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Sunday. National Day of Prayer.

By Allisa on September 3, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;Isaiah 43:2 This past week, the Texas coast was hit by Hurricane Harvey. It was horrible to see on the news and social media how destructive Harvey was. I am so heartbroken to see so many families and communities affected lose their homes, their everything. I cannot fathom what they must have emotionally and physically going through. Just hearing Harvey unleash 9 trillion gallons of water on the coast is devastating. I am thankful to hear from friends living in the area are safe with... Read more

An All Powerful God

By Michelle on August 31, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

I once had a teacher in eighth grade who made the remark: " All I am saying is if God is all powerful, then can He make something more powerful than Himself?"  Obviously, that misses the whole point of what it means to have an all powerful God. Though at that time it wasn's so obvious to me. When I was in eighth grade I didn't  really know how to answer that question without thinking that it would take away from God. I believed that God could do ANYTHING. As I grew up I learned more about God and his nature. While God can create something out of nothing, split the seas, and raise people from... Read more

little ship heart

By Farrah on August 12, 2017 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

"Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim." Vicki Harrison Growing up along the ocean, water analogies often connect my heart with greater truths about God and life's realities. Here is an original thought piece back from March that is rather unedited, and rediscovered this morning. I couldn't have known those months ago that my heart would need to read this again today. So here I will share it with you, because maybe healing happens when we open our hearts together.  little... Read more

Abounding Grace

By Allisa on July 14, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

This past weekend I was on my way to an appointment. It was about a 3 hour drive to my destination. During the drive I was stuck in traffic and amidst a thunderstorm when I received a phone call from my mom with some good news from a supporter and words of encouragement.  After my mom hung up, I began to play some worship songs and "Oceans" came on. As I began to sing along while in my car, I started to become overflownn with emotion after I really listening and reflecting on the lyrics. I broke down and began to pour out my heart and soul to the Lord. I went full out in worship while still... Read more

When I Get All Steamed Up

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

Alright, so I wasn't sure if I was going to share this or not, but I decided I will. I like analogies (most of the time) and like to come up with some interesting (for lack of better word)ones myself. Anyways, as I was lying on my bed during a break in between a support-raising appointment and sending out emails I starting thinking about my next blog post.  I don't remember exactly how I got on the song but all of the sudden I was thinking about the teapot song. You know the one that goes "I'm a little teapot short and stout. Here is my handle. Here is my spout" and so on. (If you don't know... Read more

Here I am, Send me

By Allisa on June 1, 2017 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

I have graduated from college and now what’s next? Last fall I felt a calling to go overseas to serve long-term so that I may invest in people and build genuine relationships with them. I was looking at jobs related to my major when I realized that Lord had something bigger planned for me post-graduation. I will be honest and I had doubts. Why me? I felt so unworthy. However, I decided to trust in the Lord, to trust in the wait, the confirmation, and ultimately I spent a lot of time in prayer and in the word. That calling has led me to serve orphans and university students in East Asia this... Read more

Let the Children Come to Me

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

I will be heading to East Asia to work with orphans and University students. Going into my senior year of college I had no idea I would be doing anything like this. I was planning on going into a job in the computer science field and work on getting my teaching credential, but God had other plans for me. At my school we have a program that helps connect us to an organization that sends missionaries out into the world in the unreached/least reached people groups.  There I was able to learn about GoCorps and eventually found the team that I am on. When choosing a team it was most important for... Read more

White as Snow

By Farrah on April 10, 2017 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

My team is asked quite often, "what do you do while you're in the mountains?" To be quite honest, I think the answer to this question became even clearer to me this past trip. So if you are in the good company of the many people wondering what keeps my team here, and what causes us to travel into the mountains whenever we can, please listen to this story, and let me know what you think: Like most of our trips, this one was full of driving. We drive from village to village, singing and lifting up the people who live in the houses that we pass by. The weather here is turning from winter to... Read more

A Lesson in Love and Grace

By Emma on March 31, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

This week, I had the opportunity to meet one of the children from the foster program I’ll be volunteering with, whose name roughly translates to “Sun”, so for our purposes here, I'll call her Sunshine. She lives like an infant, though she’s three years old, because of a lack of strength in her back and neck to sit up or hold up her head. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and also suffers from spasticity in all four limbs, which means that the muscles in her arms and legs will clench for long periods of time. As I sat with Sunshine, her foster mother, and a woman from the program, it... Read more

Chappadou

By Olivia on March 12, 2017 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

Oh man, I don't even remember the last time I posted on this thing, but I DEFINITELY know a post is overdue. There's a lot of debrief on, and I'm not even quite sure where to begin, but here goes! A quick thing on the month and a half of training I went to: it was a very life-giving time right before leaving for the field. Lots of good, nothing necessarily bad--more so challenging than anything, and learning to identify and even possibly embrace the "different". During my time on the East Coast, I found myself getting humbly stretched in ways I hadn't before, and I grew increasingly aware of... Read more