Goer blogs

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

Happy Easter!

By Grace on April 5, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Hello all! I don't have any profound thoughts to say right now in this season of change. I'm sure you've had your fair share of thoughts via the news, social media, etc. I just wanted to pop in to share a song that has given me hope in this season. Happy Holy Week my friends. The darkness cannot and will not overcome. He is Risen.    https://youtu.be/LsmksHRQQi0 Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Jen on March 9, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

I have now been back in America for a whole week. During this time, I'm having the opportunity to process these last two years, get used to the reality of being in the US again, and prepare for my next steps. I'm excited to say that I hope to continue working overseas for as long as God has me there. These last two years have been very foundational for my future as well as a major source of growth for me. He has taken me on quite a ride, and here are 7 things that I have learned these last two years.   1. Don't be afraid to use this time to develop yourself. Perhaps you will feel pressure to... Read more

It’s Okay to have Expat Friends

By Bethany on February 17, 2020 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

I have found that very often there is this culture amongst cross-cultural workers that frowns upon socializing with other expats. Although there obviously needs to be a balance, I have found this idea quite flawed. We often tell ourselves “we are here to die to self, and embrace this new culture”, forgoing any ideas of comfort that come with “home”. We leave a meeting with a friend who is also a foreigner almost disappointed with ourselves because that time was not spent with locals.   STOP IT! This unspoken “rule” of letting go of everything in the past is plain ridiculous and downright... Read more