Simple and counterintuitive, yet communicates the flaw with the traditional view of mission. In an effort to share, evangelize or even disciple people, I carry an attitude with me. That attitude is, I have something that you need. Therefore, you need to listen to me so that I can share that with you. Now, this is simple and great! I just had one frustration with it, it didn't seem to work all the time. I had actually gotten used this approach not working. I figured people just didn't want the Truth. I was in the clear, what people did with the Truth was their problem.
But this approach of sitting, observing and listening opened up doors. I was able to share as much as before only this time it was in their context. I was able to make Truth applicable to their circumstances. I told them what I had learned instead of telling them what they should do.