By Pastor Mark Hopper
We are always thankful when new people visit our church. We usually have a variety of guests and visitors of all ages.
Many have come because they have driven by our church on Diamond Bar Blvd. on their way to work or school. Many other new visitors come because a friend or family member has invited them. We make a special effort to meet these new guests when they come. We try to introduce them to other people at our church, especially people who are around the same age or at the same life stage.
Twice a month, we go out into the community and visit the people who have visited us. We call this program “Home Visits.” We typically go out two evenings a month. We bring information with us about our church. And we always bring a box of cookies.
Some people might think this is old-fashioned, but we have found it to be an effective way to get to know new guests and thank them for coming to our church. There are some occasions when people are reluctant to open their door when we knock, but most of the time, people seem very appreciative that we would take the time to come to their home.
I think the main reason they are willing to welcome us into their home is because we bring cookies! Sometimes we bring Snickerdoodles, and sometimes we bring cookies with sprinkles, but I think everyone’s favorite cookies are chocolate chip- at least they are my favorite!
This simple effort has helped us to get to know many people in our community. We enjoy telling these guests about our church and we enjoy getting to know them. I wonder how well you know your neighbors? Do you know their names? Do you know their children by name?
Many people in our community do not know who their neighbors are. We have become isolated and indifferent. We have lost the art of being a good neighbor.
Maybe it is time for you to buy some cookies or bake some cookies and go knock on your neighbor’s door. Maybe it is time for you to take the initiative and get out and get to know the people who live on your street or in the condo next door. Get up and get out and get to know some of your neighbors. You will be glad you did and they will too. And don’t forget the cookies!
PS: Let us know if you would like us to bring you a box of cookies.
We would be glad to!
Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd. Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visit http://www.efreedb.org