Open Homes, Open Hearts

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Roger Cooke on Wed, 04 Jan 2017 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Hospitality is a precious and priceless gift. But it doesn’t always come naturally to us; it can be disruptive and costly. Our Global Partners have much to teach us about the value of opening our hearts and homes to others.

Our Extra Guest placemats at Christmas featured two inspiring stories of hospitality. Here’s the first of these stories, from South Sudan – written by Jenny Smyth.

Charity lives in a simple one-room home with five of her six children. Her oldest son lives next door in a similar thatched home that he built when he was old enough. Life as a subsistence farmer is a struggle, especially for a widow.

One day, Charity saw an elderly lady wandering by with a young child. She offered the traditional greeting: “How are you? And where have you come from?”

To which the lady replied: “I have come far, from the refugee camp and am looking for a place to settle. I found this abandoned child on my way, so we are travelling together.”

Charity was touched by the plight and obvious poverty of this strange pair because she herself had lived as a refugee for many years.

“Would you like to come and stay with us for a while, until you find somewhere you can build?”

“Thank you. I am so tired, and now we have found a place to rest.”

I was homeless and you gave me a room’…‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me. [Matthew 25:35ff – The Message]

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