Goer blogs

I Prayed that God would Shut the Door (June 2, 2018)

By Emily on February 13, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

  June 2, 2018 I prayed that God would shut the door. On day two of training (May 28, 2018) one of the leaders referred to the goers (me included) as missionaries. Instantly my entire body rejected this new piece of information as false and I zoned out for the rest of the session. I’m not a missionary, I’m not qualified, I’m barely trained and more importantly I don’t deserve the title. Missionaries are in their late 30’s, in the jungles, transcribing Bibles while mosquitoes feed the next generation with their blood. That’s not me, I’m on my way to Croatian (now Bulgaria) to hang out with... Read more

Oh You of Little Faith

By Diamond on February 11, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Faith. A 5-letter word that could easily make you or break you. The thing about faith though is we get to choose how it affects us and other aspects throughout our lives. But what is faith? The author of Hebrews defines it as this: “...the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen (11:7).” Faith is not fleeting but is substantial enough to generate confidence. In simpler terms: faith leads to confidence. When we look throughout the Bible, nearly everyone who accomplished anything succeeded because of the faith that they had in God. Of course, their faith wasn’t always... Read more

All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

By Diamond on January 22, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

“Wait.” A word that most of America can’t bear to hear. We are so used to getting the things we want with the snap of our fingers -- whether it’s the newest iPhone or something we bought on Amazon Prime -- that we are just annoyed with the idea that we possibly have to wait. Don’t believe me? Let’s brainstorm. Have you ever found yourself getting annoyed when a 10-second AD rudely interrupts your YouTube or Facebook video or when you’re playing your favorite game on your phone? Do you get irritated when your favorite show on Netflix won’t release another season for the next 3 months? Have you... Read more

Since God Chose You

By Christina on January 13, 2019 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Since God Chose You...     The Lord has been teaching me so many things during support raising. One of the biggest things would be what it means to truly live out each of these things that Paul is talking about in Colossians 3. What would it look like if we encompassed each of these qualities? Since God chose us we should be clothing ourselves in each of these things. As you read, think to yourself if you are completely and honestly clothing yourself in these things. Compassionate hearts – Having a heart that is filled with mercy and compassion. In the way that you are responding to God and... Read more

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