I (DeAnna) remember taking a class at our home church that was a Spiritual gifts inventory. I scored high on hospitality. I enjoy being hospitable and hosting others, however, I didn’t really become a true host until we started living in Cameroon.
In the States we would host people for meals or to stay with us in our home, but only after scheduling. It’s just not acceptable to show up at someone’s house around a meal time unannounced and without a scheduled visit, especially with the expectation that they’ll include you in the meal.
Since living in Cameroon we’ve hosted hundreds of people. I decided to keep track in 2014 of how often we hosted others for meals and staying with us. We only had seven days of someone else staying with us, however, we hosted meals in our home 67 times in 2014 (that doesn’t include the meals when people did stay with us or the meals I’ve taken to others in their home) for a mixture of families, couples, groups and singles. It makes me smile when the boys remind me that we haven’t had a certain family over yet and they ask when can we have them over. We’ve had many impromptu show-up at meal time visitors and I just make a quick adjustment so another plate is ready to go. I would like to continue to host while we are in the States. It’s a wonderful way to get to know others, catch up with others and show love in a practical way.