Sharing With You An Enterprising Experience

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This weekend we hosted six young women visiting Chattanooga to go skydiving. What? That’s right. As they say, a bunch of crazy people jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

As it turned out, they awakened Sunday morning to a text from the air jump folks that due to low cloud cover and rain possibility, the jump had to be cancelled. They were free to reschedule anytime in the next two years.

We were impressed that none of the ladies were greatly disappointed. How can a person be disappointed at the prospect of NOT being able to leap into nothingness from 20,000 ft? But, they all acted like they still wanted to do it sometime in the future. They also promised to book with us when that time came.

So, they made alternate plans for the day, plans that kept them on firm ground. They hung around the house for much of the morning enjoying the fireplace, good company, and food.

We found out that this group of woman had worked at the same Enterprise Car Rental office in Nashville. They became good friends and went on these outings a few times every year. Now, a couple of them had moved away. However, these outings were an excuse to get together again. Does Enterprise hire such good people or is this group exceptional? We don’t know. But no doubt, this group was impressive.

We aren’t boasting, but this is what one of the ladies wrote about her experience here:

Keith and Rhonda are just the BEST!! Their home was beautiful, spacious, and spotless. Nothing competes with how cozy it was sharing a glass of wine with some girlfriends on their screened in back porch by the fire or catching up after breakfast in their warm and inviting living room. The beds were big and comfy and the bathroom was clean and large enough to share. They provided us an unforgettable breakfast of french toast and quiche. Keith and Rhonda were so welcoming, hospitable, kind, and easy to speak with. We enjoyed our laughs and stories shared with them. We can’t wait to come back and visit.

What we loved about these ladies was their enthusiasm for life. They were so expressive of their feelings about our place, their relationships, and life in general. They genuinely seemed to enjoy one another’s company. It was inspiring to observe.

Our lives were made a little better due to our interaction with such good people. We hope the experience was mutual.

Hospitality…nothing beats it.


Spring Is A Beautiful Time For Hospitality

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Easter – a time of celebration of Jesus Christ’s victory over death – a time bringing life to all who choose it – a time when we see nature begin to burst forth with life and new color – a season that brings hope and renews the spirit. What better time to throw open the doors of hospitality in your home and invite your neighbors, friends, or family to join with you in celebration of a new beginning.

Check your calendar; select your dates; think about who you would like to come and send your invitations. Once these are done, you can begin to plan your evening. You can go with a very relaxed theme using paper plates and plastic ware or you can step things up a bit and set a more formal table. It doesn’t have to difficult. Pick up a hyacinth or two or some other spring flowers at the grocery store to use for a centerpiece to set your table accordingly.

Once those decisions have been made, think about the menu and don’t be afraid to ask your guests to contribute to the evening by preparing and bringing a dish to share. Be specific informing them what you would like them to bring and how many will be attending the meal.

The most important emphasis of the evening by far is the conversation with one another. As the host and hostess, look for opportunities to encourage discussion on the beauty of new life happening all around us after the long, dreary months of winter – how that stimulates hope in our hearts and lives – how the love of Jesus Christ is the only way to experience that rebirth of new life that brings hope and a new beginning.

May you be one who uses this beautiful season to reach out and touch the hearts and lives of others.


An Invitation to True Hospitality


Hospitality seems to be a lost art today. Remember the days when folks would invite their neighbors, co-workers, friends over to their home for dinner and a night of good fellowship? It seemed a natural part of life. Today schedules are so packed with “busyness” that most grab time with others either in a restaurant or coffee shop if at all.  There doesn’t seem to be time or energy to clean the house, plan a menu, prepare the food, and clean up afterwards. This is understandable if these are the necessary ingredients to extending hospitality.


