Want to build better community with your neighbors? Come to the table! Here are some suggested reads around this subject:
The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in your own Front Yard
by Kristin Shell
A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table
By Tim Chester
The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door
By Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon
Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition
By Christine Pohl
The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as Way of Life
By Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements
Trust me... you already have everything you need. Invite people to the table and build community.
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!