Goer blogs

Identity

By Falecia on February 8, 2019 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

Have you ever been in a situation that led you to ask yourself, “How did I get here?” I have. I asked myself that very question as I sat sobbing on the side of a mountain in Spain while walking along the French Route of El Camino de Santiago. I wasn’t physically hurt or injured. I wasn’t even in danger. I was just overcome with emotion as I lay my heart bare before the Lord and finally confronted what I had tried so hard to avoid. Too ashamed to say these words out loud, I wrote them in my journal instead: June 3, 2017 Today’s day of silence was good but hard because I had to reflect on... Read more

After the Holiday Season!

By Daniel on February 4, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Hello again to everyone who is on my awesome support team!       Wow the last two months have been full of interesting things that God is doing! I am so blessed and excited to be doing His work!   The Holiday season was a mixture of difficult times missing friends, family and life back home but God showed up in so many ways! I was able to spend Christmas with the Lörinci family and it was such a refreshing time. Pastor Karoly Lörinci is the pastor of the Church in Simontornya and his family’s willingness to welcome me into their home for Christmas was incredible. I ate way too much, but I was... Read more

After the Holiday Season!

By Daniel on February 4, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Hello again to everyone who is on my awesome support team!       Wow the last two months have been full of interesting things that God is doing! I am so blessed and excited to be doing His work!   The Holiday season was a mixture of difficult times missing friends, family and life back home but God showed up in so many ways! I was able to spend Christmas with the Lörinci family and it was such a refreshing time. Pastor Karoly Lörinci is the pastor of the Church in Simontornya and his family’s willingness to welcome me into their home for Christmas was incredible. I ate way too much, but I was... Read more

Love Thy Neighbor

By Janeice on January 31, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Matthew 22: 34-40 “ But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? And he said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second us like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Here’s the truth… I do not love my neighbors well. I base my love on how someone else... Read more

Begin with “Bonjour”

By Abby on January 26, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

In the interim between graduating college and going to Grenoble, I’ve had the unique opportunity to work in an immersive French environment without leaving my hometown. I work at a cafe run by a wonderful French couple from Versailles. Though all of these croissants have made me visit the gym more often, I can think of no better way of paying my bills, putting away money for France and learning about French language and culture before I make the move across the pond. Half of my job involves tension between American and French mentalities. It’s like one massive, multicultural, multilingual... Read more

Oooh We're Half Way There! (Thoughts at the 1 Year Mark)

By Holly on January 23, 2019 Track: Business Region: Europe

(truly) LIVING ON A PRAYER!!! How did this happen? 1 year mark… how did I get here already? For those of you considering GO>>ing for 2 years overseas to use your major and find your place in God’s global work, delve into a new culture, explore another language, challenge yourself personally, emotionally, and spiritual, then here’s the tea of what accepting that step of faith looks like for me, 1 year in.   Looking back guys, I am truly blown away. 1 year ago I was with my family, enjoying long, intentional quiet times, packing, buying everything I thought I needed, etc… Now, I have... Read more

All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

By Diamond on January 22, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

“Wait.” A word that most of America can’t bear to hear. We are so used to getting the things we want with the snap of our fingers -- whether it’s the newest iPhone or something we bought on Amazon Prime -- that we are just annoyed with the idea that we possibly have to wait. Don’t believe me? Let’s brainstorm. Have you ever found yourself getting annoyed when a 10-second AD rudely interrupts your YouTube or Facebook video or when you’re playing your favorite game on your phone? Do you get irritated when your favorite show on Netflix won’t release another season for the next 3 months? Have you... Read more

Since God Chose You

By Christina on January 13, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Since God Chose You...     The Lord has been teaching me so many things during support raising. One of the biggest things would be what it means to truly live out each of these things that Paul is talking about in Colossians 3. What would it look like if we encompassed each of these qualities? Since God chose us we should be clothing ourselves in each of these things. As you read, think to yourself if you are completely and honestly clothing yourself in these things. Compassionate hearts – Having a heart that is filled with mercy and compassion. In the way that you are responding to God and... Read more

The Art of Waiting

By Falecia on January 3, 2019 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

Waiting is hard - especially in a world in which instant-gratification is normalized and even expected. I've been conditioned to satisfy my cravings immediately. Feeling hungry? Make something to eat. Too lazy to make something? Order take-out. When I sit to think about it, I realize that I've never really had to wait for anything before - not even at Disneyland! I mean, that's what those coveted fast-passes are all about, right? Skip the line and the wait! Head right up to the front and enjoy that two-minute rollercoaster while everyone else watches jealously. One could argue that fast-... Read more