Goer blogs

Time for Self Care

By Sarah on September 30, 2016 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

I DON’T HAVE THE TIME. This has been my most used phrase these past few weeks as I have been support raising. Every day I create a schedule of what I will be doing down to the minute. I think in my head, “Girl. Get it together. You only have three months to raise this money. There is no time to go to the movies with your friends! Think of all that time you could be using for support raising!” Then when I do decide to go to that movie I am overwhelmed with guilt. “Why didn’t I spend that time to write thank you notes? I could have used that time to make phone calls for appointments”. I was... Read more

Arrival in Asia

By Christopher on September 30, 2016 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hello Goer Blog Readers! I am happy to report to you that a lot has happened since my last update, and this blog post is coming to you from my placement in Asia! I am fully funded, and I have been here at the university for a week now. My arrival was a little bumpy- the airline lost all of my baggage, so I arrived in Asia with nothing besides the clothes on my back. I'd read in Scripture that Jesus commanded the diciples to take nothing with them when He sent them- but I didn't know He actually enforced it! The airline promised to send me an email when they found my bags- but then I... Read more

Finally Home with my First Day Off

By Rachael on September 27, 2016 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Traveling is exciting and memorable especially with people I love. The one problem is living out of a suitcase. Bleh! My first weeks of bringing together my support team was among college friends. I seriously dislike myself for having to have this excuse of asking for support as a chance to catch up and enjoy time with friends!  On the flip side being an introvert on the road is rough. Time alone is scarce. Home proved to be more of a blessing than usual with my own room becoming my refuge. I took my first completely day off (should have done that in the previous two weeks). It was a great... Read more

Encouragement from Above and Around

By Rachael on September 14, 2016 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

So...How long are you going to be there? Wow...   Oh that is so cool!! I am so proud of you! How did you get into this? I am praying for you. How do your parents feel? These phrases come almost every time I talk to someone, telling of my coming adventure in Northeastern Asia. The encouragement is overflowing. I get a shot of excitement every time someone partners with me. However, the excitement cannot completely offset the exhaustion coming from many sources; but God is giving me the energy to catch up with all my friends and ask them to partner with me. The lesson learned for these first... Read more

Freedom To...

By Danielle on September 12, 2016 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

Hi Friends, It’s been an incredibly full summer in so many different ways. Support raising has been challenging, life-giving, and immeasurably more than I could have asked or imagined. I’m so happy to tell you all that in the Lord’s faithful provision, I am 100% fully funded. Praise Him! God brought funds rather quickly, but He has proven over and over that He isn’t done providing in this “pre-go” season. Allow me to elaborate. The word that comes to mind when I think of my time in July and August is freedom. Because He provided financial support so quickly, He’s given me both the freedom and... Read more

How Deep

By Chad on September 12, 2016 Track: Business Region: Asia - East

A few months ago, after joyously reveling in the Lοrd, I was inspired to write a forth verse to Mr. Townend’s hymn.  I hope you enjoy: How deep the Father’s love for us,How vast beyond all measure,That He should give His only SonTo make a wretch His treasure.How great the pain of searing loss -The Father chose His hand to stay,As wounds which mar the chosen OneBring many sons to glory. Behold the Man upon a cross,My sin upon His shoulders;Ashamed, I hear my mocking voiceCall out among the scoffers.It was my sin that left Him thereUntil it was accomplished;His dying breath has brought me life... Read more

Fear and Love

By Olivia on September 4, 2016 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

I've had the immense privilege of spending a week up in Illinois with a beautiful group of people who are so in love with the Son and who want to make much of Him in the world. I had no idea that my spirit was so longing to be filled with the encouragement and inspiration that these people brought to me. The Father definitely used them to affirm me of this calling, and all together we marveled at the tapestry He has woven with our lives.  We came together to begin our twelve week fundraising campaign that is going to launch us out into the world. It's insane to think that I probably never... Read more

Waiting While I Work... Or Should I Reverse That?

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

Right now is an exciting time of celebration - two of my team mates are fully funded and one has already deployed! But if I'm going to be honest, there's a part of me that is disappointed. At the beginning of the summer, my goal was to leave at the end of this month. Actually, with that goal, I would have already left! I'm disappointed in myself for not making more phone calls, getting more appointments, spending more time working. I'm disappointed that my flight isn't one of the ones that is already booked. There is this growing heap of disappointments piling up on me, but it all comes down... Read more

And so it begins

By Olivia on August 31, 2016 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - East

I've been here training for almost a week now, and it's been a whirlwind of an experience. To think that He has been putting together the details of my life and desires since the every beginning, and bringing me to this place is incredibly humbling and overwhelming.  Never would I have thought I would be preparing to be sent into the 10/40 Window of the world to love and serve people who do not know the Light of the Son. Never would I have thought that I would have been able to teach and minister in the Middle East, and that it would be an affirmation for things to come. Never would I have... Read more

Fantastic and Awkward Week

By Rachael on August 31, 2016 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

What do you get when you throw seventeen 20 something year olds together for a week? Crazy fun and unfading memories. How can one make friends in such a short time? The one and only answer is awkward situations. From silly "hidden talents" to lipsync battles between students and teachers to eating dinner where you can only eat if others ask you what you want and serve you. I have learned so much about how to successfully reach my goals in gathering loving supporters to go with me to my position in northeast asia. My excitement is increasing everyday as I begin my journey.  Read more