Photo by Carl Pinkham
The view from Hospitality Home host Carl Pinkham’s Vermont home.
Dick Ford, a Hospitality Homes host in Pennsylvania, underscores thatCChristian hospitality is something that “should be done out of a heart of obedience and a genuine caring for others. Helping brothers and sisters in the Lord is an integral part of the purposes God created in the church.”
“After teaching Air Force dependents from Joint Base MDL for several years, I understand the stresses and challenges military life brings,” said Dick. “The Hospitality Homes program addresses the family portion by providing assistance during difficult times like going through PCS and all the adjustments that entails.”
“Being a Hospitality Homes host offers a great opportunity to live out one’s faith,” he added.
In addition to living out the Christian faith by taking “the command to be hospitable seriously,” former Naval officer Jacqui Kilpatrick also relishes what being a Hospitality Homes host presents to her and her family.
“Hospitality is one of my gifts! It is easy for me to invite people into our home,” said Jacqui, who hosts with husband, LCDR Ian Kilpatrick, USN, from their Maryland home. “We also figured it would be an easy way for us to show and teach by example our kids to see hospitality in action.”
Beyond providing lodging and a chance to break bread together as fellow believers in Christ, COL Carl Pinkham, USA (Ret.), is eager to have other OCF members in his Vermont abode for other reasons as well—to enjoy the view and showcase God’s work in his ministry efforts.
“We would love to have more people take advantage of our spectacular view,” said Carl of his home overlooking steep, rolling, tree-studded hills. Involved in ROTC ministry at Norwich University, he is especially eager to “share how God is working in our life and theirs.”
Dick went on to say that the act of Christlike service to others through the Hospitality Homes program comes with reciprocal blessings for him as well, from “the enjoyment of fellowship, making new friends and seeing guests relax from the grind of life as they find an oasis for a brief time.”
“That feels rewarding to me,” he says. “I end up feeling glad I put in the time to help someone.”
“In the U.S. we have such a ‘go-it-on-your-own’ attitude that we don’t want to inconvenience people,” Tami said. “At first you might think it is awkward, but it never has been that way. It is like visiting family that you have never met. We have met the most amazing people when we have stayed with someone who registered as a Hospitality Homes.”
Beyond the need for OCF members to “move beyond comfort zones” such as those, Hous also underscores the need for intentionality when it comes to using the Hospitality Homes network on travels.
“We need OCF members to unabashedly plan travels when it comes making plans so that they stay with other OCF members,” he said. “It honors the OCFers who have listed their homes, encourages them in Christian fellowship, and helps keep our ministry healthy because we stay connected to one another.”
“If loneliness is the number one health epidemic in our nation,” added Hous, “then the military community can certainly step into that area by opening up our homes and by planning to visit others.”
To find out more about the Hospitality Homes network and how to get involved, visit: ocfusa.org/hospitality.