The Dining Room

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How full is your dining table on a regular evening?

Mrs White’s was always full. From her large group of helpers to her family who were often in residence, there was already a large crowd. But Mrs White was always inviting people to stay and eat with them, having up to ten guests on any given day.

Sarah Peck, one of Mrs White’s assistants wrote, “Mrs White was the very soul of hospitality…visitors were always welcome, and no one ever left her home hungry – not even a professional tramp, of which Australia had a large number in those days.”

As you can see by the many places set at the table, Ellen White valued fellowship, and her simple hospitality was at times as much a ministry as her local projects.

Commenting on the various ways to minister, she writes, “the members of the church are not all called to labour in foreign lands, but all have a part to act in the great work of giving light to the world. There is work for every mind, and for every hand, all that would do the work of Christ.”

Some work is as simple as setting a place at your table. What’s your ministry?