Dos and Don’ts for Japanese
Learn from this advice, but don’t get so hung up that you hesitate to reach out. By all means, don’t “walk on egg shells” when you spend time with internationals. Most of them are eager to have sincere American friends, so they will recognize your love and overlook your innocent blunders. Teach them and they will teach you!
DO……take the initiative in making friendships.
DON’T……hug or touch – especially when you first become acquainted.
DO…… invite them to structured social events – especially at first.
DON’T……repeatedly create events where they cannot contribute something. (Allow them to make a modest contribution by paying for gas or helping to prepare food.) .
DO…… emphasize how Christ has met your need for hope, meaning and happiness.
DON’T……assume words have the same meaning – define your terms well.
DO…… share your own testimony.
DON’T……use Christian jargon or speak too fast..
DO…… get them a bilingual Bible and encourage them to read the Gospels
DO……emphasize that a personal relationship is possible with God through Jesus.
DO……use a bilingual version of the “Four Spiritual Laws” or a Japanese version of “Knowing God Personally.” (Have them read the latter and translate it into English.) Ask what the words “God,” “sin,” “faith,” “receive,” etc. mean to them.
DO……view “JESUS” or “The Passion of the Christ” and talk about what you’ve seen.
DO……be sensitive to the fact that Japanese may “pray to receive Christ” before they truly understand and believe–out of politeness to you.