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By Evelyn on November 24, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

It’s been a little over a month since my last post, and boy has life been busy! Support raising has been no joke. But it has also been far more of a blessing than I could have imagined!  I want to share a bit more of my story, so below is a section of the letter I’ve written for the purpose of support raising: My junior year, I was able to take a Master’s level class in Community Transformation (or Community Development). What I saw in CT was a way to be involved in community growth and change that begins with, and is sustained through, community members. The idea that community goals and... Read more

New Wine

By Nora on October 20, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

I've been in Central Asia for a bit over a week now, and I can still hardly belive I'm here.  I'm so grateful.  The cool weather here is a welcome difference from home, but while I may not miss the heat, I certainly miss the people.  It's such a strange feeling to be both incredibly happy to be here, and yet missing who I've left in the US.  The Lord is my Comforter and Confidante through it all. In an online ministry class I've been taking, we've been talking about new wine and new wineskins, as in Mark 2:22.  I know Jesus has new wine for me.  I pray he would also give me new wineskins -... Read more

Who, Where, Why, What!?

By Evelyn on October 19, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

Hi! I’m so excited you’re joining me in this journey, from wherever you might be as you read this (feel free to comment below where you’re at)! I look forward to using this blog as a means to share stories from my time on the field, but before I get too far ahead of myself, introductions are in order. My name is Evelyn. I’m twenty-two, a recent university graduate with degrees in psychology and humanities, and in just four months I’m moving to Central Asia for two years of ministry. I'm gonna share three more random things about me before I dive into why you’re really here.  One, I’m really... Read more

About Me!

By Lauren on October 19, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

Hey, welcome to my blog! I want to share a little bit about myself to help you get to know me. First off, I am a recent grad with a BA in Intercultural Studies. I first heard about GoCorps during my senior year in college when a representative from the organization came and spoke in my Gen ed Biology class, telling us about the different placements they had. Although I didn’t originally think I would pursue this path, here I am a year later getting ready to go to Central Asia as a Community Development Coordinator. The reason I chose to go is because there are people all over the world who... Read more

Immeasurably More

By Kate on October 19, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Asia - Central

I remember from a very young age God expanding my worldview and showing me how big His world really is. There are many moments I look back on and can see so clearly the Lord stirring and breaking my heart for the “least of these”. As I headed into college, I knew I wanted to mix my degree and ministry in some way, I just had no idea what I wanted to do or how I wanted to do it. Classic! I remember asking for specific passions and desires and of course, the Lord faithfully answered. In my sophomore year of college, I was back in my home church and a couple who had been serving in Asia for some... Read more

Be Thou My Vision

By Nora on July 25, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

I didn’t realize it a few months ago, but this season during quarantine has been a gift from the Father for me.  More and more I realize that God is asking for joyful surrender, and yet He gives me extra time withy family before I leave for such a long time.  I’ve spent these last few months with my two beautiful baby nephews.  Before COVID, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to meet the youngest before I had to leave.  Now, I get the delight of spending time with them nearly ever day until it’s time to go.     I am also so happy to say that God has come through once again, and I am now fully... Read more

Making Room

By Isabella on June 25, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - Central

I recently discovered a new word that I really like: perichoresis. It means “mutual indwelling without loss of personal identity,” and often refers to the way that God exists in the Trinity. It also has deep meaning for how God relates to us. He dwells in us, puts His very Spirit in us, and yet allows us to remain uniquely ourselves.  God transforms us and redeems us, but He also loves us just as we are. He delights and celebrates in the way that we are all unique. He loves our freckles, dimples, and senses of humor.  We can welcome Christ’s presence in our lives, and uniquely express Him to... Read more

How Deep The Father's Love For Us

By Nora on February 14, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I leave for two weeks of training in Chicago in two days.  I look forward to learning more about cross-cultural ministry and how I can be more effective in my country.  I am especially looking forward to reuniting with some of the Goers I met in training last September!  It’s a good feeling to know you have friends all over the world.  It makes it seem a bit more welcoming, knowing a familiar face is never too far away.    I am at about 87% funded monthly.  It’s definitely been a bit of a struggle to gain these last few hundred dollars in monthly support, but God is... Read more

My letter to future Goers

By Ryan on January 26, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - Central

Two years in a different country can teach you a lot about yourself as well as those around you and a number of other aspects of life. As I think about what I learned while in West Asia I think the biggest lessons I learned involved flexibility and humility. If you haven’t heard it yet and are considering heading overseas to work in pretty much any field you will hear this soon. “You have to be flexible.” Or at least something along those lines. In the work I was part of the last two years this was almost a daily necessity. From leaders changing gears mid-project to challenges arising with... Read more

Great is Thy Faithfulness

By Nora on January 11, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

Hello all!  Happy New Year!  So much has happened in the last little while, and I’m excited to share with you!  This season of support raising has been so different from how I thought it would go.  People have responded differently than I expected, and I have learned so much in this process!  There have definitely been discouragements and setbacks, but there has also been blessing, provision, and greater intimacy with the Lord. During the beginning of this process, I was experiencing some pretty severe discouragement.  I wasn’t meeting my weekly goals, and I was believing a lot of lies.  I... Read more