Goer blogs

My letter to future Goers

By AaronR on March 4, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Europe

I thought that I was done with studying. I was ready to put the books aside and just go. After all I am more of a learn on the job kind of person. I headed overseas ready for this 2 year adventure to begin. I won't have to worry about grades or assignments anymore. Wow, was I sadly mistaken. Actually let me rephrase that. I was gladly mistaken. I was so tired of sitting in class and trainings. I just wanted to be on the field. I was eager but little did I realize, God wasn't using the information I picked up sitting still but was developing in me a spirit of learning. If I could advise anyone... Read more

Community in Loneliness

By Bethany on February 27, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

One of the hardest aspects of living overseas is the overwhelming loneliness that occurs to every worker. Feeling isolated, we are surrounded by very few people who speak our native tongue and understand the struggles of adjusting to a new cultural. Personally, my Arabic is limited to “I went to the store” and “I am hungry”. Unfortunately, this level of comprehension does not create deep and intimate relationships with those who live around me. It requires an extensive amount of patience on the part of the native Arabic speaker, as I pathetically fumble through words, knowing a kindergartener... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Elizabeth on February 12, 2019 Track: Sports Region: Europe

Whether you are a freshman in college dreaming of the day you can hop on a plane and start your journey overseas, or a senior terrified of the unknown, you cannot go wrong considering a position working overseas. It starts as an exhilarating thought that maybe God could use you in exciting ways and turns into a sense of doubt as you count the cost of leaving everything you know behind. But, after returning from my two-year commitment with GoCorps, I can say with confidence that every terrifying support meeting, heart breaking goodbye, and exhausting cultural dilemma was more worth it than I... Read more

Road Less Traveled

By Bethany on December 9, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,   And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.   I shall be telling this with a sigh... Read more

Called Beyond Comfortable

By Bethany on October 4, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

On Monday I looked at one way tickets out of the country to join my team in a new context and culture. I left my home with no guarantee of returning. Everything I have known as normal will no longer be present in my life. As these growing pains continue to spread and the reality of me leaving the country hits, I have begun to feel increasingly anxious. I think part of me never expected the funding to come in, so God made sure to show me that it is Him alone that calls and sends. It was the moment that I hit 80% that I realized none of this journey was about me nor my efforts. It was fully God... Read more

Redefining Home

By Bethany on July 24, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

This season of support raising has resulted in a unique situation for me. In the midst of asking others to invest and join in my ministry, my family has been called to live on the East Coast, the very opposite of California. As hard as this decision was for my parents, I firmly believe that this is exactly where God wants them. It has been two weeks since I have said goodbye to my family and transitioned into couch surfing along the West Coast. The number one thing I have been told about working on the field is to be flexible. Because this is not one of my strong points, God has been growing... Read more

The Journey Ahead

By Bethany on June 10, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - North

Hello! My name is Bethany, and I will be going overseas to North Africa for two years! I will leave in November on the Refugee and Arabic Study track. I graduated with a BA in Social Science from Biola University and am beyond excited to begin this journey, observing how the Lord will work within and through me during my time. Over the past two years, God has continually softened my heart and open my eyes towards going overseas. I have had an increasing desire to serve the Lord in some capacity, and this organization has given me the opportunity to do so. Here is a little background on that... Read more

The War Still Rages

By AaronR on March 1, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Europe

How has your year been shaping up so far? Be honest…I will be. This year has started off rather turbulent. I hopped on the plane so excited, we are 2 hours into the flight and I am grasping my arm rests trying not to allow my emotions to unfold. Last year was tough but there was still more butter than bread. This year I already feel too thin and I am begging for more butter. I took shots to watch them fall short. I placed hopes and visions in things that flipped on me. I stepped forward with good intentions to be met with conflict. I took life light hearted and woke up to a fallen heart. What... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Amy on January 29, 2018 Track: Sports Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

My letter to future goers: -Most of the time things probably aren't going to be very easy, but it will most definitely be worth it. Don't give up just because things get hard.  -Don't let fear stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone. Do the things that scare you, and if it doesnt work out, try again.  -Know how to laugh at yourself. You are probably going to make a lot of mistakes, in language, culture, and relationships. Do not take yourself too seriously, learn from it and try again.  -Get involved in community. If it's not already there, try to build it.  -Love people. Get to know... Read more

No Room in the Inn...

By Elizabeth on December 27, 2017 Track: Sports Region: Europe

As the Christmas season comes to a close, I find myself really missing home and all the traditions that come along with it. The first Christmas away was spent wandering through the streets of London in complete awe that I was living in Europe! But this Christmas, there was nothing new or exciting about it. It is normal life now. This year for Christmas I spent time with different friends and teammates through the day, but I also had a few hours to myself, and was able to spend some time reading and reflecting on the story to the birth of Jesus. I realized that, to be honest, I have never... Read more