Goer blogs

It's Poppin'

By Hannah on November 16, 2020 Track: Business Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

What do you think of when you think of popcorn? Going to a movie theater and lathering it with butter (pre-COVID of course)? A quiet night in with a glass of wine? A man named Orville who wears thick glasses? Stringing it together and decorating the tree? For the most part, you probably associate popcorn with fun, laughter, or maybe indifference. Rarely do we stop and think about the financial impact popcorn can have. At least I don’t, anyway. I want to share with you a story about a woman named Patricia. Patricia was part of our first Women’s Empowerment Program that ended this past May.... Read more

How Did I Get Here??

By Hannah on October 19, 2020 Track: Business Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Hi there! My name’s Hannah and I’m a 2020 Goer! I graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon in the Spring of 2019. I can’t believe I’ve been done with school for over a year now! After graduation, I was in a season of real frustration. I was applying to jobs I thought I was qualified for and I couldn’t even get an interview. I kept asking God, “why do all of these doors keep closing? What do you want me to do?” Little did I know that the answer would have me moving halfway across the world to Zambia! I got connected with GoCorps through one of their alumni. It was a complete... Read more

You live here?

By Sarah on October 6, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

You live here? I recently was back in the States for a family wedding.  Before I returned, some unexpected circumstances happened, in the West African country where I serve, that delayed my travel.  "More than COVID?!", you ask. This year has been marked with so many instances of God's faithfulness despite the chaos out of my control.  A chance to spend time with my WHOLE family has not happened in two years... as most of my family now actually live in West Africa. Thus, home has been evolving for me here in this new place.  I love how I can use my passions here - languages, cultural... Read more

Where do you get your local news?

By Sarah on July 2, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

This month has been a whirlwind of new activities for me in life and ministry here in West Africa. A friend I met in France has an English Language school in the town where I live. She invited me to teach two small classes during the months of June and July to help them finish their school semester. I had been praying for ways to connect with the community in a controlled but outside environment. God answered my prayer by bringing them to me. The last few lessons we talk about social topics such as journalism, human rights, child issues both in the States and in West Africa. One of the... Read more

Language acquisition is always relational

By Sarah on May 21, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Many aspects of the GoCorps enticed me to apply but one stood out in particular - language learning as ministry. My placement and organization actively used language to reach both believers and non-believers in our area of work. The team uses a method called the Growing Participator Approach. I am a new to the GPA method of learning a language. Nevertheless, I am finding tremendous encouragement by using it to learn Bambara. This method was developed by a man named Greg Thompson particularly for Kingdom workers in the field. It starts with nurturing a relationship rather than hitting the... Read more

Submitting to unknowns as He holds me in His hands

By Sarah on April 6, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Held in His Hands   Swahili: Anajua mateso yetu Anapenda kutusaidia!  Bambara: Yesu yɛrɛ y’an tɔɔrɔw bɛɛ dɔn, A bɛ sɔn ka an dɛmɛ bi.  English:  [Jesus] Only He knows of our sufferings He LOVES to help us    Worship follows me wherever God sends me for His cause! The first two lines above are a song I grew to love in DRC, East Africa while working there in 2018. My team would sing this quite often during team devotions. What truth that the Father is ever near to comfort us! As I begin to learn Bambara, I asked my language nurturer to teach me Bambara worship songs - particularly songs... Read more

Failed Dream

By Jeanne on March 31, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

In many ways, it feels like a failed first few months in my designated country. I planned to spread the word about how evil human-trafficking is, I wanted to rescue girls from bad situations and teach them skills to make a living. Reality has really kicked me down - I can hardly have a conversation let alone make a speech about human-trafficking, can someone explain how I can rescue girls from a trafficking situation (in a third world country I've never been before??), and I don't know any skills to teach others (not ones that are sustainable for people living in poverty). Before I left I was... Read more

Questions a goer loves to answer

By Sarah on March 2, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

    “But what are you actually doing in West Africa?” This is been the hardest question to answer as I prepare to go to serve in West Africa. My response internally usually has come out as: “What other questions can you ask to a goer?” Now, do not misunderstand my question. I want to share with people God’s vision and purpose for me in West Africa. I am excited to dream how He will be using me in ministry while I am there! I want to answer the vision question. I simply struggle with the base of that particular question. 1. It comes from a Western mind set.  As Americans, we are valued by... Read more

My Letter To Future Goers

By Chelsea on February 18, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

My letter to future goers: Taking two years of your life to move to a new country and serve people in the name of God is no small matter. Here are some things I wish someone would have told me before I moved halfway across the world. Start by doing your research. I don’t just mean googling the easy things to find about your host country. Try to find a local in your hometown from that country and take them to coffee. Start reading books by people from the area to which you are moving. There is no better way to learn about the culture than hearing the voices of those who have lived there and... Read more

When Following God Feels Like Brokenness

By Jeanne on October 31, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

God made it very clear that He wanted me to go on this mission to Africa. With the passion He poured in my heart, the confirmation of everyone around me, His whispers and shouts, and the thousands of dollars He provided me with in a matter of weeks – it was obvious. I’m called to Africa. The weeks before my departure for language study in France, reality hit me and I realized what a huge thing I was stepping into. I didn’t want to do it… But I felt God ask me, “Will you follow me?“ and of course I will God, I love you. So I left.  I’ve been gone for eight weeks now, and though there are sweet... Read more