Goer blogs

Are you sure, Lord?

By Liz on January 19, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

Some people may look at me and wonder why the heck I would be the one called to go serve overseas. Others may read my story on paper and think there couldn’t be anyone less qualified for such a role. Not gonna lie, I have definitely thought those things about myself. Forget the family struggles, why would Jesus want to use an insecure, unqualified, and sinful girl like myself to go tell people about Him? However, as I am sure you have come to realize by now, the Lord is too good to me.  In the midst of this struggle, when I was doubting the most and the question on my tongue was more often “... Read more

One Month Left

By Liz on January 19, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

One Month Left To Go..     In 29 days I will land in the country I have committed to for the next two years. WHAT?! That is wild.  As I am sure you can imagine, there are countless thoughts and emotions swirling inside of me. So much excitement, a little anxiety, questions of what's to come, and figuring out what to pack for a life overseas for two years is quite a lot. I am in the middle of a season where I have never been so unsure, yet so confident, all at once.  This month before I leave, I am spending time at my organization’s headquarters for pre-field training. While there is much I... Read more

2020 happened...but God

By Isabel on December 12, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Latin America

I know this is a cliché at this point, but 2020 has not looked at all like what I had expected. When I returned to the U.S. in late March, I thought it was only temporary; I certainly did not think I would still be in NJ in December. While I have experienced my share of frustrations, disappointments, and challenges since March, I don't want to dwell on things I cannot change. 2020 has undoubtedly been a difficult year, but God has done great things as well, and He deserves the credit. Here are some ways that I've seen God move and answer prayers:   1. Blessing in disguise. In the months... Read more

Not Home Yet

By Abby S on December 1, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

I’ve been thinking a lot about “home” since moving overseas. In some ways it feels like I have gained two homes--which is a beautiful thing.  There are people I dearly love in both places, so part of my heart will always be elsewhere. Yet even though we still feel very “at home” with our families in the States, it feels strange coming back. What we’ve learned and experienced overseas alienates us from others. I’ve found myself struggling to participate in “normal” conversation because I feel like I have nothing to offer--I don’t belong here anymore in the same way that I used to. Yet at the... Read more

Old Roots in New Soil

By Abby S on November 15, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

This week my husband and I went on a prayer retreat for a few days and the Lord spoke in clear, powerful ways. One thing He impressed on my heart was to think and pray about how my faith has changed since the time I came to faith. Over the last couple years my faith has felt challenged in new ways, and at times it feels difficult and complicated to integrate everything I’ve seen and experienced into my biblical worldview. As I live out my faith in a new place with people who see the world very differently than I do, my theology has been challenged. Difficult theological issues have arisen... Read more

Who is Jesus to you?

By Liz on November 13, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

If you are a partner of mine, or a potential Goer, then you know the first part of this ministry is support raising. When deciding whether or not I wanted to pursue this two year commitment to ministry, the biggest obstacle for me was looking past this season. Support raising is something that truly intimidated me and was often the first sign of a lack in my faith. Deciding whether or not I was going to jump into this opportunity finally came down to the question, “Who is Jesus to me?”      I have known Him as Savior, friend, Messiah, leader, Son of God, and so many other titles and... Read more

Who, How, Why, Where, When

By Liz on October 19, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

Hello! For the purpose of security, my name on here will be Liz and I will be going to North Africa. However, if you’re reading this then you probably already know my name and/or where I am going, so I wanted to share a little more about me!  I have been drawn to the continent of Africa since I was young. I couldn’t tell you why.. I honestly couldn’t even tell you if Africa was a country or continent at that point. However, I knew I wanted to go there. Fast forward to high school, I went on my first mission trip to a country in East Africa and the Lord confirmed this calling. In college, I... Read more

Who You Say I Am

By Abby S on October 19, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

The following notes were recently taken during a study on our identity in Christ. I hope it encourages you in the same way that it encouraged me!  What does it mean to be in Christ? To be in Christ is to be adopted into God’s family. We are children of God (John 1:12), accepted by Christ (Romans 15:7), united with Him in spirit (1 Cor 6:17), no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:6), made in God’s image (Gen 1), known by God in a personal way, part of the body of Christ (the Church, His bride). We were bought with a price and deeply loved by Him (1 Cor 6:19, 1 John 3:1). Ephesians 2:10 says, “For... Read more

For the Healing of the Nations

By Abby S on September 18, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Our time in America has now stretched one month longer than originally planned as we wait on our new visas, but the Lord knew all along how we would need and use this time. We have decided to stay overseas for the long haul, and while we are back we are using this time to tie up loose ends and prepare to launch out long-term. It has been a joy, blessing, and encouragement to see friends while we are back, and last night was no exception. We visited a family who is extremely passionate about God’s global work and desire to see His Kingdom come around the world.    Towards the end of the... Read more

Through Dreams and Visions

By Abby S on August 9, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Over the last few months my teammates and I have been praying that our friends would have dreams and visions about Jesus, and one night after praying together as a team He gave me a dream too: I wandered through a dark, terrible building. People around me were oblivious to the heaviness around them, but I sensed that something was wrong. They rushed by me, unsmiling, trying to take care of what they needed to do and ignoring everyone else around them. Something urged me to go up to the very top floor. Slowly I made my way to the top. No one else was going up to this floor, and as I walked in... Read more