Actually, I think that the issue of "readiness" is something that the Church has had to struggle with throughout its history.
This has to do with the way the Gospel is presented, as the Administrator has so astutely commented.
Missionaries have always tried to make the Gospel "culturally relevant" to peoples to whom they bring the Gospel message.
For example, St Paul himself related the Gospel message at Athens to the altar of the "unknown God."
If he came around preaching the Old Testament to the Greeks, I don't think he would have gotten very far.
Sts Cyril and Methodius, brilliantly, made Christianity culturally open to the Slavs, as you know.
Missionaries in Asia and elsewhere first try to understand the culture in which they are working and then see how Christ can be presented in as meaningful (to the people) way as possible.
Fr. Thomas Merton said that Christ is already present to the world's religions and that Christians are called only to point out Him Who is already present among them.
That is one missionary approach.
But ultimately it is we who are called to witness to Christ (even to the point of using words, if we have to) and it is God Who will draw all people to Himself by means of His Holy Spirit.
Let us remember that there were many Jews who obtained Catholic baptismal certificates during WWII to save themselves.
Many more obtained them AFTER the war, including the chief Rabbi of Rome, Eugenio Zolli, having been inspired by the heroism of many Catholics, including Pius XII, who helped save them from the Nazis.
(Zolli actually took the baptismal name of the Pope, Eugene, fyi).
What is often missing from Christian zeal is respect for other religions and the fact that we believe that other religions contain many elements of truth and that their adherents may, in a number known to God, be saved as well.
I've had the opportunity to share my faith with people of other faiths.
I've told them what I believe simply, humbly and without holding anything back.
I've listened to what they believe without being argumentative or disrespectful - but genuinely interested while seeing the similarities etc.
If we can get people to like us as Christians and feel comfortable with us - then that's a great first step!
Which is why I try to be so likeable most of the time . . .
I like to think you and the Administrator (and, I daresay Jennifer) think so too!