The Lighthouse is a ministry located at the heart of the Red Light District in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is estimated that there are over 25,000 women working in prostitution in the Netherlands*, many of them are victims of Human Trafficking. The Red Light District in Amsterdam consists of around 400 windows where women stand day and night selling their bodies for sex. This is just a small glimpse of injustice that we are confronted with as we walk the streets of the city.

That is why we need to respond!

We are a group of lovers of Jesus whose eyes have been opened to the injustice in the city of Amsterdam and in the world.

As we seek to go deep in knowing Jesus, our hearts have been gripped with God’s desire to bring justice through bringing salvation and deliverance to those who are lost and broken, raising awareness of, and shining light on the issues that are fuelling the injustice we see.

“then shall your light rise in the darkness” – Isaiah 58:10

What we do

Praying

We believe there is a battle and we fight it in with intercession, taking our stand in the spiritual realm. This is not battle of flesh and blood but against spiritual principalities. Because the district is most active at night, that’s when we gather together to pray. We do this by praying and worshipping in The Lighthouse (which is located in the RLD), prayer walking throughout the district, and studying the word of God together.

Reaching Out

From the foundation of being close to Him we reach out; seeking to walk as Jesus did without condemnation, but with a love that reflects who He is and brings people into knowing Him and knowing who they were created to be. Throughout the week we partner with Not for Sale and YWAM Amsterdam’s Evangelism Team.

Not for Sale sells homemade, healthy soups to the girls in which we hand deliver to their window. The Evangelism Team offers coffee and tea (with cookies too, of course) to the ladies as well as reminding the girls how much Jesus loves them. The Lighthouse also has an outreach to a smaller, more secluded RLD, where we go window to window connecting with the ladies and offering them prayer, as well as praying for them in our nightly prayer times.

Discipling the Ladies

Some women long to go deeper with God, we reach out to them by fellowshipping together over coffee or dinner, studying the Bible together, or just helping them in anyway they need.

Shine

Every Spring, we offer a 6 week course on the global sex trade and how we as Christians should respond. For more information, take a look at the seminar’s page.

Networking

We network with local and international ministries that are also involved in the global sex trade. Like Freedom61 in Riga, Latvia, Dignata, and The Shine Network Gathering (2013 info coming soon).

Ministry to Men

Right now we are partnering with a ministry called CHAP that reaches out to the clients. We are looking at building a similar ministry based out of The Lighthouse in the near future.

Get involved

Pray

Please stand with us in prayer. If you would like to receive update information and prayer points, sign up for our newsletter by emailing us: lighthouse@ywam.nl

Give

Our ministry is based on donations. If you desire to support us financially this link will give you more information on how to do that. (Please specify that your donations are for The Lighthouse)

Be Part of our Team

We are still a fairly ‘young’ ministry and are looking for full and part time staff or volunteers who desire to partner with us. We need men and women who are willing to do whatever is needed: ranging from administration to advocacy, night time prayer sets to outreaches to the sex workers and clients. Email us if you are interested in partnering with us!

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Contact Information

Emaillighthouse@ywam.nl

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 63

1012EK Amsterdam, The Netherlands

*Source: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/global-initiatives/netherlands/

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