Goer blogs

Dear Griever, You Are Not Alone

By Hannah on April 9, 2021 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Latin America

Dear Fellow Griever, I am naturally terrible at change. From childhood, I’ve avoided or fought against the unexpected, the unknown, and the new. I find it ironic that God has led me to cross-cultural missions, because missionaries constantly have to deal with all of these things, and even embrace them!  Over time I’ve grown in my willingness to adapt. I lived in Nicaragua for three months, Uganda for ten weeks, and moved here to Mexico last year, expecting to stay two years. Because I’ve had all this past experience with cross-cultural ministry, I didn’t expect to struggle with the change... Read more

A Love That is Undeserved

By Autumn on March 12, 2021 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

In the fall of last year, I was still in full-time language school – the main focus of my ministry. What was unique about this month though was that I was basically studying one-on-one with my teacher, since my other classmates never came to class. This gave me the unique opportunity to get to know her really well. Since the first day I met her, I knew there was something different about her. She had a curious spirit. Since the day we met, I hadn't been able to get her out of my head. I'd been thinking about her and her heart every day, praying that the Lord would continue to reveal Himself... Read more

All the Feels.

By Sarah on February 19, 2021 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

13 days. I am moving to the Middle East in just thirteen short days, God willing. I have a lot of feelings about this. It seems like each day brings a new emotion or feeling. Somedays I am so ready and just absolutely stoked to be moving overseas, while other days I get teary thinking about saying goodbye to so many people I love. I am already a pretty emotional, so I have found it challenging to balance my feelings and thoughts. In all of this emotional mess, God has really been teaching me about His character and His love for me.   I remember early in the support raising journey, a GoCorps... Read more

2/14

By Amanda on February 14, 2021 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day! 1 John 4:19 (ESV), We love because he first loved us. I learned a bit about penance today in a church sermon so this Valentine's Day, both love and works based faith are on my mind. I am unsure of many things, but I know that God is good, that he forgives me continually, and that he loves me no matter what. We often sin against others and without realizing any offense. Knowing this, guilt and worry still have no place because God forgives us freely and every time. There is freedom without shame in God's continued love and forgiveness. I am pleased to share... Read more

How Did I Get Here?

By Karis on January 22, 2021 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: United States

A global pandemic. A time of political unrest in the last country I ever thought I would want to serve in. A God whose plan is WAY bigger than mine. These factors play into where I am, but they don't answer the question of how I got to the point of serving in America in the midst of it all. Proverbs 19:21 says, "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Originally, my placement with GoCorps was in another country. My plan was to go to the nations, but through a series of events, I ended up feeling called to serve those coming FROM the nations to our... Read more

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