One of these days I’ll be done posting my favorite excerpts from Jill Savage’s My Heart’s At Home. But for now….here’s some parts from her ch. 12…Home as a Cultural Center.
Oh, and btw…I’m in the middle of reading her book, Living With Less so Your Family Has More. And its awesome as well. There’s just too much good info to even begin sharing with you on here. So, I’d encourage you to get a copy for yourself!
Ok, and now to the notes…
(Italics are direct quotes and regular text are my comments)
The first place to start making home a cultural center is with your own family tree.
If your family knows little of its background, home can still be a cultural center by intentionally introducing your family to those who are different than you.
Be Missions Minded
As parents we have found that we have to deliberately introduce our children to the world around them. Doing that requires creativity, intentionality, and a good measure of faith.
- Choose a local mission organization where you can volunteer as a family.
- Raise money together for a mission need.
- Sponsor a child through Compassion International
- Take a short-term missions trip as a family
- Host an international student in your home
- Let go and let God…Don’t let your fears [for your children/and their safety, etc] get in the way of what God wants to do in their life. If they are willing to do the work and raise the funds, support their efforts in any way you can.
Other differences (besides cultural…physical or mental handicaps, older people)
If your family has the opportunity to befriend a special-needs child, it will be a huge blessing. Children need to see that physical or mental differences don’t define a child; they are a part of what makes him or her a unique person.
Our moms group used to have a once-a-week play day at the local nursing home.