Goer blogs

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

Discipleship + Thanksgiving

By Abby S on July 5, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

This is a study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians that I created that focuses on the ideas of discipleship and thanksgiving. Both ideas are key in being a follower of Christ. This study is designed to equip believers not only in discipleship relationships, but in learning to give thanks in all circumstances. Always giving thanks and being constant in prayer is foundational for being an effective “disciple maker” and servant of Christ Jesus. I hope this resource is a helpful resource for you! 1 Thessalonians: Background Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians from Corinth around 51 AD, and sent it to the... Read more

Not Finished Yet

By Isabel on July 1, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Latin America

When I first decided to become a missionary, I knew that doing this work would require a lot of flexibility and adaptability on my part. That makes sense. I mean, how else could you navigate through so many changes -- location, culture, language, community, etc. -- all at once? What I didn’t expect was that sometimes, the very nature of your ministry changes as well. Several weeks ago, I had a meeting with the director of BridgeWay (the school where I teach), during which he told me that due to some changes at the school, I wouldn’t be able to return for the next school year. My first... Read more

"Are all Americans racist?"

By Abby S on June 2, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

My heart is breaking for our home country. While I am thankful that people are finally coming together in the fight against racial injustice, I am distraught that it took something as severe as the murder of George Floyd for people to wake up to the reality of systemic racism in America. Even though my husband and I are physically far-removed from the situation, we can’t stop thinking about and praying for the city we lived and worked in for years. As a teacher I have always felt passionate about closing the achievement gap, but after recent events I feel the fire being stoked. Things NEED to... Read more

The Power of Thanksgiving

By Abby S on May 2, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Our team recently studied 1 Thessalonians together, and thanksgiving is a repeated theme. After reading “1,000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp a few years ago I got into the habit of daily writing down things I was thankful for, then fell out of the habit after a few weeks. Then, after moving overseas, we lived in a difficult homestay situation and I again found myself writing out a list of things to be thankful for each day--otherwise the list of negatives things overwhelmed me. Now after... Read more

The Year of the Favor of the Lord

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

What a strange time we are in right now. The world seems to have stopped, and billions of people are living in fear. But this morning as I continued meditating through the book of Isaiah, I read Isaiah 61 with new eyes. I have heard this passage more times than I can count, but today--in light of everything that is happening--it took on a new light. I hope that these continued reflections from Isaiah bring you hope and encouragement as well!  Isaiah 61  “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,     because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;     he has sent me to bind up... Read more

Reflections From Isaiah

By Abby S on March 20, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Isaiah 42:1-4 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,     my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him,     and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out,     or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break,     and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;     he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.     In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”   Father, thank you that you do not grow faint or discouraged on the road to justice. Thank you that when I... Read more