Goer blogs

Who, Where, Why, What!?

By Evelyn on October 19, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

Hi! I’m so excited you’re joining me in this journey, from wherever you might be as you read this (feel free to comment below where you’re at)! I look forward to using this blog as a means to share stories from my time on the field, but before I get too far ahead of myself, introductions are in order. My name is Evelyn. I’m twenty-two, a recent university graduate with degrees in psychology and humanities, and in just four months I’m moving to Central Asia for two years of ministry. I'm gonna share three more random things about me before I dive into why you’re really here.  One, I’m really... Read more

About Me!

By Lauren on October 19, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Asia - Central

Hey, welcome to my blog! I want to share a little bit about myself to help you get to know me. First off, I am a recent grad with a BA in Intercultural Studies. I first heard about GoCorps during my senior year in college when a representative from the organization came and spoke in my Gen ed Biology class, telling us about the different placements they had. Although I didn’t originally think I would pursue this path, here I am a year later getting ready to go to Central Asia as a Community Development Coordinator. The reason I chose to go is because there are people all over the world who... Read more

Finally Arrived

By Eleanor on July 31, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: United States

What to write? So much has happened in the last 3 weeks since I've been here! I'm so so thankful for all of you who have lifted me up in this process of transition. The Father has been faithful in giving me the strength I've needed to dig in and start acclimating to the city. And He has been so good to me in showing me that I'm not alone.    Life has been filled with training and orientation to my job and role. While it is at times overwhelming, I've been so glad to stay occupied and have opportunities to get out in the city and meet (physically distanced) with coworkers and new found friends... Read more

Confession Time

By Grace on July 27, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

So confession to make, I'm not exactly a poster child for an "accomplished" cross cultural worker. I have been based in three different countries and continents in the last year and a half. I didn't get too far in language learning because my heart was learning the language of being uprooted again and again. I kept offering out of a tank that was empty, believing I was modeling healthy ways to pour out ones self. As I spiraled downwards, I told myself this was cross cultral work. You go, go, and go and walk away a much better person because of all the things you pushed through. This is... Read more

A Prayer

By Grace on June 1, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Giver of Life, May we be a people that seek your justice and righteousness. May we we quick to listen, slow to speak and and slow to become angry when we do not understand. May wounds that have been open for years be tended to by a tender Savior. May your good news bring transformational healing in our world today. Show us how to love one another not just in words, but in action. Let us live out a life of kingdom living.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On Earth as it is in Heaven.  Amen.     Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Read more

Happy Easter!

By Grace on April 5, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

Hello all! I don't have any profound thoughts to say right now in this season of change. I'm sure you've had your fair share of thoughts via the news, social media, etc. I just wanted to pop in to share a song that has given me hope in this season. Happy Holy Week my friends. The darkness cannot and will not overcome. He is Risen.    https://youtu.be/LsmksHRQQi0 Read more

My Letter To Future Goers

By Chelsea on February 18, 2020 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

My letter to future goers: Taking two years of your life to move to a new country and serve people in the name of God is no small matter. Here are some things I wish someone would have told me before I moved halfway across the world. Start by doing your research. I don’t just mean googling the easy things to find about your host country. Try to find a local in your hometown from that country and take them to coffee. Start reading books by people from the area to which you are moving. There is no better way to learn about the culture than hearing the voices of those who have lived there and... Read more

Life Happens Here Too

By Grace on December 23, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

I recently entered into a season of rest that required me to leave East Africa.  When I left, there were so many fears. "Do I have a place to belong? Has all of this been for nothing?" My biggest fear: "Life is going to happen without me. I'm missing out on so much."   Three months later, and I've seen that it's true. Life has and does happen without me. The work in East Africa is continuing. Local brothers and sisters are growing in the faith and God is continuing the kingdom work. Problems have risen that have had to be given over to God. Relationships have been built and stories have been... Read more

And Here We GO!

By Eleanor on September 18, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: United States

It's surreal to realize that I will be moving away from the state I've lived in for 25 years of my life in less than 6 months to a completely new city and surrounding for 2 years. I sit here and wonder, "how did this happen?" The truth is, it didn't happen on my own. GOD is the only reason I've gotten this far. He has captured my heart and led me through each difficulty and barrier.       As I followed the steps that brought me to GoCorps I came upon the placement in Eastern U.S  working with refugees and as I read through the description it just felt right. I had always seen missions as... Read more

Beauty in the Present

By Grace on September 11, 2019 Track: Community Development Region: Africa - North

When I first arrived to East Africa 9 months ago, my desire was to use this time as a stepping stone. I had goals for my future in minstry and I wanted to know what was next. I wanted to reach my end goal, and time seemed to be dragging. Here's the thing, we often overlook the beauty in the present if we only look to what's next. I don't mean to sound like your mom, but maybe you need to hear this too. God has used the last three months to turn my life upside down. He desires me, whole hearted and abandoned before the throne.  So what does this look like for me? Well, it looks like giving up... Read more