Chalupas, brownies, wild salmon, sugar peas and clams on the half-shell

In January we moved from a large house with nine people to a small house with three people. The old neighborhood had five Starbucks within a mile. Most people drove into their neat garages, pushed a button to shut the door and then got out of their car…not much community. Here we find five bars/pubs within less than a mile. People drink different beverages in this part of town. A Buddhist temple sits on the corner. Most have turned garages into extra house space. People park on the street or in their driveways. Many neighbors come out to work in their yards and we actually get to speak. We’ve been getting to know our neighbors through sharing, too. First the aerospace engineer and his wife, the structural engineer, F &B, brought over a beautiful platter piled high with deep-fried, shrimp-filled chalupas, guacamole, chips and two types of salsa. Yum! We returned the platter filled with double-chocolate brownies. It didn’t rise to the same level, but I did my best as the inferior cook.

Then the Vietnamese college student, C, came to ask for help when she locked herself out of the house. I got to share my cell phone and tell her about our daughter going to Cambodia and Vietnam.

Next, the self-employed exterminator and his wife, an inurance agent, E&J, brought over a huge filet of freshly caught wild salmon. We returned to them a big bag of freshly-picked snow peas from our front yard garden that sprouts between the ornamental shrubs…the kind of sugar peas you eat fresh or stir fry. Yesterday E brought over freshly dug clams and told Jim how to fix them with just a pat of butter, on the grill in the half-shell. Yum!! These are just a few of our meetings and new beginnings in the new field into which God has thrust us. Small acts of kindness, sharing and generosity are building bridges that may lead to praying for a need when one arises, some day sharing a word in an apt situation, being the hands and feet of Jesus to people who do not know Him, but openly speak against what they’ve known as “Christian” in their past experiences.

Make me Your ambassador, Lord, representing You, interacting with people the way You did when You walked here on this earth. Please prevent me from seeing people as “projects,” but rather as You saw them…beloved by the Father. Would you pray for us? 

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone…This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:2-4, (NIV).


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