Forty-six recent high school graduates. Forty-six new faces with forty-six new names.
My family often has the opportunity to welcome mission teams to Cambodia from “the West.”
It’s an honor!
I’ve heard the analogy (here, if you’re interested) that a conversation is like reading a book where you can turn to any page and read for as long as you want. And every person is a really good book.
I believe that’s true, particularly the last statement. Except, for people who don’t like reading, I would use a different analogy because regardless of how much you enjoy reading, the person you could talk to is precious. They’re made in God’s image. They have stories to tell. They have passions and interests, pain-points, viewpoints and backgrounds which have shaped their lives.
There’s so much joy to be found – for both parties – in conversation with a stranger.
However, though I count it an honor to meet new people, it’s an honor that I sometimes don’t know what to do with. When I started meeting some of the forty-six people who my family is currently helping to host… I felt like I was stuttering and stumbling through, wishing I knew just the right questions to ask and could remember who had told me what.
Hence, my question for today: How do you start conversations with strangers and build new friendships from scratch?
I look forward to hearing your answers. And, in the process, I look forward to learning a bit more about you, whether we’re already acquainted or whether this will be your first time commenting here.