You don’t have to be a pastor to know one of the most commonly repeated phrases from the bible, “there’s no room at the inn”.
Especially in popular cities and during the high season, cheap accommodation is a bargain. It’s not only during the holidays or summertime but also when big events and festivals are happening — including conferences. Wrapping up the second month of 2017, it’s evident that this year is going to be an amazing year for Christian conferences across the US and around the world.
For many of us, this means spending countless hours comparison shopping. Do I drive? fly? stay in a hotel? or maybe I rent an RV? What’s the cheapest option out there?
That’s where you come in. You could be a lifesaver to travelers during a conference time. Here are 3 reasons why you should host travelers into your home:
You are helping travelers to save money while you earn extra.
Staying at a hotel is not as cheap as you think it is. Especially if it’s in a big city, it can get quite pricey. That’s why alternative option such as staying with an Airbnb host or opting for a dorm bed at a hostel have been go-to. But what if you could turn your extra space in your home into a room that you can rent out short-term?
Even if you charge a lower-than-usual price, it’s still the amount of money that you didn’t have before but now you could have. On the other hand, travelers didn’t have to pay loads of money for a bed. They could be saving their money for other expenses such as food and transportation. It’s a win-win situation.
Can’t travel the world? Let it comes to you.
As much as you like to travel, most of the times, we don’t have the capacity to go out there and experience a new culture. By becoming a host, you could be welcoming people from all over the world. Especially in big conferences, it’s typical to find international attendees and how cool would that be to host them?
You could find out that “Konnichiwa” means “good afternoon” in Japanese. Perhaps you’re curious about where in the world is Suriname? Or do you know that there’s this town called“ Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, ”and it’s in Wales, United Kingdom?
There are so many surprises and unique encounters that you could have when you’re hosting travelers into your home. It doesn’t give you the postcard-perfect beach views but you do get awesome stories and learn about new cultures.
You’re advancing God’s kingdom one way or the other.
One of the reasons StayMarta exists is because we want to share the message of love that Jesus has taught us, to anyone. Just as Martha and Mary opened their doors for Jesus and his disciples, you could serve others through hospitality by welcoming travelers into your home. Especially during conferences time, many people attend the event so that they can discover who God is and/or grow in deeper relationship with God. You’re helping to make that happen!
Even if it’s just a tourist, you could show hospitality to that person because as a Christian, we’re called to love others. If that person already knows the Lord, that’s great! You’re tightening the Christian community around the world. If that person is not a Christian, makes no difference and be hospitable always.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea; letting complete strangers come into your home. But all thing considered, there’s little to no harm when it comes to hosting travelers for a short period of time. You’d be surprised how your hospitality could bring a huge impact to others and to yourself as well.
Trust is a powerful thing, and when it combines with the desire to share God’s love — it becomes a beautiful encounter that leaves you wanting for more.