Posted by: macahajo | July 20, 2015

love languages

During our first mini-home assignment, we hosted three open houses within three weeks; two in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. It was so wonderful to see so many of our friends and Africa ministry partners.
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But there’s one thing that is so challenging for me about these kind of gatherings. I never feel like I get quite enough time with each person. There are so many people to talk with, in a limited amount of time. I would much rather have dinner or coffee with each person or family, so we could really spend good time together.

Years ago, I read the The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The author writes about the ways that people show and receive love. He teaches how most people have a primary love language. These include: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, and quality time.  Quality Time is my primary love language. Remembering this about myself helped me to understand my struggle with open houses! I feel bad that I can’t spend good time with each person that comes to the gathering. I fear that people won’t feel loved or appreciated with the few minutes that I have to give.  But I am thankful for all of the understanding that people have expressed; they realize that our time is short, and that we can’t possibly spend extended time with everyone we wish we could.

So, to all of our amazing supporters and ministry partners, and especially to those whose love language is words of affirmation 😉  please know how thankful we are for you, and how important you are to us! Thank you for your faithful prayers and for your generous giving!

Love in Christ, Cathy Lynn

 


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