Restaurants as Mission Fields
Posted on June 1, 2020 7:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Have you visited that Indian Restaurant takeout by the gas station in Eastgate? It’s about as authentic as Indian lunch buffets in Colerain and Sharonville. Have you been making friends with the owners of the Moroccan restaurant in Northside? Oh, and don’t forget about that Turkish upscale restaurant in West Chester. The owner will come out and talk with you personally. The Vietnamese restaurant in Norwood was so much fun to visit with a Nepali-speaking Bhutanese pastor. Did you know that according to the Yellow Pages, there are 16 Vietnamese restaurants in Cincinnati? And not one Southern Baptist church is predominately Vietnamese?
All around the Cincinnati Area, there are restaurants run by first generation immigrants. They want to talk with you. They want your patronage, for sure, but they’re open to talking about their faith, too.
Years ago, the police urged us to take a bite out of crime. In these ethnic restaurants, you can take a bite out of lostness.
--Mark Snowden serves CABA as the Director of Missional Leadership