Goer blogs

Safer Than a Known Way

By Ellen on September 14, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East. “God Knows” (Minnie Louise Haskins) Hi Friend, My name is Ellen and I'm a graduate of Ridgewater College with an Associates degree in Multimedia Design. Since graduation 2 years ago... Read more

The Road Less Traveled

By Anni on September 14, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Greetings! My name is Anni Kenyon, a recently graduated alumna from Wheaton College in German Language, Literature, and Culture and Christian Education. And I am so excited to be partnering with GoCorps and ReachGlobal in Innsbruck, Austria for the next two years! For individuals who know me, this decision to go abroad for two years was not a shocking surprise for them to hear as I believe that God has prepared me for this opportunity throughout the course of my life (however, I took longer to see it than them!).  Growing up, I have always been interested, drawn to, and inspired by accounts... Read more

It Isn't Easy

By Diamond on September 14, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

You know, It isn’t easy.  Leaving a place that I have known my entire life to dive into a new culture and learn a new language is bold - for me at least. Sometimes when we hear about the life of a missionary, we think mostly positive things. We think about how great they are and how much fun they must be having being able to travel the world. We think about how they have the ability to share the Gospel with EVERY single person that they walk by on the street. We may even unintentionally put them on a pedestal because they have packed up their things and left their homes to spread the Good... Read more

First Steps

By Anna on September 13, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Watch the orange fade to yellow Then blue, each foot a faintly Darker hue as the sun drops Down behind the peaks. You close your Eyes and, listen, the Lord speaks.   His voice is but a whisper The words are often strange But we know his will is good The path is dim, we cannot see. And Yet We Trust.             For several years, I have had the image of a series of stepping stones across a wide river in my mind. But the way ahead is shrouded in fog, and usually I can’t see the next stone on the path. I’ve realized that this is an image for my journey with the Lord over these past several years... Read more

My Next 2 Years

By Danika on September 13, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved." -Mother Teresa For the people in Eastern Europe, this poverty of spirit is much more than a statistic, idea, or theological concept; it is a reality. Tazha, the name of the town in which I will be moving to, comes from the word that means "sorrow". After reading about the placement in Bulgaria, my heart broke for the people in the community that feel lonely and forgotten. It was the Lord who had put the desire for His people in my heart all those years ago, and it was Him who was now calling me to step out in faith... Read more

I Understand the Wind

By Katy on September 13, 2019 Track: Business Region: Europe

I understand the wind. One moment here and the other there. It is restless, constant, silent in word and loud in action. I understand the wind. When it goes, it’s gone. Oh wait, that’s a Paul Simon song. I understand the wind. Say, does it understand me? I do hope it returns the sentiment.   What does it mean to understand the wind? Perhaps this question is abnormal. Perhaps you did not expect to be asked such a question. Yet, my question remains. What does it mean to understand the wind? This question encompasses the past four years in my life. I have perceived that life on earth is but a... Read more

The Power of Gratitude - Part 2

By Steven on September 3, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

In February I made a post about how gratitude is pride’s Achilles heel. I sure hope I didn’t come to France with an arrogant attitude, but I sure did take a hearty slice of « Humble Pie » this month. This month, my story is more than common among global ministry workers. You pack all you own, move to your target country, and think the four years you spent studying your country’s language in high school (or perhaps one year in university) will make a huge difference.  Don’t get me wrong, it does. I would be TOTALLY lost if I hadn’t studied français in the United States. However, if you think... Read more

Godly Expectations

By Falecia on August 30, 2019 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

There’s a special kind of freedom, contentment, and confidence that comes from knowing who you are and what your purpose is in life. According to Scripture: Everyone is uniquely made (Psalm 139:14) in God's image (Genesis 1:27)  and given specific gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, 1 Peter 4:10-11) to use according to His purpose (Pslam 139:16, Ephesians 2:10) It makes logical sense to me that if I was created for a purpose, then I would possess the skills required to accomplish that purpose. When a carpenter makes a table, for example, they make it for the purpose of dining or holding... Read more

Unexpected Changes

By Aaron on August 27, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Europe

Towards the end of my support raising, I've noticed a strange change in many of my relationships.  Especially as many friends and acquaintances move back into the area for another year of school, I've noticed that my impending departure seems to almost hang like a shadow over many conversations I have.  It enters the conversation eventually.  It seems to make some people uncomfortable, which makes me feel odd.  I've only had a couple people ask what actually led to making this decision, and try to uncover my motives.  Most are just excited about travel, memories, and everything that I'll get... Read more

Getting to Know Grenoble 

By Abby on August 7, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

Some days, I feel like I don’t know Grenoble at all like the day they changed the tramlines without notice, or the day I got lost, I braked too hard on my bicycle to avoid a car, and flew over the handles like a cartoon character, feet flailing. With my knack for attracting trouble and dubious skill of any sort, I sort of expect moments of misfortune. However, I am almost at the two-month mark and though I did have that brief bike accident, experience a bomb explosion, and fall off of small cliff injuring my ankle, I have made it thus far with minimal scarring both bodily and socially.... Read more