Goer blogs

False Peaks and Rebounds

By Steven on July 31, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

     One of my family’s favorite vacation spots is a small town named Cave Creek near Phoenix, Arizona. If you’ve never been to the Southwest US it’s a hot, aired, dry climate. Some areas like Sedona have beautiful rock formations, cliffs, valleys, and gorgeous desert hiking trails. Cave Creek has one small mountain, Black Mountain.      Each time my family visits Cave Creek my Dad and I hike to the top of Black Mountain. The entire trek, from bottom to top and back again, takes about a few hours. At times though, the journey can become quite discouraging.       I’ve never hiked a mountain... Read more

Chill Out

By Abby on July 25, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

In the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10, I am 100% Martha. I love to work. I feel most comfortable and happy when I'm able to expertly and efficiently do a job, especially if I am doing multiple jobs simultaneously. In the American camps at which I've worked, my kind of approach thrives. I don't mind the fact that breaks don't exist and that I have a variety of responsibilities. I don't even mind the gross factor that comes into play, the days of pee or the one time I power washed month-old vomit out of a trash can. For me, the work is good because we as a team are sharing Jesus with... Read more

A God of Abundance

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

This summer, I’ve felt like God has been showing me infinitely more generosity than I deserve. Do you ever feel that way? I entered June anticipating a long, challenging summer of support raising and transition. Instead, I was completely blown away by everyone’s willingness to give and found myself almost fully funded at the beginning of July. I have been amazed by the encouragement and generosity I’ve been shown and have found so much joy in renewed and deepened relationships with my supporters and God. At the same time, though, I was pervaded by a deep sense of guilt and unworthiness. Who... Read more

Looking Like a Kid

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

In some ways, I arrived in France and became a child again. There is so much to learn, and I am acutely aware of my own ineptitude and lack of understanding in just about every relevant area (apparently no one cares about analyzing modern American poetry). What to say, how to get from here to there, even how to use the shower are all new again. I find myself looking around and asking “What is that?” all day long. Every time I go outside my room, I have to prepare myself to run a marathon in my head of what and how to say or do anything and everything. When I meet someone I go through this... Read more

Heart of Stone

By Falecia on June 25, 2019 Track: Ministry Region: Europe

I don't know about you, but I find it so satisfying when a problem is solved. I wouldn't necessariy consider myself to be a problem-solver in a technical sense (like troubleshooting a network issue), but when it comes to behavioral issues, I'm more than capable of recognizing the problem and suggesting possible solutions to achieve the desired outcome. While this is a helpful skill in relationships, it can also become a stumbling block. Sometimes I suggest a solution without the person first inviting me to suggest one in the first place. Other times I grow frustrated and impatient because I... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Christy on June 23, 2019 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Out of almost three years' worth of blog posts, this final post right here is the hardest to write. What can I share with you that is helpful as well as succinct? How do I summarize the lessons I’ve learned over two-plus years? I wish I could share the whole story because God has come through in so many amazing ways, and each one is worth sharing about. Nevertheless, I’ll try to keep it brief. For those of you who are only just considering GoCorps and for those of you who have already committed to a placement, I have three tips: Take the small steps of faith. Expect the unexpected. Get to... Read more

Being Strong

By Emily on June 20, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

June 19, 2019 So this last Sunday, Penacost Sunday, I was battling within myself. A week prior I had been asked to share my story with a small group and so I had been thinking it through and trying to decide how much to include. This had caused me a great deal of stress and so that week many things had reminded me of my story and set off a chain reaction of me thinking through my personal trauma. This had reached a fever pitch by Penacost Sunday. I was so torn between the freedom of giving my story to Christ and the fear and shame of telling my story to people I barely knew. During the... Read more

I Learned Something

By Emily on June 20, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

June 18, 2019 Feeling loved and safe is, and always has been, my number one priority. Feeling disapproval equated to not being safe and therefore needed to be avoided at all costs. It was explained over and over to me in Church that I could not earn God’s love. The only way I was comfortable receiving love was through earning it. So hearing that I couldn’t earn God’s love was not comforting. I couldn’t accept any free love because it wasn’t dependable. God was like a parent who obviously loves their child, but is never pleased with them. Never being enough and not being able to do anything... Read more

Building for the Next Step

By Emily on June 20, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

May 23, 2019 Looking back on the last three months of waiting, I am so thankful that I’m not the one in charge. Even just this last month God has shown me so many things about myself. God is so actively moving in the stillness.  I had realized that I constantly reflect and mirror myself to the people and situations going on around me. I was able to start questioning that reflex and very actively working against it. Picture always needing to feel approval and striving for it whenever it is not felt. So in situations that are predictable and comfortable it is generally easy for me to do this,... Read more

My Puzzle

By Emily on June 18, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

July 24, 2018 Counseling is basically bringing a puzzle to a professional puzzle solver. Telling the truth about how you made the puzzle, but how the puzzle is messed up because of people and choices. Giving the counselor all the keys to the puzzle that you have, and admitting that you've done everything you can to solve the puzzle and you can't figure it out. And then the therapist listens to all the ways your puzzle was broken and made harder by things you couldn’t control. And they listen to you cry about how the puzzle is stupid and worthless and how you don't want your puzzle anymore.... Read more