Goer blogs

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

Going, Going...Almost Gone!

By Abby on June 8, 2019 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

The wait is over. I’m going to be on the other side of the world by Tuesday afternoon. I quit my job at the cafe, my bags are packed, and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks saying goodbye. Yet, the fact that I’m leaving for France doesn’t feel like reality. My emotions are all tangled up in nervousness, excitement, and a good deal of confusion. As it turns out, no amount of research really prepares you for the reality of ridding yourself of stuff and making the move, and suddenly all my French seems so insignificant and elementary. For all of its challenges, this extended period of waiting... Read more

Final Transition

By Daniel on June 6, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

  The Transition  The transition into the new position has finally been completed! I am pretty excited and also a little nervous! As of this week, my official ministry role has been handed over in its fullness to me!  The Music Venue part of Montázs Art Café is now completely my responsibility! I am praying fervently that God would help me to reach young musicians here in the city and make good connections with them, serve them, care for them, steward their experience well and honour their desire to be professional musicians as I share truth with them. Please pray with me in this! I know that... Read more

One Step At A Time

By Diamond on May 31, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Breathe In. Breathe Out. 2 weeks. 13 days. 312 hours. This is how much time I have left until I catch my flight to Berlin, Germany. How does this make me feel? Anxious. Nervous. Excited. This is the moment that I have been preparing for for over a year now and here I am: saying my last goodbyes and turning them into “see-you-laters”, packing up my room and my suitcases, enjoying the last of the American food that I will have in awhile, stocking up on peanut butter, filling out final paperwork, raising the remaining of my support, and convincing myself I don’t need to bring my entire closet... Read more

A Fuller Picture of God

By Carissa on May 31, 2019 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

How can you say you know me if you’re only seeing me through the eyes of your own culture? I was sitting at a church cafeteria at an overnight retreat my sophomore year when God hit me over the head (it felt like literally), with this realization. In a moment, I saw with sudden clarity that I had been living and viewing God only through the eyes of the majority American culture that I had grown up in. This was evident in the churches, fellowships, and influences that I subconsciously chose to surround myself with. If my faith and culture were so intertwined, then, how much had I allowed my... Read more

Shot Across the Ocean

By Aaron on May 31, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Europe

  Shot across the ocean.  That's what I feel is going to happen to me; but not against my wish.  God has made it abundantly clear in just the last 3 months that he has much work for me to do in Italy.  I have great purpose.  My heart has been taken captive by the plight of young Italians, especially those on the island of Sicily, where I will be living.  They have given up on any existence of God.  They are hopeless and cynical about the future.  And that's why I must be a part of bringing the Light to them.  It all started with a simple prayer, "God, what do you have for me?"  My plans to... Read more

Meaning in the Mundane: A Spiritual Practice

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

It's easy to get into a routine with God. You do your devotional with your morning coffee. You pray before bed. You attend small group once a week. You go to church on Sunday morning. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. I'm not saying that routine with God is necessarily bad. In fact, I believe that routine is a good and necessary part of life. The danger of the rhythmical, recurrent ebb and flow of life is that it often leads to thoughtless behavior that eventually becomes meaningless.  Obviously, not all thoughtless behavior is meaningless. In fact, many times it's a sign of mastery. For example, I don't... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Lauren on May 20, 2019 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

You are blessed. Prayers go before you, hope goes with you, love remains behind you. You are hedged in by more blessings than you understand. How many people have spoken truth and goodness into your life and ministry as you’ve begun this holy pilgrimage? How many intercessions and praises will be declared over you by the time you return? More than we know, praise God. Draw near to God, rejoice always, and be still. Good and bad times will come. As will both extraordinarily great and difficult ones. That’s true anywhere. Don’t forget that the same people who helped you through life in your... Read more