Our DTS team spent 11 days on the streets of Amsterdam talking to locals and tourists alike. We gained insight into a city where it’s all about what you want, and how you can immediately satisfy your desires.
I’ve never had a strong desire to go to Europe -- I always figured I would get there eventually. But as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. Besides the endless pursuit of pleasure, there was so much beauty to enjoy: Amsterdam's vintage buildings, cobblestone streets, and the winding canals lined with bikes.
As we walked through narrow alleys and along sparkling waterfronts, we heard five different languages fill the air; I grew a heart for the city of Amsterdam in what felt like no time at all.
My eyes have been opened
As a YWAM outreach team, we did not go to Amsterdam alone -- we teamed up with an evangelism ministry located in the city. Evangelism was definitely a new area of ministry for me. I’ve always lived my life in such a way where I didn't push my faith or beliefs on anybody. However, my eyes were opened through my DTS. I realized it's important to speak about my beliefs to the people I meet, even complete strangers. I’ve grown so much in my faith and relationship with God. When you have something so amazing in your life, when you have real happiness and real love, how can you not want to share that with everyone you meet?