I still remember the evening when I was supposed to lead my first Bible Discussion. Every evening someone organizes a Bible Discussion where guests are welcome to join. Now it was my turn to lead it all.
Are you interested in sharing your faith with (fellow) travelers or backpackers? Would you love to talk about God among this growing nomadic community? Imagine a global movement of Christian hostels and backpacker ministry, sharing the Gospel with backpackers from all nations.
Before coming to the Shelter Hostel Ministry I found evangelism very challenging. I thought that talking about God should come naturally. Instead, I found it difficult to evangelize to friends and family, so thought there must be something wrong with me. I didn’t know how to bring up God in a conversation.
Danielle comes from Israel; she is Jewish and believes in Jesus. That He is the Messiah. She is not a confronting type. She talks carefully and doesn’t push her vision to others. But you can hear she has a strong faith. A trust on Jesus, her Saviour from who she wants to testify. This desire to share the Gospel brings her to Amsterdam, to the Shelter.
How often do we give up on people? We write them off too easily, because of people’s looks or behaviour. But that is not God’s call for us.
“I dreamed of the community the believers in the book of Acts had…”
The experience of a cleaner supervisor. Read the interview with Marijn Timmer!
Working in the Shelter is one of the best things I’ve done in my life. It taught me a lot about God; loving, serving and living with Him. It showed me very clearly what the difference is between a life without God and a life with Him and it taught me how to share this faith with people around me. Besides that, being in a community of Christians from all around the world and stirring each other up to follow God is great!
You never know who’s going to join and how many people will be there. Every day it’s a surprise. Sometimes a few staff members join. Other times the dining room is packed with staff, cleaners, and guests. Many times people have shared how they have appreciated dinner in the Shelter. Being able to sit down together, enjoy the blessing of sharing a meal, hear stories, and have fun. It’s like a family. Sharing a meal together in a family can be such a powerful act of love and here I share about some of the guests touched by this.