Goer blogs

Good Shepherd

By Abby on December 5, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

Over the last week, I've had very little sleep. I've been the bergère (shepherd) for the DEFI Bible students. This means that I am responsible for the various needs of the students, I make sure people are where they need to be, I pray at meals, I have daily things prepared, and I plan a special event for the group. My theme has been gifts of the magi, so I've had a seeking the star game going, I been making gifts for each student, and I wrote a riddle-driven city-wide scavenger hunt. In short, I need a nap.              Instead, when we went down to town from the mountains, there was a sharp... Read more

Now what?

By Carissa on November 21, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Remember that fish tank scene at the end of Finding Nemo? The tank gang has finally carried out their elaborate plan of escaping from the dentist office.  As they find themselves sitting in the harbor just like they’d imagined, still in their plastic bags, the blowfish asks, “now what?” That’s kind of what coming to Spain felt like. There was so much preparation and anticipation. Most of my focus was on the actual act of getting myself over here in the midst of visa drama, packing, and keeping my guitar from getting smashed on the airplane. And once I arrived, the first few weeks went by in a... Read more

Half-Way There - Being Faithfully Active

By Anni on November 12, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

This process of support raising has been such a crazy and amazing adventure. Little did I realize just how much of a wild ride it would be - a roller coaster of emotions. It has been so incredibly good and stretching in my life already and it is only half-way over. One big way that it has been stretching me is spiritually as God has been teaching me what this new season entails.  For the last 4-6 years, I have felt like I have been in a "waiting" and preparing period. I felt like I was being told to actively wait and prepare for an opportunity that the Lord had for me in the future. Today as... Read more

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