Some frequently asked questions for potential interns.
What will I be doing? What does a normal day look like?
Serving in Betel means being part of every aspect of the lives of our “Betelitos”. Click here to get a better idea of what daily life at Betel looks like. As you come alongside them in everyday life, their work assignments and worship, you will have the opportunity to be a witness and show them the love of Jesus in a very real and tangible way.
Where will I be living?
Betel is all about community living. Of course, men live in the men’s centre and women in the women’s. They live in homes that can generally accommodate anywhere from 10-25 people, depending on the number of beds. The bedrooms are dorms or suites, so you will be sharing a room with others.
How should I dress?
We’re pretty casual at Betel. Most of the time jeans and t-shirts are appropriate, especially for work. Women should avoid wearing revealing, strappy clothing. Since each culture has its own standards regarding what is acceptable, it would be best to discuss this further with the Betel directors of the individual country you will be serving.
What should I bring?
A humble attitude and servant’s heart are the most important things you should bring. After that, bring comfortable, appropriate clothes and shoes for the country and time of year in which you will be serving. Below is a partial list of other things to bring with you:
- Bible and journal
- Working clothes (i.e. t-shirts, jeans) that you don’t mind getting dirty or ruined
- Tennis shoes/trainers – necessary for some jobs where you will be doing a lot of walking, i.e distributing promotional flyers
- Clothes you would wear to church
- Coat or jacket, if needed
- Swimsuit, depending on the time of year and where you are serving
- Converter and adaptors for any electronic items
- Passport, driver’s license and money
- Any musical instruments you play
- Photos of family/friends
Once you know which country you will be serving in, it would be best to consult with the leaders there for more specific guidelines on how to dress and other specific things to bring.
Don’t worry about packing sheets, towels and basic toiletries, such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste, as these will be provided by Betel.
Can I bring a laptop, IPod, camera, etc?
Yes, you may bring these items. We recommend that you have the house leader lock up all items of value, including your passport and money, in the office upon arrival at your centre.
Is it a safe environment?
Yes. Although we minister to and live among needy people who may have been homeless or abusing drugs, we have created an environment in which Betel is their home and their family. As you develop relationships with the Betelitos, you will not see them in the light of their past lives, but as new creatures in Christ–as broken lives being restored. We make every effort to exercise caution when admitting new men and women, keeping in mind that the safety of those living with us is of utmost importance.
How much money will I need?
Betel will provide you with free board and lodging as a working member of our community. You’ll only need to pay for travel to and from Betel and out-of-pocket personal expenses while you are with us for days off, sightseeing, toiletries, etc.
How can I prepare for an internship at Betel?
One of the best ways to prepare for your experience with us is to learn how Betel started, and how our ministry operates. There are several books written about Betel, and we highly recommend that you read any or all of the following books to gain a better understanding of our ministry, ethos and history:
We Dance Because We Cannot Fly – by Guy Chevreau
Rescue Shop Within a Yard of Hell – by Stewart & Mary Dinnen
Sacking the Frontiers of Hell – by Stewart & Mary Dinnen
C.T. Studd: Cricketer & Pioneer – by Norman Grubb
Please contact us if you wish to purchase copies of these titles.