Every summer, 1,500 university students from 60 nations come to Virginia Beach for the summer months to work and improve their English. The students are unaware that Jesus has plans for them to learn about Him through relationships with us!

Mark 16:15 And then Jesus told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

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What is VB-J1 International Student Ministry?

J1 students serve you hamburgers. They clean hotel rooms. They sell you t-shirts in the shops. Who are they? They are J1 visa participants from all over the world who are here in Virginia Beach working during the summer season.

Trinity Church and other local churches partner with Virginia Beach Community Chapel (VBCC) in this ministry that is all about building relationships with the students, relationships that will change the world forever. If you are a follower of Jesus who longs to share His love with all nations, then this is your opportunity. It takes hundreds of volunteers to care for these students. There is a way for you to serve!

Volunteer Opportunities

Our 2019 volunteer team; there is a place for you to serve in 2021!

J1 Cafe - the Heart of VB-J1

VBJ1 revolves around a dinner party called J1 Cafe that is held every Tuesdays from 7 - 9pm, mid-June through mid-August. We provide food and a friendly place to gather that is close enough to the oceanfront for the internationals to walk or bike, typically attracting 250 students each week. Tuesday nights, however, are only the beginning. Our ultimate goal is to get these students into your homes for meals and fellowship where life-long friendships are born, and Jesus is shared naturally through these relationships.

Find J1 Cafe

J1 Cafe is hosted at the Virginia Beach Community Chapel, 1261 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach 

2019 recap video