Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. I'm Bekka. I teach. And pretty soon I'll be teaching in Southeast Asia! I went to Olivet Nazarene University (kinda close to Chicago) and I majored in Elementary Education. From the moment I was a little girl I knew I wanted to live overseas. My favorite bible verse at age 7 was John 9:4 "As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work." Even to my mom (who dearly wishes I would stay in America) admits this was a bit of a warning sign for my future career goals. So obviously, the decision to live overseas for two years honestly was not that difficult. The difficult part of the decision-making process came with deciding where I would go.
You see, I've been on many mission trips. I've travelled to London, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. That picture of me up there? Cuddling adorable orphan in Honduras (where I lived for 3 months). I can speak a second language and I am completely comfortable haning out in airports. I'm dangerously flexible and outside borders I am willing to experiment with scary food. I remember sitting up crying one night because I realized I wouldn't be able to go everywhere before I died. The idea of moving somehwere new and far has never been incredibly daunting. My struggle has always been in what kind of work I've wanted to do. It's true that I've done missions in many places. But I recommend you look at my list again and you will probably notice that they were all missions in already-evangelized countries.
This is where GoCorps came in. GoCorps connects peple my age in countries within that 10/40 window.
While doing short-term missions in already-evangelized countries has value, I knew I needed to go somewhere that could actually benefit from my knowledge. I don't want to go somewhere just because I can teach. Teachers are everywhere, they don't absolutely need me in their country. What they need (whether they know it or not) is someone to tell them the Good News. I'm going to Southeast Asia because I am convinced that without people like me, there are millions of people currently living and will die without hope. Hope that is available at any moment. Hope that transforms lives and changes cultures. Hope that reedeems our sin. Hope that is alive even in the darkness. Hope that overcomes all obstacles. Hope that raised Christ from the dead.
And these people have absolutely no idea how much they are missing.