I began to rethink my methods of engaging with my friends. Instead of continuing to invite them to InterVarsity events, I began to look for opportunities to receive their hospitality, to join them in a meal, and to hear their stories. They welcomed me, even though I didn’t necessarily “fit in” in their sacred spaces, their group gatherings, or their homes. I knew that the grace and hospitality they showed me was a reflection of God, and I hoped I could be a reflection of Him back to my hosts.
We weaved in and out of conversations about faith, but mostly, we connected as students trying to figure things out in this stage of our lives. We learned from each other, despite our different belief systems or world views. What began as a search for free meals became a new method of ministry, of sharing faiths, beliefs, advice, and hospitality.”