Goer blogs

You will Lack Nothing

By Alyssa on August 1, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

“I don’t know what God has in store for you when you turn away from pursuing comfort, stability, and security to ground your identity in the family of Jesus. But I do know he will be with you, and that you will lack nothing.” I recently read this quote in a book that I was reading called, “12 Lies that hold America Captive and the Truth that Sets us Free” (amazing book, I highly recommend!) This quote jumped out at me and resonated deeply with the season of life I am currently in. Here I am, three months fresh out of college, finding myself in a place of little security, stability, or comfort... Read more

5 Thoughts for 5 Months Overseas

By Matt on July 21, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

This blog is going to be a mixture of my thoughts, but they feel more like secondary sources. The ideas stem from God's Word, prayer time (Holy Spirit), noticing and filtering Peruvians culture with my American mind, a Francis Chan book called Letters to the Church, and awesome conversations with Sophie. This post could almost be called "Book Club: Dos" (which the first one is on our blog at themccanns.blog) but so many of the thoughts and passages in the book resonated with me beyond the main purpose of Chan's book, which is stated here in Chan's words: "My goal is to get you dreaming, to... Read more

My Profession is a Kingdom Worker

By Julie on July 3, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Ever since I graduated two years ago and obtained my nursing license, I have found myself placing more of my identity in my role as a nurse.  And yet, as I come close to ending my time at the hospital, God has been stirring within my soul the truth that my profession is not nursing.  Yes, I am working as a nurse, but my true profession is, and always has been, that of a kingdom worker.  I just happen to have done that through working in a hospital for the past two years. Yes, I am a nurse, and a former gymnast, and an avid lover of books, but those things are all peripheral to my core... Read more

Community Health Evangelism

By Brooke on June 30, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

It is mid-morning and the sun is already sweltering in the community of San Francisco. We seek refuge under the shade of a nearby tree as we begin our next CHE (Community Health Evangelism) lesson. We begin by discussing the different parts of the tree – the roots, the trunk, the branches, and the leaves. You see, each part of the tree represents a part of our culture and our lives. With our beautiful jungle tree in front of us, the first question is what they think the leaves represent. It is immediately determined that the leaves, which are like the fruit of the tree, represent the fruit in... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Emma on June 29, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

I have written and re-written this post over and over since returning to the US 5 months ago, wondering what parting words I can offer to the next wave of college graduates considering going overseas. Do I share about my struggles? The culture stress? Do I pick out any few beautiful moments as if one was more precious of a memory than another? Do I leave with some platitudes or well-worded advice? It’s funny, because after this week, my delay feels like it was necessary. To allow me to experience a little treasure that God had planned out for me. Let me share this for you, and I think you’ll... Read more

The Daily Life of a Language Learner

By Matt on June 16, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

A couple weeks ago I finished up a video on our blog that was sent to all of our supporters. It contained the scenes and happenings that only seem redundant for us, but were completely new sights for each person back at home. Our mom's had some tears, many were thankful, and everyone was able to relate a little bit more to us here. In two days we will have been in Peru for 4 months already! For my sister 4 months ago she was having snow days, but now she has graduated high school and sooner than later will be considered a college student. For us in Arequipa, Peru, the weather has barely... Read more

A Long Time Coming

By Julie on May 31, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

        Wow.  Can I just say that real quick?  Wow.  I can’t believe that I’m really, truly on my way to my first international missions assignment.           Let me back up and explain who I am and why it’s so unbelievable that this is finally happening.  My name is Julie.  I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and at somewhere around 6 years old, I decided I wanted to be a part of ministry.  By the time I was in the 8th grade, that vague call to ministry had been clarified and solidified until I knew I wanted to be a missionary pediatric nurse.  I pursued that calling in a variety of... Read more

A Little Bit of Faith

By Alyssa on May 31, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

 I sit here and reality begins to sink in. Missions. 2 years. East Asia, a new country, a new city, a new language. At the start of my senior year of college, I prayed that God would surprise me. I was encouraged to start praying more bold prayers, and this was the one I began to pray. I did not know what it meant at the time. But as the year went on, I began to have a deeper understanding of how the Lord was answering this prayer. Trust. This 5-letter word. This word that shook me to my core, pushed and stretched me to my limits. It was the word that the Lord was teaching me as I embarked on... Read more

Hourly Dose of Humility

By Sophie on May 17, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Living in a new culture is humbling…like probably the biggest gulp of humility I’ve ever taken. For example (and laughs):  The first few restaurants we tried here, all we could do was point on the menu at something that ‘sounded’ good and smile, hoping it was something we liked (it was a month before we knew how to ask for our empanadas to be heated).  COUNTLESS questions from cashiers, etc. that only got answered by confused smiles and the hopes that she felt less awkward than we did (our first trip to the market we bought limes and when she handed us 25+ limes aka 1 kilo, all we could do... Read more


By Matt on May 16, 2019 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

            Last weekend, Sophie and I had an experience of a lifetime. Also, an experience I can say with pretty high confidence that I will never do again. We climbed and summited Mount Chachani (19,872 feet) - technically we were 50 feet off as ice on some very high and cliffy parts were, determined by our guide as, too dangerous. I am going to share a recap of the 21 hours and the lessons learned.             Friday night, May 10th we took naps after class and were picked up at the house we live at 9:00pm. We drove from 7,500 feet to 16,500 in three hours on about the bumpiest and most... Read more