2411 NZ Bodegraven
Mon-Fri 09:00 – 17:00
2411 NZ Bodegraven
2914PB Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel
Telephone: +31 85 30 129 38
WhatsApp: +31 85 30 129 38
Chamber of Commerce: 63355078
IBAN : NL71 BUNQ 2067 4644 50 (changed in 2022)
BIC : BUNQNL2A
Attn: Beach Mission Foundation
Note: : Not for personal support for board members
Stiching Beach Mission has ANBI status making donations tax deductible.
Mission, vision and aim
Beach Mission aims to make a positive impact on the lives of young people and nightlife areas by providing assistance and connecting young people to Jesus in a life-changing way.
Why the work of Beach Mission?
We do this because we have experienced in our own lives that the relationship with God makes us happy. We are convinced that our deepest meaning lies in our relationship with God. God made us as human beings, not to live our own lives, but to live from connection with God. In this life, but also in the life after this life, in eternity. We would like other young people in popular vacation areas to share in this.
Based on this same motivation, we want to do something good for the city. By being present and offering a listening ear, we want to bring peace to nightlife areas. Young people who are too drunk to get home we help them get home, people who are frustrated we offer a listening ear, women who can no longer walk on their high heels we offer slippers, we pray for those in sickness, pain and sorrow and we help young people grow to become disciples of Jesus.
- Young people are the church of the future
- God also comes to us where we are (Bible: Genesis 3 verse 9)
- We are the church for young people who are revelling in nightlife areas
- As ambassadors of God, we want to be inspired and guided by God.
The Bible is absolutely authoritative for us.
- We endorse creed of Beach Mission
- We really want to be interested in the other person and do not chase targets (numbers to be achieved).
- We want to engage in conversation in a respectful and non-offensive manner.
- We want to communicate the message of God, the gospel, in an understandable way.
- We want to care for people who want to enter or have entered into a relationship with God.
- We cause no problems and work within the laws of the civil government.
- We travel as a group, consider each other and give each other space.
- We want to connect with each other even if we think differently on some issues.
- We don’t work without consultation. The trip leader is in charge of the trip. The leadership of a group of participants rests with the group leader.
- We solve problems as quickly as possible.
We cannot win souls or convert people. Wonderful things always happen during evangelistic journeys. Those things are out of your control. It therefore makes little sense to set targets for the intended outcome. What we can do, is give people the choice to enter into the relationship with God, to ask forgiveness for their wrong deeds and thoughts, and to confess that we missed our goal by living without God But that’s it. Therefore, we pray that God will work out the results. In dependence and led by God, we hope to do life-changing work. Knowing Jesus and living with, from and through Him is something we dearly wish for these young people to have as well!
The founders are Dirk-Jan Boerman and Arjan Kriger. Until 2014, Dirk-Jan worked for the ‘Naar House’ foundation. While working there, a question occupied his mind for years: how to help those young people whom they talked to during the music events grow in their relationship with God. Between 2008 and 2014 Dirk-Jan participated in and led similar evangelism campaigns in Renesse. In 2007, he got the vision to go to Lloret de Mar and visit young people there during their vacation and share the gospel. Arjan Kriger and he founded Beach Mission to make this possible.
Why here and why during vacations?
“In the past few years I have met an awful lot of people from the world of dance events and nightlife. I am very impressed about how much openness for the Gospel there is among these young people. The stories from the Bible are still vaguely familiar to them, but most young people have no idea what the gospel is and that God wants to have a personal relationship with them. More and more I have come to see that there are tremendous opportunities here to reach young people who are “disconnected from God” with the gospel. During a vacation you can meet them more often, build a relationship with them and invite them over for a visit.”
God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me”
Beach Mission’s logo symbolizes a path through the sea. This symbolizes how God acts in situations and makes a way where we as humans do not know how to go on anymore. Here you can think about the situation of young people, or the question of how to reach the target group, as well as the personal questions and struggles that young people and participants in the mission trips may be in.
The image is derived from the exile of the Jewish people out of Egypt. They then were facing the Red Sea while standing on the beach, with the Egyptian army on their heels. God opened a way that we could not have imagine. This is also the gospel in a nutshell: when Jesus died on the cross, a way opened up for us to have a relationship with God.