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How are you?

By Michelle on June 20, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

Lately, for the past months or so, I have been getting a bit annoyed with the question of "how are you?".  I am not talking about how it tends to be a question we throw around as we pass people we know and don't expect to receive a true response; that is a different issue. I am talking about an annoyance that I get despite who is asking or how it is asked because it comes from needing to give a response.   Responding doesn't feel simple anymore, as I often don't really know how I am doing. I am hurt by reminders of the darkness in this place. The orphanage where what I see often follows me... Read more

My Trail and God’s Sense of Humor

By James on June 10, 2018 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

      As I look back on the trail I have walked these past four years, I see how God has a sense of humor. A month ago I graduated college and am now in the process of prepping to serve with GoCorps. Yet, my path getting here wasn’t close to what I expected at the end of high school.      At the start of senior year in high school, I wanted to become a pastor in the States. During high school, my favorite subjects were math and science along with theology. I disliked my classes which required essays, and Spanish was the class where I put in the work just to get the grade. Languages in general... Read more

One Battle Lost

By Emma on May 13, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Culture stress has really been weighing me down recently; I've been finding my temper becoming much shorter and my emotions more quickly spent. Yesterday (May 13th) was a particularly grueling battle that I lost miserably, and I ended the day feeling so defeated and exhausted.    I've also been struggling to hold onto some sense of quiet time with my all-sufficient Father and Lord, and have been robbing myself of the time of rest with him that, of course, I absolutely need. But this morning (the 14th), I sat down and opened up the copy of Oswald Chambers' book, My Utmost for His Highest, that... Read more

Adding Responsibilities

By Emma on May 8, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Recently, the foster program had a scare where a new law was passed that would send more than half of the children of the program back to the orphanages they came from. The only option was to scramble to apply for exemptions for each child individually. Thankfully, all but four of the children were approved for exemption and could remain with their foster families. The four to go back are the youngest of the program – but there is currently no definite timeline established for when they will be required to return. We are grateful for what time they do have, while praying that another solution... Read more

Things I am Reminded about God

By Michelle on May 1, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

God's timing is better than mine When we focus on God we are reminded of why we exist  Focusing on God helps bring the joy back in stressful situations God has a sense of humor God wants us because He knows we need Him God does not need us God wants us to be in a relationship with Him because He loves us God uses us in our broken state and makes us new God will never stop loving us  God's plan will be done whether we follow Him or not God invites us to be a part of His family God knows the bigger picture when all we can see is what is right in front of us God is good Read more

A Second Home

By Christopher on April 30, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello Goer Blog Readers! I'm currently coughing up a small storm as I'm writing this post- I've been sick for the past two weeks; quite severe at first, though now I'm on the upswing. I'm not usually one to be too bothered by getting sick, but this has been a bit of an interesting experience, simply because I've been amazed at how many of my Asian friends went out of their way to try an help me recover these last two weeks. From the moment I first bowed out of an event due to it, I've been nearly bombarded with gifts and tea and all manner of small kindnesses and well-wishes. It always amazes... Read more

Pray BIGGER

By Michelle on April 13, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

Before training for GoCorps and fundraising, we were instructed to read the Book The God Ask by Steve Shadrach.  One of the main takeaways I had was when he wrote about having God size prayers. Reminding us to pray BIG and not let our fears of what seems impossible stop us from bringing them to God.  When we don't bring our requests to God because we believe they are impossible we are doubting the power of God and His ability to do anything. When we only ask for the little things in life we are hindering what God can do. We need to go into prayer with the mindset that God can do all things,... Read more

Redefining Strengths and Weaknesses

By Emma on March 31, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

During my time here, I have struggled immensely with insecurity about my knowledge and ability to help care for children with disabilities. I compare myself to others from my university days that seemed to have it all put together so much more seamlessly, and wonder how much more benefit they could have brought if only they had been the ones that God sent instead of me. But he didn’t send them. He sent me. One of my mentors recently challenged me to seriously reconsider my own potential. She pointed out some of my points of insecurity, places I had shied away and tried to excuse myself from... Read more

Easter Events

By Christopher on March 30, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello GoBlog Readers! An enjoyable part of blog-writing is taking the time to pause and reflect- not only over the past month, but in the context of these Goer Blog posts- really over all of my time here in East Asia in general. As I am writing this, it is Good Friday and I have just stepped out of the second of three Easter-oriented outreach events that our East Asia team is involved with. These have been particularly humbling experiences for me- as the Lord has powerfully blessed our team and our partners with large turnouts of those who are interested in hearing the Good News. Both today... Read more

What to Say?

By Michelle on March 23, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

When you don't know what to say Because your love isn't enough You close your eyes and see their faces Their hands are tied and their legs are bound Without the words to say what they need When you don't know what to say Because you don't know what to do Change seems to be a far away dream Efforts seem so small but the tears so many The struggle to do more, to be more When you don't know what to say Because you don't know what to pray God, how could this be? Why Why is this happening? What What should I do? What do I say? Praying for a change that doesn't seem possible What do I say to you,... Read more