Goer blogs

Adding Responsibilities

By Emma on May 8, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

Recently, the foster program had a scare where a new law was passed that would send more than half of the children of the program back to the orphanages they came from. The only option was to scramble to apply for exemptions for each child individually. Thankfully, all but four of the children were approved for exemption and could remain with their foster families. The four to go back are the youngest of the program – but there is currently no definite timeline established for when they will be required to return. We are grateful for what time they do have, while praying that another solution... Read more

What is CHE?

By Ellie on May 1, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I’m glad you asked friend! I just had a whole week of training answering that very question. CHE is a fancy acronym that stands for Community Heath Evangelism. This is the program that I will be using once I get to the jungle and start working with the Yanesha (this June!!). The whole idea of CHE is to bring hope and dignity to communities that are in poverty. The core values include prioritizing the person, both their physical and spiritual needs, just like Jesus did. CHE seeks to find long term solutions using resources found within the community. So often westerners are focused on relief... Read more

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

By Ellie on April 13, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Hi friends, So, I have been going back and forth on what to write about in this blog. I feel like so much has been going on and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of living in a new country, trying new food, learning a new language, etc. But throughout it all God has been speaking to me and confirming my being here. I thought I would include a bit of an email I sent to a friend recently to explain this a little better: “God has been teaching me some things recently. I have been thinking a lot about home and what that means. God has been reminding me that here in Arequipa is not my... Read more

Redefining Strengths and Weaknesses

By Emma on March 31, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

During my time here, I have struggled immensely with insecurity about my knowledge and ability to help care for children with disabilities. I compare myself to others from my university days that seemed to have it all put together so much more seamlessly, and wonder how much more benefit they could have brought if only they had been the ones that God sent instead of me. But he didn’t send them. He sent me. One of my mentors recently challenged me to seriously reconsider my own potential. She pointed out some of my points of insecurity, places I had shied away and tried to excuse myself from... Read more

City Sounds

By Brooke on March 28, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

For most of my life I have lived outside of the city limits. I loved coming home late at night, stepping out of my car, gazing up at the starts illuminating the dark night sky, and listening to the sounds of the breeze as it ruffled the leaves and the frogs croaking in the background. There were nights I would stand there, close my eyes, and just listen. To the silence. Taking it all in. It was peaceful. It was a place I could think. A place without distractions. And I loved that. Here in Arequipa, Peru, I would venture to say that silence does not exist. There is almost always noise. You can... Read more

A Work in Progress

By Emma on February 28, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

There is a medical team in our city that partners with orphanages in the surrounding areas to run a Foster program for children with disabilities. Families from the local and international churches in the area make up the foster parents, and they do a wonderful job of displaying the love and value God has for children that the overarching culture says have no value to society. Right now, my team is working with this medical group on an event for these foster families that will offer support for the parents’ expressed needs, while also giving the children an opportunity for organized play, and... Read more

Mi Familia Peruana

By Ellie on February 14, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Hi all! I hope this blog finds you well and you’re all having a capital R, Rad Valentine’s day (I treated myself to a cupcake today). Since this day is all about love, I want to share with you the love I have for my host family here in Arequipa. I mentioned in my last newsletter that my host family is so big it has taken us a while to figure out how they are all related and even who lives here in this enormous house. As I learn more Spanish I have found I can pick up more and more on conversations had at the dinner table and learn more about the personalities of each family member. It has... Read more

One Year In...

By Emma on February 1, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

After almost a year of putting it off, I thought it was about time for me to finally write another update! It’s amazing to think that it has already been one year since I arrived here, and it’s incredible to think about how different things are now from when I first arrived last January. When I first arrived, I was set to join a group on a campus near the city center, was getting geared up to be an English teacher (something I once swore I’d never be), and was looking for ways to get connected to an orphanage. My Chinese language skills were near to non-existent, and I was confident that... Read more

La Ciudad Blanca

By Brooke on January 28, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I am officially three weeks into language school and I absolutely love it! Arequipa is a gorgeous city full of history, colonial architecture, and beauty everywhere you look.  It has been so fun exploring the city, learning about its history, and beginning to experience everything it has to offer. I am currently living just two blocks away from the main plaza (pictured above) which means I’m surrounded by good food, cafes, ice cream, museums, artisanal markets, and so much more. Being able to walk just 5 minutes up the street and be in the center of this beautiful plaza is something I will... Read more

I made it!

By Ellie on January 6, 2018 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Buenos dias mis amigos! Well I made it! I am actually here, in Peru! How wild is that?? I’ve only been here for 2 days and I have already learned so much. Arequipa is a city rich in culture and history and I was lucky enough to spend my day yesterday visiting museums and beginning to learn a little bit about the people that surround me. Many of the museums started with descriptions of the Incas that populated ancient Peru. They had many artifacts on display such as pottery, weapons, clothing and even some mummies. All of it was in remarkable condition considering some things were dated to be... Read more