It was just an idea to connect with other missionaries and to find local things to do. I was living in Honduras two years ago, volunteering at Worldwide Heart to Heart Ministries as a high school science teacher and caretaker at a children’s home. I remember wanted to go to Guatemala and visit other missionaries while doing a little bit of volunteering or fun local things. There wasn’t any website that lists Christian hosts or trips that are tailored to Christian demographics at the time. I had to ask around my friends on Facebook and do a lot of emailing with contacts that I found on the internet.
Fast forward a year and a half, I talked to my good friend James about an idea. I wanted to create a marketplace platform where people can easily find Christian accommodations and trips when they travel. We realized both of us have the same idea so we decided to do something about it. We talked to a lot of our peers and mentors about our idea. We’re humbled and excited to find that people are excited and supportive of it. Afterward, we created a landing page and introduced our concept with the public. Thus, StayMarta is born.
Since then, it’s been a learning curve for both of us as we try to navigate the direction of our idea. StayMarta is born out of a need to re-define Christian travel and to create a thriving community of Christian friendly spaces and experiences. Most importantly, the online platform enables people to list and rent short and mid-term lodging in various residential properties as well as things to do at a price set by owners. Thus, we are providing unique lodgings and activities with Christian values that travelers can conveniently book through our online platform.
Here are some highlights of 2016 for StayMarta:
The idea started in April and we introduced our prototype website to the public in late September. It’s still very much a young startup with a lot of work that needs to be done. Luckily, I’m not alone in this. What started out as just an idea turn into a startup with a team of 8 passionate developers, marketers, and designers who work together to build something that’s amazing.
Our team has been working hard on the new platform scheduled to be introduced in the first quarter of 2017. It will be a visually beautiful platform packed with user-friendly features. Our goal is to help you list and book accommodations as well as trips without hassle.
If you’re looking for a new thing to do for your new year’s resolution, consider becoming a host with us! Hosting with StayMarta can give you three benefits:
- Make new friends with people from all around the world and learn their cultures.
- Earn money by listing your extra room or accommodation space.
- As a Christian, this is the chance for you to love others in action as described in Hebrew 13:1–2 by showing Christian hospitality to travelers.
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Our desire at StayMarta is to share the message of love that Jesus has taught us, to the world. Furthermore, we want to create communities that are passionate to host, to develop new friendships, and to serve others. In addition, we hope to improve lives through these partnerships, benefiting what technology can do to bring people together.
If you have been with us since the beginning, whether as a host or simply have visited our website, or have read this far; thank you! It’s been an incredible year for me and everyone at StayMarta. We’ve planted the seed, and we can’t wait to see what StayMarta will become this coming year. You’re very much part of the growing process and I can’t thank you enough for your support and love for us.
Have a wonderful new year celebration! 🙂
StayMarta is a Christian hospitality marketplace, connecting travelers with local hosts and various accommodations and adventures. We provide safe lodgings and experiences with Christian values, which travelers can book through our online platform.
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