The Cleft

The Cleft is a ministry that specifically focuses on being a light to the people in the Red Light District.


Our Focus

The Cleft is a ministry with the purpose to reach the city of Amsterdam with the beautiful message of Jesus Christ. The team partners with the Lord and is dependent on Him to discover new, creative ways to be a light to the city.

The team currently has multiple ways that they are reaching out to city, these being:

"Our heart is to reach out to the people who don’t know Jesus Christ, regardless of their background, social status or style of life."

Hidden Treasures

Monday and Friday evenings, the team is reaching out to the men and women who live on the streets of our city. We call this the Hidden Treasures ministry, inspired by Isaiah 45:3 which says,

"And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness -secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name."

They serve coffee, tea, cake, and bananas to be a blessing and create open doors to share with them about Jesus. The team has had several opportunities to pray with people and as a result, God has touched people with His healing power.

Image by Jean Carlo Emer
Image by Priscilla Du Preez

Ladies Ministry

The Ladies Ministry is devoted to using the gospel to reach out to the women working in prostitution in the Red Light District. They offer them coffee, tea, and cookies and over time build personal, lasting relationships.

"As we journey together, we discover how intimate God’s love and plans are for their lives and encourage them to surrender their lives to Christ."

Over the years they have nurtured their relationships with the women of the Red Light District and have regular dinners or Bible studies with them, and invite them into our homes.

Prodigals Ministry

At night, the Prodigals Ministry hits the streets to share the gospel with drug dealers around the Red Light District. They initiate conversations centred around Jesus Christ and share with them the powerful truth that their true identity is found in God. They also encourage them to invite Jesus in as the Lord of their lives.


The Cleft is in constant pursuit of the Lord for guidance to give them His heart for the people of Amsterdam, so that they may have a great capacity to love and serve. They regularly take teams out into the city and share the gospel of Christ with the people on the streets.

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YWAM Netherlands has the ANBI status and is recognized by the Dutch authorities as a nonprofit, public-benefit institution.