‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” [Leviticus 19: 33-34]
This is what all of us travelers have received from our Kihumu Parish hosts and everyone else we have met. Every evening, we are hosted for dinner at one of the Elder’s houses and gather with about 20 people in total. It is a wonderful time to learn more about each of our new friends and how they live out their faith in their daily lives.
Before our meal our hosts go around the room with a pitcher of hot water, soap, and a bowl. Then they pour out the water so that we can wash our hands prior to eating. It is a very personal experience and reminds us of Jesus washing the feet of his Disciples.
Then, at the end of our evening visits, one person is chosen at random to offer a formal word of thanks to the hosts and another Is chosen to offer a closing prayer.
Radical Hospitality….we have been surrounded in it this week.