Research your host country and its culture using “The Lay of the Land” (page 8) and “Crossing Cultures” (page 10).
In anticipation of God’s work in your host country, pray for your host country four times before leaving the U.S. See “Open Your Eyes” (page 25).
Stay in your host city for 30 consecutive days in order to better know the place and the people.
Tell someone abroad (host family, roommate, classmate, etc.) that you are a Christian within the first 10 days of knowing them. Raise the stakes by sharing how your faith impacts your perspective on studying abroad. See “Influence in Exile” (page 20).
Have a spiritual conversation with a non-Christian in a pub, café, or other social setting.
Participate in the same Christian community (IFES, church, small group) four times.
Go beyond attending that Christian community’s gatherings by serving in some way, or even leading (if invited to do so).