Goer blogs

Do we grieve God’s heart when we do not Sabbath?

By Bethany on July 9, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

I had the blessing of attending a conference in Europe a couple weeks ago. While there, one of the things discussed was sabbathing. For someone like myself who does not know how to rest well and also lives in a high stress megacity, sabbathing is something I need to force myself into practicing. I wanted to share some thoughts that were brought up during this conference. Hopefully this will be the same kind, call to action I received. --- Sabbath was established by God from the beginning of time. Before sin entered the world, God exemplified its significance by resting himself. Additionally,... Read more

Worship Overflow

By Grace on July 6, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Every summer, NGO explats in our country leave because of the climbing temperatures. I had mixed feelings, but stepping away has given me a new perspective. I've had time to be still (which I hate, but I'm learning to enjoy) and I've had time to listen. Here's some truth I needed to be reminded of (and maybe you do too): We do not make a difference. Whoah, Grace, that's harsh.  Let me back up a bit. *We* do not make a dent. As in, we're small and could not possbly posess enough power or skill to transform things the way we want to. And that's okay. We are not the ones who bring the dead to... Read more

My letter to future Goers

By Bobby on June 17, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

When I first arrived on the mission field everything was a blur.  Thankfully I had had some training on cross-cultural ministry before leaving the States but once you land on the mission field it goes from understanding how to live cross-culturally, to struggling to actually do it.  Luckily during the first meeting I had with my team my team leader suggested that all the team members shared pieces of advice for me, and the other Goer that came with me.  Some of this advice was incredibly helpful, others good for a laugh, but I was deeply thankful for all the advice I could get as I adjusted... Read more

Red Light, Green Light

By Katherine on May 31, 2019 Track: Ministry Region: Africa - North

     You know the classic playground game called red light green light? Everyone would start out at one end of the playground and the goal of the game was to follow the simple instructions of the teacher and end up on the other side of the playground. When the teacher yelled out green light you would run as fast as your legs could carry you, but as soon as you got going, they would yell out either yellow light (slow down) or red light (completely stop). This game was fun and definitely taught my elementary brain how to follow instructions better. However, this next seasons seems filled with... Read more

Processing Loss from Overseas

By Bethany on May 24, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

Last week, when I came home from a team meeting, I received a phone call from my parents telling me that my friend Daniel had passed away. The shock to hear that my 20 year old friend’s life was taken so suddenly is something I still have not processed through deeply. How does one even begin to grieve? How does one process grief thousands of miles away? As much as my heart broke, my heart felt even more shattered knowing how far away I am from my friends who are grieving as well. I found myself scrolling through social media for the next several days, reading every post I could find about... Read more

"You Look Really Familiar!"

By Bethany on May 23, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

One of the most common comments I get no matter where in the world is “you remind me of someone/my friend/my relative! You should meet them!” I have never particularly enjoyed this comment as I feel quite boring or ununique. I’d like to think I am one of a kind and stand out from those around me, so when I hear this comment, I get rather discouraged. One of my friends in the majority here gave me a sweet reminder in regards to this comment. She reminded me that having a familiar face brings comfort and trust automatically. This allows me to become much more trustworthy as I am associated with... Read more

The Dragon

By Grace on April 23, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

For those of you unfamiliar with the Chronicles of Narnia, there are spoilers ahead.  At the beginning of the month, I took a solo retreat. I wanted to take time to pray, reflect, etc.. I got out of the city and stayed in a town that offers a more simple way of living. On my last night in this town, I was sitting on my bed and I talked to the Lord. During this time, He reminded me of Eustace Scrubb. Eustace is a bratty kid and I had no sympathy for him in the beginning of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Why should I? His attude was wrong and he was underserving of the adventures Narnia... Read more

Overflowing Grace

By Bethany on April 12, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

A few weeks ago, I started and finished Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. If you have not read this book, I 110% recommend you do so! This book shares the story of Hosea in the 1850's during the California Gold Rush. Oh my word, I wish I could describe how truly incredible this book is. After completing this phenomenal novel, I sat down by the River and reflected and read through the book Hosea a couple times. As we see throughout history, God's people continually turn their backs on Him and chose to focus their attention on anything other than their Creator. It is not until His people... Read more

Give Me the Ocean

By Grace on March 9, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

My country is by the sea, which means that I get to enjoy the beach quite often. I have discovered how much I love the ocean. It's a great place to talk to the Lord. Feeling the waves pushing against me makes me feel alive in ways I cannot truly express in words, but I try anyway. February was a tough month and I needed to express myself. I was snorkeling and I was watching all of the beautiful creatures around me. I held my hands out in front of me and it was surreal. There I was, in waters full of life. I wrote the following poem as a result. It's a piece of my heart and what the Lord has... Read more

Community in Loneliness

By Bethany on February 27, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

One of the hardest aspects of living overseas is the overwhelming loneliness that occurs to every worker. Feeling isolated, we are surrounded by very few people who speak our native tongue and understand the struggles of adjusting to a new cultural. Personally, my Arabic is limited to “I went to the store” and “I am hungry”. Unfortunately, this level of comprehension does not create deep and intimate relationships with those who live around me. It requires an extensive amount of patience on the part of the native Arabic speaker, as I pathetically fumble through words, knowing a kindergartener... Read more