On several occasions Kevin, Jeanne and I have been invited to come and share with a class made up of about ten Spanish, two Italian ladies a Persian and Indian, all trying to either learn or improve their English. Beth is our pastors wife and like ourselves has a heart for the nations. On the last visit to the class, about a week ago, I invited all to our house for a party. Most have never been a guest in an American home. Some have cleaned American homes but they have never sat at the table or been a guest so this was our objective. We simply wanted to show them some hospitality. At first they appeared a little nervous but soon, once they relaxed and saw that we were just normal folks, their cultural personalities surfaced and the decibels went up considerably. They brought some really great food items and we all interchangeably shared. At the end of the morning, Jeanne and I had invitations to the Italian homes which as you may know, we don’t mind one bit!
Last week we had visitors from Guatemala. Actually they were guests of Ecclesia of Rock Hill (Church construction company) and IYT (Invest Your Talents) a business as missions mission led by John Haley, Director ACCI. Collaborations is something we all like to do. Annually John Haley along with the Ecclesia, President, Jeff Whittle and a team comprised of volunteers comprised of a variety of churches go to Guatemala to serve a local church in a variety of projects.
This was my chance to finally meet two of the leaders, Claudio and Eric who were in the city for a few days. This was also an opportunity to introduce missionary Scott McClelland of FX Missions (Ft. Mill, SC) who regularly takes teams into Mexico, central and south America. It’s always fun to meet people of the same minds and hearts and have something to do with joining them hand in hand in ministry.