The Neighborhood Cafe is a time to get to know your neighbors over coffee at your kitchen table, the best place for starting new friendships and deepening old ones.
Who is your neighbor?
When we first moved into our neighborhood, most of the neighbors—us included—slid into our attached garages and partied behind our privacy fences. We didn’t have a neighborhood park where the kids played together, or a corner grocery store where we ran into neighbors in the produce aisle.
What we did have was a kitchen table.
We decided to invite our neighbors to gather ‘round it and see what happened! Knocking on our neighbors’ doors, we invited them to an Open House. We hung out in the front yard instead of the back. We wrote down our neighbors’ names and learned their stories. Naturally and gradually, we became friends with these folks who had been strangers.
Loving your neighbor is a lifestyle, not a checklist. It isn’t always convenient, but it’s always rewarding. We had no idea our neighborhood would become home base for an international ministry called The Neighborhood Café helping people share coffee, conversation and Christ with their neighbors in their homes. We didn’t know our experiences would be recorded in a book entitled How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird. But most importantly, we had no clue about the joy we’d find in loving the people God had placed around our home.
You can do this.
I knocked on my neighbor’s doors, and lived to tell about it. You can, too! Contact me so we can share a cup of coffee over the phone and pray about God’s plan for your neighborhood.
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