldness and dedication.
Affirming equal rights to a life with dignity for people of all backgrounds.
Being accountable and transparent in all areas and levels of our work.
Collaborating with like-minded people, churches & organisations.
Serving with modesty and valuing the skills of the displaced people.
Meet the Team
At All4Aid, we follow a deputised approach to personnel funding. That means that, while public donations are used towards our programmes, our workers are responsible to raise their financial support to serve with us. Click in the names/photos below to read more about each one of our workers and to learn how you can support them.
The members of our advisory board have experience in several areas relevant to our work and come from diverse geographical, cultural and professional backgrounds. Their voluntary role is to advise the managing directors in the development of strategies for All4Aid’s work, helping to advance and maintain the health of the organisation.
Katharina N. Martinez