Lunch with a Stranger
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
Today, the smell of Chicken Tortilla Soup filled the Collegium Café while Nevresa sat at one of the tables working hard to finish preparing newsletters to be mailed out. An elderly man walked in and while he looked around at the building layout, it appeared that he’d never been to the Café before. Nevresa went up to him, introduced herself and asked if there was anything that she could do to for him. She was able to learn that the gentleman’s name was Richard.
Richard lives in Burbank and drives down A street almost every day, but never knew there was a coffee shop in this building. Nevresa told him a little bit about the Café and the Center for Sharing, what we do here, and that our mission is “Calling forth the gifts of all people through Christ-centered community.” After a short conversation Richard went on to order lunch and Nevresa sat back down to continue her work. As he waited for his food he stood next to the register looking around. Nevresa felt a deep need to ask Richard if he would like to sit with her while he waited for his food. It was lovely to watch Richard smile as he thanked her for the invitation and went over and sat down across the table. They talked about his retirement from Lampson as a pilot car driver, Nevresa’s upbringing in Bosnia, her journey over to the United States, his sons and grandchildren, and most importantly the work that God calls each and every one of us to do. It was such an amazing experience to watch a complete stranger come in through the Café doors and leave as a friend. He thanked the staff for the friendly smiles and hospitality and promised to come by more often.
We would love to share similar experiences with all of you. We invite you to come out and meet our Center for Sharing and Collegium Cafe staff and become part of our community.