Mission – Why is your ministry focused on travelers ministry?

Ever since the very beginning, the Shelter hostels have been a travelers ministry: focused on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ among backpackers. We offer travelers in Amsterdam a low-budget way to travel. Through great hospitality, hostel activities and personal interaction we openly share Christ.

Why we share the Gospel with travelers

Backpackers are often very open to new experiences. And they usually love to interact with people of different cultures, backgrounds and interests. We often see that travelers are often not only on a physical journey, but also on a spiritual journey. This brings opportunities to think about and discuss beliefs and the purpose of life with them. We spend time conversing with them about regular things, attempting to make “bridges” to the Gospel. Travelers often like to exchange ideas and personal stories, to philosophize about God, Jesus and the Bible. But they don’t like to be pushed or preached at. We teach and help our volunteers to share in a culturally relevant and respectful way.

Travelers ministry

Each guest receives a booklet with a biblical message upon arriving and with further interest they can also get a free copy of the New Testament. We invite them for different activities, such as Bible Meditation, City Walk and Open Mic. Through these activities we make bridges to the Gospel. We want them to experience the Shelter as a safe place, and it is our deepest desire that they find God, the ultimate shelter for life.

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