North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Phil and Linda’s Story

The Gottschalks have been serving at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands since 2000. Phil is Chair of the Division of Theological and Historical Studies and an Associate Professor. Tyndale has welcomed students from 65 countries and six continents in its 25-year history. Courses are taught in English, and they offer Master’s programs in Divinity and Evangelical Theology. Their interdenominational and intercultural student body and staff allow them to train men and women in a unique way for cross-cultural missionary service. In fact, many of their students go on to be pastors, church planters, evangelists, and teachers at Bible colleges in their home countries. Before coming to Tyndale, Phil and Linda served in Belgium, where they were involved with international students doing evangelism and discipleship. Their first assignment was in the former Yugoslavia as a part of the Eastern European Bible Institute, which had a residence facility in Vienna, Austria. They also lived in Serbia from 1986-1994, training church leaders as an extension arm of EEBI.

About the Netherlands

Home of the largest seaport in Europe, the Netherlands is a bustling niche of Dutch culture. Once a Christian nation, secularization has effectively tranquilized the Church. Few leaders have retained the boldness to confront the “anything goes” attitude that permeates society. Legalized prostitution and drug use present a challenge to seminary students and young people trying to live holy lives. Many people who are fleeing conflicts in the Middle East take up residence in the Netherlands. Immigrants and refugees live in poverty and often lack Dutch language skills, making them vulnerable to exploitation by organized criminal networks.

Ways to Pray 1. That God will raise up Christian leaders to positively impact society and that He will bring justice for the oppressed. 2. Evangelism among ethnic minorities and immigrants, including the Jews, Turks, Kurds, Chinese, and Moroccans. 3. Fresh passion and boldness for Christians to share the uncompromised message of Jesus.

Netherlands Facts Population: 16,931,000 Capital: Amsterdam Primary Religion: Non-Religious Language: Dutch