The last few weeks we have been blessed by several visitors from the U.S.—people passing through Rome with enough time to get a quick tour of the city, or a stop in a bar or gelateria, and we had our first official “house guests.” What an encouragement it is to spend time with good friends!
There’s also something special about showing friends “our city.” Showing them around and explaining the culture here, we realize a few things—we actually have learned so much about the culture and the language in these nearly nine months. But most of all, we realize how much we really do love the city and the Roman people. It almost ignites our love when we describe and explain the ins and outs of life here. So, thanks to all our friends who made time to encourage us!
The short two days we had with our house guests were such a sweet time for us. They brought us and the kids all kinds of yummy goodies from the states: peanut butter, chocolate chips, and gummie bears, and even some awesome toy airplanes for the boys. During our time with them, we were able to spend the evenings fellowshipping over deep conversation and sharing hearts. Aside from seeing the great sights in Rome and taking them to our church on Sunday morning, we also spent one afternoon in the nearby Umbrian hill town of Orvieto where we enjoyed a panini picnic with a great view of the hills. The time spent with these dear old friends talking about things eternal was an encouraging reminder of why we are living our life here in Italia:
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth.”