Goer blogs

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

Don't Quit!

By Janeice on September 24, 2018 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Even through the difficulty, keep on going! It is only the first week of support raising and it finally hit me. A bucket of doubt, fear, and anxiety filled my mind. I thought I could blow pass it, but it hit me like a brick wall. The thing is, I suspect it to happen sooner or later. More later than sooner because I thought I had everything under control. I realize that I did not have control. I felt like I was slacking and began to lose the sight of it. I began to think why was all this worth this much work? Why can't I just do half the work and the supporters keep coming? Why is it so hard... Read more

Wait Wait Wait....You Want Me to go WHERE?

By Diamond on September 15, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

This is the face I made when God told me that I would be going overseas for 2 years. Now if you know me well, this was the last thing that was on my mind. When God made it clear to me that I would be going to Berlin for two years to work with youth, I laughed. I doubted. I shook my head thinking that He had made a mistake -- but God doesn’t make mistakes. He is perfect. You might be slightly curious how I got to this point: So this is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became a goer beyond... Read more

Going to Granada

By Falecia on September 14, 2018 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

"It’s dinner time!" Alas. My grumbling stomach had waited hours to hear those words. After playing a name game with the sixteen other members of my cohort, we began to make our way over to the picnic table where the fragrence of grilled burgers reminded us of how hungry we were after hours of travel from across the U.S. to this beautiful camp site in Minnesota where we would spend the week learning more about GoCorps, our sending organizations, our roles on our specific teams, and how to share our ministry vision and needs with others. "But there's a catch." We paused, confused as to what... Read more

Abide in the Vine: And so, it Begins…

By Steven on September 14, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

GoWeek training is coming to an end, but what next? Will I venture out in the spirit of support raising? Will God provide for me, so I can finally begin a ministry overseas? A ministry which I have thought and prayed about for the last three years? No. Ministry is a part of our everyday life. My adventure is beginning, but my ministry continues. Scripture says: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word... Read more

I Like Long Walks On The Beach.

By Janeice on September 14, 2018 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Hey guys! My name is Janeice Bellamy and I like long walks on the beach.  Just kidding, but long walks on the beach do sound nice. I am about to take on the biggest adventure of my life by spending two years abroad with Go Corps. Now, I still do not understand what I signed up for but, the Lord has a better plan than what I can expect. For the past week, I had spent my time in Minneapolis just soaking up all the Minnesota air, and preparing my fall campaign with going into full support raising mode. Honestly, I am overthinking this whole thing, but I have other goers who are there to... Read more

He Has Called Me Higher

By Christina on September 14, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Imagine this. You are sitting out in the woods and you just have this feeling. You truly aren't sure what this feeling is, but you start leaning into it. You think that it is excitement, but it seems like it is more than that. You think it is amazement, but you realize that feeling is because you are in God's Creation. You think that it is nervousness, but that doesn't make sense for you in this situation. As you continue to spend some more time reflecting, you realize that it is a specific calling from God on your life. This was me just over a year ago when God told me that I was going to be... Read more

My Real Life Facts... up to this point.

By Holly on September 3, 2018 Track: Business Region: Europe

What does it mean to live a life on mission in Berlin?  (Many things, but I can tell you what it means for me :D)  A life on mission means waking up every morning verbally saying, “Your will, not mine. A life on mission means seeing your mission field as more than non-believers and being part of every person’s journey with Christ who he places in your life. A life on mission means using all your God given gifts and talents to his glory. A life on mission means giving up your rights and serving over being served. (This must come from the heart.) A life on mission means abandoning what you... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Christina on August 30, 2018 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

You're probably wondering if this organization or this ministry opportunity is worth all the stress of support-raising/having to ask others for money, acclimation into a new culture, being stressed out more than once about crazy life changes...  It is.  Every single one of those people and potential relationships you could make during your 2 years is more than worth it all. I have now spent 2 years working in a teaching job that I had no experience in, in a country I had never been to before, in a language I had never even heard of, and in a city without anyone else on my ministry team.... Read more

Moving Countries

By Christy on August 20, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

So I'm moving in a few weeks. I never expected to have visa issues in my current host country. It should have been perfectly fine for me to finish my term here next March, but that has been cut short by six months. I will complete my two years, but it will look very different. I'm staying in Europe, just moving to a new country with a new language. Through the Lord's provision, I actually get to pursue my future plans ahead of schedule: for the next six months I will study the language in my new host country and get an overview of the ministry options there. I'm praying it will be an... Read more