Beit Sar Shalom Ministry
History of Chosen People Ministries in Germany
Jewish people thrived in Germany before World War I and held prominent positions in the government, academia, and arts. After World War II, however, the Jewish community in Germany was miniscule. Since the 1990s, though, more than 300,000 Jewish people and their family members have immigrated to Germany from the former Soviet Union.
In response to this significant demographic development, Vladimir Pikman, a young believer from Kyiv, and his wife, Inna, began ministry in Berlin in 1995. Shortly thereafter, Horst Stresow, a longtime supporter and friend of the Jewish people, joined Vladimir and Inna. Together, they formally established Beit Sar Shalom (The House of the Prince of Peace), Chosen People Ministries’ global partner ministry in Germany.
The Messianic Center
In 2006, the Mission fulfilled a long-held dream for a Messianic center in Berlin. The Berlin Messianic Center was the first building dedicated to Jewish evangelism in Germany—and perhaps in all of Europe—since World War II. Beit Sar Shalom Ministry, the German global partner of Chosen People Ministries, acquired a property just a fifteen-minute drive from where Nazi officials issued “The Final Solution” for the extermination of the Jewish people in Europe. The work in Berlin includes a Messianic congregation, which meets in the Messianic Center. In addition to regular Sabbath services, the ministry team holds weekly Bible studies, an active youth group, and well-attended special events, particularly during the high holidays and Passover.
Ministry in Germany Today
Berlin attracts many Israelis every year. To seize the opportunity, we pioneered a ministry among Israelis in 2012. Our dynamic outreach today features a hospitality network, Sabbath fellowships, and friendship ministries. Traveling young Israelis are especially open to the gospel and hungry to learn more about Jesus!
Beit Sar Shalom also serves in twenty other major German cities, including Munich, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt. Ministry activities include planting Messianic congregations, street outreach, discipleship, theological education, and, most recently, Ukrainian refugee relief. In Berlin and other cities, Beit Sar Shalom hosts training to teach Jewish and Gentile believers to proclaim the gospel among Jewish people.