As you can probably see from my previous blogs, the ministry I do with GoTEN is heavily relational, and a significant part of my job is visiting refugee friends in their homes. This is the ideal place for friendships to start and especially grow. People sometimes ask me what do conversations look like during a home visit, so I’ve put together a list of common questions my teammates and I ask our refugee friends. These are questions we often ask when it’s our first time visiting a refugee friend, and many of them are good questions we go back to in future visits.
Common questions asked on a home visit:
- How are you?
- What did you do today?
- How is your family?
- Do you have family here in Arizona?
- Do you have brothers and sisters? How many?
- What do you like to cook?
- How is your job? Do you like it?
- Where do your kids go to school? Do your kids like school?
- How long have you lived in this apartment (or house)?
- How long have you been in Arizona?
Although some of these questions may seem short, they open opportunities to really hear our friends’ stories. Many of our friends expound on a lot of these questions and share things about themselves that sometimes expand outside of the question. This can then lead to deeper conversations and chances to see how God’s story can intersect with their story.