What a joy it has been for me to open my mail each day and see the examples of people from all over the world who have been opening their hearts and homes to others.
India, South Africa, Thailand, Canada, Egypt, Nigeria were just some of the countries represented. A friend in London shared photos of how they as a family are reaching out to foreign students, neighbors and friends.
I loved seeing all the creativity that was shown. Beautiful tables were set, High Tea offered in the heat of Thailand with paddling pools to cool the guests' feet. Ginny packed baskets for friends who were traveling with her in her car and Jodene offered a sleepover to the fiancee of a colleague who was struggling with a relational issue.
We offered hospitality:
Many stretched and offered hospitality in ways they had not done for a while. Others had difficulty choosing which event to share with me because having an open home is just part of their daily life and they are regularly inviting people in.
We were guests:
Cate set a table for a quiet time with her and Jesus.
Margie was offered hospitality by a widow in India who had received a home through their non-profit, HandsonHouses.com. She was given a bottle of cool water and encouraged to sit down for a while.
My mom and dad reached out to elderly friends and visited their home with a gift (and came home with a beautiful handmade item.)
I visited Griselda, who had been our housekeeper for close to 20 years, for the first time in her lovely home. We spent time catching up on news and shared our hearts with each other.
There were touches of beauty and loving care:
These photos bring me so much joy as I see the way in which you have lived generously, sharing your lives. Thank you!
And the winners are...
I was so excited to shop for the treats that made up the napkin collections and wish that everyone who entered the Just Add One could have won a collection of hospitality goodies. But that is not to be! Unfortunately there are just 3 collections to be given away. I had external judges and the results are as follows (drumroll please...)
Lynne Lundy from California!
Lynne prepared a meal for a friend and served it in such an attractive way (see below). Congratulations Lynne! Your collection of napkins and other hospitality items will be arriving in the mail. Have fun with them!!
Two people were selected by an external judge based on the story that they shared:
They will each receive a collection of napkins and other hospitality items.
1. Abigail Fortunato in Cape Town
Abigail, who is only 21 really jumped on board and did two events in her back garden and even made a video of the one event.
2. Penny Armstrong in Thailand
Penny planned a fancy tea for her birthday and invited the women in her community. She was very creative and used what she had on hand to make a beautiful and memorable event for everyone.
You can see more photos of the tea in the Just Add One album on Facebook. Congratulations Penny!!
Keep inviting and keep sharing!
This is not the end! Please keep adding one and more than one to your table. And please share your stories with me. One by one, we can build community and touch lives!
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A silly little ditty as the Just Add One campaign comes to an end:
Just Add One has been a blast
(Doesn’t mean the fun is past)
Many folks have done their part
Reaching out to share their heart
Men and moms, missionaries too
Students, couples, quite a few
Canada, Panama, and the Cape
London, Cairo made us great
Florida, Africa, India too
USA added quite a few
Cocktails, car trips, meals and more
Sleep-overs, salmon dinners, parties four
Birthdays, barbeques, baskets and beer
Teas, and treats, from far and near.
Quiet times to “May I Add Ten?”
Wonder when we’ll do it again.
I would like to thank you all
These past weeks have been a ball!