Youth Hostel Ministry

Youth Hostel Ministry offers Wheaton students the opportunity to learn through service, serving in a number of Christian Youth Hostels in Europe.


Jesus calls us to “make disciples of all nations.” Youth Hostel Ministry is an answer to that call.

What is YHM?

Ever since Lee Howard first felt compassion for traveling students in 1970, Wheaton College and the Office of Christian Outreach have together mobilized over six-hundred young people for a truly unique evangelism experience: penetrating the lives of intelligent, sophisticated, and open–minded traveling individuals with sincere, one–on–one testimony.

In a typical interaction, both the Wheaton student and a fellow traveler leave any given conversation as changed people, or otherwise feeling hearts wrenched with the pain of life’s injustices expressed through trusting conversation. Many past YHMers agree that this ministry marks their single biggest trial in life. Hardly any find it easy or luxurious.

What better person to present the Gospel in this traveling context than a Wheaton student, one who may be simultaneously studying theology and physics, Bible and philosophy, art history and Christian formation? Who else should help others find identity than one who has identity in Christ?

This ministry fits our goal to become whole and effective Christians. We cannot be whole without believing Christ’s instruction to follow Him. We cannot be effective without actually following Christ as He makes disciples of all nations.

Our Mission

Mobilizing and equipping students to minister to the traveling communities of Europe through living in community, offering friendship, evangelism & service.

Our Vision

YHM seeks to cultivate a deeper understanding of the Gospel through the ministry of hospitality, the fostering of friendships, and the practice of evangelism. This understanding enables students to love, serve, share, and discover in a way that exemplifies God’s love wherever He may lead them.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in ministering to the traveling communities of Europe in both work and deed, then please look into applying to YHM


“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:7-11


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