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The answer In spite of these barriers to the Gospel, we have seen progress with the Lord's help by attempting to follow Paul's example: For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you (I Cor. 9:19–23). 8 Solution 1: immersion in the local In order to break through religious and cultural barriers, we have to do exactly what Paul did. We have to immerse ourselves in the local culture and get to know how they live and what is important to them. We go to the concerts. We have come to like yodeling! We go to the local bakeries and talk with the people. We invite neighbors over for dinner. I even have a pair of lederhosen, but I have not been brave enough to wear them yet. Maybe in time I will wear them along with the giant feathered hat! When the people see us doing what they do (so long as it does not violate the Bible), they get to know us and realize that we are not weird, cultish, religious nuts! When they ask why we do or do not do something, culture, openness to the people