Hospitality – Showing True Care and Concern for Others 
I would like to suggest that we are overlooking or have forgotten the underlying purpose of hospitality. The “why” of hospitality is important. As I look at the word “hospitality,” I see the word “hospital.”  A hospital can very simply be defined as a place of healing.  And while hospitality is not about diagnosing the problems of others or even finding solutions to their problems, it is about showing true care and concern for others. It is about encouraging others in their need.  Your home can be used to show those around you that you care.  
Many people carry hidden wounds that are seeping and bleeding internally. They feel there is no one with whom they can share these needs. When you open your home and heart you allow opportunity for “life” to be shared for a while. The reality can begin to sink in that someone truly cares. Maybe a little healing can begin.
Hospitality – Providing a Safe Harbor 
Through true hospitality you offer a place of peace and tranquility to those sailing a turbulent sea. You offer a safe harbor where others can be real and authentic without fear of judgment or rejection.  It doesn’t have to be hard, expensive or elaborate.  
Will you be one to help meet the needs of those around you through the open door of hospitality?  If so, stay tuned…


Our Story


HomesteadHouseWelcome to Homestead Hospitality House. Let me tell you a little about ourselves.

Rhonda and I formally got together during a choir tour through Florida while in college. I often tell people, “I knew she was ‘the one’ the second day we were together” on the bus. Unknowingly, that beginning became a microcosm for our lives – music, serving God, traveling, enjoying the company of others and learning to relate with them in the context of church ministry.

Keith & Rhonda HomesteadWe married in June, 1977 and immediately began serving in local churches in Alabama then Tennessee while finishing our schooling. Cedar Heights Baptist Church, Cedar Falls, IA was our first full-time church ministry focusing on the areas of worship leadership, Christian Education, teaching and evangelism. We both enjoyed discipling and mentoring others. After four years of personal and ministry growth and the birth of Nate (1986), the Lord directed us to Calvary Baptist Church in Anaheim, CA.

Our love of music, of reaching and growing others, and of ministering God’s word continued in this new ministry. Over the next two decades, Jenna (1992) was born, the church grew and struggled, many relationships were formed, and lots of lives were touched. Rhonda found great satisfaction in developing mentoring relationships with women at the church and deep friendships with women at work.

After about 10 years at Calvary, through a series of God-directed events, I began to seriously explore my own relationship with God and found a deep longing for Him within. This re-ignited longing led me on a journey of discovery and struggle, learning and unlearning, heights and depths while remaining faithful to the ministry at CBC. I earned a PhD centered on Christian Spirituality in 2006. Seeking only to follow where Jesus was leading, I resigned from this pastoral ministry of 22 years in 2010 and became part of a spiritual formation team. My ministry included coaching and retreat work primarily focused on ministry leaders. 10 months later our house sold after only three weeks on the market and we headed for Tennessee where God directed us to a new home.

Homestead HouseWe once dreamed of establishing a B&B for ministry leaders having experienced the challenges of ministry life ourselves. But, that dream seemed to die due to its cost. As we began looking for a new house God directed us to this traditional, Southern-style home. And, the dream resurrected! We happily tell people, “This house is a gift from God…and a result of California equity.” It is from this place that God is using us for a ministry that impacts individual lives locally and globally. Though not quite a B & B while at the same time much more than a B & B, Homestead Hospitality House provides a warm and welcoming setting for quiet times with God. And, we get to express compassionate hospitality for those in need of care for their body and soul.

The name Homestead House was birthed from two sources. First, we were inspired by a painting of Thomas Kinkade’s that resembles this house entitled “Homestead House.” Though he thought he would do a series of paintings of Southern mansions, this was the only one he painted. We had purchased this painting almost 25 years ago since it reminded Rhonda so much of the South. Now we can see its real purpose.

House Painting

Thomas Kinkade writes:
I’ve long wanted to balance my artistic account by celebrating some of these great palatial estates, starting with those located in our own country. Hence Homestead House, first in my Great American Mansion series. Nanette and I recently toured the deep South, seeking examples of the grand plantation style. Homestead House, with its stately Doric columns and imposing facade, framed by lavish magnolias and live oaks hung heavy with Spanish moss, is the very essence of what we found. Here is an estate that would have delighted Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.

Well, we’re not quite all that, but this real Homestead House is pretty special!

Second, the word homestead can mean “a place where a family makes its home,” or “the home and adjoining land occupied by a family.” We thought this was an appropriate title for a place where members of the family of God gather for encouragement, spiritual nourishment, and communion with the Father.

Come stay with us sometime. Or, if you know someone in need of a place to unwind, find peacefulness, or enjoy solitude with God, send them our way. This place is designed for you. We’ll pamper you in God’s love. We’ll help you unpack your “stuff” if you desire. We’ll minister to you body and soul. Come and see.

Keith & Rhonda

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