Explaining culture and life
It is obvious that Germany differs in many respects from Syria, Iraq and other countries. Many things are different for the newcomers, and they quickly realize that they cannot continue life as they know it from home here in Germany. In this time they need friendships!
Open your “heart and house” and give them an insight into your life. Show them what you eat for dinner in Germany (and let them taste :-). Describe to them how celebrations (birthdays, Christmas etc.) are celebrated in your family. Explain to them which values are important in German society (e.g. punctuality when visiting the doctor or cleanliness even in public places) and encourage them to ask questions.
This also includes the Christian faith, which many have hardly encountered in their countries of origin. As friends we also want to share the most valuable things with each other. It is important that you do not criticize their religious content. Just tell about your life as a Christian and about Jesus as your Savior. If you know of problems, ask them if you can pray for them. And the most important thing: Be respectful, but courageous!
Materials for understanding culture:
A guide to life in Germany:
Biblical stories etc. in more than 6000 languages: