Goer blogs

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

Immeasurably More

By Kate on October 19, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Asia - Central

I remember from a very young age God expanding my worldview and showing me how big His world really is. There are many moments I look back on and can see so clearly the Lord stirring and breaking my heart for the “least of these”. As I headed into college, I knew I wanted to mix my degree and ministry in some way, I just had no idea what I wanted to do or how I wanted to do it. Classic! I remember asking for specific passions and desires and of course, the Lord faithfully answered. In my sophomore year of college, I was back in my home church and a couple who had been serving in Asia for some... Read more

Repatriation

By Matt on May 28, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I posted this on my personal WordPress blog for our supporters, but the more I think about it, the more I see God's hand in the difficult process and wanted to put it up here too.    Last month, on April 15th, we made the hard decision to return home during this time of uncertainty. One-week prior we dedicated a week for prayer and fasting on what to do in regards with ministry as well as if we should stay in Peru or come home. God didn’t speak any big and clear words, but He did us this ever-increasing trust that whatever would happen, He would have our back. From that week we created four... Read more

Cultural Learning

By Matt on May 28, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I love learning. Honestly, since as long as I can remember I have enjoyed school. Going to the cool museum or historical place is often a necessary stop on a vacation. The majority of the books read are non-fiction. Daily, I receive newsletters on technology, economics, and politics. Throughout all of these moments of reading, listening or seeing I am very aware of the learning process. Here in Peru that still exists – learning Spanish, how to get places, ministry tools, hobbies – but tons of learning comes on the fly. Kinda like when we were all kids. After enough time and traveling to other... Read more

Ministry of Love

By Julie on May 25, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

When I was deciding whether or not to accept this placement in Ecuador, there was one major fear holding me back.  I couldn’t speak Spanish!  And to me, in my earthly understanding, this felt like a hard stop.  So much of nursing, not to mention so much of working with vulnerable populations, is about communication.  I am so careful of the words I use and their connotations. I could not imagine working in a different language where I was unfamiliar with the implications of the words I was using.  And yet, as God made it clear that he was still opening this door to me despite my utter lack of... Read more

Ups and Downs of Culture Shock

By Emily on May 17, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

They say that culture shock hits hardest during the first few months while overseas. Though, considering covid-19 took over just about a few weeks after arriving to my field placement, I’ve barely even been able to interact with locals! So in that sense, I was more “eased” into the culture. Unlike one of my teammates who had to go to school and started early on with ministry work, I am only just now starting to get more hands on experience with the work I came here to do (though it’s still quite limited).  At the moment things are almost back to normal though. This said, I’ve had a bit more... Read more

The Eternal Struggle

By Julie on March 19, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

"I believe.  Help me in my unbelief."   Most of the time, I like to live in my make-believe world where I’m in control of my life and the situations I find myself in.  But every once in a while, like this week, God pulls the wool from over my eyes and I am reminded of just how little I actually have control over.  During those glimpses into reality, I can feel the anxiety building within me: the tightening in my chest, the whirring of my thoughts. And yet in those moments, God, who is so gracious, never fails to remind me that He is with me, that He is and has been in control this whole time... Read more