Hello! Please come in, “Mi casa es su casa”.
It’s not really mine. I am renting it and definitely is not my “dream house”. I lived in three other places before much bigger and better. When I had to move from these places, I struggled with the Lord, till one day I clearly “heard” his voice. He made me feel like the prophet Jonah who was so concern for the vine and angry enough to die. While many were about to die in judgment; he only desired his comfort. I was the same, I was pleading for a house, a temporal tent, and I was forgetting the souls, eternal beings. I repented, started changing my priorities in prayer and started to be content to wherever he led.
A house is my second place of ministry. There is almost no day when I don’t have a visitor or visitors. Sometimes I invite them, most of the time they just show up (which is culturally accepted). I know well in my mind that if they come, the Lord must have a purpose and I have to fulfill it. Conversations may vary, but in the end, my goal is the same, bring the Lord and his word alive, useful and convicting.
The house might change, but the furniture has remained the same for 10 years. This is the living room. The chairs are made of bamboo sticks. The cushions on them are made of leather by an artisan brother from the church. I keep the lights dim with three lamp shades. Most of the time I have to bring more chairs. Many good talks about the Lord have taken place in this room.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me.” Rev. 3:20 NASB. I consider the table an important part of a house and an essential ingredient in friendship. As we share a meal there is a sense of closeness and comradeship. I have lost count of how many have sat here with me, but the number must be in the hundreds per year. I bought the dining set used for $50; it’s still in good shape and in full use.
In this space I put into practice my culinary experiences. I worked as a cook in college and camp and I loved it. A little inconvenience in this house is that I have to get water from the outdoor water tap. I had the wooden cupboard made, bought the stove, but the freezer, fridge and microwave were donated. Thank the Lord for his provision of food and appliances! Bon appetit!
My cozy bedroom is all but private quarters! The main attractions are the keyboard-piano, the radio-stereo and the computer. During week-ends all the entire floor is cover with mats for guys from church or school that come to stay overnight to watch movies, play games, sing and talk till one by one falls asleep.
It is a privilege to have extra space for visitors! The couch there may be unfolded and converted into a comfortable thick mattress. Come and stay with me!
This house’s backyard is mostly paved with small garden areas. It has a simple skeleton roof for a vine that serves as a natural cover for sunlight and provides a nice shade . I always wanted a house with a large lawn for my students to play ball, but I have to admit that I have started enjoying this quiet and tranquil refuge in the very back of the house. I made a fire pit for barbeques and bonfires. It is my favorite spot for reading and meditating.