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Wij de jongeren

the young people of Wijdekerk

Welcome to the awesome page of WDJ!

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First, it’s great you found us!

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Who are Wij de jongeren?

WDJ is part of Wijdekerk. Our teammates are all LGBT+ people. LGBT+ stands for all varieties of gender, sexuality and love preference nowhere to be found in fairy tales. πŸ˜‰ Does this describe you?  Or maybe you are not sure? 

If so, we’ve got something really cool for you.

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Our whole team is Christian, and most of us have been raised as Christians.  That means we likely have a variety of experiences that can help you on your way.  We know it is not always easy to leave the closet in Christian communities.  There are quite a few actually where it is easy to do.  We want to be there for you, be a listening ear, and maybe share some advice.  We have two ways we can help.

 

Our buddy system

When you register with us we match you with a buddy.  You get to choose someone who sounds like it might be a good match for you.  You pick a first and second choice.  If you pick an anonymous team member you will learn who it is during your introductory conversation.  We hope our introductory biographies will help you choose.  It is not always possible to choose every buddy because the maximum number of young people that a buddy can take under his or her care has been reached.

After you make your choices and send us your registration form your buddy will contact you so you can plan your mutually agreed upon time to (video) call.  It is important to really get to know one another.  In this first (short) conversation we will ask if you want to be part of our WhatsApp group.

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There are several buddies whose introductions are anonymous.  Some of our team members are still in the closet.  We want all of our available team members able to take care of you without concerns.  If an anonymous team member becomes you buddy you will know get to know their identity in your introductory conversation.  We respect one another’s privavcy and what is shared with us is safe.  Please read our Privacy Declaration. Your process is important to us and knowing your level of comfort is how we support you.

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The WhatsApp-group

The second way to help you on your way is our cool WDJ WhatsApp group.  This group is for people between 16 and 25 when you can discuss anything that’s on your mind.  During your introductory conversation with your buddy you’ll find out how the group works.  We intend for the group to be a safe place for you and other young people.  Participation is on a voluntary basis.  You can also choose just to have contact with your buddy.  If you are younger than 16 you can be assigned to a buddy, but not yet be a part of the group.

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Questions?  Feel free to mail us!  Our email is wijdejongeren@wijdekerk.nl

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Our Buddy's

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Thomas

Hi, I'm Thomas, I'm from 2001, and I'm a transgender boy and bi. My pronouns are he/him/his. I love playing guitar, gaming, a fan of Doctor Who, and very happy with my boyfriend since the end of April 2021. I've only just come out to my family.

 

I grew up in the Reformed Church Freed. I don't have much with the church anymore, but I do believe in God. When I found out I was bi, I did some research on being gay and the Bible and know quite a bit about it. Hint: God loves you whoever/whatever you are and/or do! If you want to know more about that you can always send me a message :).

 

I hope I can help people here who have the same struggles I had when I found out I was LGBT+, because I was quite alone myself and didn't really have anyone. You don't have to face it alone!

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Jimmie

Let me introduce myself: I am Jimmy, born in 2002.  I am from Apeldoorn and have been living in my own place. I have been in the Dutch Reformed Church (PKN) with my parents for 16 years. For the last few months I’ve been part of  Mozaïek055 Apeldoorn. I attended several “reformatory” schools such as Jacobus Fruytier school community and Hoornbeeck College in Apeldoorn.

 

Since the fall of 2020 I’ve come out of the closet as gay. Mostly positive reactions, but not all off them. Despite of negative opinions I believe that I was created in God's image and am seen, heard and loved by him. As Isaiah 43:4 says “You are precious in my eyes, worthy and I love you!”  This is the reason I joined Wij de Jongeren as a buddy. Maybe just as you struggle with who you are I can show God’s love. Because His love is so great!


I hope to meet you soon!

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Daniëlle

I am Danielle and I was born in 1998.  I just moved to Jistrim!  I was born in Katwijk aan Zee and I work in the caregiving sector.  Since 2020 I have been on love with my girlfriend!

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I am a cheerful, creative person who loves to be around people. I am also not some who often sits still.  I am enterprising and love to challenge others and myself.  I am a busybody and have lists of things all over my desk.   In my free time I love to paint and do crafts. And in the spring you’ll find me outside in my vegetable garden.  You can also hear music notes flying around.  I sing when I clean and often play my guitar. 

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My coming out was not always easy in the neighborhood where I lived at the time. I really wanted and needed people who agreed with me and I imagine you could use that too.  If that is the case, I have a listening ear and might offer advice, or just someone to talk to about anything.  I’m there for you.

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Greetings,

Daniëlle

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Anonymous

Hi there! For this page I live my life anonymously.  I was born in 1996 and live with a partner somewhere in the south of the country.

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I love making music and listening to it too.  That why I choose this picture for my profile.  I also love to be creative, putting practical things together or sewing.  I love to cook.  I also am committed to a sustainable life style and care about the environment.

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I was raised in a Reformed congregation where I am still a member.  It is not always easy to be different than the average churchgoer.  My coming out with my family went mostly ok.  It was a long time ago.

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 Because I would have loved to have had something like this when I was going though my identity process I decided to join WDJ.  I am always available for gabfest but a good conversation is also something that awakes me.  I hope that we as a team can help you become who you are.

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Greetings!

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Timo

Hi,  I am Timo.  I’m glad you found us!  Here is my story:  I am Timo and I am homo.  Then you can quickly forget that part.  I don’t like labels that much.  I work with special needs children and my goal is to make each day a bit better for them.

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I cam out of the closet a few years go.  I am so glad I can be myself and know God’s love surrounds me.  I was raised in a family of 5 children where I was seen and appreciate the way I am.  I am part of the Gereformeerde Vrijgemaakte Kerk and still am a member.  This is not always easy, because not everyone agrees with my orientation.  I do think it is important to stay connected and in conversation.  My “coming out” was blessed and I felt God’s presence. I know it could have been very different.  I was raised in Barneveld,  a faithful community.  Imagine for a minute that I wasn’t born at #12 but instead at #14.  My whole life would be different. 

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I know that in the Christian world it is not guaranteed that one’s orientation will be accepted.  My own process at times felt very lonely. That’s why I want to be there for you. I can help is practical ways or just as a listening ear.  A nice conversation can be very good.  I hope to help you with my eyes wide open.  Your opinion and your questions are central.  If you think I could be your buddy, let’s talk soon.

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Greetings,

Timo

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Inge

My name is Inge, I was born in 1997. I work as a personal counselor in care for the disabled and hope to graduate this year as a nursing professional. In addition, I have been together with my dear partner Loes since 2017. We are part of the protestant community in Zaltbommel. Until I was 19 I was a member of a PKN church "Gereformeerde Bond".

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What matters to me is that your story is safe with me, that my heart is open to who you are. That you are welcome, from head to toe. I think it's important to share, that true love sets you free from all the brokenness we see in this world. That you are not alone, that sharing with others can be healing. That when you feel God's love for you, you can do nothing but want to share this love to God himself, to yourself and to others. I want to share that it's oke to be seeking, that there may be doubts and confusion.


God does not let go of what his hand started. You are never out of sight. You are so much more than just one label or part of your identity. Jesus can create love and light in everyone's life. You are loved, always.

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