Goer blogs

A Work in Progress

By Emma on February 28, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

There is a medical team in our city that partners with orphanages in the surrounding areas to run a Foster program for children with disabilities. Families from the local and international churches in the area make up the foster parents, and they do a wonderful job of displaying the love and value God has for children that the overarching culture says have no value to society. Right now, my team is working with this medical group on an event for these foster families that will offer support for the parents’ expressed needs, while also giving the children an opportunity for organized play, and... Read more

Beginning of the End

By Christopher on February 25, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello Goer Blog Readers! Here in Eastern Asia we just emerged from a long festival holiday, and next week college classes resume for what will be, for me, the last semester of my two years here. Reflecting back, I remember how a year and a half ago, another Goer and I began campus ministry together at this college- and we had a difficult go of it. It seemed like our particular campus had a somewhat "closed" atmosphere- not as many opportunities for relationship-building with the students as we'd encountered elsewhere. Now, after much prayer and effort and the growth of our campus team and a... Read more

Special Beauty

By Michelle on February 2, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

Where I live right now people with disabilities are seen as not being able to contribute anything to society. Kids with special needs are not allowed in public schools because of this belief that they cannot add anything of value to their country. There are some schools that are for special needs children but they are rare. Fortunately, there are some parents who bypass these views and keep their child that has a disability, and a handful of foster parents who foster children with various special needs such as cerebral palsy, autism, and Down syndrome. Taking on this task can be very... Read more

One Year In...

By Emma on February 1, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

After almost a year of putting it off, I thought it was about time for me to finally write another update! It’s amazing to think that it has already been one year since I arrived here, and it’s incredible to think about how different things are now from when I first arrived last January. When I first arrived, I was set to join a group on a campus near the city center, was getting geared up to be an English teacher (something I once swore I’d never be), and was looking for ways to get connected to an orphanage. My Chinese language skills were near to non-existent, and I was confident that... Read more

A long-overdue update!

By Christopher on January 28, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello again, Goer blog readers! Wow, it's been a while since my last update- nearly a year. It's incredible to think of all of the things that have happened here in East Asia since my last blog post. I'm now leading two Bible studies every week- one among college students at the local university, and one for some older locals at the local church, where I also lead a youth group. These have all been great opportunities- and no two of them are the same, which keeps them very interesting for me as a leader as well. In the college group, most of those who attend have never had any exposure to the... Read more

Chai Lattes

By Allisa on January 17, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

Time flies when you are having fun! It has been quite awhile since my last blog post. A lot has happened since then. I have been on the field for a over 3 months. I have adjusted well to the culture. It is a bit frightening being in a country with a whole different language and culture, at first I was worried how I would go to the grocery store, going shopping or even use public transportation. It was difficult to communicate at first, I was nervous telling a taxi driver where I needed to go, I am still a bit nervous today but it gets easier the more I am learning the language. I am so... Read more

The Comparison Trap

By Michelle on December 23, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

Coming out of a really rough month I had started a better routine for devotion time and being in God's word. I could see an improvement as my focus was more on God rather than myself and what I was accomplishing.  Though the routine only lasted for about two weeks before I fell back into focusing more on the tasks than on God. I soon realized that the joy and peace I had during the two weeks where I was being filled by God was diminishing. I was now starting to once again try to fill myself with achievements rather than God's love and grace.  I also started realizing that I was falling into... Read more

When Will I Believe?

By Michelle on November 30, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

When will I believe what I already know to be true?  You may be wondering "how does that make sense because if you know something is true wouldn't that already mean you 'believe' that it is true?" Well, not exactly or at least that is not how it feels sometimes.  I guess maybe a  better way to say it is "when will my head believe what my heart already knows to be true?"  I know deep down that God loves me. That he has a plan for me and that he created me just the way I am.  I know deep down that God makes us worthy. He has provided for me the tools I need to be an instrument of his work. I... Read more

Poem: I am

By Michelle on October 21, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

I am me There is no one way to define me I cannot sum myself up in a sentence Or a paragraph I will not put myself in a box So you can minimize who I am I will not adhere to the labels That limit my identity I ignore the stereotypes That assume who I am Before they even know me I live not to be known But to know I live not to be defined by the world But to live for God To see myself Through the eyes of Christ For I am fearfully and wonderfully made Read more

Settling In

By Michelle on October 1, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

So I have made it safetly to where I will be spending the next two years.  I have registered for my language learning classes, moved into my official apartment where I will be staying for hopefully the next two years, have found the nearby markets and shops to buy food and other necessaties. Atter a little under a month of being here I am finally starting to get settled into the new location. Though there is still lots for me to learn. There is just so much that is going on it is hard to process it all and let myself completly be aware of what is going on around me.  Everyday has pretty much... Read more