Men and women are being called to hospitality and outreach these days, along with prayer and kind deeds, because God wants us to bless our neighbors. Below you will find some ideas for homes and offices.

What do a subdivision in Sugar Land, Texas, a prison in Grenada, MS, middle-schoolers in the Boston area, and a nursing home in Ireland all have in common? They have all been touched by the Love Your Neighborhood calendars. A Mississippi woman was ”reading” the month of February in 2003 when she felt directed to do an Afternoon of Beauty for 12 inmates of a nearby prison. Another woman organized young teens to sell the calendars among their friends and use the proceeds to make individual gift baskets for women in a neighborhood addiction recovery home. One man and his wife in Tampa, Florida invited their neighbors in for an egg hunt and an Easter movie, and passed out the calendars as a neighborly gesture. Another neighborhood recognized the December picture of their own children who had participated in a front-yard Christmas pageant that had become their community’s way of “loving neighbors.” In Sugar Land, a tea booklet on the same theme was circulated as a hello gift and followed up by a community-wide tea.
Compiled from separate testimonies, Love Your Neighborhood calendars
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“Thank you for sending out the order so quickly. I am having a tea party in a few weeks and I am very excited about sharing your publication with other ladies.
I went to a tea party hosted by a lady from my church (we go to Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Valrico) and she gave the booklet ' My Life in Teacups' to all her guests. I thought it was adorable and a great way to share the message of salvation. Since then, I have been wanting to host a tea party of my own for friends and neighbors. Most of my neighbors are stay at home moms...therefore we have not had a chance to connect, sadly. I want to change that and I think that hosting a tea party for the neighborhood ladies will be a fantastic and enjoyable way to get to know them and become friends.”
C. Gomez
Tampa

Here is the follow-up testimony of C. Gomez, after her first Tea Party!

“I hosted my first tea party this past month, and it was a smashing success!
I wanted to do a trial tea with family and friends before doing one for the ladies in my neighborhood. I had a total of 15 ladies. there were a few acquaintances and firends of friends that came to the tea and they were very receptive to "MY Life in Teacups".
I am now planning to host the neighborhood tea around early October, with a Fall theme. I have mentioned it to my next door neighbor and she has agreed to help me with the names on the invitations. She knows the names of almost every lady in our block! I pray that they all will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for praying for my tea party!"”
C. Gomez
Tampa

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“We placed a confidential prayer request box next to our patient sign-in sheet and for the past few months have been praying over the requests at least once a week. God has already done miracles, including the salvation of one patient who left us her number and received Christ over the phone. Some patients have even expressed a desire to come to our lunch-time Bible study.”
Lynn Follman, Mgr. and Rhonda Martinez, Rec.
Tampa
Note: a prayer basket can be placed at any neighborhood function next to the nametags!


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“Men and women were encouraged to invite their neighbors to an after-hours Friendship Fashion Show at Stein Mart in Tampa in February 2005. Billed as a “Girlfriend or Sweetheart” event, the event showcased what God is doing in the models’ lives as well as the beautiful clothes. Love Your Neighborhood presented a brief love message, tracts and tea were given out, and Stein Mart’s charity was promoted. It was so successful that I was asked to present the concept at a regional corporate meeting (to rave reviews) and other stores are planning similar events.”
Eve Barnett, Events Coordinator
Stein Mart
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“In the heart of the nation’s capital, in my “middle class” neighborhood in Washington, D.C., God did a miracle this month (August, 2005). Twelve women, black and white, met each other over tea at my house. Even though we live on the same couple of streets, many of us had never met, and what a joy when we all came together. One woman stopped me in my car the next week to tell me how much it meant to her, and how she planned to have a tea on the street behind me. Perhaps we’ll start a prayer group or a Bible study next or have a
street potluck.”
Email conversation with Jane R.
Washington, DC.
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We wanted to share our story with you. We had a wonderful Lavender and Lace tea party last year and were able to share the Love Your Neighborhood video with our guests. One of the highlights was that we asked the ladies to bring their own tea cup and a story to go with it, and surprisingly every woman wanted to share something! We truly shared the love of Christ to every woman that day and planted a seed of how a cup of tea can be used to reach others for the kingdom.
Lorna Mauk
Indiana Aglow Community Lighthouse. (Feb. 15, 2004)
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I had a Christmas tea for my 9-yr.old and 4-year-old granddaughters at their request! Seven girls attended. I served cider and tea in good china cups, decorated the table with small story-book dolls, and offered the girls scarves, hats and fancy boas to wear. They enjoyed playing “rob your neighbor” with the accessories. Then my granddaughter shared briefly why Christmas was so meaningful to her and the question was asked of each guest. Later we discussed if we felt all in attendance knew the Lord. {evangelism training}. I have loved the Calendars and so has everyone that has received them. Bless you over and above for this great tool.
Mary Lowe
Missouri Prayer Coordinator
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The following article appeared in the Keystone Manors Community Newsletter in Jan. 2003 written by Tracy Davis of Odessa, FL:

“The fourth annual Christmas Nativity play opened (and closed) to rave reviews on Dec. 22, 2002 at the Henderson’s front yard. Over 31 children and two guest adults performed in this award winning production of the true Christmas story. Critics applauded the opening scene with world-renowned dancer Savannah M., and A. DeWeese, who played Baby Jesus, brought poise and style to the part with his emotional intrerpretation of the Christ child. B. DuPree will definitely need to prepare a speech for his acceptance of Best Supporting Actor in his portrayal of the cruel King Herod. Many thanks to all the adults and children who made this neighborhood event so memorable! {All that with just 4 practices!}"
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I have spoken at quite a few retreats and meetings and always give out your TeaTime booklets. They have provided a terrific catalyst for discussion and brain storming at workshops and give people great ideas for reaching out with the gospel. Women are very receptive to the ideas in the booklet.
Deborah Deal
Washington
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Our organization had a “T-n-T” day - a dynamite day of “Teaching and Tea” using the Love Your Neighborhood resources. Thanks!
Vivian D. Clarkston
Central Idaho/SE Washington Aglows
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Two women, Geri McCance and Delores Gregory report salvations at Christmas teas where only 6-7 people were in attendance.
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Patti Lancaster of Valrico, FL reported 25 ladies in attendance at an “Early Mother’s Day Tea”, including 12 neighbors she had not even met! She followed that up with a Bible study and then later reached the children with a simple Easter pageant in her yard.


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