Goer blogs

Delivery!

By Rebecca on October 11, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

What a special delivery it was that came on September 23rd, 2014!  "D", a Bulgarian woman who has been working on the streets in Berlin the last 6 or 7 months, gave birth to a baby boy on this fall Tuesday evening.  This is the story of how God walked with her from labor pains to the delivery, and what He is doing in her life now. Surprise! Monday,  September 22 after my language class I boarded the U-bahn (Berlin's "metro") and traveled to Neustart Cafe.  I am the "Einkaufsperson" ("shopping person") for the Cafe, and was going there this Monday to buy some groceries for us.  I walked into... Read more

The Rest

By Kelsey on October 10, 2014 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

The following is an exerpt from a journal entry that I wrote a couple of days ago. Enjoy. "I was on the U5 coming back to the flat and I saw this kid, 8th grade or so, wearing this backpack with some fairy characters on it. So, like a proper German, I was staring at the pack. Then I see the side of the pack and it says "Living in the rest." I thought that was rather profund for a backpack.  Then I realized that it actually said, "Living in the Forest." The F and and O were covered up by a butterfly.  But I am pretty sure that I saw what I was supposed to see. It made me think about what that... Read more

A Wandering Whirlwind

By Diedre on October 8, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Where do I begin… these past couple weeks have been such a whirlwind! From the end of support raising, to packing and getting on a plane, to living in Germany- there are so many stories I could tell. (I preface with this because even as I’m typing this I have no idea what I want to write about, so excuse me if I ramble and process a bit.) So to those who didn’t know, there was a chance I wasn’t going to have my support by my departure date, I still had a long way to go with a very little bit of time; but as always, God provided. It was amazing to see the way God brought people around the... Read more

Germany: The First Two Weeks

By Jeff on October 8, 2014 Track: Business Region: Europe

Hello Everyone! After a great summer, I am finally in Berlin!  My flight went very smooth with no complications, and the team has been taking care of us very well so far.  We had a five-day orientation last week and have now started German classes this week.  So much has happened so far, so get ready for a relatively long yet interesting update :) ORIENTATION After landing in Berlin and having a day of rest and exploring, we a started week-long team orientation.  We stayed at the German equivalent of the YMCA, with bedrooms and conference rooms, as well as breakfast and lunch.   We received... Read more

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

By Robby on October 4, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

This is a poem that I began a few days before I left for Berlin, and just finished this past Wednesday in the middle of my orientation. I wonder if that progression can be seen or not. Anyway, I think it is a pretty good encapsulation of my feelings as I begin my ministry assignment in Berlin. Into the Wild Blue YonderIs a phrase that I borrowed from a songAbout the U.S. Air Force which has very little to doWith my present circumstances but which fitsSort of like an edge piece of a 1,000 piece Safari puzzle that also happens to work as an edge piece of a 1,000 piece puzzle about Birds of... Read more

Arrival in Budapest

By Liz on September 25, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

So last week was the big move!  I left home Tuesday morning and drove to Minneapolis.  Flew from there to Chicago and from Chicago to Warsaw, Poland.  I went through customs in Poland and after a couple hour layover finished my journey to Hungary!  The trip was exhausting and a little stressful but fun. I spent the entirety of my last flight talking with a man from Poland.  He had guessed I was Polish at first, but after my blank stares and a weak hello (it was about 3am in Minnesota by then) he started talking to me in English.  I told him it was my first time in Europe and he gave me... Read more

Inexperience

By Emily on September 24, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

I leave for the field in 5 days. There are a lot of emotions going on right now and one of those is nervousness. I'm not really nervous about moving to a new country, or living in the Middle East, or learning a new language. I'm nervous about how I will contribute to a team when I have virtually no experience. I'm not a scholar of theology. I don't know Arabic or Persian. I don't know much about Islam. I have no experience working with refugees. I haven't traveled all over the world on short-term mission trips and study-abroads. I've never been to my host country before. I studied... Read more

Time and Stress

By Julie on September 14, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Everyone is typically familiar with the passage in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 where “a time for everything” is described. There really is a time for everything. The theme of “time” has been very evident in my life lately. As I sit here and write this I have 30 days until I leave for Ukraine, so my “time” is running out, right? No, that’s not right. My time isn’t running out, I may only have 30 days left at home, but when I leave, my home will still be my home, my family will still be my family, my friends will still be my friends, and even more importantly- God will still be God. In 30 days,... Read more

God is Good!!

By Jeff on September 6, 2014 Track: Business Region: Europe

Hello again everyone! After a great summer of meeting with so many wonderful people, I am happy to say that I am at full support!  I have been continually blown away by God’s faithfulness and by the generosity of so many fellow believers in Christ.  What a blessing it has been to have met and get to know so many amazing people who have listened, encouraged, supported, and prayed for me.  I hope to one day be the encouragement and blessing to other people as all of you have been to me, and to be as generous as well.    If you have committed but have not yet given online or in the mail yet, now... Read more

Good Coffee and God

By Diedre on September 3, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

To start, let me say the amount of my life that revolves around coffee is insane. By no means am I complaining because I love coffee, but I’m surprised my heart hasn’t stopped from caffeine overload. Most days start with making a cup of coffee and spending time with God, after that it’s off to the office to work and have meetings (by office I mean Starbucks and by work and meetings I mean support raising), then after dinner it’s normally back to some coffee shop to spend time with friends. Here are some key moments of recent that have happened around a cup of coffee: Having dates with God in... Read more