Christians in Holland have freedom to express their faith, but this has resulted in a proliferation of new churches and a lack of unity. In this context students have the potential to be bridge builders in their communities.
IFES Nederland has seen an increase in both the number of staff and of local volunteer workers: the movement is well on their way to having active workers present on almost every campus in major cities. The presence of a worker in a city has helped students recognize and identify themselves with the IFES group there and increased a sense of fellowship.
View from the inside:
Bert den Hertog is the National Director of IFES Nederland. He says that he is inspired in his vision and ministry ‘by God himself, his incarnation in the world and his love for students.’ He is also motivated by ‘the major needs of students. From the outside it looks they have everything, but on the inside many of them are like sheep without a shepherd.’
His vision, and that of the movement, is inspired by Matthew 9:37: ’Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’
- for staff workers to encourage students to ‘own’ their ministry;
- for unity in Christ, both in universities and across the country.