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My Letter To Future Goers

By Lindsey on June 2, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

So, here I am, in America. It has been twenty months to the day since I left for South Asia and I still can't believe how fast it went by. Technically I am "home" now but it feels like I'm in this very farmiliar place and my home is on the other side of the world. I don't think I ever really thought South Asia could become my home, but it did and I think a part of me will always miss it. These last two years I saw how a team of total strangers can become a family. I learned how to love and how to be honest and how to communicate while living with my team, but mostly I learned about what it... Read more

Broken-Down Cars and Stuttered Starts

By John on May 31, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

I think I've known for a while, at least theoretically, that being a missionary requires a lot of flexibility. Things happen that you just can't explain, and you have to work around them and do the best you can to not get frustrated. I hadn't had a ton of experience with that kind of thing prior to GoWeek, but I knew that I probably would as I really entered my life as a missionary. Of course, then, it makes sense that my car would break down near the beginning of GoWeek. As I was accelerating into an intersection, in the middle of Minneapolis, with people in my car when we needed to be... Read more

GoWeek to WentWeek

By Alexander on May 30, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

I started GoWeek expecting to be taught how I was going to grind through a summer of burdensome support raising. Instead, my eyes were opened to the opportunity and ministry I have before me for the next 100 days as I intentionally pursue my community in mobilizing them to reach Muslims in the Middle East. In addition to realizing that this week, for the first time in my life I was surrounded by people equally as passionate and adventurous when it comes it going to the nations with the gospel. A group of 20 missionaries that clicked so fast it was almost unsettling, but, at the same time it... Read more

Nervous but Excited

By Alexander on May 28, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

(If that title immediately takes you to an SNL skit featuring Zach Efron, that's ok.) Have you ever been so excited that you didn't know what to do with your hands? Yea, I'm there! Have you ever been so nervous that your feet felt like they were stuck in the mud, and to just take one more step forward would require all your remaining effort just to end up possibly face planting? Yea, I'm there too. When approaching the future filled with support raising and going, in one moment Im a runner in the starting blocks, and the next moment my knees are too wobbly to even walk. But the important fact... Read more

Gotta Start Somewhere, Right?

By John on May 28, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Middle East

As I begin this journey that I feel God is calling me to, I can already sense the beauty and the difficulty that so often intertwine in His work. It has been very much a process for me to get to this point, but everything about it feels right. The work that I will be doing in the Middle East with learning Arabic and volunteering wherever I can as I learn seems to be like an answer to prayers and a strange longing I've felt towards that region for years. I am expectant and hopeful as I anticipate God's revealing to me just why He has placed that desire in my heart. Along with the hope, I... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Celeste on May 18, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

These last two years have presented me with many ups and downs. Living in another culture insures that there will be many aspects of life that will go against the grain of what you are used to doing, thinking, or feeling. In the midst of all this I have learned that it is extremely important to pick your battles carefully. Sometimes tension arises due to cultural differences that are amoral and of little consequence. Don’t let these sorts of things get under your skin or become a bigger deal then they need to be. Weigh whether or not fighting against those things is going to be worth your... Read more

Honestly

By Jessica on April 28, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

Honesty. Sometimes that can be a hard word. However, it's an important virtue in our world. This past Sunday our pastor at church gave a message about Psalm 73. What struck me the most was that the psalmist was just being honest. How he felt was how he told it. Although I am an optimist, putting a positive spin on EVERYTHING, his message inspired me to think deeply about how I really feel about different things coming up in my life. Honestly I hate the unknown. The recent earthquake in Nepal has reminded me that life is full of unknowns. We don't know when a natural disaster will hit, or when... Read more

No Eye Has Seen, Nor Ear Heard

By Hannah on April 11, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” ~1 Corinthians 2:9 As I thought about what to write about this month, God brought this verse to my mind. I've always thought of this verse in terms of the future, like the place Jesus is building for us in heaven, the new bodies we'll receive, and finally being face-to-face with Jesus!! But as I looked into the context of the verse, it's actually talking about things that have already happened, things we've already received as members of God's family! Paul says that, if the Jews... Read more

The Dogs Here Aren't Vegetarian, And Neither Am I.

By Celeste on April 8, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

The dogs here aren’t vegetarian, and neither am I. As silly as that may sound, the above sentence actually alludes to two rather unfortunate aspects of my life. In an effort to help all of you who are far away understand life here a little better, I thought I’d fill you in on a couple things I did not expect coming here. Dogs aren’t vegetarian. I joke about what happened, but in all seriousness I’m thanking God I escaped last week with little more than some bruises and four shallow tooth marks. For the last two weeks I have been visiting a woman that I have befriended about five minutes... Read more

Bringing God to the Forefront

By Hannah on February 13, 2015 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

This morning, I read Jesus' parable about the woman who had ten coins and lost one. She “lit a lamp, swept the house and sought diligently until she found it” (Luke 15:8). After she found it, “she called together her friends and neighbors, and said, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost!'” I thought about a time in my own life when I lost some money. It was only about $15, but I felt cheated! If I had never had that $15 in the first place, I wouldn't have minded so much. But the fact that I had had it, but now didn't have it anymore felt unfair and unjust! How much more... Read more