Goer blogs

The Journey Ahead

By Bethany on June 10, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

Hello! My name is Bethany, and I will be going overseas to North Africa for two years! I will leave in November on the Refugee and Arabic Study track. I graduated with a BA in Social Science from Biola University and am beyond excited to begin this journey, observing how the Lord will work within and through me during my time. Over the past two years, God has continually softened my heart and open my eyes towards going overseas. I have had an increasing desire to serve the Lord in some capacity, and this organization has given me the opportunity to do so. Here is a little background on that... Read more

The Real Adventure

By Anthony on April 25, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

There is a lot of history where I now live. Stone carvings, giant monuments, a full river, churches, temples, mosques, caves, parks, and desert places, the list goes on for literally 1000s of years. In a couple weeks since arriving, I’ve been reflecting on the gradual adjustment of calling this place home and my team home and this culture home. I think home is found in faith and as fun as it is to explore and share the places I’m now surrounded in, beginning to live here has instead been more about learning a way of life different than what I know while developing my faith to have discernment... Read more

This is the Confidence

By Jen on March 25, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

At this point, I am still Stateside, but hoping to leave for the field within the next month. A major deterrent is that I still lack all of the funds needed to get to the field. This fact is a burden on me, and I often find myself feeling discouraged. However, I know that the LORD is faithful, and though I still have a great need, time and again He has fulfilled some of the need by bringing in partners and some of the funds—even when I have not been as faithful. These times are encouraging to me, as they are little reminders that this is still His will. I am down to the final bit, and I know... Read more

Building Trust

By Anthony on March 19, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Over the past few weeks I have been praying about the many aspects of trust and ways I can practice it in new relationships, especially when the Gospel is best shared through weakness. I think there are significant, yet difficult aspects in building and sustaining trust in ministry. Significant because in ministry you are living to reflect the character of God, yet difficult because we are all sinful. How then do you build trust? This question I think comes up often because of how important it is in relationships and I don’t think there is a simple answer. Although, I think there are aspects... Read more

The One With Quiet Songs

By Eden on February 28, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

“What am I doing?” This is a category option we have for posting our blogs here and really it is a deep question. I’ve been asking myself this a lot the last two weeks. On February 23 I finished up my training in North Carolina, and as of Monday night, I am back “home.” For about the past week two weeks, I have had many conversations with friends, co-laborers, and supporters. I have also had many prayers. All of them are rooted in, “What am I doing, LORD?” About a year ago, I was at a conference where I first met my sending organization. Although I was hesitant to admit it, God was pulling at... Read more

Breaking Glass Ceilings

By Anthony on February 26, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Have you ever thought about literally speaking the same language as an act of love? Probably not because love doesn’t come from language, yet it is an avenue. Rather, what I can gather from 1 Corinthians 13 is if I have the language ever so perfectly and speak like a local, and have not the love that grips the heart, I am nothing. Acquiring language can be difficult and these past few weeks, I’ve been able to put in perspective that learning Arabic requires that I participate by observing in ways I haven’t done before. To do more than see the world, but hear it. To listen for sounds which are... Read more

When Peoples Gather Together

By Jen on February 10, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

“Let this be recorded for a generation to come,so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD:that he looked down from his holy height;from heaven, the LORD looked at the earth,to hear the groans of the prisoners,to set free those who were doomed to die,that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD,and in Jerusalem his praise,when peoples gather together,and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.” ~ Psalm 102:18-22   I’ve been in training with a group of others for a month now, and I have two weeks to go. Today, I said “goodbye” to many dear friends. In my grief, however, I am full of... Read more

The One With Families

By Eden on January 29, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… This verse (Ecclesiastes 3:1) is a word from God that I consistently return to when I am troubled or confused by His timing. Right now, I am often confused about his timing in providing financially for my work, but he is still blessing me immensely as I participate in training classes. Currently I am at training in North Carolina preparing to head overseas in the following months. It is here that we are discovering and re-shaping our views on culture and how to preach the gospel in cross-cultural contexts. We... Read more

Heart of the Missionary

By Anthony on January 21, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

I’d always associate “training” with athletics because I grew up playing sports. When missionaries go to “training” it can be a mystery in regards to cross-cultural training and language acquisition. What do you learn about and prepare for? Even after many retreats, camps, bible classes, church services, mission trips and teams, debriefs, and studies, I still try to think about what lessons God has for me; although, there can always be that lingering attitude of self-confidence to which I think “training” isn’t necessary. Before coming to North Carolina, I actually thought, “I’ve been on... Read more

The One in the Winter Wonderland

By Eden on December 29, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

Happy Almost New Year! Currently, I am doing a little bit of everything, and a little bit of nothing. To paint the picture, it’s currently snowing outside with many people’s Christmas lights still aglow, and the temperatures are quickly dropping to the negatives again. First and foremost, I am still (STILL) support raising. This journey has been long, and I feel like there will be no end to the phone calls, emails, and difficult asks to get to my needed amounts to head overseas. However, one thing that my cohort leader told me that has stuck with me is, “You are being faithful to God by... Read more