I’m attending a meeting at a church in Houston where I heard from a speaker who said that he was an engineer, but actually after receiving much religious training moved overseas in order to be a co-owner of a cultural center. Ownership of the cultural center allows him to have an answer his neighbors’ questions about whey he would move to a new country, so far away from his family. The purpose of the cultural center is to have the ability to enter a community and through events like language classes, cooking classes, and cultural dialogues develop relationships in the community. Through those relationships the workers at the cultural center are able to more actively share their faith.
The surprise ending is that the speaker was a Turk who moved to Houston and set up a cultural center in order to build relationships in the community and share his Islamic faith. It is called Raindrop Turkish House. Houston’s branch of the cultural center is one of 18 branches of this ministry that have already been set up in seven states.