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Never Forget the Power of Prayer!

By Rosie on May 6, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

In the midst of everything, I feel extremely grateful to have a God who gives us the opportunity to intercede on behalf of our people.  And to have an organization that makes an extra effort to reach out during times of trial.  And to have friends all around the world who can agree with me in prayer.  Check out this awesome video that GoCorps put together! Will you agree with us in prayer also? A Prayer for Our World - April 2020 Video of A Prayer for Our World - April 2020    Read more

Life Happens

By Anna on April 20, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

This season has been difficult for many people and challenging for us in ways we were not expecting. There is fear, worry, and so much unknown. We’ve lost many things and opportunities. It feels as if the world had come to a grinding halt, like so much has ended and we sit, holding our breath, waiting for the wheels to start turning again and for life to begin to return to “normal.” The other day, I was re-watching some of my favorite episodes of the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Some of you may be familiar with this show and some of its featured characters. Uncle Iroh is a character... Read more

These Words Are Not My Own

By Rosie on April 14, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

Batter my heart, three-person'd God By John Donne   Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town to another due, Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end; Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue. Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov'd fain, But am betroth'd unto your enemy; Divorce me, untie or break that knot again, Take me to you, imprison me, for I, Except you enthrall... Read more

When God is Never Mentioned

By Diamond on March 23, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Esther.  One of two - and most underrated - books in the Bible that is named after a woman. That alone tells you what type of God we have - if you said an inclusive one, you were right. If you didn't say anything at all and just continued reading, that's okay too. It was day 7 of being in my apartment and doing everything life-related through my superhero-sticker-covered laptop. You could imagine how I'm doing right now - giphy.gif Kidding. However, I can't go to church, so I decided to look for a sermon online - you know, the thing that basically the entire world is doing right... Read more

Work to be Done

By Anna on March 12, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

"Anka is a six-year-old Roma girl, whose whimsical smile and toothless grin immediately win you over. But Anka is at a disadvantage- she does not attend preschool and will be starting first grade this fall. She doesn’t know how to hold a pencil; when asked to color, she produces a scribbled page. She only speaks Roma, unable to understand more than basic Bulgarian sentences.” Anka’s situation is not unique- many Roma families lack resources to send their children to preschool. But what if there was a play group Anka could attend, led by other Roma women, who could introduce her to Bulgarian,... Read more

Some Stories and Lessons Learned Thus Far…

By Rosie on March 2, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

            In my most recent newsletter, I mentioned how it seems impossible to truly keep you informed about all the happenings I am getting to be a part of over here in Costa Rica. This blog will feature a small compilation of stories and lessons learned from my time in the country thus far. Hope you enjoy!   Never put all your chili in one pot…             I’ve heard people say that you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’d never heard someone say you should never put all of your chili in one pot…I mean, I still haven’t heard it really, since it’s a saying I just came up... Read more

UNO: The Minority Game

By Diamond on February 9, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Ignorance. Lack of knowledge or information. Cultural Appropriation.The unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of elements - customs, practices, ideas - of a minority culture by members of a more dominant culture.  Frustration. A common emotion that results from the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. In other words: a result of the above. Situations like these are inevitable. For all minorities - both men and women. It’s something that we’re used to dealing with. It’s something we’re used to seeing in our daily lives, whether that’s... Read more

¡Yo soy eligida!

By Rosie on January 22, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

            Today is day 13 for me here in Costa Rica. I am alive and glad to be here!! Thanks to everyone’s generous support, and God’s supreme goodness, my financial needs were met in the last hours as I packed, and boarded the plane. Thank you, God! And thank you all for helping me get here.             The past almost 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of many things. One of my first priorities was getting settled into my new room, getting to know my host family, and I’m still working on getting to know the area around my house.             Here is a picture of me with my host (grand)parents... Read more

The FINAL COUNTDOWN! (dana-naa-nuhh… dana-na-na-nuuuh…)

By Rosie on January 3, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

  6 Days left!!               This has been a season of waiting. And being completely honest with you, now that my departure date is less than a week away, I’m nervous for the metaphorical labor pains of transition, and the sleep depravity that comes with parenting a metaphorical newborn. I’m thankful to be encouraged every day, and I’m working on recognizing the gift of life in metaphorical motherhood. (Any mothers out there who have metaphorical tips relating to this metaphor of waiting, childbirth, and newborns? Would love to be encouraged by them :))   So much to do in so little time!... Read more

"And I was the Lion"

By Anna on December 12, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

One of my favorite passages in all of literature is the scene in “The Horse and His Boy” where Shasta is going over the mountains between Archenland and Narnia. He’s weary, he’s alone, he feels like he has been left behind. And as he travels through the fog and clouds something begins to walk alongside him. The reader, of course, knows this is Aslan. Shasta begins to talk to him and tell all his troubles. Finally he says, “Don’t you think it was bad luck to meet so many lions?” (158). Aslan goes on to tell Shasta that there was only one lion. One lion throughout all his life and every... Read more