Mission Bite #59: The impact of welcoming

When Jay landed at Welcome House in Raleigh, the all-too-familiar pattern of rejection suddenly vanished, and he found family. CBF field personnel Kim and Marc Wyatt introduced Jay to his new living quarters at Welcome House, complete with a clean bunk, warm hosts, cool air-conditioning and a stocked kitchen where he could cook on his limited budget. With a team of volunteers by his side, Jay spent the next few weeks applying for a Social Security card, acquiring health insurance, studying to get his driver's license and building his employment resume.

Through a partnership with Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., the Wyatts connected Jay with temporary housing near Fort Bragg while he awaited his first paycheck and obtained his own apartment. Now on his feet with a job, a car and a community of friends, Jay says the beloved community of Welcome House has inspired him to give radical hospitality back to the world.