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March 24, 2008

The Point Radio: To Whom Much is Given

You may be overlooking a ministry opportunity that is as close as your own front door....

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Here are 10 great ideas on practicing hospitality:

  • Look around your church for an elderly widow or older single person and invite them home for a meal.

  • Encourage hospitality in your kids by helping them find ways to serve their friends when they are visiting, such as helping cook for them, sharing toys, etc.

  • Make your home open to others by hosting informal get-togethers to just talk and fellowship.

  • Offer your home or apartment as the location for a bible study.

  • Contact a local college and ask if they have a liaison for international students. If so, talk with that person and find out if there any students who might want an American family with whom they could celebrate the Christmas holidays.

  • Many singles and young families can’t afford to travel home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Ask someone you know if they’d like to spend Thanksgiving holiday with you.

  • Take your family and a few friends caroling around the neighborhood. As you go invite your neighbors to stop by later that evening for an open house of hot cocoa and apple cider.

  • Invite people in your community who come from other cultures to help you offer a "taste of __________" evening. Organize it and help provide ingredients for preparing special dishes.

  • Have a bread-baking party at someone's home or in the church kitchen. Keep loaves of homemade bread in the church freezer as gifts to Sunday morning visitors.

  • Establish a house or space where people passing through can spend a night or two.
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May I also suggest reaching out to those in your community who have developmental disabilities and perhaps live in group homes or nursing homes? Many of them would love to be part of a church family and are usually forgotten today. (Can you think of many churches that have outreaches to that part of our population?)

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