Goer blogs

IT'S HAPPENING

By Sarah on October 19, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

IT'S HAPPENING! Wow, I am a month into support raising and actively preparing to move 5,000 miles away to minister to refugees. Is this real life?! But it is real, this is happening, all by the power and directing of our Good God. I am not who I thought God would use for this job. I don’t have the ideal resume for this role, I am young and just starting to figure out life, and I am not a perfect Christian. But the Lord doesn’t call us to be perfect in order to be used, He just desires our ‘yes’ and willingness to submit to Him in every aspect of life. This doesn’t always look pretty, there is... Read more

The New Normal

By Abigail on August 16, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Middle East

DONE WITH LANGUAGE! I am excited to announce that I am officially done with the language portion of my time here! I have felt very encouraged and empowered by how much I’ve learned and how much I am now able to communicate. In order to maintain my current communication level, I will continue to meet with Turkish friends and practice conversations.  Phase 1 of Re-opening Country  My host country has handled the virus very well, which has resulted in comparatively low cases here. Praise the Lord! After being in a restrictive lock-down for about three months, things are to return to “normal.”... Read more

Theology of Suffering

By Abigail on January 30, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Middle East

I entered the room for the first time, fully aware that the women here have experienced so much more in life than I could even imagine. Their faces tell stories. One woman’s head hung low as her children played. I sat next to the woman who began to pour her heart out to me. She had moved to this country for a reprieve. She had recently married and was separated from her father and mother who still live in her home country. She began to cry as she shared how hard it’s been living here, how civil war has killed family members, and how she yearns for acceptance somewhere.              ... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Bethany on January 8, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

It is crazy to think that my two year commitment has ended with GoCorps. It has been a couple months since my 2 year commitment has ended but I am still on the field. If someone told me that I would continue time here, I would have been pretty surprised. 2 years seemed like the longest time. It seemed like so much time away from my family & friends. But coming here and seeing the heart that the Lord has for the Middle East has changed my perspective.  These two years have taught me so much. You come in with the idea that you may have some things to give and giftings to share. But no... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Kristie on November 21, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Future Goers, I wanted to share with you some thoughts I had on my birthday this year. As we usually tend to do on our birthdays, I was reflecting on the past year and all that God had done...  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that at 26 I'd be living in the Middle East with my husband, ministering to people from some of the most closed countries in the world. The day after my birthday we had plans to get together with a group of our friends to co-celebrate my birthday and the birthday of one of our beloved Afghan friends we work alongside multiple times a week. Thinking of this, I was... Read more

Today was Rich

By Lily on November 19, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Today was rich in so many senses of the word. It was rich in provision, Laughter, Frustration, Prayer, Hope, Searching for the best in people, Stress, Gifts, Babies, Friendship, Work, Support, Over the top cheesecake and coffee, Conversation, Fog, Wonderful stories of looking back, and Looking forward. It was rich in unique Hope, excitement, and bitter-sweetness. And I am trying to savor and remember each one. It’s as if the fact that there is an official end in sight (I am officially moving back to the US in June), that I long and savor and appreciate each beauty. But you can’t do that... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By David on November 11, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Future Goer, You are not a missionary first, you are a child of God.  I am glad to know you are obeying the Great Commission. Do not forget that you are a son or daughter of God through Jesus Christ  before you are a "missionary." The life overseas is difficult but not new. Perhaps the things you discover about yourself (good, bad, and ugly) may be new to you, but you have entered a foreign context which allows you to see what has been buried for many years in a comfortable, familiar context. Remain in Christ. On your good days ramain in God's grace; on your bad days remain in God's grace. He... Read more

My letter to future Goers

By Caroline on November 11, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Dear future Goers, I want to encourage you with the goodness of our God. His plans are wonderful. After this experience I have realized just how little we have to offer. God does not need us to do his work, but he invites us to be a part of his plan. The gospel is our treasure. Our hearts are wicked and selfish, and God, in his mercy, changes our hearts. We are his precious, holy children.  Be a faithful steward of your life and trust God with the rest. Be open to what our ever-present father will do in and through you. The peace of God be with you.  Read more

A Man in White

By David on October 31, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

There was an Iranian woman that came to our church. She attended our baptism class consistently. She shared with her younger sister weekly. The younger sister was jaded on religion coming from her native Islamic country. She believed that religion was oppressive and degrading of women. Her older sister continued to share what she learned from the classes every week. Two months later, the younger sister came to church for th first time. SHe wante d to talk to me. I thought to myself, "She never wants to talk to me. Something must be up." She told me that last night she dreamdt of a man in... Read more

The Hidden Life of Home Visits

By Lily on October 31, 2019 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

My dear teammate Cate*: Esther*, could you call Sumaya* and see if she’d like us to visit on Wednesday? .... They want us? Great. Can you ask for their address? E: They said that you’d remember where the house is. C: Oh... really? (They obviously have no idea how directionally challenged I am). Right now I can’t even think of which neighborhood they’re in.... E: They said it’s near the tree. C: Oh! Ok, I know what neighborhood “the tree” is. But where exactly is their house...... Oh, yeah, last time we saw Sumaya, it was actually when we were trying to visit Fatima. But Fatima wasn’t home,... Read more