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By Liz on April 8, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

    I have always had family around me, good friends supporting me, and places I knew I belonged. Then, I decided to move across the world, without family or friends, to a foreign country. Upon arrival, I had no idea where I would fit in or if I belonged, but I had faith and a promise that He would see me through. I can honestly say I have been shocked by the results.      My first 72 hours in-country were rough, but the Lord showed up through family. He allowed me to live about 6 houses down from team members of mine. They are young parents, with a 3 three year old and a 14 month old, with... Read more

Blessing or a Lesson

By Liz on April 8, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

    One afternoon a couple weeks ago, I was in a language lesson when we got wildly off topic. Somehow we jumped from learning French to talking about relationships and landed on how we treat people. My tutor/friend said “I want to make sure I am a blessing, not a lesson.” I agreed with her and then tried to point us back to the topic at hand. However, as I was walking home that afternoon I couldn’t help but think about what she said.      It is not our job to save people. We do not turn hearts, change minds, or save lives. Only Jesus can do that. Yet, we can be a blessing. My prayer is that... Read more

One Month In

By Liz on April 8, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

    I have been in-country for over a month now and as I sit and reflect on my time here so far, I thought I would share a bit of what I am learning and what might be helpful to others. I had traveled overseas and served in many different countries before I accepted this two year commitment. I have always loved going to new places and at the end of all those trips, I never really wanted to return home. So, when I landed in-country this time, I did not even realize I was expecting to instantly love it like I have all the other places. This was my first mistake. Not being honest and realizing I... Read more

Are you sure, Lord?

By Liz on January 19, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

Some people may look at me and wonder why the heck I would be the one called to go serve overseas. Others may read my story on paper and think there couldn’t be anyone less qualified for such a role. Not gonna lie, I have definitely thought those things about myself. Forget the family struggles, why would Jesus want to use an insecure, unqualified, and sinful girl like myself to go tell people about Him? However, as I am sure you have come to realize by now, the Lord is too good to me.  In the midst of this struggle, when I was doubting the most and the question on my tongue was more often “... Read more

One Month Left

By Liz on January 19, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

One Month Left To Go..     In 29 days I will land in the country I have committed to for the next two years. WHAT?! That is wild.  As I am sure you can imagine, there are countless thoughts and emotions swirling inside of me. So much excitement, a little anxiety, questions of what's to come, and figuring out what to pack for a life overseas for two years is quite a lot. I am in the middle of a season where I have never been so unsure, yet so confident, all at once.  This month before I leave, I am spending time at my organization’s headquarters for pre-field training. While there is much I... Read more

MY LETTER TO FUTURE GOERS

By Grace on November 21, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Dear Future Goer, We are people of the promise. We have been grafted into the family of God and we are blessed to be a blessing. These last two years make me want to change my name to Jacob because I have wrestled with God so much and I have the bruises to show it. I have spent so much time wandering in the wilderness, sometimes quite literally. (Shoutout to you my beloved East Africa.) Yet, at the end of my wandering, I find myself on the edge of the Jordan, anxious because I think "this is it". I am here, where God's promises meet my obedience and wandering soul. When I’ve been hungry, I... Read more

Who is Jesus to you?

By Liz on November 13, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

If you are a partner of mine, or a potential Goer, then you know the first part of this ministry is support raising. When deciding whether or not I wanted to pursue this two year commitment to ministry, the biggest obstacle for me was looking past this season. Support raising is something that truly intimidated me and was often the first sign of a lack in my faith. Deciding whether or not I was going to jump into this opportunity finally came down to the question, “Who is Jesus to me?”      I have known Him as Savior, friend, Messiah, leader, Son of God, and so many other titles and... Read more

Who, How, Why, Where, When

By Liz on October 19, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

Hello! For the purpose of security, my name on here will be Liz and I will be going to North Africa. However, if you’re reading this then you probably already know my name and/or where I am going, so I wanted to share a little more about me!  I have been drawn to the continent of Africa since I was young. I couldn’t tell you why.. I honestly couldn’t even tell you if Africa was a country or continent at that point. However, I knew I wanted to go there. Fast forward to high school, I went on my first mission trip to a country in East Africa and the Lord confirmed this calling. In college, I... Read more

Confession Time

By Grace on July 27, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

So confession to make, I'm not exactly a poster child for an "accomplished" cross cultural worker. I have been based in three different countries and continents in the last year and a half. I didn't get too far in language learning because my heart was learning the language of being uprooted again and again. I kept offering out of a tank that was empty, believing I was modeling healthy ways to pour out ones self. As I spiraled downwards, I told myself this was cross cultral work. You go, go, and go and walk away a much better person because of all the things you pushed through. This is... Read more

A Prayer

By Grace on June 1, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Giver of Life, May we be a people that seek your justice and righteousness. May we we quick to listen, slow to speak and and slow to become angry when we do not understand. May wounds that have been open for years be tended to by a tender Savior. May your good news bring transformational healing in our world today. Show us how to love one another not just in words, but in action. Let us live out a life of kingdom living.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On Earth as it is in Heaven.  Amen.     Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Read more