Monday, August 18, 2008

House Guests

OK, stick with me and read this slowly, and I think you'll get it the first time through. We're having house guests tonight whom I have never met, with whom it is going to be a challenge to communicate, and whom I cannot wait to meet!
See, I have a friend who is a missionary in Taiwan.
My friend has a friend in Taiwan.
My friend's friend has a sister in Iraq.
My friend's friend's sister is going to study for a graduate degree at Michigan State University. (Which is close to my house.)
My friend's friend's sister and her family are coming to the US from Iraq today.
By the time they get here, the rental office for their apartment is going to be closed for the day and they need a place to stay tonight.
So they're going to stay with us!
In fact, they may be staying longer - depending on how things go tomorrow in trying to get settled into their new home. And that is fine with me.
This is a family of four - mom and dad and two children. Mom speaks some English, the kids don't speak any at all, and I'm not sure about Dad. My kids think it is going to be great fun welcoming these children from Iraq, communicating without speaking, teaching them some English words, and imparting the most important skills of all --- how to play the Wii!
I am praying that we will be a blessing to this family - that God will use us now and throughout their entire time here to show them His love (I'm pretty sure they're believers.) and to make them feel at home. What a wonderful opportunity He is giving us to be His instruments!

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9 comments:

Teresa said...

Praying that your home will be filled with His Spirit, love and laughter...all of which knows no language barriers...
Blessings!
Teresa

JanMary said...

I am praying you will be the "hostess with the mostess"!

May you all be blessed by your time together.

annie said...

Wow, that was hard! :P

How wonderful that you are opening your home up for this family and what a fun experience for your kids... and theirs!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Well, that was a little complicated but I think I followed it. :) I know you are going to have a great time and I'm sure they are so grateful that you are opening up your home to them.

luvmy4sons said...

Wow! That is wonderful for you to open up your home! I hope it is a blessed time..praying all goes well and your lights shine forth for Him and His love through you!

Mrs. Sidney said...

This sounds like an amazing oppertunity!! I can't wait to hear how everything goes.

I will keep your family and thier family in my prayres.

Amanda said...

Yeah You!!! That sounds so neat! I am so excited to hear all about it. What an amazing God we have!

Blessings-
Amanda

Alisun said...

I will pray for the lines of communication to be understood and wisdom to flow.

Shawna said...

That's exciting!! I went on a mission trip to Mexico in college. We stayed with a family there and couldn't communicate well at all, but they loved us just like we were family. This will be such a blessing to your family and theirs!