So this isn’t exactly “new”, but new to us:) Shortly after coming here our French CO suggested in the pioneer meeting to use contact cards to make it easier to ask for the contact information from those we meet in street work. We’ve heard this suggestion before but never adopted it personally, until now that is!
After receiving this suggestion along with a few others, we decided to design a card for use in the ministry. We received them about a week ago and we’ve had some great success.
For example, Sunday an African man came out on his patio as we were doing search work. I asked if he spoke French and he said no, English. After a short conversation he said he had a friend who spoke French in the area, but he was reluctant to tell me where he lived. I asked if I could give him information for his friend, he came out and I have him the magazines and our card.
Another experience, Tuesday we met a young woman from Nigeria who spoke very little Spanish, no French and no English. She was from a small tribe and spoke a dialect of her tribe. We weren’t able to figure out her language but told her of the website. How would she remember the website? Our card!
Last one, while doing street work we met a woman who spoke French. She was very nice and we found out she lived in the same neighborhood as we do. However she was reluctant to give us her contact info. So she was very happy to accept our information and said she would call.
So we’re finding that taking the initiative in this way is proving effective. Our next tool to try is using our electronic devices along with the website for those who speak Bambara and Wolof…we’ll keep you updated!