The next Sunday morning, Sandy picked up Hera and her toddler-age son. It was their first time to enter any place of worship because Hera wasn’t allowed into the local mosque in her home country. Sandy goes to a church where women with covered heads occasionally show up, so Hera didn’t get too many strange looks. She stood and sat with everyone else as the service began, but after about 20 minutes, they stepped into the vestibule so her son could roam a bit. Then it was time for Sandy to take them home.
Hera didn’t want to talk about her experience as they drove away, but that’s okay. Sandy and Hera stay connected through Facebook, and when she’s ready, Hera will take that next step toward faith in Jesus.
“Everyone has a little fear of the unknown,” Sandy said, “but most internationals are friendly and willing to do things—more than Americans. It just takes a simple invitation.”
READY TO GET INVOLVED?
Christmas is a great time to share your faith with someone from a different culture because everyone is interested in the holiday. Don’t worry about “success.” Just extend an invitation to an hour at the park, a cup of coffee, an online service through your church, or the next special observance at your church. You’ll be surprised how positively your international friend will respond! Then let us know how it goes.
*Names have been changed for privacy.
Watch God work!
God is at work through KIN in metro Knoxville! Explore these stories of churches, volunteers, and others representing Jesus among our international friends and neighbors. You may recognize a situation or place.