Hi there, it’s Caleb again, remember me? I’m one of the co-leaders on this outreach team, and I’m here to inform you what we’ve been up to. Now, we still have a little catching up to do, so I’m going to (roughly) walk you through our first two weeks of April. Spoiler alert, we didn’t spend it in Amsterdam! We left! Amazing, stay tuned for more information on this, after some photos.
Welcome back. So, on April 1st we travelled east and left our sprawling concrete jungle for a cute amalgamation of forests and villages. The place? YWAM Heidebeek. Our time in Heidebeek was a very different creature than Amsterdam. While in Amsterdam we were quite independent and evangelism-focused, in Heidebeek we were supported and more focused on bringing something to communities.
We spent a lot of time with youth groups and connect groups, which was interesting because none of us speak Dutch… Still, as someone who grew out of living a mediocre Christian life, it’s good to go and try to share what you have learned with some youngsters who are rapidly growing. We actually spent a lot of time with various youth groups, sometimes it was a group of 40, sometimes 4, and the ages ranged from 12 to mid-20’s. We hadn’t done anything like that in Amsterdam, so it was a cool change of pace. Oh also we played some terrifying football-in-a-cage game (North Americans, that’s the one where they ONLY kick the ball). It’s probably worth noting that I’m not hyper sporty… God loves me anyways.
Another thing we did in our time there was run an afternoon of creative workshops! That was a very neat opportunity for us to share our skills of photography, dance, and fine art with the youth in the area. What was special about that was we were also able to share what we’ve learned at the DTS about being creative with God and co-creating with him. It was very nice to spend time there and get to know them a little bit. We also ran a house of prayer using some of our creative abilities (dance, drawing, music, other things), and it was a really special time in the presence of God. Fun fact: The mayor of the city was there! I even shook his hand! I only found out he was the mayor after however.
Other than those things, we spent a lot of time with the staff at YWAM Heidebeek and with the local churches/services they are involved in. The team there was phenomenal, very serving and hospitality focused. It was a huge blessing to have them helping us with stuff, and also just to have their company. They were older than most of us are used to for YWAM staff, but with age comes experience and wisdom, things you can’t put a price tag on. It was great for us to see how they live their lives in their communities and also for Christ. Something we noticed during our time there was that even though we were generally busier than we were in Amsterdam, we found ourselves more rested and peaceful, which was a huge blessing.
After that, we left! On Sophie’s birthday we made the travel back to our crazy world of Amsterdam, and enjoyed the nice weather when we got there. Thank you for your continuing support and prayer, it is always appreciated. We don’t have so much longer here, but we should still have more for the blog….. Hopefully 🙂
Caleb & The Ålesund to Amsterdam Team