This is a fantastic article by Thabiti Anyabwile, the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
I have recommended it to the classes I teach as a “must read.” Even more than being able to “defend the faith,” Thabiti’s instructions are refreshingly local church-centric in guarding Christian students in their adventures away from the safety of home.
To summarize, he recommends:
(1) Finding and Joining a good church
(2) Choosing friends with biblical criteria in view
(3) At all costs, remaining sexually pure
(5) Call home
(6) Remember the counsel of God
(HT: Justin Taylor)