They serve you hamburgers. They clean your hotel rooms. You rent bicycles from them on the boardwalk. Who are they? They are J1 visa participants from all over the world who are working here in Virginia Beach for the summer season. And there are 1,500 of them!! Despite the large number, to most of our population, these individuals are almost invisible. But not to God. And not to us. We think they're spectacular examples of God's vast creativity and beauty.
Our ministry to internationals is all about building relationships that will change the world forever. Think of the repercussions. If you are a follower of Christ that longs to share His love to all nations, then consider this your opportunity. It takes hundreds of volunteers to care for these students. We'd love to plug you in.
Our ministry revolves around a Tuesday night Dinner Party called J1 Cafe that runs from mid-June — mid-August at 7:00PM. We provide food and a friendly place to gather that is close enough to the oceanfront for the internationals to walk or bike. We typically host 250 students at every J1 Cafe. Tuesday night, however, is only the beginning. Our ultimate goal is to get these students into your homes.
God has brought the mission to you. Do you accept?
Our schedule of events for 2019 is as follows:
Tuesday, May 7 // 7:00PM — Team Formation Night
Tuesday, May 21 // 7:00PM — Volunteer Training Night #1
Tuesday, June 4 // 7:00PM — Volunteer Training Night #2
(Identical content to first)
Wednesday, June 12 // 7:00PM — VBJ1 Welcome Party
Regularly Tuesdays // 7:00PM // Gym at VBCC
VBJ1 Bible Discussion
Thursdays // June 13 — August 15 // 7:00PM
Thursday, July 25 — Washington D.C. (In cooperation with multiple states!)
Thursday, August 8 — Kings Dominion
Thursday, August 15 — Busch Gardens
Check out this video to see the recap of last years J1 activities.