Goer blogs

The Mind of Christ

By Elliot on August 15, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

       How to even recap one of the most incredible trips of my life. I just spent the last two weeks in Switzerland learning about Jesus and serving refugees. I attended CIMA Schweiz 2018 in Walzenhausen, Switzerland, a conference that focused on the theme of “Jesus is Mission.” While that may sound like a huge theme to cover, let me just assure you…it was! What an incredible jam-packed week it was with lots of well-known and knowledgeable speakers as well as time in small groups and solo for deeper reflection. Christ-followers came from all over the world from Chile and Argentina to Germany... Read more

Not to be anxious or anything...but…

By Abby on July 24, 2018 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

For me, the hardest commandment in the Bible is Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” During the poorest portion of my life, I experienced bloody nail bed-grade levels of anxiety. I worried about where will I stay, what will I eat, how will I live. However, I was never left alone or helpless because God was with me and I had a community of people around me who loved me. Where will I stay?  One day over a five-minute conversation before a poetry class, I was told I would have to drop... Read more

Bonding and Reflecting

By Elliot on July 14, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

What an incredible, jam-packed, and inspiring last few weeks. Since I posted last, a lot has happened in terms of my integration with the ministry out of my church and in terms of finally serving in a capacity with some responsibility. Here is an update on what I have been up to over the past several weeks. Hosting a friend from Holland      My host family and I hosted a friend from Holland for two weeks while he and I served as monitors at an English summer day-camp. I was surprised to find that not only does Hans love the Lord, but he is in the midst of strongly considering leaving his job... Read more

Living a LIFE with hands open...

By Holly on July 9, 2018 Track: Business Region: Europe

Hello bloggys.   Question: Do you have some big decisions to make? Perhaps you’re a graduating high school senior and it’s time to decide on a college. Or you’re a graduating college senior and it’s time to look for your next steps. Or, you’ve already made all these decisions, perhaps even a long time ago, and your grown comfortable or uncomfortable with where your life is. Or you’re very content with your life but still wanting a soft heart to hear the Lord’s voice. I hope this covers everyone. If it by chance didn’t, this is still for you too.   This past week I was able to attend CHALLENGE... Read more

When God meets you in the darkness

By Claire on July 9, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Hello all!  This is a re-post from my newsletter from this past month, so if you recieve my newsletters, go ahead and skip this blog ;) I've been in Berlin for almost 5 months now! It's been a crazy time of learning and growing and being humbled and stretched by the Lord! It's also been wayyy too long since I've written anything on my GoCorps blog, so here is some of what the Lord has been teaching me in the last month :) Migraines are not a fun time.  I think anyone who has ever had one can definitely agree with that.  For me, I get nauseous, I get sweaty and feverish, I either lose my... Read more

Walking & listening & loving & learning

By Marina on July 4, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

I met Martha on my 2nd evening on the Camino. I had heard about her earlier that day from Meghan, an engineer from South Africa who I ended up walking the later half of the day’s route with. She had asked me if I’d met Martha from Georgia yet, and explained that she was an older woman carrying her husbands ashes with her to Santiago. She ensured me that I would meet Martha soon because “Martha met everyone.” Meghan wasn’t wrong- that evening as I walked down my albergue’s staircase, I heard a woman at the front desk explaining (in English) to the owner of the establishment (who only spoke... Read more

Accents

By Christy on July 4, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Y'all, I think I've been away from the South too long. Today at the center where I teach English, we had a short term team of Americans come to visit and help out. I didn't have a chance to talk to them at first, but I overheard bits and pieces of their conversations with our regular Wednesday morning students. The American visitors all had pretty strong accents, so I was trying to guess where they might be from. I thought maybe they were all from the Midwest. I was wrong. They're from Mississippi! An accent I should have been familiar with! I laughed to myself when I realized that I could no... Read more

First Blog

By Daisy on June 19, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Hi friends!             My name is Daisy and I am a graduate of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. I will be going to Croatia through One Collective to work with the Roma people for 2 years! Missions has always been a big part of my life. I was blessed to grow up in a home where my Grandmother and Mom always emphasized the importance of international missions. My first experience with international missions was in 2014 on a week trip to Romania to work with the Roma (Gypsy) people. I initially went because I love travelling, and experiencing new things, but after going my eyes were opened... Read more

You Make me Brave

By Rachel on June 19, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

I have been working in the realm of anti-human traffiking for well over a year now. It is not anything like what I would have thought it would look like or be like. Media and movies play up this image and idea of these extreme and rare cases as the norm. More often then not what is trapping these women is the lies about thier worth and thier purpose on this earth. It is not a simple solution to just "get them out". Usually they are supporting thier kids, thier parents, and probably other family members as well. Just the other week we talked to a women who is working on the street because of... Read more

(Photo) Praying and Worshiping the Lord

By Elliot on June 18, 2018 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

     I have the privledge of meeting with this group of amazing, passionate missionaries every week to pray, sing songs together, and study the word of God. This week I got to be in my element again, and for the first time in Spain. I had the honor of leading the worship for our weekly meeting. This was a HUGE milestone for me because it was all in Spanish. Today we got to take some time to focus on the love and acceptance that we have in the person of Jesus. We read Luke 15: 1-10 and sang about the wonder of being at the feet of Jesus. What an immense pleasure it is to celebrate the love of... Read more