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.

J1 Cafe

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:

Volunteer Preparation

  • 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)

J1 Cafe

Wednesday, June 12  // 7:00PM — VBJ1 Welcome Party

Regularly Tuesdays // 7:00PM // Gym at VBCC

  • June 18

  • June 25

  • July 2

  • July 9

  • July 16

  • July 23

  • July 30

  • August 6

  • August 13

VBJ1 Bible Discussion

Thursdays //  June 13 — August 15 // 7:00PM

Day Trips

  • Thursday, July 25 — Washington D.C. (In cooperation with multiple states!)

  • Thursday, August 8 — Kings Dominion

  • Thursday, August 15 — Busch Gardens

For questions, contact Zach Hardison at 757-428-1881 or


Check out this video to see the recap of last years J1 activities.