and Church Search

Or… church shopping?  It does feel a bit like shopping, to tell you the truth.  And just like grocery shopping, where there are far too many options, it can tire you out.  And if you are an introvert, it can tire you out even more.  So what should you do?  How do you find a place of worship?

If you are coming “home” from working cross-culturally to the same city or town you left from, you may already have a home church waiting for your return.  They may be excited to have you back – that is, if you were very actively involved before.  If you were not actively involved before you left, then don’t be surprised if you are welcomed with something along the following lines: Continue reading

and Welcoming Foreign Families

IMG_3453It has been more than 30 years since my parents took their four children on a journey that would change our lives. We left our home country, Honduras, and traveled to Boulder, Colorado in the winter.  One of my first memories of that journey was looking through the airplane window down at the endless white of winter snow.  I had never seen snow before.  My dad, who had been awarded a scholarship to study at CU, was waiting for us at the airport gate with all our winter coats.  He had gone six month ahead of us to begin his ESL (English as a Second Language) studies before commencing his master’s degree in economics.  Those three years in Boulder, as I recall them, were pretty amazing. Why?  What made them special?  Here are some suggestions of what I am able to remember: Continue reading