Is your family planning to travel on a tight budget, or are you looking for a way to practice hospitality? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Theresa Bowen tells Mike Smith how her network, A Candle in the Window, is making family travel not just more affordable, but more encouraging, too!
This week I’m joined by Theresa Bowen, who founded A Candle in the Window hospitality network. Now, this is a national network that helps families on the road find local families who open their homes for a dinner or an overnight stay. Theresa, welcome to the program!
Well, thank you, Mike. So good to be with you.
Theresa, tell us about your hospitality network. What is it, and when did you start it?
A Candle in the Window hospitality network is an online network of Christian households that open their homes to one another for either a meal or an overnight stay of one to two nights. Over the years, hospitality’s just been an integral part of our lives and our hope is to multiply the blessings that we’ve experienced in our own home and the home of others. We launched about 18 months ago with just one family—ours. It was a bit slow go at first; but it’s really begun to snowball, and now we have more than 360 Christian families in about 56 different countries. We have lots of homeschoolers; we have lots of missionaries. We invite missionaries to join us for free. You know, Mike, while saving money especially, in a struggling economy is extremely appealing, we truly believe that the greater blessing will be through just sitting down with other believers and hearing of God’s faithfulness around countless dinner tables, and that’s ultimately why we’re doing this.
Well, Theresa, this is such a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us today. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.