A CANDLE IN THE WINDOW HOSPITALITY NETWORK
A Network of Christian Households Delighting in Hospitality
Amazing Opportunities/United by the Gospel
April 2012 Greetings!
Recently we logged onto A Candle in the Window Hospitality Network (www.acandleinthewindow.com) and began reading through some of our member's profiles. And although our network is young, we already have some amazing opportunities!!! Whether you enjoy historical sites or contemporary museums, country or city life, the ocean or the mountains, sports or shopping, we have some great locations for you! The following items were taken straight from our member's profiles:
Stay In: A cozy, Dutch home built in the late 1800s; American farmhouses from about the same time; a log cabin in an English garden; a Barn (!), tour Old Paths Farm and then spend the night in the barn; a Christian retreat center in the Colorado mountains; or a former elementary school... or just plain old homes like ours where you will be warmly welcomed in the name of Christ!
History: Visit Jamestown; Yorktown; Williamsburg; Washington, DC; Gettysburg; Pennsylvania Amish country; Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts; or visit even older cities and enjoy the Old World charm of Bavaria, Germany; Berne, Switzerland; the Yorkshire countryside of England; take a walking tour with your hosts in the Netherlands; or a 40 minute train ride into the south of France; visit the Gateway to Western China and the Silk Road of the Tibetan Plateau; or to get even more historic, visit the Negev in Israel, where Abraham sojourned...
Nature/Creation: For those more drawn to the outdoors, hike the Appalachian, the Colorado Rockies or the Alps; Visit Yellowstone; hike Pike's Peak; view a NY waterfall higher than Niagra Falls; and take in the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Enjoy lots of waterways (beaches, lakes and rivers) and many possibilities for water sports (sailing, jet skis, canoeing, and swimming) and if you prefer "frozen water sports", ice skating and snow skiing in quaint alpine towns...
Activities: Weather permitting, the possibility of going up in a private plane; take in a show at Branson; 6 Flags; the Mall of America; visit Focus on the Family, the US Air Force Academy, or the US Olympic Training Facility; take in a Broncos game... Tebow won't be there--but wait--we have members in New York (and New Jersey, where the New York Jets play?! Go figure); go fishing; straddle 2 hemispheres at the Equator Monument; star gaze at the world's oldest functioning planetarium; or visit a World War II Museum in the Netherlands...
City Life & Country Life: Visit New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Istanbul, London, Berne or Helsinki...
In addition, we have many members who live down country roads in the middle of nowhere... where your children can run free in cornfields, catch lightning bugs, listen to the crickets sing and enjoy the peacefulness of a country evening beneath the stars unencumbered by city lights. Country critters mentioned include: dogs and cats, bunnies and bees, ducks and chickens, cows and horses, pigs and even turkeys!
Enjoy and Join In: Some of our members invite you to enjoy organic (often homegrown) food and fresh baked, homemade bread (yum!). Others invite you to join them for family devotions, games, music making or visiting their church...
Such varied locations... each unique.
Likewise, our member's households will vary greatly, each reflecting their creator in their own unique way. Some describe themselves as "quiet and contemplative"; others "lively" or "musical"... Some are older, retired with "empty nests"; others are large families in the throes of their child rearing years; some single ladies and gentlemen... Some are city slickers, while others live off unpaved roads (and nothing says "country" quite like the sound of a gravel road and wide open car windows:) Some live in world class cities, others in third world countries; some belong to mega, Mega churches and others prefer smaller congregations, or family integrated fellowships, while still others gather in small, intimate groups in far flung nations...
But Ephesians 4:3-5 exhorts and reminds us: Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bonds of peace. There is one body and one spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Despite our many differences, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are "one". Be gracious when your hosts or guests do things a little differently than you do... Consider hospitality, especially to strangers, to be a little "taste of heaven" where we will join with the throngs from every tribe and nation throughout the ages. Each unique. All one... IN CHRIST ALONE.
Again, word of mouth is our greatest advertisement! Please forward this email or our link (www.acandleinthewindow.com) to your friends and family... your church newsletter, your unique groups and networks or your Facebook page. We much desire to add lots more great locations, especially before summertime travels begin. Thanks again for opening your homes to one another!
Alongside you in Christ, our Lord,
The Bowen Family