Today is the annual open day for non-EU embassies. (EU is next Saturday.) Long lines for a pamphlet and, sometimes, a taste of the local cuisine. I go to look at the buidlings and out of an internationalist sympathy.
Having done this a few times I've learned that the smaller the country the better chance of a good return. Some derived lessons, for churches.
- Tell people why they're being greeting, sharing a distinctive.
- Keep the food samples simple and easy.
- Be clear about trouble overcome and accomplishments made.
- Be selective in suggestive next steps and make sure there's a clear path out!
Churches take note; sometimes open options reads like inattentiveness.