The story behind this weird word ‘Evangitality’
Evangitality (i-ˈvan-jə-ta-lə-tē) is a word my husband made up. In my pre-child days, I did an internship working with college students. I was asked to create a ministry within the ministry, which would seek to serve through hospitality. I have a huge heart for hospitality, that is to serve through tangible ways (i.e. baking or cooking for people and eating it too, mi casa es su casa), inviting people into my home to make them feel welcomed and love, to befriend the friendless and offer grace wherever I can. And as I was sharing my vision with Ben, I told him that I saw hospitality as the true evangelism. How people are most comfortable sharing their lives when in the kitchen preparing food or eating food. How using your hands to create while getting to know someone isn’t as intimidating as sitting down for coffee just staring at someone. It’s probably why many families or guests flock to the kitchen. So Ben said (way back when), “how about combine the two words? ‘Evang’ from Evangelism and ‘itality’ from Hospitality making evangitality?” And the name stuck.
So what is Evangitality?
Evangitality is about living out Christ in practical ways, through the monotonous, humdrum of life. It is taking evangelism, which is sharing the ‘good news,’ and mixing it with a welcoming, caring, loving, and safe environment, which we might call ‘hospitality.’
Evangitality & me:
As for myself, I love to create in the kitchen, particularly with the baking end of things. I love how you can brighten a person’s day with a homemade baked good or a from scratch meal. To me, it communicates love and serves two basic needs as humans (food & care). During my week you’ll find me cooking three meals a day and snacks for a four & two year old (my daughters), and for dinner my husband likes to join in on the fun. Not only do I cook, but I take part in other motherly roles throughout the week (play dress up with my oldest, give tickles, smooches, & hugs all around, read books, enjoy friends, tell stories, and try to stay sane for the most part). Right now, my biggest avenue of hospitality is through my family.
My girls are young and they need constant care & attention, which seems only suiting that I extend God’s love to them. And I think that’s what resounds about hospitality to me. It’s this idea that the only way I can truly love someone if I know how much my Papa God loves me. But not only how much he loves me…how much he loves each individual on the planet. So as a mama, I have to work at extending evangitality to my girls on a daily basis, which can be one of the hardest forms of extending it.
I believe ever since I was a little girl I had that natural inclination (gift) to feel deeply. You might call it empathy, or compassion, but I think it was the Spirit of God breathing his heart upon me. And so when I saw someone hurting or mistreated, my heart ached for them. I can recall many instances where someone’s loneliness penetrated right to the core of me and I felt as though I couldn’t breathe. This allowed me opportunity to give recognition to the lowly and befriend the friendless; but, it was also reciprocated through loving individuals who were Jesus to me. And so I wanted to start a blog to bring these various worlds together. To share ways in which evangitality is played out, by combining the theoretical with the practical, along with sharing life. So I hope you will join me as we encourage one another through genuine hospitality, nourishing stories, and sustaining food for body, mind & soul.
You can email me at kamille[at]evangitality[dot]com. I love & appreciate your comments, stories, and plain ole’ hearing from you. Thank you for stopping by.