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It is important that we build a relationship with non-believers before presenting the Gospel. Becoming neighbors and asking lots of questions often leads to discussions about faith. Knowing that hospitality is very important in the Muslim world, we should invite them for tea and include them in our gatherings, remembering that they have dietary restrictions such as pork and Ramadan. When working with Muslims Bosniaks, Croat Catholics and Orthodox Serbs in the Balkans we found that they were very leery of anyone not like themselves. But by meeting their physical needs we were invited onto their porches and into their homes to partake of tea, coffee and deserts. Sitting on the porch, much like America used to be, we could build relationships and make friends that continue years later. These relationships have led to conversations about their beliefs and God’s salvation through grace. Because of their spiritual and cultural beliefs, we must carefully approach Muslims about
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