What is a "Relational Bridge"?
In an increasingly secular world, many non-believers are unwilling or fearful of visiting church buildings or attending religious meetings. A "relational bridge" is any activity or place considered "neutral" or "safe" where followers of Christ establish friendships, build
relationships and initiate spiritual conversations. Our missionaries are involved with many relational bridges and we encourage you to do the same!
Relational Bridge Ideas
Here are some ideas of ways that you can build relationships with non-Christians and international people in your community:
Adopt an ethnic restaurant
A smile, a kind word, compassion and love can help you touch the lives of people in your community. Volunteer at a local hospital, a soup kitchen, a crisis pregnancy center or a school. Touch the lives of tomorrow's leaders by volunteering at a school.
Reach Out to Ethnic Neighbors
Get Involved With ESL
Get involved with a community sport
Does your church have sport teams? Do they participate in leagues with non-believers? Perhaps you can "mainstream" yourself into the lives of non-believers by playing on a non-church team or in a league that includes non-Christians teams.
Enroll in continuing education
Do you live near a community college, college or university? Perhaps you could take a class. And it's cheaper if you audit. This would be beneficial for two reasons. First, it would give you the opportunity to learn. Second, it would place you in close proximity with non-Christians.
Adopt a Nail Salon
If you want to reach out to Vietnamese, go to your local nail salon. The Vietnamese came to the U.S. seeking refuge from death and destruction at the hands of the Communists. They brought their delicious food and unique manicure and pedicure skills. Be "on mission" by adopting a local nail salon as your cross-cultural mission field.
Use your hobby
Start a film discussion group. Play in a band with non-Christians. Invite other ladies over to scrapbook. Take a sewing, knitting or jewelry making class at a local shop. Invite a non-Christian to hunt or fish with you. Enroll in a rotary club or 4H group. Join a club or sports group. Participate in a mom's group. Join a community choir or orchestra.
Adopt a playground
During the warm months, try to frequent the same playground and get to know other families while your kids are playing together.