by Dave Yamashita
This was my 2nd time serving as a “conversation friend” at the Thanksgiving Celebration and when I arrived at the event, I was already missing the family I met from last year’s event. But, upon meeting my new guests, I felt the roles were reversed! The Velez family of 5 (1 boy and 2 girls) were very warm and greeted me with happy smiles and they even introduced me to their own friends from the other tables! During the meal, we struggled at times communicating with each other, but it just made us laugh. After dessert, my oldest son, Joel got his soccer ball and started a game with the boys from both Don Julian & Evergreen. I then realized as adults, it’s fairly comfortable to talk over a meal, but for the kids it’s a bit more challenging. However, when the children are playing together, they definitely are more at ease with each other.
If you feel uncomfortable serving as conversation friends, I would encourage all families to give it a try. Looking back serving as “conversation friends”, I felt I was the one who was blessed! I am grateful for the food, fellowship, new friends and the Lord blessing us with another wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18