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Sowing Seeds Among the Sojourner — Part Two

Did you miss part one? Be sure to check it out here ! So you may (or may not) be convinced of the Biblical motivations for reaching out to internationals. But there’s no denying that befriending people that seem so very different from ourselves can feel awkward and uncomfortable. Here are some ideas to get you started: Practice Hospitality In our individualistic, private culture we don’t do hospitality too well. We might invite our families or close friends to our home. But when Paul tells us in Romans to “seek to show hospitality” (Romans 12:13) he uses a word that means “lover of strangers.” I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and confess that I feel strange inviting strangers to my house! But much of the world has a cultural value of hospitality. Your international neighbors may not be as surprised as you might think when you invite them over for a meal compared to your American neighbor you’ve lived next to for years. Be sure to ask about dietary restrictions, underst

Sowing Seeds Among the Sojourner — Part One

A year and half ago a Muslim family walked through my front door. The husband had dark, wavy hair and dark features, his wife’s every inch of skin was covered besides her hands and face, and their daughter was an adorable, brown-eyed ball of mischief. We hadn’t met them until they showed up in our living room. They carved pumpkins with us on a cold, October evening. They later retreated to our kids’ bedroom so they could pray to their god. As we got to know them that evening, we found out they had moved to Peoria three months prior to our meeting. They informed us our conversation with them was their first face-to-face, meaningful conversation they had since moving to the area. We were their first, and only , friends in the U.S. My husband and I felt a great burden and responsibility placed on us that night. How do you care for people who have no one while you’re still in the midst of your busy, hectic life? How do we engage them in conversations about faith when they appeared

Learning to Trust: My Journey Through Foster Care

Written by Fawn Kieser I vividly remember that Sunday I sat on my couch at home sick while my husband and three sons were at church. I was consumed by the desire to adopt a little girl and was finally ready to confront God with it and get His blessing and direction. I don’t usually journal, but that day I found an unused one in my closet and poured my heart out to the Lord. I started with these verses as my prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting.”--Psalm 139:23-24 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.”--Psalm 143:10 “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that you may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”-- Hebrews 4:15-16 That day, I was finally ready to confidently ask God to lead me, search my thoughts, and make known to me if adoption was His will