MISSION POST ‘ Where Word and action meet’
Mission House team
WE ARE COUNTING DOWN TO JULY 3RD 2010. ARE YOU?
In 2010 the Mission House will have a big birthday. 5 years old and still going strong. Friday 2nd June - Sunday
4th June we will be celebrating here in Amsterdam. Interested in joining us?
So what is the point of this To make this weekend a success we
newsletter? Well the Mission House this need YOU. Come and join us, book your
year sees the 5th group to pass through ﬂights, get on your bike, mark it in your
the doors of the Mission House and start diary and come along and have some fun.
their voluntary year in Amsterdam. This we To keep you to date with what is
feel is a LANDMARK event and we want happening we will be sending out a
to say thank you to all the volunteers and newsletter every 2 months with news and
all the projects that have join us on the stories from the current Mission House
journey during the 5 years. team and you can always follow us on:
During the weekend of 2nd July 2010 www.missionhouse.nl
the Mission House will be celebrating in No where to stay?
The Mission House:
many different ways. We will be putting up Do you want to spend the celebration The Mission House has gone from
old volunteers in the Mission House who weekend sleeping in the Mission House? strength to strength since we
want to sleep in their old house, while they If so email Iain at begun 5 years ago. This year
share stories of old days, Saturday will see saw Sjaak leave the house as
the main event with music, food and
email@example.com project leader and Iain Majcher
volunteer 06-07 house leader
presents for everyone who comes and
Do you want to stay on after the 07-09 take over. Erjo Beitler
Sunday we will celebrate the anniversary volunteer from 2007-2008 took
weekend and volunteer in an old over as house leader to become
with a special service held in the afternoon project? There is a chance to stay on in the 3rd house leader in the
in one of Amsterdam's beautiful churches. the Mission House and vounteer during house
the summer. Projects are always looking
for volunteers during the summer
News from the Houseleader
Favourite recipe : Dear reader, dear ex MH-volunteer, dear project, dear (ex)-
housefriend, dear person who is in some way related to the
Do you have a recipe from your time in
the Mission House which you love? We
What you read here is not only the beginning of a long way to a
want to hear from you. For the weekend
big Mission House anniversary party, it is also a footprint of the
we are making a Mission House magazine
new Mission House group 2009-2010. With a new projectleader,
to give away and we need your input.
Iain, and a new houseleader, me. With Iain being only 22, me
Send us your recipes to share we us
being 21 and also the oldest in the Mission House, this year is the
youngest Mission House year ever.
Let me introduce yo to my housemates!
First we go not far from Amsterdam to Duisburg, Germany,
where fanatic 19-year old sailor Tobias Schaap comes from.
Being already familiar to the Netherlands with such a surname,
he is here to find his roots.
If we go a little bit further into Germany, we find Alena
Morlock’s (19) hometown. She came her with a big car full of
stuff and needed this to protect herself from mice, shouting
homeless people and steep bridges. But she hasd survived very
Even further into Germany we meet the poet Theresa Pleitner,
We want to hear from you: What are who is 18 years old. With a pen as a weapon, she came here to
see a small piece of the world in which the homeless live and
you now up to, what are you doing hopes that this will give her a lot of inspiration.
and do you have any When we go back, cross the border to France and travel to
Strasbourg, and we come to do the door of Elsa Koenig (18). She
stories from your Send us came to Amsterdam with a lot of energy and motivation and
hopes to find a small piece of serenity for herself and other
months in the your stories, people here.
Mission House or news
Then, when we go to Calais and hop over the Channel and up to
Dundee, Scotland, we enter the town where Buchanan Grant,
maybe you worked 21, just finished his studies in Criminology. He couldn’t have
chosen a better place to go, being a fresh criminologist. You
We all know that the time in the Mission House better watch out with doing something wrong in this city now,
is special. Every year brings something new. New we’ve got a new Bond!
When we make a difficult jounrney from Dundee to Belfast and
stories, talents and ideas. We want to collect them we meet 19-year old Erin, who just finished four A-levels.
all. What are you up to now? Where are you? What Although she already has a place at Dundee university she first
did a Mission House volunteer add to your project? wanted to show off her musical talents in Amsterdam.
We here in the Mission House are now busy
All individuals yet still all one team who are so enthusiastic and
collecting photos from throughout the years, stories motivated to and ready to make this year a great one, like all the
and news to bring them all together and share with past years as well. Having such a young team could also give a
lot of new insights in the structure and the way things go in the
everyone. Perhaps you have a quote from your year
Mission House. We definitely will be knocked down sometimes
or a song, a photo or two hidden somewhere within in our ambitious plans, but also it will give new challenges and
your computer? Email the Mission House at great moments for the coming year! I can’t wait for the year and
firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to see you ALL at the party!
A usual Tuesday evening in the Mission House
It’s dinner time. Somebody out of the seven people living in this community in
the middle of Amsterdam cooked the dinner tonight. After the table is
prepared, the hot food is brought out of the kitchen and into the dinning room.
Everybody quickly ﬁnds a seat. One of them takes the initiative and says grace.
“Amen! Eet smakelijk”. The food is served and everybody starts to eat. Like
every Tuesday it is now time for the House Meeting. During dinner everyone
talks about their week, their feelings and their problems in the house. If there is
a problem we try to solve it. During the House Meeting we also talk about the
upcoming week. We talk about the weekly chores, the daily cooking and other
events coming up in the week. At the end of the House Meeting we clean up and
have a 30 minute break. After the break we go to the ‘stilte kamer’. Here every
Tuesday we have our “zin moment”. Every week somebody else does it. While
having a cup of thee or coffee we are silent and think about our faith, our
societies or about our lives. This is a very emotional and personal time for all of
us, but to have the opportunity to share and live our own faith with other s in
the house is an awesome experience. After this everybody ends the day in their
own way. I think this is another example for the correctness of our motto:
Where word and action meet.
Hello! I am Theresa, 18 years old and I’ve come from my hometown in South
Germany for a year of volunteer service in the Mission House in Amsterdam. This
year we have a girl from France, one from Northern-Ireland, a Scottish boy, three
Germans and of course Erjo, our house leader, in the house.
On the first of September we all entered the house; since that day we had a lot of fun.
We went to the beach all together and we’ve experienced a lot of Dutch culture, like
‘kroketten’ and ‘satésaus’, as well as Amsterdam with it’s beautiful places like the
Vondelpark and the canals and we even discovered the ‘dark side’ of Amsterdam
during our visits to projects we can work in.
We were in the Red Light District and met already a few homeless people and drug-
addicts. This week we have to decide in which of the nearly twenty projects we are
going to work. This is for all of us a difficult decision, because there are so many
challenges from which we can only choose a few.
Another aspect of the first three weeks in Amsterdam was the social network around
us, like churches, the Diaconie, housefriends and neighbours that we got to know. On
the one hand this was an interesting experience, because it makes it easier to
discover this new world around us when we feel accompanied. On the other hand it
was sometimes tiring to shake so many hands and especially to remember all these
faces and names!
So I am looking forward to start working soon and to all the experiences it will give
as well as to the experiences of living in a community and living in Amsterdam.