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STRANGERS WELCOME: Residents—including author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (far left) and a community member wounded by a gunshot—relax at Rutba House. COURTESY OF JONATHAN WILSON-HARTGROVE

Costly hospitality

Learning trust at Rutba House

After an experience in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams, Jonathan and Leah Wilson-Hartgrove were inspired to minister to strangers. They founded Rutba House in Durham, North Carolina, and over the last decade have welcomed scores of guests—some for a few weeks, others for life.

 

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