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My Letter to Future Goers

Featured story By Andrew on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

I arrived in the Middle East a little more than 2 1/2 years ago and it really feels like home. After my 2 year commitment with GoCorps, I decided to extend my stay here for as long as possible. There really is nothing more fulfilling and life-giving than serving the Lord.  When I was seven years old, I decided that I was going to be an international worker. My dad sat with me, as most nights he did, and read one of my favorite stories, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I know that is not necessarily an international worker's book, but there was a scene in that book… Read more

Lessons from a Knitted Grinch Ornament

Featured story By Adam and Raina on Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

Once upon a time, COVID ruled the world. Like the White Witch subduing Narnia with eternal winter, COVID subjected us all to social distancing, mask requirements, quarantine, and more. So when Adam and I first moved into our second story apartment in early 2020, a friendly meet & greet with the neighbors wasn’t high on anyone’s priority list... including ours. Sure, we said “hi” in passing and looked out for one another’s piles of Amazon packages, but that was about it. In October, our downstairs neighbors moved out and a new couple moved in. We’ll call them D & B. They looked about… Read more

My letter to future Goers...

Featured story By Maggi on Track: Medical Region: Europe

2 years in a flash. One moment I was dreaming about what it would be like to live and serve overseas and the next it seems I am back in Oregon after doing the thing, only there was a lot in the middle too.  And that’s where all the good stuff is… right in the middle.    Living outside comfort, socializing outside comfort, eating outside comfort, working outside comfort and simply functioning in a world that is so different from your own is hard. While I felt so ready to be where I was I learned quickly in my initial transition that I needed to take time to lament the things… Read more

My Letter to Future GOers

Featured story By Rosie on Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

  Dear Thoughtful Person,                                                                                                                                                                 … Read more

Facades.

Featured story By Evelyn on Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

There is a lot of new construction in my city, constantly. New buildings and apartment complexes being build every where you look. But you can only see the tops of them due to the ever-present high green walls that line the streets in front of the project. Often these green walls are plastered with scenic banners of the country’s astounding beauty: lakes, mountains, and fields of flowers. My city is truly beautiful. One of my absolute favorite things about the city are the flowers. The streets are lined by flowers and the parks are always full of flowers, and typically in ornately arranged… Read more

To Bless and Be Blessed

Featured story By Faith on Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Money is one of the most uncomfortable topics of conversation. Does this statement hit home for you? That’s ok. It sure did for me. And now I talk about money several times a week. Wondering how this happened? First, here’s a little backstory.    I grew up in a household where money was a private conversation. My parents did not disclose how much money they had or how they chose to spend their money. My parents struggled financially growing up, then got married and created their own business from the ground up. It was hard, but it grew their character. They developed a strong work… Read more

We all have Songs, We all have Stories

Featured story By Angie on Track: Arts Region: Europe

“Jesus is the Answer” is a very easy phrase- almost a platitude. It looks at home on a bumper sticker, is an easy sentiment given to those who are hurting, and could probably be found written in script over a rustic wooden sign on sale for 40% off at Hobby Lobby. But throughout the Gospels, rather than being the Great Answer, Jesus asked 307 questions. Almost twice the number of questions He was asked (183). Of the questions He was asked, what percentage do you think he answered? Seventy Percent? Fifty? Try one point six percent. He only answered three questions directly.* One of… Read more

The Peso

Featured story By Abigail on Track: Teaching Region: Latin America

 It was a Friday night in May. The people gathered in the audience filled with almost as much anticipation as the students that would soon proceed in alphabetical order. It was graduation day. The music began and the soon-to-be high school graduates of 2016 proceed to their seats. The speaker, a kind preacher of a local church, began to give his speech. He sent us off into the world as proud graduates of 2016. But before he did, he gave us each a souvenir. He gave us each a peso.             At the time that peso did not seem life-… Read more

Just a day in the Life

Featured story By Liz on Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

Sometimes I think we, or at least I, believe that a life overseas is going to have some grand implications. You know, there will be something “crazy” that happens everyday or you will never run out of bizarre stories. While there is some truth to that, there is also a lot of my own ignorance in those assumptions. Let me tell ya, everyday life here in the Horn of Africa is a lot less grand than you might be thinking and a whole lot more mundane - but I think that is what makes it so special.  For example, today is a typical Wednesday. I woke up at 8am, laid in bed for a while, got ready,… Read more

Success

Featured story By Liz on Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

Success. It means something different to everyone you ask. The context, time frame, and end result all depend on the person and the situation. So, what does success look like for me? At the end of my two years serving in North Africa, what will be my definition of success? What would have to happen for me to look back and think “yes, I was successful” in this season? I have been going through different cultural studies with my teammates and the one we are doing right now talks about sojourners. This study has shown me how much grace is truly offered through Jesus. While my human mind tends to… Read more

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