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By Liz on April 8, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

    I have always had family around me, good friends supporting me, and places I knew I belonged. Then, I decided to move across the world, without family or friends, to a foreign country. Upon arrival, I had no idea where I would fit in or if I belonged, but I had faith and a promise that He would see me through. I can honestly say I have been shocked by the results.      My first 72 hours in-country were rough, but the Lord showed up through family. He allowed me to live about 6 houses down from team members of mine. They are young parents, with a 3 three year old and a 14 month old, with... Read more

Blessing or a Lesson

By Liz on April 8, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

    One afternoon a couple weeks ago, I was in a language lesson when we got wildly off topic. Somehow we jumped from learning French to talking about relationships and landed on how we treat people. My tutor/friend said “I want to make sure I am a blessing, not a lesson.” I agreed with her and then tried to point us back to the topic at hand. However, as I was walking home that afternoon I couldn’t help but think about what she said.      It is not our job to save people. We do not turn hearts, change minds, or save lives. Only Jesus can do that. Yet, we can be a blessing. My prayer is that... Read more

One Month In

By Liz on April 8, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Africa - North

    I have been in-country for over a month now and as I sit and reflect on my time here so far, I thought I would share a bit of what I am learning and what might be helpful to others. I had traveled overseas and served in many different countries before I accepted this two year commitment. I have always loved going to new places and at the end of all those trips, I never really wanted to return home. So, when I landed in-country this time, I did not even realize I was expecting to instantly love it like I have all the other places. This was my first mistake. Not being honest and realizing I... Read more

More than just pozole

By Isabel on February 9, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Latin America

Recently, my host mom invited me to lunch at her cousins' house. At first, I didn't know where their house was or how long we would be there, but since it was a Sunday afternoon, and this would be a great way to build relationship with my host family, I accepted the invitation. As we all hopped in the car, I asked where we were going (I had no idea until that point). It turned out that their house was in Xochimilco, about 30 minutes away from our house. After driving endlessly through the busy streets of Mexico City, we finally arrived in front of the large gates leading up to the house. My... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Abby S on January 25, 2021 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Hey future Goers! After serving overseas for two years and choosing to stay long term, I have some thoughts I’d love to share with you. Hopefully you can learn from some of my mistakes and be inspired by how God can use anyone--especially those who feel weak.    Support raising: Don’t be scared!!! Raising support is a joy and God can provide for you in ways you never thought possible. During the first few weeks of connecting with people, support poured in like a flood--emotionally, spiritually, and financially. When my husband and I first decided to work globally, I hated the idea of support... Read more

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