Goer blogs

Advent Reflections

By Hannah on December 15, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Latin America

The observance of Advent, a time of heart preparation for the celebration of Jesus Christ becoming flesh, is not something I’ve been very aware of or focused on in past years. This year I am seeking to more fully engage in anticipation and longing for the coming of Jesus into our weakness and need as Savior, Counselor, Healer, and Prince of Peace. What a gracious and loving God who would humble Himself in this way to restore to us the relationship with Him that we had rejected! I’m enjoying a weekly advent devotional with the church plant team in Mexico City, and also going through this free... Read more

...but God is with us.

By Sarah on December 7, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

I am in week 10 of support raising and just found out that I am fully funded… WHAT? This is wild and crazy and 100% a testimony of the Lord’s provision. With this mega milestone reached I have started to reflect on this support raising journey. I remember how I felt right before GoWeek. I was so anxious about support raising. My mind ran rampant with fears about how others would perceive me while support raising, how they would react when I presented a financial ask, and thinking about what would happen if I couldn’t raise enough support. I also remember feeling like I shouldn’t be feeling... Read more

Jesus for the Nations

By Christine on November 20, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Hello there, potential goers, family, and friends,  Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog. In my blogs, I will be referred to as Christine for protection reasons.  I am an APU alum and passionate about sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus with others. Just as Christ has changed my life, so too he desires the world to know his unconditional love that transforms.  I’m thrilled to share with you that I am heading overseas to serve for two years in the Middle East. I honestly didn't think it would be possible to go after graduation due to student loans but God made a way through a... Read more

Anticipation and Preparation

By Amanda on October 30, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Hello! My name is Amanda Yates and I will be serving in Granada, Spain as a Community Outreach Advocate. Currently, I am living in Minneapolis where there has been snow on the ground since mid-October. While I will surely miss the snow, I will not miss the hassle of daily living or the biting cold. I have truly loved my time living here and the community and dear friendships that I have here, but when God calls, you Go! I graduated from University of Northwestern - St. Paul in 2019 with a B.S. in Communication Studies and a minor in Bible and in Art. Since then I have lived in the area and... Read more

Finding My Why

By Hanna on October 20, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Is missions really right for me?  Is GoCorps really right for me?  I have already started my career.... Should I really be uprooting my entire life? These are all questions that plagued me as I started this journey of pursing full-time mission work 1.5 years ago.  My name is Hanna- I am a daughter, a friend, an avid skier, an amateur chef (amateur being the key word there), and a professional Event Planner for a fortune 200 company in Denver, Colorado. My life is full. I have an incredible community, a church that I love, and the best friends that I have ever had in my life. Yet, I felt like... Read more

This is Not What I Expected

By Anthony on October 19, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - East

4 years ago, if you asked me if I’d like to pursue international missions I’d certainly say no and even if I was given the opportunity to do such, I would most likely turn down such an offer. Yet, everything changed for me during college. It's funny because I entered college as a biology major with the plans to be an optometrist, but it only took me a semester to realize how bad I am at science, lol, and so then social work became the new plan. During my freshman year of college, I participated in a weeklong service trip, with only the intention of getting service credits, with my school to... Read more

Zebras, Ponds, & Patty Fields

By Julia on October 19, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Hey guys, my name is (not) Julia (but it is here, you catchin' my vibe?)! I’m excited you have found my page and are delving forward into the beginning of my story! First up: those fun facts to break the ice (we like these, right?)! 1) I grew up in a military family and we moved from coast to coast every few years! 2) For sixteen years of my life, my dad had me completely convinced that we had a pet Zebra named Stripes until I was two! 3) In another life, I would be a Thai woman working in a rice patty field (that lush greenery, the water, the HAT… oh yeah!). Hopefully this paints the picture... Read more

IT'S HAPPENING

By Sarah on October 19, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

IT'S HAPPENING! Wow, I am a month into support raising and actively preparing to move 5,000 miles away to minister to refugees. Is this real life?! But it is real, this is happening, all by the power and directing of our Good God. I am not who I thought God would use for this job. I don’t have the ideal resume for this role, I am young and just starting to figure out life, and I am not a perfect Christian. But the Lord doesn’t call us to be perfect in order to be used, He just desires our ‘yes’ and willingness to submit to Him in every aspect of life. This doesn’t always look pretty, there is... Read more

Joy and Sorrow

By Hannah on September 3, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Latin America

Joy and Sorrow The spring and summer of the year 2020 has been a roller coaster of emotions and experiences in my life. In March I came back after only three weeks on the mission field I’d committed to for two years, and I have never understood better the meaning of the phrase “having the rug pulled out from under you.” However, I was grateful and confident that God led me to be in Colorado for this time, and it soon became more clear why.  In the month of July I stood up next to two of my dearest friends as they got married. I watched my brother go through two surgeries and an ER visit due... Read more

Failed Dream

By Jeanne on March 31, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

In many ways, it feels like a failed first few months in my designated country. I planned to spread the word about how evil human-trafficking is, I wanted to rescue girls from bad situations and teach them skills to make a living. Reality has really kicked me down - I can hardly have a conversation let alone make a speech about human-trafficking, can someone explain how I can rescue girls from a trafficking situation (in a third world country I've never been before??), and I don't know any skills to teach others (not ones that are sustainable for people living in poverty). Before I left I was... Read more