Goer blogs

Road Less Traveled

By Bethany on December 9, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

<!--break--> Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,   And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.   I shall be telling... Read more

A verse that has encouraged me

By Caroline on December 9, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.  Read more

Joy Comes!

By AbbyS on December 6, 2018 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

We are officially fully-funded, plane tickets have been bought, and Visas are in the works! In just a couple short weeks we go through training on acculturation, language acquisition, and professional development. Then we will be ready to fly to SE Asia!!! I am so excited for what is next, but the reality of leaving hit me hard today. Our top priority these next couple weeks is time with friends and family--and it should be--but in some ways I want to just avoid good-byes altogether. I feel tempted to slip away and not see people because every time I do hang out with someone, I feel a dull... Read more

God's Never Late

By Steven on December 5, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

There’s something beautiful about abandoned, forgotten structures. Maybe it’s because they’ve withstood the test of time. They’re brandished with scars, but persevere. Each broken window, stripped piece of paint, and missing floor board another layer to their story. Sometimes I wonder if God admire us in a similar way. Life might bruise us, but we’re still standing. We’re not perfect, but with each time life gets tough there’s another lesson learned and another tale to tell. Unfortunately, sometimes in the midst of hardship we forget something very important: God’s with us every step of the... Read more

An Interesting Encounter with a Critter

By Ellie on December 4, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

So originally, I was going to post a much different blog than this, but an interesting turn of events happened last night. So, I’ll post my more serious blog next time and for now I hope you enjoy a good laugh.   Living in Peru has taught me a number of things. When I first arrived in the jungle I was shown again and again how out of my element I was. Each time I started to feel like I was getting the hang of things something would happen and I would be reminded of the fact that this is not my native habitat (i.e. lizards in my shower, termites in my walls, you get the idea). I have learned... Read more

A Written Letter

By Diamond on December 1, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Freshman Year Dear Diamond, Welcome to college! I know you wish that you were at a 4-year anniversary AWAY from Carbondale, but trust me, it’s better if you attend community college first for free before you decide to go into student debt (AH!). You can survive a couple more years in Carbondale. Besides, it’s almost like a whole different world on campus. You won’t even remember that you’re only 15 minutes from home (well of course until you go outside to get in your car, or look out the window). Speaking of your car: Yes, I know you’re having troubles with your old car that your stepdad has... Read more

Meet Me Here

By Grace on December 1, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Jesus calls the dead to rise. In exchange for our brokenness, he gives us a new identity. He does what seems impossible. How can what is dead show signs of life again? Does a plant reach its full potential if it is cut from its source of nourishment? Yet, this is what He does. He gives us new roots and replenishes us from a well that never runs dry. Freedom is spoken over us and we no longer have to bear the weight of our shortcomings. Instead, we can run to our Father who invites us with open arms. He is calling us to more. He invites us into a celebration of what He is doing not only in our... Read more

An Open Letter To My High School Self

By Falecia on November 30, 2018 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

Dear Falecia, I know that the last few years haven’t been easy. You’ve been hurt by those closest to you, and the places you once considered to be safe are no longer a sanctuary. You’ve been struggling with depression for quite some time now, and the habitual suffering in your life has jaded you. Although you tell yourself that God is good and that there’s a purpose for it all and that you’ll eventually understand it when you get to heaven, you’re actually living tragically in the infinite resignation stage. Not to fear, my dear. Once you acknowledge your losses and truly let them go, you’ll... Read more


By Janeice on November 30, 2018 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Just a few days ago, I reached my goal of losing 100 pounds. It took 11 months for me to be consistent with my eating habits, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. Some people believe that they can lose weight in a week or two, but that is not the reality of it. Losing weight is a task that takes patience, effort, and encouragement. I remember the first day that I started this journey, I wanted to absolutely quit. My roommates were eating the foods that I was craving and all I ate were vegetables. At that point, I thought I was going to die or starve. Thankfully, God helped me develop a... Read more

Front Row Seat

By Autumn on November 30, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

HELLO // I hope that this e-mail finds you well. I can't believe that November is almost over - this fall season has been flying by! Here are some highlights as to what I've been up to in this season of preparation: SOME UPDATES // This past month has been full of full-time support raising - meeting with potential partners, following up with individuals I have previously met with, and getting everything in line for my upcoming training. I am so thrilled to say that I am currently 100% funded! I could not be more grateful for the ways that the Lord has prompted individuals and families to... Read more