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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

My Letter to Future Goers

By Abbie on March 16, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Europe

If you are reading this, you might be trying to figure out what your next step is. Should I make the move? What will this mean for me in the future? The questions are endless. Trust me, I’ve been there. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong but if you decide to go, you are saying yes to an adventure with God you will never regret. This is a chance for you to see and experience God in an even greater way then you could ever imagine. If you let Him, God will take you on an adventure of discovery and of the revelation of who He is and who you are. I learned a new language, how to navigate a city, travel... Read more

Power in Prayer

By Sophie on March 7, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Friends and fam... Hello hello! I hope 2020 is already off to an incredible start for you all. The start to a new year is always a special time but when it's a start to a new DECADE?! We are soooo thankful two of our best friends, Josh and Sarah were able to join us in Lima shortly after Christmas for a week. Having familiar faces here was so surreal and we still get dumb-smiles on our faces when we talk about what a special week it was. a couple quick updates before we get to the meat of this letter... We are deep in a season of preparation and planning...materials to share with the Yanesha... Read more

Dreaming Big

By Matt on March 7, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Since Thanksgiving my wife, Sophie, and I have been fully submerged in both the rainy and holiday seasons. At home in Wisconsin during the winter time of year, life slows down but yet it always finds a way to speed up at the same time. This is not a negative thing at all, as we love all Christmas parties, family gatherings, and fun busy stretches of time. However, apart from an amazing 9-day stint with friends over New Year’s, most of each day here has been spent in preparation for the future: reading, listening, learning, studying, and getting better at simply “being”. The vast majority is... Read more

The Highs and the Lows

By Julie on March 2, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

A few weeks ago, a woman who has been in our program for four years accepted Christ.  What rejoicing!  What joy there was in our program and in heaven that one who was lost has been found!  That she finally was able to refute the lies she’d been believing in favor of the glorious truth God offers us. This week, two women left our program suddenly and unexpectedly.  What sorrow.  What mourning that they heard and believed the lies of the enemy telling them that they are unworthy of love and healing.   When “M” accepted Christ, I was struck by overwhelming awe and gratitude to be a part of... Read more

Counting Every Blessing

By Emily on February 10, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Earlier this year, my friend sent me the picture above. Just a couple weeks after I got that picture, news about the corona virus started flooding my newsfeed. And though I’m pretty far from the epicenter of the outbreak, many of my friends and family have reached out to me with concerns and some have urged me to come home. It’s only been not even to 2 months into 2020 and I feel like that picture above is already so true.   I personally feel fine though and my team is fine as well. So we’re not going anywhere! We’re all safe and have been taking the pre-cautions of the area around us. We... Read more

A Letter to My Former Self: Emily 0% Support

By Emily on December 23, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Hey there everyone. Sorry for not posting recently! I haven’t had a post in awhile so I figured I’d make another one now :) And for this post, it’ll be in the form as a letter to myself. Myself now, fully supported, to myself when I just started the support raising process.   Dear Emily at 0% support,   I know you’re worried about this whole support process, asking yourself questions such as: “how the heck am I going to raise this much money in this amount of time? What if I can’t raise it? Will I really even end up going? What will people think when I meet with them and ask them to join my... Read more

Dear Future McCanns,

By Sophie on December 3, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Dear Future McCann’s,              I’m writing this at the 9-month marker of living in Peru. Maybe we’ll have to refer to this for a reminder at the 9-month-1-week marker, or maybe in 10 years. A collaboration of things we’ve learned over the past nine months, things we never want to forget, lessons we want to foster; written for the future Matt and Sophie:  Future McCann’s, it is SO true that God reveals Himself through discomforts. Hard things. Broken people. Uncomfortable relationships. Your own lack of adequacy. So NEVER say NO to something out of fear of discomfort. Seek out hard things... Read more

Book Club Dos: Creation

By Matt on November 18, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History and Praxis by Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler, and A.J. Swoboda sounds about as intense as a title like that and a book co-written by three authors would have you guess. At times I felt like I was back in Biology III class at Northwestern, and the word document of saved notes brings back memories of preparing for one of those papers that includes a full page bibliography. Not joking, my notes are 11 pages long. All of this to say that while this environmental book was an academic and slow read, it was an... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Brooke on November 13, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Dear Future Goers, Do you feel that palpable increase in heart rate? That bombardment of what if scenarios racing through your mind? Do you feel the excitement? Sense the worries? Anticipate with eagerness? Do you feel emotions you never thought could coexist? That is a snapshot of how I felt when I said yes to going. When I surrendered my will and my future at the feet of Jesus. But I almost didn’t. Fear almost stopped me. Fear that I wouldn’t be good enough. Fear that God was calling the wrong person, I mean why would he choose me? Fear that I wouldn’t like it. Fear that I would forget all... Read more