The Bible reads, “Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 1:5-8, ESV).

I came across this text on Thanksgiving Day and cannot but think about a conversation that I recently had with Steve Shoop (read more about what this missionary does in developing leaders at He mentioned to me how such holidays can be the loneliest days of the year for missionaries. American holidays, of course, are not celebrated elsewhere in the world. Families are separated. Turkeys are even expensive.

Show your gratitude this year by being hospitable to someone who needs it the most. Pray for a missionary. Write to a missionary. Facebook them. Skype with them. Make sure they know they are missed and appreciated. Hospitality.


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