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February Update

By Christopher on March 1, 2017 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello Goer Blog Readers! Everytime I sit down to write, I am amazed at how much can be fit into a month when you're doing this sort of work. We began this month with the students on break from University, so we focused on getting the new members of our team settled in, and we all attended some training on how to care for the children at the local orphanage, which we immedietely put to use by giving the orphanage a visit and meeting them for the first time. Our compassion team focuses on caring for the orphans who are disabled in some way- and there are quite a few of them. Mental disabilities... Read more

Need a Rest?

By Rachael on February 28, 2017 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

I recently attended a week long conference. So many words can describe the experience: restful, peaceful, exciting, worshipful, fun, inspiring, fulfilling, etc. I met so many people doing the work of God from all over Asia. So much wisdom and experience in one place!! It was encouraging to hear the fun and eye-opening stories and a bit overwhelming on how short my time of service will be here and how long some of the other’s time have been in the field of service. I heard from families, the struggles of raising kids. I engaged with older single women and was overflowed by their wisdom. I met... Read more

Western Paradox, Eastern Standard?

By Emma on February 28, 2017 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Yesterday was my first day teaching English at a local school. Right off the bat, it was clear that there were some gross miscommunications about what was expected of me and, unsurprisingly, I had to adapt quickly. The desire to provide a high-quality teacher and classroom for their students was clear, but the local teachers lined the hallways unpacking the students’ textbooks and decorating the halls indicated that receiving my training just hours before my first class wasn’t out of the ordinary for anyone. From my Western lens, to expect anything prepared at the last minute to be high-... Read more

The King of Open Doors

By Farrah on February 8, 2017 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

This past year could be described as a year full of doors. A couple doors that I really wanted to walk through closed, and some doors that I could not have even dreamed up opened. Some of my favorite stories from this year are about the doors that look shut at first, but Father surprises me by opening them in a way that glorifies Him. I certainly did not think I would be moving to this country, there were moments when I wondered if support would come through in time, and continual trusting Him as I walk into the unknowns of starting a new life overseas. One of the most profound, and literal,... Read more

The Adventure Begins!

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

I’ve been in Asia for two weeks now, and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown! I feel like I’m settling in well enough – I’m getting a feel for where some of the need-to-know places are, and the food is fantastic! The timing of getting here has felt strange, with university students away on vacation and ministry opportunities thin-stretched, I found myself wishing I could be doing more, but I am also thankful for the timing. One benefit to the delays I faced has already become apparent – the language study I started to do on my own has proved itself useful numerous times! It’s not much... Read more

January Update

By Christopher on January 30, 2017 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello Goer Blog readers! It feels like a lot has happened since the last time I posted. It's been sort of an extended holiday season here in East Asia. First with Christmas- which isn't as big over here as in the States, but still draws a lot of attention from the friends we've made, since they all like being a part of American holiday celebrations- then the new years, and now recently the lunar new year celebrations, which are so big that it seems the entire area shuts down to celebrate it. The holiday season has been good- because having so many causes for celebration gives us a lot of... Read more

Growth in Departure

By Rachael on January 4, 2017 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

As the time of my departure draws near I just keep thinking I am not nervous, I am excited. But even excitement seemed a little fake. Now, I can honestly say that I am sad. I really do hate saying goodbye. I have learned so much about the place I will be and the team I will serve with that I can say that my excitement is genuinely aimed at this mission. But this sadness is overwhelming. How many times I can say I know God has great plans for me, people for me to love and to love me in my mission field; how many times can I hear that from family and friends. I am still human and want to cling... Read more

Reflections for a Quiet New Year's Eve

By Emma on December 31, 2016 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus... Read more

The beautiful scourge of the Tower

By Chad on December 1, 2016 Track: Business Region: Asia - East

I invite you to take a brief pause and ponder with me about language.  During my preparation and throughout my study here, several times I have been intrigued.  My first reaction, and that which repeats most often, is merely the difficulty and frustration of learning a different language.  I’m sure anyone who has ever attempted this task, whether successfully or compulsorily during school, would concur.  There are different sounds, inflections, meters, scripts, structures, grammars, colloquialisms.  The confusion and struggle often seem unending and the desire for all to speak the same... Read more

Walking in the Dark

By Emma on December 1, 2016 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Yes, December is here, and I am still in the U.S. My acquisition of a work visa has been a longer process than anyone had anticipated. Admittedly, that can be pretty frustrating at times. There are a lot of unanswered questions that run through my head, and it’s easier to just not think about them rather than to seek out the answers, and instead keep my eyes on what’s directly in front of me. It feels like I’m walking on a path in the dark, with light only enough to see what is exactly in front of me, not even what’s beyond the next step. I don’t know what next week looks like, or next month... Read more