“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb 13:2).
This verse from the Bible inspired the founders of Ephatta, a free online Christian hospitality platform (en.ephatta.com).
The website aims at giving a new breath to this millenary practice, by putting in touch people looking for temporary accommodation with other people willing to open their door and welcome them. Members can list a couch, a private room or an entire home. Hospitality can be provided for any event: holidays, pilgrimages, gatherings, professional trips, religious events…
According to the founders, Ephatta was created because welcoming and travelling are unique ways to make meaningful encounters and strengthen our faith. As Ephatta means “be opened”, the website gathers those who want to open to others, whoever they are.
Ephatta partners up with events and help organizers having hospitality issues. They recently helped French Churches to welcome climate pilgrims and Christians involved in the Paris Environmental Summit COP21. (en.ephatta.com/cop21). Next Summer they will help youth groups find accommodation during the World Youth Day in Poland.
Launched in France in 2015, the network already gathers 3800 members in almost 800 cities. The community is growing everyday, mostly in French-speaking countries. As Jesus encourages us to experience hospitality by “entering a house anywhere” (Marc 6,10) or making people welcome (Matthew 25,36), now it is time to open our doors and expand Christian hospitality in England & Wales and everywhere else in the world!