Goer blogs

"I will never give up on you, Eeyore..."

By Rosie on September 24, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

              Sometimes I find that God talks to me through comic strip ideas… He gives me these sweet, simple images of our relationship… interactions between us that help me understand His closeness, REALNESS, and connection with ME (and others.)             Occasionally I’ll take the time to draw them out- I find they’re so beautiful, even if they’re just a simple blurry sketch- it’s the idea they represent that really counts. It feels good to draw them out on paper, let them out of my system, be able to look at them on physical paper and be reminded of what they mean each time I look at... Read more

The Road Less Traveled

By Anni on September 14, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Greetings! My name is Anni Kenyon, a recently graduated alumna from Wheaton College in German Language, Literature, and Culture and Christian Education. And I am so excited to be partnering with GoCorps and ReachGlobal in Innsbruck, Austria for the next two years! For individuals who know me, this decision to go abroad for two years was not a shocking surprise for them to hear as I believe that God has prepared me for this opportunity throughout the course of my life (however, I took longer to see it than them!).  Growing up, I have always been interested, drawn to, and inspired by accounts... Read more

It Isn't Easy

By Diamond on September 14, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

You know, It isn’t easy.  Leaving a place that I have known my entire life to dive into a new culture and learn a new language is bold - for me at least. Sometimes when we hear about the life of a missionary, we think mostly positive things. We think about how great they are and how much fun they must be having being able to travel the world. We think about how they have the ability to share the Gospel with EVERY single person that they walk by on the street. We may even unintentionally put them on a pedestal because they have packed up their things and left their homes to spread the Good... Read more

First Steps

By Anna on September 13, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Watch the orange fade to yellow Then blue, each foot a faintly Darker hue as the sun drops Down behind the peaks. You close your Eyes and, listen, the Lord speaks.   His voice is but a whisper The words are often strange But we know his will is good The path is dim, we cannot see. And Yet We Trust.             For several years, I have had the image of a series of stepping stones across a wide river in my mind. But the way ahead is shrouded in fog, and usually I can’t see the next stone on the path. I’ve realized that this is an image for my journey with the Lord over these past several years... Read more

Walking Through a Bendy House

By Rosie on August 15, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

     When I was just a wee little girl, living with the fam. in a small town near Seattle, Washington, one of my favorite things to do was go to the Seattle Science Center. What a blast it was, every time! They had the coolest, most educational, fun things to mess around in! You could learn about shapes, leverage, balance, momentum, weather, sea life, outer space, butterflies, dinosaurs, zippers, I don’t even know! You name it, and they probably had some giant interactive exhibit that you could have fun with and learn something new at the same time.      Some of the exhibits were a little... Read more

Can I just, say how THANKFUL I am??

By Rosie on July 17, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

              I’m finding, that sometimes people are surprised to hear that my family experienced a house fire in 2004. I guess I don’t talk about it all that often, because, why would I? Right? But looking back on it, I can see how that house fire jumpstarted my testimony of “homeless-ness.” Anybody who knows me really well will know that depending on my mood or the day, I will either say that I am homeless or that I have many homes. I know it’s probably not the most politically correct thing to say, but it’s just how my mind works.             Since I was 7 years old, “home” has always had... Read more

Being Strong

By Emily on June 20, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

June 19, 2019 So this last Sunday, Penacost Sunday, I was battling within myself. A week prior I had been asked to share my story with a small group and so I had been thinking it through and trying to decide how much to include. This had caused me a great deal of stress and so that week many things had reminded me of my story and set off a chain reaction of me thinking through my personal trauma. This had reached a fever pitch by Penacost Sunday. I was so torn between the freedom of giving my story to Christ and the fear and shame of telling my story to people I barely knew. During the... Read more

I Learned Something

By Emily on June 20, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

June 18, 2019 Feeling loved and safe is, and always has been, my number one priority. Feeling disapproval equated to not being safe and therefore needed to be avoided at all costs. It was explained over and over to me in Church that I could not earn God’s love. The only way I was comfortable receiving love was through earning it. So hearing that I couldn’t earn God’s love was not comforting. I couldn’t accept any free love because it wasn’t dependable. God was like a parent who obviously loves their child, but is never pleased with them. Never being enough and not being able to do anything... Read more

Building for the Next Step

By Emily on June 20, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

May 23, 2019 Looking back on the last three months of waiting, I am so thankful that I’m not the one in charge. Even just this last month God has shown me so many things about myself. God is so actively moving in the stillness.  I had realized that I constantly reflect and mirror myself to the people and situations going on around me. I was able to start questioning that reflex and very actively working against it. Picture always needing to feel approval and striving for it whenever it is not felt. So in situations that are predictable and comfortable it is generally easy for me to do this,... Read more

My Puzzle

By Emily on June 18, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

July 24, 2018 Counseling is basically bringing a puzzle to a professional puzzle solver. Telling the truth about how you made the puzzle, but how the puzzle is messed up because of people and choices. Giving the counselor all the keys to the puzzle that you have, and admitting that you've done everything you can to solve the puzzle and you can't figure it out. And then the therapist listens to all the ways your puzzle was broken and made harder by things you couldn’t control. And they listen to you cry about how the puzzle is stupid and worthless and how you don't want your puzzle anymore.... Read more