Goer blogs

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

Contact On The Train

By Anthony on August 12, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

I would like to tell a story about something that happened where I observed in myself a stress response to something cultural. I thought I would share this personal story because I’ve recently been asked about culture shock and what it looks like here in North Africa. Just recently after leaving language class with Nick and Annie (not their real names), we walked to the Metro station and boarded the train to go home. Nick and Annie work at my school and I am starting to become good friends with them here. They both are not cousins and each identify as “Christian” although, the government... Read more

Pressing In

By Anthony on July 23, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

Arriving here a while ago, I remember being encouraged by my language helper to jump right into language and go for it with new friends by starting to put some sentences together. Except, sometimes just introducing yourself in the language can give the impression that you can speak more then you intended. Surprisingly, I found myself being laughed and teased at a bit, being slow to speak some words. I found it can be hard to even laugh at yourself when mistakes are just too much, making it more awkward depending on the culture. When I shared some experiences with my language helper, his... Read more

Identified Christians

By Anthony on June 20, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

In some countries, people must identify their newborns at birth as either Muslim or Christian. These are the only two choices. This identity is literally carried around with the person and can often determine different privileges or drawbacks throughout their life. Combine this decision with the perceptions of shame culture, how difficult might you think it is to actually be told the truth? Since arriving over two months ago, I was at first surprised at just how many identified Christians are here. It was as if everyone not observing Ramadan was Christian and everyone that seemed to be... Read more

Weightless

By Anthony on June 20, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

During Ramadan, life changes more drastically here. Outwardly, cousins fast from sunrise to sunset. Everyone else, are to respect that commitment, even when it is not expected. Inwardly, it is common for cousins to believe Christians will try to tempt them to break their fast, even if it is an unintentional sip of water. Displays that lack restraint can perpetuate the perception of neglect and disregard for cousins beliefs, increasing a divide, rather than bridging it. So, why then do cousins fast? On the Metro, it is now more common to see nearly every passenger reading their Quran on their... Read more

It's Here?

By Hope on June 15, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

A year ago I was walking around Swaziland hand-in-hand with laughing kiddos who had dripping ice cream cones in their hands. Seven months ago I was accepted into a program at my University that sends graduates abroad to serve globally for two years. Three months ago I made the decision to spend my two years in North Africa on the Youth Development tract. A month ago I graduated from Azusa Pacific University. One week ago I arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for an intensive week-long training that would equip me for raising support. Now I am back in my hometown and ready to hit the ground... Read more

The Real Adventure

By Anthony on April 25, 2018 Track: Youth Development Region: Africa - North

There is a lot of history where I now live. Stone carvings, giant monuments, a full river, churches, temples, mosques, caves, parks, and desert places, the list goes on for literally 1000s of years. In a couple weeks since arriving, I’ve been reflecting on the gradual adjustment of calling this place home and my team home and this culture home. I think home is found in faith and as fun as it is to explore and share the places I’m now surrounded in, beginning to live here has instead been more about learning a way of life different than what I know while developing my faith to have discernment... Read more