Goer blogs

Through The Ceiling

By Dana on October 3, 2019 Track: Business Region: Asia - Central

Dear Readers,  Firstly, I'm so sorry you haven't heard from me in forever. Somehow over the summer this website wouldn't let me post anything. It seems to be working again so Let me start my catch - up with a story from back in May .... The thing about concrete block buildings is you never hear your next-door neighbors. You do, however, hear your upstairs, downstairs, and diagonally situated ones. Sometimes even from two floors away (we’ve had a neighbor complain about loud noises from my boss’ apartment...when they weren’t even home).  My upstairs neighbors are a young couple, I’ll call them... Read more

No Longer Foreigners and Strangers

By Maggie on September 15, 2019 Track: Business Region: Europe

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”                                                                                                                             -Ephesians 2:19-22 This is a passage of... Read more

I Understand the Wind

By Katy on September 13, 2019 Track: Business Region: Europe

I understand the wind. One moment here and the other there. It is restless, constant, silent in word and loud in action. I understand the wind. When it goes, it’s gone. Oh wait, that’s a Paul Simon song. I understand the wind. Say, does it understand me? I do hope it returns the sentiment.   What does it mean to understand the wind? Perhaps this question is abnormal. Perhaps you did not expect to be asked such a question. Yet, my question remains. What does it mean to understand the wind? This question encompasses the past four years in my life. I have perceived that life on earth is but a... Read more

Transition

By Maddy on September 1, 2019 Track: Business Region: Latin America

In May my church made the switch from being in a temporary building to a more permanent building we have keys to. So, we were in full gear for about one full month - painting, cleaning, scrubbing, installing new technology, making the building our home.  Throughout the summer I helped my church and missions team receive and serve alongside about 4 different short-term-missions teams.    It was a whole lot - like a whole lot.    I didn’t know that my Spanish was good enough to translate on the spot - I didn’t know that Mexicans had expectations of North Americans and that North Americans had... Read more

Holy Trinity mission trip, event in a brothel and new girl at Casa Adalia

By Claire on July 15, 2019 Track: Business Region: Latin America

Thank you for your continual love, prayers and support! Click below to watch my new video blog about our ministry in Ecuador: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiulNOmM5WQ Read more

Mi Casa es Tu Casa

By Maddy on June 9, 2019 Track: Business Region: Latin America

I have been told that Mexicans are more welcoming more “warm climate” natured than those in the states. I shrugged my shoulders and said “okay” This past week I have been living in that observation.  It’s intensified when these Mexicans I’ve been loved by are also Christians. A series of very sad events took place this week - but Christ was glorified in all. My sweet sweet host sister passed away in a car accident.  It hurt so much and I felt like a blubbering mess for 3 days. My cheeks hurt from all the crying and all the wind that made them rosier than usual. But the body of Christ... Read more

Making Mexico Home

By Maddy on May 31, 2019 Track: Business Region: Latin America

So, I’ve been here in Mexico for about 5 months, which is a little crazy to think about. I understand SO MUCH Spanish, which is crazy, considering I didn’t speak any before I came here to Mexico. I gave my friend a tour around Mexico and even translated things for my friend. WHAT. I feel comfortable in many different neighborhoods here. I have found friends, like real humans who tell me not to apologize for who I am, who push me to do things I might find embarrassing and are in my corner as my hypeman shouting in Spanish and English. W  O  W I am learning Spanish also through singing. I am... Read more

Letter to a Future Goer

By AaronK on April 20, 2019 Track: Business Region: Europe

Dear Future Goer:   I want to share my story as being a wildcard member of the missions community, if there are people that don’t feel like they directly fit into the missions’ field in some way, shape, or form. I’m sharing you my story of change, grace, and maturity. It’s also important for me to share that this is also a story of struggle and watching God in just how mysterious His ways are, There are many times that what God does or doesn’t do cannot be justified, and when God does bring favor in how much joy it does bring. This is the wisdom gained through how God sent me to Berlin,... Read more

Exciting News

By Claire on April 12, 2019 Track: Business Region: Latin America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxDmTtSL_ms Click the above link to watch my latest video about being back in Ecuador, Casa Adalia milestones, street outreach boldness, prayer requests and more! Read more

Memorizing Metro Stops

By Maddy on April 4, 2019 Track: Business Region: Latin America

I keep telling people, I don't really miss my home, and that I feel comfortable here. I think some people in Mexico and in the states don't believe me. But, two and a half months in and it feels like home, like I don’t feel out of place. Probably thanks to my nomadic childhood, that continued into my nomadic adulthood. When I relocate to a new city, I like to walk everywhere, it’s the fastest way for me to get comfortable with a city and since I do not have a car (or license) public transportation is my good friend. I associate metro/subway stops with what’s there. While I lived in New York,... Read more