If a ministry elder ever invites herself to come to your house for a visit, there
are some things you should know before you agree to have him or her as your guest.
These are either things elders expect when they are being hosted, or simply just the way
it needs to be.
Things elders expect:.
Elders often prefer to make their own food, so a space should be provided in the
Equipment needed: juice extractor, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits available daily.
A space also needs to be provided in the kitchen for the elder to eat there, in case the
elder is in a hurry, wants to cook the food, sit down, eat it right there, and then get
going. Personally, as my living and cooking partners notice, I never move into the dining
The ideal accommodations for the elder are a combination of work and living space,
preferably two rooms, one to work in, one to sleep in, with a bathroom plus a terrace or
immediate access to the outside, so the elder can walk outside while working and then walk
back in again.
Elder lodging must be smoke-free.
Preferably you can provide the elder with her own an off-the-road vehicle - the further
off-road the better. .
If the elder is in an unfamiliar town, it might be best to hire a car service for the
first week or tow so the elder can be show around by the driver.
Other things you should know
Do not expect the elder to spend time with you or your other guests. Also be prepared
for the eventuality that she will want to, and be able to put time aside to spend with the
elder if she does.
Bayard Barnes, an elder of WHUM