Goer blogs

Joy After the Holidays

By Luke on January 2, 2021 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

I hope that your past couple weeks were filled with family, friends, and games regardless of any restrictions you might be under. My family read the Christmas story as is our tradition on Christmas day. In Luke’s account, joy is mentioned several times (more if you include rejoice). The angel of the Lord told Mary that she will have joy, and many others will rejoice because of Jesus’ birth. John the Baptist leapt for joy in Elizabeth’s womb, and the angel of the Lord brought shepherds tidings of joy. Jesus’ birth was a turning point in humanities history, a joyful event that is still... Read more

Silence in the Song

By Samuel Glass on January 1, 2021 Track: Engineering - IT Region: Asia - South East

In the summer of 2019, I finally broke down & downloaded Spotify—a very popular music streaming app—& have since used it to listen for tens of thousands of hours. In December they send out “Spotify Wrapped”, which is a curated snapshot of your year in music: a bunch of interesting data about your listening habits, including your most-played songs. My top song of 2020 was “The Wrote & The Writ” (which apparently I streamed 110 times). On the one hand, this didn't surprise me—I was definitely aware that I listened a lot to this tune—but on the other hand, I didn't at first... Read more

Go in this Might of Yours

By Richard on December 17, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

As I was preparing to begin my stint as a Goer, a question frequently repeated itself in my mind: “Am I really equipped for this?” I am called to the task of being Jesus’ witnesses to the ends of the earth and making disciples of all nations, but do I have what is necessary to accomplish this mission? To anyone considering Going and asking themselves similar questions (or to anyone doubting if they have the strength to do whatever Lord is asking them to do), let me point us to Judges 6:11-26... Read more

In God We Trust

By Luke on December 2, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Some areas in our nation have been under a coin shortage. Though most of us ignore them, we have daily reminders in our hands, pockets, and wallets of our need to trust in God. I respect our ancestors for imprinting this need on us in such a simple way. However, if our world goes cashless, will that reminder be gone? I think not. Wherever we are on this planet, God continues to be faithful to show us who He is through His creation and His word, and even though our country’s future is uncertain, we can trust in Him. God has shown His faithfulness to me through “coincidences” that keep popping... Read more

Not Home Yet

By Abby S on December 1, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

I’ve been thinking a lot about “home” since moving overseas. In some ways it feels like I have gained two homes--which is a beautiful thing.  There are people I dearly love in both places, so part of my heart will always be elsewhere. Yet even though we still feel very “at home” with our families in the States, it feels strange coming back. What we’ve learned and experienced overseas alienates us from others. I’ve found myself struggling to participate in “normal” conversation because I feel like I have nothing to offer--I don’t belong here anymore in the same way that I used to. Yet at the... Read more

Giving Up

By Samuel Glass on November 30, 2020 Track: Engineering - IT Region: Asia - South East

I know my placement title is "engineer", but one of my core identities is actually "writer".  My header image for this article comes from the National Novel Writing Month website.  NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge where we push ourselves to write 50,000 words of a novel every November, & as you can see from the header image this is my 8th year.  I have written a novel (or most of one, at least) every single November since 2013.  I've written a novel (or most of one, at least) in years when I've been busy with jobs & through the toughest semesters of engineering school. <!--break--... Read more

Old Roots in New Soil

By Abby S on November 15, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

This week my husband and I went on a prayer retreat for a few days and the Lord spoke in clear, powerful ways. One thing He impressed on my heart was to think and pray about how my faith has changed since the time I came to faith. Over the last couple years my faith has felt challenged in new ways, and at times it feels difficult and complicated to integrate everything I’ve seen and experienced into my biblical worldview. As I live out my faith in a new place with people who see the world very differently than I do, my theology has been challenged. Difficult theological issues have arisen... Read more

Abundant Food in the Fallow Ground of the Poor

By Richard on November 6, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

“Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.” Prov 13:23 The Lord has really impressed this verse on my heart over the last month, and I am not yet sure what He is trying to teach me through it.  One thing I am sure of though-- this proverb rings very true if we look closely.    The NGO Rare recently posted an article describing the need for their “Lands for Life” program which illustrated this truth quite well.  They shared the story of a Columbian farmer called José and the issues he is facing:  “José has farmed the same way for generations: He... Read more

Scrambled Eggs

By Luke on October 23, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Men saw that Daniel prayed three times a day despite the king’s decree and he was thrown into a lion’s den for it. Daniel was a scrambled egg. David, a mans after God’s own heart, who slew Goliath in front of two armies, was a scrambled egg. Esther, the queen of the Persian empire, was used by God to turn potential catastrophe into victory for the Jews. She was a scrambled egg. The apostle Paul, chief among sinners, was also a scrambled egg. At this point, you probably think I might be a little be scrambled myself. However, eggs are used for analogies quite frequently. One such analogy my... Read more

Zebras, Ponds, & Patty Fields

By Julia on October 19, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Hey guys, my name is (not) Julia (but it is here, you catchin' my vibe?)! I’m excited you have found my page and are delving forward into the beginning of my story! First up: those fun facts to break the ice (we like these, right?)! 1) I grew up in a military family and we moved from coast to coast every few years! 2) For sixteen years of my life, my dad had me completely convinced that we had a pet Zebra named Stripes until I was two! 3) In another life, I would be a Thai woman working in a rice patty field (that lush greenery, the water, the HAT… oh yeah!). Hopefully this paints the picture... Read more