More from Kathryn Helms
God continues to use me one-on-one with individuals who have come to the U.S. from other nations. I enjoy building relationships with people who are new to the English language and new to the country. An exchange of culture and learning means a lot to me. Welcoming the stranger is one way I recognize that God uses me to spread his love. The young woman I wrote about, Summer, is an example of how God brings different cultures together. God breaks down the divisions between us and builds community. Our openness to each other creates an opportunity for acceptance. We can recognize our humanness and appreciate that about each other.
We all like to eat. I told my new Chinese friend, “You must fix me an authentic Chinese meal!” I was honored to sit at her table and share her gift of cooking. In exchange, she said, “You must teach me how to cook American meat!” I had her in my home at my table enjoying a Kansas brisket!
We have so much to learn from each other. This is just one aspect of our relationship that illustrates the importance in this world to come together, relate to one another, and recognize God in our midst. In our exchange, God is creating and building a community of peace.
In my day-to-day activities I stay aware of opportunities God brings into my life. In Kansas, I was privileged to build relationships with young people from China and India. Now in Maryland, I enjoy relationships with individuals from Iran and Japan who want to practice English. Just this past week I sat in my monthly book group at the local library. A woman came and wanted to join the group for the first time. She sat down beside me. When introducing herself, she said she came to the group so she could practice her English. She was from Japan. I smiled a big smile because I knew why I was there that day; why she sat beside me. God was up to the mission of community-building again!
In my personal life, I am concentrating on my writing. I have established a self-publishing company called Robotmom Publishing (www.robotmomlive.com), and I enjoy being a full-time author. I have written several children’s books with voiced CD’s for ages four to nine with accompanying curriculum aimed mainly at the homeschooling community. I was a homeschooling mom for 12 years. Fulfilling one of my life-long dreams, I’ve started my first novella series for teens and adults.
My husband, Stan, and I enjoy our time together as empty nesters of four adult children. We are currently blessed with one grandchild. Our entertainment is caring for our two dogs, Sadie and Sergeant. Life is very exciting because I am always on the lookout for what God has planned next! Blessings!
- Rev. Dr. Kathryn Helms