Goer blogs

Moving Countries

By Christy on August 20, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

So I'm moving in a few weeks. I never expected to have visa issues in my current host country. It should have been perfectly fine for me to finish my term here next March, but that has been cut short by six months. I will complete my two years, but it will look very different. I'm staying in Europe, just moving to a new country with a new language. Through the Lord's provision, I actually get to pursue my future plans ahead of schedule: for the next six months I will study the language in my new host country and get an overview of the ministry options there. I'm praying it will be an... Read more

Accents

By Christy on July 4, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Y'all, I think I've been away from the South too long. Today at the center where I teach English, we had a short term team of Americans come to visit and help out. I didn't have a chance to talk to them at first, but I overheard bits and pieces of their conversations with our regular Wednesday morning students. The American visitors all had pretty strong accents, so I was trying to guess where they might be from. I thought maybe they were all from the Midwest. I was wrong. They're from Mississippi! An accent I should have been familiar with! I laughed to myself when I realized that I could no... Read more

Sometimes in English Class

By Christy on June 12, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Sometimes life is hard, and work is tiring. Sometimes you lose sight of what God has called you to. But then sometimes God brings encouragement to remind you. Sometimes He works it out for only one of your English students to come to class. Sometimes that student just wants to talk and have a bit of company, so you spend the entire class period chatting, for conversational practice of course. Sometimes she leads the conversation and talks about life, beliefs, good works, sin, fasting, judgement day, heaven and hell, and forgiveness. You get to share with her the effect that Jesus' sacrifice... Read more

Sunshine

By Christy on April 23, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Where I live, it's normally overcast. We don't get a lot of sunshine. Last week, however, we had several warm, sunny days. It was wonderful. Not only because of the vitamin D, but also because so many people were out and about. The parks were full of happy people taking in the sun with their friends and family. My housemates and I were even able to eat lunch and dinner in our backyard one day. We knew the sun and the warmth wouldn't last. It's already back to cold and cloudy now. But those uplifting days reminded me to rejoice and be glad for each day that the Lord makes. Praise the Lord for... Read more

Unexpected

By Christy on April 2, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Back in the States, it was just a normal part of life that I would listen to music and sing along as I drove from place to place in my little car. I've noticed lately, though, that I don't have much of a singing voice anymore. I wouldn't claim to be a great singer, but whatever ability I had before seems to have disappeared. I wondered at first what could be affecting my vocal chords. I mean, my speaking voice is still the same as it's always been, so why is singing so different?  Then I realized, "Oh, I'm just out of practice." I don't drive here. I walk everywhere I go. My former personal... Read more

The Halfway Point

By Christy on March 7, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Today marks one year since I arrived in my host country! That means I am halfway through my commitment as a Goer. On one hand, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been here a year already. On the other hand, so much has happened this past year that I almost feel as though I have always been here. I wish I could share right now everything I’ve learned since last March, but that would take a whole lot of time and a whole lot of words. So I’ll try to sum up the themes: God provides. He gives us what we need. He knows us. Sometimes, He gives us what we hope for even when we don’t see any point in... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By John on January 8, 2018 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

If God has indeed led you to this, He will give you the strength and grace to make it through, even if “making it through” means leaving the field before two years is up. It will not be easy; some days will make two years seem like an eternity. He has opened to you the way to eternity through Christ, though, and He will be with you even when you can’t feel it. Remember to show yourself grace. The place you’ve been, probably a college in your culture hopefully surrounded by people who love you, get you, and point you to Jesus, is worlds apart from where you’re going. God is the same, though,... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Alexander on December 19, 2017 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

      Well my friends, all good things must come to an end. To quote my homeboy Tolkien, “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” But alas, here we are at the end of two years after oceans and mountains, laughs and tears, and a whole lot of God doing some pretty neat things (usually in spite me me!).   To my friends, family, and supporters: thank you! This journey was incredible primarily because you were a part of it. Let’s keep this thing up!  To future Goers, I’m sorry. I can’t sum up everything I’d like to say to you in a succinct blog post. I’ll do my best, but if... Read more

Food and (American) Football

By Christy on November 29, 2017 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Last week was my first time celebrating Thanksgiving outside of the States. Honestly, I didn’t feel especially homesick on Thursday because it was just a normal day here; Thanksgiving isn’t really recognized in my host country.  Maybe I would have felt the holiday’s absence later on after diving into Christmas celebrations, or maybe I wouldn’t have missed it at all. Thankfully, though, I had a wonderful opportunity to share this part of American culture with a bunch of friends from all over the world. One of my American teammates decided to organize a... Read more

Nervous but Excited, pt. 2

By Alexander on November 15, 2017 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

Today was my last day in the Middle East (for now…). The call to prayer woke me up unfortunately (I usually sleep through it…) at 5 am, I rode a crowded metro into the heart of the city, spent my morning haggling with vendors over a pocket full of pyramid souvenirs, followed a stranger into a sketchy back alley to buy shoes, ate a bean sandwich for breakfast at 2:00pm, me and my roommate just ate dinner with our hands while sitting on the floor, and I slammed back a cup of Turkish coffee at 9:00pm.            Today was my last day in the Middle East, and it wasn’t much different from any... Read more