Goer blogs

Overcoming Ministry Guilt

By Steven on November 11, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

A special thanks to Katy White for sharing her notes with me. I was blessed to have you as my GoCorps mobilizer and am even more blessed to call you my friend. Defining the Problem Have you ever heard of Ministry Guilt? It’s when a ministry worker feels obligated to live more scarcely than others because of their profession.  I can easily see the rationale behind the mindset: As a ministry worker, your livelihood comes from the generous donations of others. Working for a charity or a church is not like working for a corporate business. They’re called “non-profits” for a reason, right?... Read more

Stuck in the Hallway

By Aaron on October 28, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Europe

I can safely say that the past three weeks have been some of the most frustrating that I can remember. Maybe that’s not saying much, I’m not sure. I’m terrible at being patient, and I really despise feeling useless, like I’m not fulfilling some important purpose. Visa trouble is one of those things you hear about and say, “Aw shoot, bummer dude,” but figure it could never happen to you… until it does. What I’m learning from others in the world of missions is that it’s not uncommon to have delays getting a visa, or even to get denied on the first try. But, I don’t like getting denied, so I’m... Read more

The Best VBS

By Abby on October 28, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

As something of an expert in camp and VBS experiences, I can say with a fair amount of confidence that the 2019 Team missions conference VBS was a success.  Before a small group of us piled into a van and drove to Spain for the week, we planned. Starting with the theme of the Kingdom of God and Matthew 19:14, we wrote out lessons for each day based on passages in the Bible and thought through games, crafts, snacks, and songs to go along with each message. Though we did have a time of group worship, game together, and were mixed for the treasure hunt, one of our main events, most of the time... Read more

Active Resilience

By Anna on October 15, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

As I enter my fifth week of support raising, I find myself struggling to stay motivated. This is a long and tough process so I must be consistently reminding myself to be patient and wait upon the Lord’s timing. On Sunday, my pastor was preaching on patience. His sermon hit me right between the eyes. He described patience as “active resilience.” Our patience and waiting upon the Lord is not sitting by and doing nothing. My pastor talked through a cycle that helps us learn patience. Memory leads us into reflection and our reflection leads us into this active resilience. Meaning, that by... Read more

Fill Your Cup: Self-care on and off the field

By Steven on October 11, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21 NIV   That’s a verse that’ll slap awake. You can always count on the Apostle Paul to give you the honest truth. In fact, the uncomfortable directness of this verse may be why I’ve heard many sermons asking “How are you filling your cup?” It seems like a simple question, but the meaning is deeper than any cup I know.   On the field, ministry workers are encouraged to partake in self-care frequently. If your “cup” runs empty you will... Read more

Look up!

By Carissa on September 25, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

My friends and I took a weekend trip to Barcelona when I studied abroad two summers ago. Our Airbnb host Juan met us outside the apartment with a key. He was a short, enthusiastic man who was anxious to practice his broken English on us and tell us about the wonders of his city. His main advice? “Look up! Look up! Look up!” He repeated this over and over, insisting that this was the only way to truly experience the city. Throughout the rest of that trip, we kept jokingly reminding each other to “look up!” But Juan was right; as we drew our eyes upward, we were exposed to an entirely new view... Read more

Unqualified

By Abby on September 24, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

Normally, I love learning. I'm that weird person who misses studying at school. I would be quite content to live in a library as long as a steady stream of tea and coffee were provided. However, in ministry, I find there's pressure to be perfect and complete in one's knowledge of theology, culture, and the local language. In contrast, the things I know the most about are probably poetry and a plethora of useless trivia. I can teach you how to build a trebuchet or help a horse with colic, but I can't quote whole books of the Bible. I'm snarky and stubborn, and I understand that I'm not exactly... Read more

Faith Seeking Understanding

By Kennen on September 16, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Fredrick Buechner Well, hello there! After briefly introducing myself, I’ll talk further about the Buechner quote above. I am now a proud alumna of Baylor University with a degree in Psychology. Originally, I was torn between so many available opportunities of study, but after doing humanitarian work and outreach in Berlin, Germany for the summer of my freshman year of Baylor, I found my calling in studying counseling and human behavior. During my time at Baylor, I was highly involved in the... Read more

No Longer Foreigners and Strangers

By Maggie on September 15, 2019 Track: Business Region: Europe

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”                                                                                                                             -Ephesians 2:19-22 This is a passage of... Read more

Just Fall

By Caitlyn on September 15, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

I was twenty-five feet off the ground, staring at my new-found friends, thinking “how did I get here?” I despise heights, so why did I decide to do a high ropes course, in the rain, where the only way down was to just fall? That’s what my belay (guide) told me. “Just fall. Trust me, I’ve got you.” I took a deep breathe. And fell**.  Have you ever done something that made you feel like you were jumping off a cliff? Quitting my job, raising support, leaving friends and family, and moving across the ocean to live in Spain makes me feel like I’m jumping off a cliff sometimes. It is with great... Read more