Friendly and Hospitable

Phillipe Kenny on his visit to the Fox Hill Bruderhof

Video transcript:

I’m Philippe. I grew up in Brazil and I’ve been going to college in the US for the past five years. I had visited the Bruderhof once before, two years ago, but I only stayed a night, so I wanted to come back and experience a little bit more of what it’s actually like to live here. It’s definitely very different from what you picture and imagine when people tell you about it, or when you watch videos, or read from different sources about it.

From my first visit, one thing that really stood out to me is how friendly people are. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place where people are so welcoming, friendly, and hospitable, and really go out of their way to get to know you and to serve you. They make you food, have you to their house, and really make you feel at home and welcome. I feel like what I’ve taken away from my experience here is how powerful it is to live in community for each other, compared to the lifestyle we live in a modern society nowadays where it’s pretty individualistic, whether it’s the nuclear family or people that don’t even have a family.

Yeah, I would totally recommend everyone to visit, whether you follow Jesus or don’t believe in Him. There’s something about just living in community that’s so powerful that we don’t experience, we don’t even know is possible, even though people have been living this way or in a similar way for most of human history. I know there are a lot of people that are very disillusioned with the modern lifestyle, the individualistic lifestyle, the capitalist system where it’s everyone for themselves, and it’s hard to care for each other. But there is another way that’s possible to share and support each other, and love each other better. And it is possible because it’s happening here, of course not perfectly. Just coming here and experiencing it definitely opens your mind and heart to what is possible.

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