The more you research
about your new “home,” the
better prepared you will be. Keep the information for
Resources for your study
The closest library – our Country
Info page –
the Internet – or
Culturegrams by Brigham Young University, http://www.culturegrams.com.
Check out encyclopedias and almanacs,
materials devoted to specific countries, magazines such
Geographic. For Adventist reference materials consult
the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, the Yearbook,
or the Department of World Mission, SDA Theological Seminary.
Size of population?
Demographics? ___% under 18 yrs; ___% of women; ___% in urban areas
Obvious people groups?
General education level? for men _____ for women _____
How are the social groups
of society organized?
What are appropriate relations between sexes?
What is the position of women?
List transportation methods
Health and living conditions
What are major health risks in the country?
What about the quality of medical services and hospitals?
What is commonly eaten? And when?
What are eating and drinking precautions?
What inoculations are required or recommended?
History of the country
Who are their traditional friends? Their traditional enemies?
Was this a colony? Of whom?
Date and circumstances of independence
Involvement in recent or current conflicts and/or resolution?
Forms of greetings and farewell
Gestures to avoid
Serious “no-no’s” or taboos
Common expressions in local
language to know upon arrival
My name is...
How do you say...?
Where is the toilet?
How do I get to...?
How are you?
What are the local religions?
How do the people worship and why?
The history of Christianity in this
When was it introduced and by whom?
What Christian churches here are successful and why?
What is the history of the Adventist Church in this country?
Who has generally accepted it and why?