Hospitality worthy of God

Being on the road full time can be tough.  Parenting is difficult, it feels like we are parenting in a fishbowl, everybody watching how we discipline, how we interact with one another.  The stress of driving a vehicle that can at any time break down.  Discerning what the Lord is calling us to do day in and day out, where He wants us to go and not go.  Finding random churches and ministries and then calling them and trying to convince them that we have something to offer and they should let us spend a few nights in their parking lot.  We have been asked to leave one church because the elders didn’t know who we were, and people from the congregation were wondering why we were parked out back.  10+ months of this allows you to understand what Christ was saying in Matthew 8:20:

Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.

Even though we have a place to lay our heads, we have never felt like we were at “home”, completely comfortable about our surroundings, about whether we are forcing unwilling people to show us a gruding hospitality.

We have met some wonderful people on the road, instant life-long friends, believers who understand our vision and want to help us love people by pouring into us, complete strangers, with love and hospitality, allowing us to pour out onto others.  The Lord has led us to connect with these people because God knows what we need, and many times He presents it to us through others hospitality and companionship.

We are in a place like that right now.  We are in Strathmore, California right now with some dear friends of ours, Heath and Emie Locke.  We have known the Locke’s for about 6 years now, we originally knew them through the Grace Chapel youth ministry where they were pastors and we volunteered, but our relationship has grown to much more.  A few years back they were called to go love on the people of Africa in the country of Mozambique.  People thought they were crazy (sounds familiar) when they began selling all of their possessions and talking about heading to a foreign country, but they knew that was what God was calling them to.  They came back to the states a couple years ago and have now made their way to Strathmore.

I believe one reason God has placed them here in central California was to be here for us.  This last leg of our journey has been tough emotionally, we have been praying that we “finish strong”, not focusing on being in Portland, but on loving those He is putting in front of us.  Being home, where we have friends and family, seems to be within our reach and we could easily just drive home in a day or two, but we know He wants us to head to San Francisco.  We need to get filled up though, and spending a couple weeks with the Locke’s has already begun to replenish our weary souls.

It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth. 3 John 1:6-8 (The Message)

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3 Responses

  1. Give Heath and Emie hugs from us. It is wonderful to see old friends again, isn’t it! I am sure the kids enjoyed one another as well.
    Glad that you area learning so many valuable things on the road!
    love,
    Phil and Barb aka Dad and Mom aka Papa and Nana

  2. We are so glad you are with Heath and Emmie. Have a wonderful time of refreshment, rest and relaxation before this last leg of your trip! We know you will finish strong and are looking forward to seeing you SOON!

    Tell Heath and Emmie hi for us.

    love MOM

  3. so glad you are able to feel that comfort of wonderful friends. what a blessing.
    AND what a blessing to have more of a glimpse into Christ’s life, even though uncomfortable, through your circumstances.
    love,
    k

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