On our recent road-trip across the U.S., we stayed almost every night with people in their homes. Out of three week on the road, I think we were only in a hotel 5 times. The hosts we stayed with were a mix of people -- relatives, old college friends, people who have come to Echo Ranch on mission trips, etc. Some of these people we knew well, others we barely knew at all, but each of them were welcoming and hospitable, inviting us to make ourselves at home in their home.
One of the things that struck me as we sojourned with each of these people was how they willingly and generously offered to us whatever they had to give. I wanted to share these photos below with you because I want to encourage you -- no matter what kind of housing or amenities you have, YOU CAN offer rest and shelter to someone who needs it. From the perspective of newlywed traveling missionaries, Brett and I can tell you that we are incredibly grateful to each of our hosts, for each bed we slept in on this journey.
We slept in really nice guest rooms. We slept on an air mattress on the floor. We slept in an 8-year-old boy's tractor-themed bedroom. We slept on futons. We were "the least of these," a way for people to love on Jesus by loving on us and giving us a place to stay for a night or two, whatever they had to offer. We were blessed.
So I challenge you to consider -- whether you have a big house or a nice guest room or not -- how can you offer love and hospitality to someone in need or transition? Something to think about!