Both hostels are run by Christian volunteers (18 to 30 y/o) from all over the world. We train and equip them to engage in hospitality and evangelism in a culturally relevant manner. Maybe sharing the gospel sounds still a bit scary for you. Maybe you feel unprepared or afraid of being rejected. Or maybe you are the opposite and you have no greater passion than sharing your faith with people who don’t know him yet. No matter if you are an experienced street evangelist or a rookie, there are numerous ways to share God’s love in our hostels and to grow in ways of doing that. We offer a safe and yet adventurous setting to grow in evangelism and learning how to share your faith in news ways.
Our Christian mission centers around three themes:
- Practice hospitality
- Participate in community
- Pursue hearts for Jesus
The foundation of our ministry is Christian hospitality. We create an atmosphere of love and acceptance, which opens up a space for us to share the love of Jesus Christ. Excellent customer service is what we aim for. We believe that practical service, given with kindness and joy, could be the starting point of meaningful connections with our guests. Travelers often like to exchange ideas, to philosophize about God, Jesus and the Bible. We spend time conversing with them about regular things, praying that God will open up opportunities to share about the passion of our hears.
Participate in community
You are not serving alone: you will live and become part of our supportive community of Christians. Through our ministry and Christian community we want to equip our volunteers for a life of ministry and service. Through the Ministry Training Program, weekly small groups, worship sessions and prayer meetings, you will grow together in faith and unity. Furthermore, you will have a prayer mentor and prayer buddy to talk and pray with. Living in a Christian community will help and encourage you to keep your focus on God and grow in your walk with Him. During this time, you will have the chance to grow and discover your unique gifts.
Pursue hearts for Jesus
Through personal conversations and evangelism activities, we like to create a safe atmosphere. Both believers and non-believers stay in our hostels. Some guests are very active in their spiritual journey. However, we also have a lot of guests that are more passive. We want all guests to feel free to talk about spiritual matters with us. In conversations about everyday things we try to make a bridge to the Gospel, without being forceful to guests or preaching to them. With further interest guests can get a free copy of the New Testament. 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.
What we believe
We believe that:
- the gospel of Jesus Christ can give freedom and renewal to every person
- hospitality begins with God, and may be passed on through us to others
- God invites people into His community; God is a relational God; and man only reaches his/her destiny within a restored relationship with God and fellow man
- hospitality setting of the Shelter, which is an active community of young adult Christians, demonstrates a beautiful example of the proclamation of the gospel to young travelers
- as followers of Jesus we have much to offer, while at the same time we have much to learn and receive
- the Shelter is one of the best volunteer organizations and a meaningful place for young adult Christians to grow
List of volunteer organizations we support
Lastly, but not less important: our hostels are non-profit. This means that the revenue generated by the hostels supports local charities. These local charities are some of the best volunteer organizations in Amsterdam. They help people in need, like homeless people, poor children, drug addicts, and women who are trapped in prostitution. In this way, our volunteers contribute indirectly to the work of many volunteer organizations in Amsterdam. Check out the full list of volunteer organizations here.
Join our ministry team!
If you love to meet new people, live in an international Christian community, experience diverse cultures and share the gospel within a safe environment, join our ministry! Consider to do a gap year at the Shelter or join us for a few months.
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