Your alarm goes off, although it isn’t your cell phone. It is the call to prayer rustling through the window. When you first got to the field, it startled and confused you, but now it is a gentle reminder of the beauty of the culture and the reason for your being here in this city. You start getting ready for the day, slowly going through your morning ritual. You check your phone to get an idea of the weather - you’ll be out all day. You grab your coat, a pair of good shoes, and you're off!
You can’t step foot on a college campus without hearing about studying abroad, and that’s a good thing! College is the perfect time to be traveling, experiencing the world, and pushing outside of your comfort zone, and if you can knock out a couple of college credits in the process — even better!
As a Christian, the opportunity to study abroad may actually have an extra layer you haven’t thought about, a missional layer.
This city is in the center of Europe and is home to people from more than 180 nations. Imagine you’re standing in the heart of the city. You can hear at least four different languages. You smell cigarette smoke and roasting sausages. The brisk breeze blows your hair back as you hurry to get to your subway stop. On your left are coffee shops, an electronics store, and a shopping mall with tall apartment buildings in the distance. On your right is a 100-year-old cathedral, its dome showing the scars of war.
“Go, send or disobey.”
John Piper famously laid out these three options as the only three options as it relates to a Christian’s involvement in global missions.
Now, it’s generally understood that following Christ’s command to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations means that some of us are called to be missionaries. Or to use a different term, some of us are called to be goers, to go across the map and across cultures to share the good news of Christ’s saving grace.
There’s an odd tension that we often walk in missions. Feed the poor, or proclaim the gospel? Granted, the most obvious answer is “both-and.” However, for one reason or another, there is an assumption that sometimes rears its head that Christian missions is too often about preaching the Gospel while not doing enough to feed the poor and hungry of the world physically. As William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army put it, “You can’t preach to a man who has an empty stomach and is shivering with cold.”
My early twenties were pretty cool, and I’ve met a lot of other people that did cool things after college. This list is a compilation of mine and their experiences in the hopes that you too will go out on a limb and try some of these cool things to do after college.