Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Significant Spiritual Conversations with Not-Yet Believers
Mentorship, Discipleship, Bible Study (new and / or long-time Jesus followers)
Service & Leadership Development
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The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail brings together pilgrims of all ages from over 150 different countries. The reasons pilgrims walk or bike the Camino are as diverse as the pilgrims themselves, yet there is a common theme: about 90% of pilgrims report walking the Camino for spiritual reasons. Once they finally arrive in Santiago de Compostela, many are ready to enjoy a warm welcome, meet up with the friends they met along the way, and reflect on their pilgrimage.
Our team is here in Santiago de Compostela. We opened the Pilgrim House Welcome Center in 2014, and through Pilgrim House we have the privilege of celebrating the end of the journey with pilgrims and helping meet their practical and spiritual needs.
Pilgrim House provides a place of respite and recovery while pilgrims begin the process of returning home. We offer opportunities for reflective meditation, prayer, and conversation, as well as quiet spaces where pilgrims can take some time to journal and read. Pilgrims can also take advantage of our printing, laundry, and bag check services.
We believe that travel (especially in the form of a pilgrimage) is a valuable way to engage the heart and soul. At the Pilgrim House Welcome Center, pilgrims have space and time to tell their stories, ask questions, and reflect in a welcoming environment.
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.
EVALUATE and ENGAGE
We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.
As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.
Pilgrim House Welcome Center Ongoing Operations
We believe travel (especially in the form of a pilgrimage) is a valuable way to engage the heart and soul. Located in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the Pilgrim House Welcome Center is a safe space where pilgrims can continue their Camino experience through exploring beliefs and questions concerning God, faith, and life. The Welcome Center offers hospitality and care for pilgrims' practical and spiritual needs.
Pilgrim House Reflective Study Room
Short-Term Staff Member
Photo Story: ¿Vendrás? An invitation to journey the Camino
Footsteps on the Way
Here's an example of a short-term team from Wheaton College that engaged with our team in Spain while walking on the Camino de Santiago.
The Strong One
Long and stressful. That's what my to-do list was like right when Pilgrim House was about to open, and I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious and weary. While praying one morning, I felt the Lord giving me an image...