Goer blogs

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

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