Hospitality for the stranger

jim-haynesThis week I read about a remarkable man called Jim Haynes. Jim is 75, and for the past 30 years has hosted dinner parties with a difference in his Paris home. The guests can be total stratgers- anyone who calls or emails to book (subject to an upper limit of around 70) can come and share a meal with Jim. He claims to have had only one bad experience and reckons to have had around 130,ooo people to dinner over the years and remarkably he breaks even as although there is no charge for the meal many bring a contribution.

What a brave and great idea- imagine how we could transform our communities if as Christians we were brave enough to do this and see people come to the feast from invitations out in in the highways and byways as the Bible says. I’ve enjoyed a few Alpha suppers in my time but a Jimmy style meal for anyone and everyone is really something else.


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