Goer blogs

Intentional Prayer

By Joy on June 6, 2021 Track: Medical Region: United States

It feels like I spend a lot of time praying these days. My team has an initiative to pray often and specifically for the community we are in contact with. However, I find myself also entering into prayer and praying for random people that come to mind more consistently than I ever have before, in addition to the designated prayer times. Whether that is because I have fewer people to talk to and so I spend more time talking to God, or because I am exercising the muscle of prayer - the intentional act of setting aside a designated time for prayer has created a routine which is becoming a rhythm... Read more

Helping vs. Enabling: Does it Even Matter?

By Julie on May 28, 2021 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

               Over the last several months, we as a staff have been struggling with this question as it pertained to a particular participant in our program. She has been with us for over 5 years, and while we’ve seen remarkable growth in some areas, she is still struggling with others, particularly with following through on commitments. And so we’ve worked with her time and again, offering techniques and tools, freely giving grace and forgiveness when she confesses of a fault. Yet, the question is always there: are we really helping this woman, or are we just enabling her?               ... Read more

Blown and Tossed by the Wind

By Mariana on May 10, 2021 Track: Medical Region: Europe

This past year has been one of intense reflection. I am not the same person I was a year ago. For most of 2020, I yearned for steadfastness, to hold on to truth as if I were holding on to the edge of a cliff. Yet as I sought the Lord and this firm foundation, I seemed to uncover more and more ways that truth had been twisted and turned for evil rather than good. And on top of that, I was graduating college, stepping into a new and unknown role, surviving in a pandemic, lamenting racial injustice, processing through an election, and fighting to find joy amidst overwhelming change and heaviness... Read more

Something Brave a Day

By Joy on May 8, 2021 Track: Medical Region: United States

Since moving to my new home on the East Coast on April 30, 2021, I have both intentionally and unintentionally had to get out of my comfort zone. Sometimes that has been in small, almost unsubstantial moments and other times it has taken a lot of courage. Having moved a lot in my life, I am fairly accustomed to the process of making new friends and learning the lay of the land in a new area. However, some things that make this this transition more unique is that I am a full grown adult (most of the time :)), and that neither my family or friends are here doing it with me. (I would not say... Read more

General Intro

By Joy on May 3, 2021 Track: Medical Region: United States

When I think of blogs... I think of creative, possibly witty or poetic pieces of writing that are written to general audiences exopounding on the blogger's experience and hoping it relates to someone (or preferably lots of people) in the big wide world.  I never really considered that I, myself, yes, me personally, would ever have or want to have a blog.   Well, now, whether I like it or not, I am presented with the opportunity to have one through GoCorps. With that being said, It has taken me over 7 months to figure out what I might say for an introductory post - and all I have come up with... Read more

The Many Versions of Love

By Julie on February 15, 2021 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Yesterday the United States celebrated Valentine’s Day and Ecuador celebrated día de amor y amistad (day of love and friendship), and it got me thinking about all the different forms of love there are in this world. There’s romantic love, familial love, platonic love…and then there’s all the things we call love but really aren’t, like lust. All the true types of love are beautiful and necessary for fullness of life, but none of them can compare to the perfect love that God has for us. This kind of love, called agape love, is (by one definition) the selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional... Read more

My Letter to Potential and Future Goers

By Matt on November 30, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I will never forget the first few days that GoCorps was introduced to me and my then girlfriend, now wife, Sophie. The amount of peace, excitement, and clarity the Holy Spirit brought to us was a total gift. Well, that’s a slight simplification. With a lot of prayer, talking to family and friends, and time weighing the pros and cons, we knew the best option forward was pursuing missions in Peru. Whether that was coincidental missions nights, having Peru pop up everywhere, or listening to wise leaders in our lives, all directions pointed towards GO. I’m not sure if you’ve already passed by... Read more

Written on My Heart

By Mariana on November 29, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Europe

If you’ve been around Christians for long enough, you’re probably familiar with the discipline of scripture memory. There is the sacred memory verse of the week, the jumble of letters on someone’s wrist to help them memorize a verse, or perhaps the life verse painted on someone’s wall. When I was a baby Christian, I was not a fan of this practice. Something about memorizing God’s word felt intimidating. I didn’t want to get it wrong; it was too important… “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you… I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” – Psalm... Read more

Agape Love

By Emily on October 27, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

This week the Sp!rit showed me more of G-d’s character of LOVE.  (In a devotional series titled “Perfect Love: Maximum Joy Series”)   In Greek, there are a few ways to describe LOVE: Eros love: body physical, selfish, getting Phile love: soul, emotional, half and half, getting and giving Agape love: spirit, spiritual, unselfish, giving  the kind of love outlined in 1 John is agape love, which is the kind of love which is the very essence of G-d.   This type of love is SO apparent in many of the parents of the children I work with. These kids have differing levels of cerebral palsy, which... Read more

This Could Be The Start

By Mariana on October 19, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Europe

Hi friends! I’m going to be real with y’all, I’m not one for writing much, but if the Lord can use me and my story to bring God glory, then I’m in! So jump in with me and let grace abound because this could be the start of something new. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but I’m not your classic Texan. My parents and three older siblings immigrated from Brazil to the U.S. one year before I was born. Growing up with my Brazilian and American cultures colliding, my eyes were opened not only to the differences in cultures but to the beauty in them. Even so, I would’ve never actually... Read more