Goer blogs

A Written Letter

By Diamond on December 1, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Freshman Year Dear Diamond, Welcome to college! I know you wish that you were at a 4-year University AWAY from Carbondale, but trust me, it’s better if you attend community college first for free before you decide to go into student debt (AH!). You can survive a couple more years in Carbondale. Besides, it’s almost like a whole different world on campus. You won’t even remember that you’re only 15 minutes from home (well of course until you go outside to get in your car, or look out the window). Speaking of your car: Yes, I know you’re having troubles with your old car that your stepdad has... Read more

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag (Happy Birthday!)

By Diamond on November 22, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

WHOA! Thank God for another year! As my 23rd birthday comes to a close and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, a thought comes to mind: By this time next year, I’ll be 9 months into a new life in Berlin, Germany -- celebrating my 24th birthday away from the people I love and have known for years. Does that scare me? Surprisingly, no. It actually excites me! It excites me to know that I have the honor of celebrating a birthday in the midst of doing a work that God has called me to. Now what about Thanksgiving? Well, Germans don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving - at least in the American... Read more

Did you ever imagine this?

By Christina on November 21, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Dear high-school freshman Christina, Did you ever imagine this? You are going overseas for two years. Going to Ireland to do youth ministry and community outreach.   Let’s rewind.  After you started going to youth group again your sophomore year of high school, you truly made your faith your own. You decided that you were going to be obedient to the Lord’s voice, no matter where He may call you. You graduated college with a Biology degree, and you may never use it directly. You graduated with no intention of going to medical school anymore. But the Lord has given you peace about having a... Read more

The World, The Flesh, and The Devil

By Anthony on October 29, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Spiritual warfare is a reality and a serious part in working overseas. It is also a topic not spoken about enough in church. The major thrust of spiritual warfare is not the more sensational types of demonic manifestations. The primary battle is over control of our daily lives. The problem is that if our worldview does not include a correct view of our Father and does not see Satan as a functional part of this struggle, we will wrestle with flesh and blood and forget we are also spiritual beings wrestling with principalities and powers.  In spiritual battle, we face three adversaries – The... Read more

Living Worthy of the Call

By Diamond on October 25, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

“Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received.” -Ephesians 4:1 Before we begin, I would like to define the word prisoner and clarify what it means to be a “prisoner in the Lord.” Prisoner: a person captured. After Jesus died on the cross, he renewed the covenant between man and God that we broke: he redeemed us to himself. He captured our hearts and our souls so that we might remain in him and have eternal life. He wants to keep us with him: he wants to protect us. So when we are a prisoner of Jesus, we are captured and protected by him... Read more

What is Your Goliath?

By Christina on October 16, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4-7) "And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.  And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron." Would you want to face this champion? Personally, I wouldn't, and neither did any of the Israelite men. I... Read more

Amazing Partners

By Anthony on September 26, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Just over a year ago today I began raising support in California. Depending only on the Lord to provide through the many people who are alongside me today. It was during those conversations and appointments that the Holy Spirit guided my time to bring me in touch with most, if not all of you, and I cannot help but be grateful to our Father for such amazing partners. I truly look forward to sending you newsletters each month and I am so honored to hear back from you too with your own updates and prayer requests. This blog has also been a way I can connect with you because I’ve made it a place... Read more

Wait Wait Wait....You Want Me to go WHERE?

By Diamond on September 15, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

This is the face I made when God told me that I would be going overseas for 2 years. Now if you know me well, this was the last thing that was on my mind. When God made it clear to me that I would be going to Berlin for two years to work with youth, I laughed. I doubted. I shook my head thinking that He had made a mistake -- but God doesn’t make mistakes. He is perfect. You might be slightly curious how I got to this point: So this is the story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became a goer beyond... Read more

He Has Called Me Higher

By Christina on September 14, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Imagine this. You are sitting out in the woods and you just have this feeling. You truly aren't sure what this feeling is, but you start leaning into it. You think that it is excitement, but it seems like it is more than that. You think it is amazement, but you realize that feeling is because you are in God's Creation. You think that it is nervousness, but that doesn't make sense for you in this situation. As you continue to spend some more time reflecting, you realize that it is a specific calling from God on your life. This was me just over a year ago when God told me that I was going to be... Read more

Time

By Hope on August 21, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

It’s a funny thing! According to the Oxford Dictionary, time is “the indefinite continued progress of existence, events, etc. in past, present, and future regarded as a whole.” With that being said, time is measurable for us. We like to refer to things in the past, present, and future as though our memories are on a timeline. If you think about it, each day we have 1,440 minutes. That means each week we have 10,080 minutes and to go even further than that, we have approximately 43,800 minutes per month!!! YHWH has abundantly blessed me by going above and beyond my expectations. Within two... Read more