In a city of freedom, prostition is legal, drugs are legal, and people come from all over the globe to live in a place with so much openness. What they don’t realize is that though the laws may allow them to be “free” , it’s a false freedom... a trap to fall deep into the unrelenting hands of an addictive lifestyle. Our team spent 11 days on the streets of Amsterdam talking to locals and tourists alike, gaining insight into a city where it’s all about what you want, and always being able to get immediate satisfaction. I’ve never really had a heart for Europe, figuring I’d get there eventually but was in no hurry to get there soon. I fell in love with this city instantly. Walking between Amsterdam's vintage buildings, cobblestone streets, and the winding canals lined by bikes while hearing five different languages spoken all around; I grew a heart for the city of Amsterdam and in what felt like no time at all.
My eyes have been opened.
As a YWAM outreach team we've been linked up with an evangelism ministry in the city. Evangelism is definitely a new area of ministry for me. I’ve always lived in a way where I don’t try to push my faith or my beliefs on anybody, however, through my YWAM DTS I’ve had my eyes opened to the importance of speaking about my beliefs to people I meet; even complete strangers. I’ve grown so much in what I believe and my heart (and life!) has been radically changed through growing in my relationship with God. When you have something so amazing in your life, when you have real happiness and real love; how could you not want to share that with everyone you meet? ...Especially in a world so broken and love starved as ours.