Goer blogs

A Recent Transformation

By Diedre on July 28, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Man oh man! The past several weeks have been so crazy I don’t even know where to begin; well actually I do, by proclaiming at the top of my lungs how great God is! Since I last wrote I have stopped working at Chipotle, spent some AMAZING time with family and friends, continued learning more and more about how to support raise, and have been having my mind blown by God’s faithfulness. Let me back track a little bit… after quitting Chipotle I thought support raising would come a lot easier and with my time completely devoted to it, I would easily start making up ground from falling behind, this... Read more

Climbing the Mountain

By Robby on July 15, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Last summer, I got really hooked on the Tour de France. Like, really hooked. Each stage of the 21-stage race starts around 8 AM, and last summer I was more of an 11 AM-Noon kind of guy. But I was getting up to watch most of the race each day, if not all of it. I was kind of surprised that this had happened. Prior to last summer, I had never had any particular interest in competitive cycling. Like most Americans, I would vaguely hear about Lance Armstrong doing his thing every year, but once he retired and was subsequently stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles due to performance-... Read more

Learning Trust

By Jeff on July 9, 2014 Track: Business Region: Europe

Hello friends! I thought I would write an update on where I am at so far this summer.  I have had the chance to meet now with so many wonderful people and couples that have supported me, encouraged me, challenged me, and prayed for me.  How amazing to know that I do not have to go though this journey alone, that there are endless amounts of fellow Christians who are willing to meet with me, hear about what I will be doing in Berlin, and who are willing to commit to pray and even give donations to the cause!  What a blessing it has been!  Thank you all so much for your love and support. That... Read more

Precious June

By Beth on July 5, 2014 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

When I started raising support I thought I would sow seeds in people's lives and help them be good stewards with the resources God has given them. However, in the process, God has convicted me of the resources I have, relationships I need to develop, and judgments I hold onto. Recently, my church had a financial crisis. Unfortunately, this is fairly common in churches comprised of college-30 somethings. However, this event opened up doors for people to talk about money and stewardship, subjects that have been on my mind a lot these days as I raise support to go to Germany. I like how Steve... Read more

Who is brave?

By Emily on June 29, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

I've been support-raising for about 5 weeks now. Three weeks in Pittsburgh. Two weeks at home. I've met and talked with a lot of people by this point. And as I meet with people, there's something that I keep hearing- people keep remarking about how brave I must be. Brave to be moving to a new culture where I don't know the language or customs. Brave to be leaving home to live in the Middle East. Brave to be doing something completely different from what I just spent 4 years studying in college (No, I probably won't be doing any neuroscience while I'm abroad). But I don't feel brave. What is... Read more

God is Bigger...

By Julie on June 26, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

...Than the Boogie Man! If you don't get that reference to Veggie Tales.. you really should try to watch an episode. If you don't know what Veggie Tales is, well basically it is a children's cartoon of talking and singing vegetables that tell Bible stories, pretty creative!  Any ways, I just wanted to update people so that they can know where I am at, what I am up to, and so on. Right now, I am preparing for training and I have homework assignments that I have been working on to help me prepare for it. Yeah, you read that correctly... I have homework! I thought it would end when I graduated... Read more

By God's Strength

By Liz on June 20, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

So the last couple weeks have been challenging for me.  I tend to be a bit of a “go getter” liking the feeling of accomplishing things, solving problems and helping people.  I also am normally very active and spend as much time outside and on my feet as possible.  So when my knee was not recovering as quickly as I had hoped I down played it telling people, and myself, I was sure I would be walking by next week, and I really didn’t need any help, that I was just a little slower than usual.  However, I was really in quite a bit of pain and at my second post op check up my doctor was taken aback... Read more

Trust God and Surrender

By Diedre on June 16, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Today is the start of week 4 for support raising and my emotions have been nothing but a rollercoaster. Over the past 3 weeks I have been happy, sad, encouraged, discouraged, conflicted, excited, joyful, and honestly, at points, even angry. Here’s why: Let me tell you, God has place some AMAZING people in my life, people that I’m pretty sure would give their left arm to see me succeed (maybe a little exaggerated but then again, maybe not). The way people have become just as passionate about this journey as I have has completely blown me away. There is nothing better than being in an... Read more

The Shepherd Bringing Back the Lost Lamb

By Rebecca on June 12, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

 Neustart, my ministry assignment here in Berlin, is now opening regularly on Friday nights!  Before, we were open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and Monday nights.  Alabaster Jar, another prostitution ministry with a similar outreach, rents the same Cafe space and opens on Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoons.  This is a story from a couple Friday nights ago, where God did something incredible. Friday, May 30th We had two new volunteers working in the Cafe that night, along with Prisca, the Cafe leader, Gerhard, one of the founders of Neustart, and I.  All the... Read more

Knee Surgery

By Liz on June 11, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

It has been almost three weeks since Go Week and life has been a whirl! I was honored to be a bridesmaid at a close friend’s wedding on May 24th and spent Memorial Day at another friend’s home before returning to my apartment in Houghton.  I then began my support raising campaign meeting with families from my church and sending out more life update letters.  At the end of the week my lease ended and I moved in with a good friend, which has been a big blessing as I had knee surgery 3 days later and she has taken care of me so well through it all.  Although I was supposed to be off crutches... Read more