Goer blogs

Needing Community

By Christy on November 14, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

I’ve had moments over the last few months when I’ve thought this is all up to me. It all depends on my strength and my ability and how hard I work. I get caught up in the idea that raising support rests solely on my shoulders. Even when my eyes are focused on Jesus and I’m depending on Him for strength and ability, it still feels like it’s just me sometimes, as if I’m the only person in this equation.   So the other day, I was updating a few of my friends on my support raising. I explained that I only had a little bit left to raise – some monthly and some start up. These friends are already... Read more

A Change of Pace

By John on November 5, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

So I am terrible at blogging consistently, but I finally have something that would be really easy to blog about! I just got back a couple days ago from a trip that was entirely different from my normal routine here. I went with a group of other workers to a refugee camp in a country south of mine to help with a trauma healing workshop, and it was an unforgettable experience! Everything in that country was so much more stereotypically "Africa" than I am used to! The dirt was red, there were termite mounds, there were kids in various states of (un)dress running up to say "Imfinethankyou" in... Read more

On the Brink

By Alexander on October 19, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

Honestly, I’ve probably written at least three blog posts for this/last month but didn’t post any of them. Let’s chalk it up to busyness laziness. After last night, I think I finally know what I should get out there this month: I’m on the brink. Not in a crazy, needing medication kind of way. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.                 A lot of the hopes and dreams I had in coming into this environment seem just on the edge of becoming realities. They don’t seem intangible and far off anymore. They seem close and real. Since the summer I’ve focused on abiding in the Lord. Meaning,... Read more

Roller Coaster

By Christy on October 13, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

Trying to decide what to blog about before I'm even overseas is difficult. I expect to have plenty of stories to tell from my experiences in a different culture, but what stories should I tell now? It's not that there's nothing to tell. God is definitely working through so much in my life, but I end up taking it all for granted. I'm thankful that this blog is part of my job because it's making me reflect on the last several weeks, which convicts me of my lack of appreciation for all that God has done and provided. To be honest, this support raising campaign has been a roller coaster. I've... Read more

The Importance of Waiting

By Christy on September 12, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

I like to journal when I pray so I can go back and see where God has answered one thing or another and see how He has grown me and changed me over time and through different circumstances. I looked at a particular entry today and noticed that I had recorded a quote from Charles Spurgeon: "If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord's people have always been... Read more

Here We Go!

By Christy on August 31, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Europe

So much has happened in the past week and a half. I've traveled further north in the US than I ever had before, I've made so many new friends, I've learned a ton of information about what I'll be doing overseas, I've absorbed valuable information about support raising appointments, and I've witnessed God confirm His calling for me over and over. I am completely blown away by His love for me and His excitement about what I'm stepping into, and He's pouring that excitement into me.  I went from training with my sending organization straight to GoWeek, and I wasn't sure how I would handle all of... Read more

Home Sweet Help!

By Alexander on August 28, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

I remember studying in a Linguistic Pragmatics class that human conversation can be likened to a play. Meaning, we take up various roles in the conversation and fulfill them in the ways we talk. There’s the boss and employee; the buyer and seller; the student and mentor; and the helpless foreigner and faithful guide. Human conversation and experience can definitely be likened to a play sometimes, and this play was all too interesting to watch unfold as me and a fellow worker friend navigated finding a new apartment in a city of twenty-million people over the last couple days.             To... Read more

Commitment Issues

By John on August 19, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

I'm a person who really enjoys languages. I like words, how they can be tweaked and shifted around to make something so beautiful as a poem or so silly as a pun. I like the challenge of figuring out a new language, seeing how the words relate to each other in ways different than I am used to. Since I started learning Spanish when I was fourteen, I've enjoyed dabbling in other languages, studying what I could here and there. I'm noticing that things are different now, though; language learning is my job here, and I'm seeing with Arabic that language-learning really is work. I have to... Read more

Time to Work

By Alexander on August 9, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

“Skateboard shoes, skateboard shoes, skateboard shoes…” I don’t why this childhood memory, of all things, sticks out to me so consistently now as an adult. I was probably 10 or 11 years old, wanted a new pair of skateboard shoes, so my Dad put me (and my siblings) to work  to lay a new spread of grass in our yard. The payoff for my labor would be skateboard shoes. With every drag of the rake breaking up dirt to plant the grass he told me to just repeat it in my head to remind me why I was working, “Skateboard shoes, skateboard shoes, skateboard shoes.”                 I’m really thankful for... Read more

8 Hours Later

By Alexander on June 28, 2016 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

One common theme I’ve noticed in myself and other Goer’s I’ve kept in touch with as we’ve sojourned on this journey has to do with the theme of expectations. We all had them coming into this process, and almost all of us have had expectations shattered, exceeded, and everything in between. One thing I know I (unadmittedly) expected was a type of adventure somewhere along the lines of Lord of the Rings and the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The reality about living overseas though, is that most of it is just that: living. You get up, eat breakfast, learn language, work projects, buy groceries,... Read more