“But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?” (Romans 10:14, NRSV) 

How well do you know your neighbors? Can you name the people who live near you? How much do you know about them?

Kristin Schell realized that she did not know her neighbors as well as she should. Facing this dilemma of wanting to know and love her neighbors, Kristin put a turquoise picnic table under a tree in her front yard. 

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She went out everyday to sit at her turquoise picnic table, at first taking her laptop or a book with her to give her something to do in case no one talked to her. She would see neighbors walking dogs and moms with their kids on bikes. And eventually, people started stopping and having conversations with Kristin.

Relationships started to form and neighbors have become friends.

Because these relationships developed, the neighbors are caring for one another in ways they never did before.

Kristin used the turquoise table to create a space for neighbors to meet each other. Over time, they began to have meaningful conversations, and then began to share God’s love with one another. Relationships were built, and good news was shared.

Sharing good news with our neighbors can be this simple. 

The main way that God reaches people is through people like you and me.  This is what Paul is speaking to in the verse from Romans 10. Those who have not heard cannot believe.

How will they hear if we do not share? 

Kristin’s turquoise table is a place where others are accepted and cared for. I recently heard the phrase, “Care than Share,” when thinking about effective evangelism. When we develop relationships first, we are able to share the amazing grace and boundless love of Christ.

What would your turquoise table be?

Lord, help us to find our turquoise table, a way for us to engage our neighbors and share your amazing grace and love. Amen.