Goer blogs

Kick Down the Door

By Steven on October 31, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

Have you heard of the game Munchkin? Basically, it’s a family board game that makes fun of Dungeons and Dragons. At the beginning of every turn each player “kicks open the door” by flipping over the top card from a draw pile. The card might be a challenge, like a monster the player must “fight,” or a reward. As a fulltime support raiser, I’ve kicked down a lot of doors lately. I’ve entered and re-entered into the lives of friends and family. With each new meeting, it’s like I’ve thrown open a “door.” Often, I have no idea what I’m walking into. Sometimes the people are in high spirits.... Read more

Sufficiently Insufficient

By Falecia on October 26, 2018 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

Weakness. Oh, how Pride hates him. Perfect, on the other hand, is Pride’s best friend. The thing about Perfect is that she doesn’t settle for anything less than the best, which is one of the attributes that Pride admires so much about her. She’s a hard-worker, and she’s good at what she does. She’s well-respected and recognized for her accomplishments. Weakness also admires Perfect’s hard work and dedication, but, unlike Pride, Weakness sees beneath Perfect’s confident exterior which boasts in strength, self-sufficiency, and security. Weakness knows Perfect’s dirty little secret: that she’s... Read more

Living Worthy of the Call

By Diamond on October 25, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

“Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received.” -Ephesians 4:1 Before we begin, I would like to define the word prisoner and clarify what it means to be a “prisoner in the Lord.” Prisoner: a person captured. After Jesus died on the cross, he renewed the covenant between man and God that we broke: he redeemed us to himself. He captured our hearts and our souls so that we might remain in him and have eternal life. He wants to keep us with him: he wants to protect us. So when we are a prisoner of Jesus, we are captured and protected by him... Read more

God's Timing

By Janeice on October 22, 2018 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Well, it is the end of week 5 of support raising! Yay! *I hope you hear the enthusiasm in my voice* Honestly, it is cutting really close to my launch date. February sounds far, but it is literally right around the corner. And you know what? That scares the crap out of me. Now, I have the urge to try to get appointments set up, to do follow ups, make more phone calls, and to make sure I have my support. There is a lot pressure happening right now and I don’t think I can contain it. But, surprisingly, things have not been rushed. I am getting appointments made, follow ups are doing good, and... Read more

Latest update!

By Daniel on October 18, 2018 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Hello again!      This week I started taking a Hungarian tutoring session that will be three times a week! I can already tell that it’s going to be a very good way to lay down an even firmer foundation for the language class in November!                 Every week God continues to provide opportunities to meet new people, both believers in fellowship and non-believers in friendship. I continue to pray that God would use me to benefit each of these people and point them towards Christ or encourage them in their walk. God also provides me with daily reminders of his care and leadership!... Read more

My Letter to a Future Goer

By Marissa on October 17, 2018 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

Dear Future Goer,  Hi, my name is Marissa and something you should know about me is that I am very "Type A." If there are rules, I follow them. If I'm told to get somewhere at a specific time, I get there five mintues early. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. This way of thinking has even extended to how I treat God. You see, I like putting God in a box. I went to a bible college, so I know, putting God in a box is silly, ridiculous even. But I'm human. So, that's where I put Him. Thankfully, God is not one to be limited. He very much enjoys showing us how... Read more

Comfort

By Christy on October 17, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if he doesn’t come through.” Francis Chan I came across this quote again recently. It’s a comforting and risky concept. I think we all at one point or another need a reminder to trust God, that he is trustworthy. It is a comforting reminder in that it’s encouraging, but a lot of times, trusting God is an action done in spite of comfort. What is comfort for you? Is it defined by the people around you – your close friends and family,... Read more

What is Your Goliath?

By Christina on October 16, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4-7) "And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.  And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron." Would you want to face this champion? Personally, I wouldn't, and neither did any of the Israelite men. I... Read more

The Father's Faithful Timing

By Matthew on October 14, 2018 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

These past few months of support-raising have been wonderful – meeting new people, sharing my calling with people I’ve known most of my life, and getting to reconnect with those whom I haven’t been able to talk with for years. There isn’t anything quite like sharing my excitement to be a light for Christ in the lives of those who do not know Him with people from every part of my life. However, in all of the excitement, there is a crucial balance that the Lord has been sanctifying me in. This balance comes between my contentment in Him, including my trust in His timing, and my eagerness to go... Read more

Doing the Dirty Work

By Elliot on September 27, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

   A few weekends ago we had a retreat with our local (nationwide) partners in ministry, SEPAL España. We studied the Word together, learned how to be more effective in the teamwork environment, prayed together for each other's ministries, sang songs together and relaxed by the beach (albeit in brief spurts). For me this was in important time not of rest, but of work. Formation and training to be effective in ministry for the rest of my life.      What I am learning is that being effective in ministry starts in a place that many are reluctant to go: knowing thyself. We all have parts of... Read more