Hospitality in the Home

As pastors' wives, we need to open our homes and hearts to all.

Chayedza M. Bundo is a full-time homemaker in Zimbabwe. She and her husband have two daughters and one son. Her hobbies include gardening, sewing, cooking and witnessing.

My husband and I had just returned home from an errand when our maid met us at the door. She told us we had received an important message from Mr. Zeiza, a University lecturer. He and his wife were coming to visit us in two weeks.

I looked at my husband in panic. had never even met these people and I had so many questions running through my mind. As a pastor's wife, I was used to having people visit and I welcomed them gladly. But my guests were always local people. These people were strangers and I was concerned about the visit. My husband simply said, "The Lord will provide."

During the two weeks prior to the visit, I fretted over everything. I agonized over the bedroom, wondering if it was large nough to accommodate them. I debated over what kind of food to prepare. I worried about how to entertain them. Quite simply, I was a nervous wreck!

On the day of their arrival, I was busy doing last minute chores. As I was folding my laundry, I looked out the window and saw this magnificent car pass by. Our visitors had arrived. I quickly ran to the front door to greet them.

After welcoming them, I asked Mrs. Zeiza if she was vegetarian. She smiled, then said, "We are prepared to eat anything you eat." With that statement, I felt a load lift off my shoulders. I sensed our important visitors were people just like us. realized we are all God's children and I had worried needlessly.

Hebrews 13:1, 2 tells us to love one another as brothers in Christ. As pastors' wives, we need to open our homes and hearts to all. We are to cheerfully entertain strangers. Who knows, we may he entertaining angels in disguise!