Goer blogs

New Wine

By Nora on October 20, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

I've been in Central Asia for a bit over a week now, and I can still hardly belive I'm here.  I'm so grateful.  The cool weather here is a welcome difference from home, but while I may not miss the heat, I certainly miss the people.  It's such a strange feeling to be both incredibly happy to be here, and yet missing who I've left in the US.  The Lord is my Comforter and Confidante through it all. In an online ministry class I've been taking, we've been talking about new wine and new wineskins, as in Mark 2:22.  I know Jesus has new wine for me.  I pray he would also give me new wineskins -... Read more

Taking Off Our Shoes

By Dora on September 18, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hi friends, There’s a quote I first heard in a missions class that’s recently been on my mind. It goes like this,  “Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on another’s dream, more serious still we may forget that God was there before our arrival.”  – Kenneth Cragg I think it’s funny Cragg uses the illustration of taking off our shoes when approaching another culture, because my team and I literally do that everyday whenever we go into our refugee... Read more

Welcome Back

By Dora on August 31, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends, On August 17 we officially opened our new English Center and welcomed back students for classes. It was great to reconnect with many returning students we hadn't seen in several months. They loved seeing the new English Center and repeatedly said how thankful they were to have a place to come to for community after being in their houses for so long. Our first English lessons included conversations on how the coronavirus has changed everyone's life and how we can feel many different emotions because of those changes. It's been special for our staff and volunteers to have those... Read more

The New Normal

By Abigail on August 16, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Middle East

DONE WITH LANGUAGE! I am excited to announce that I am officially done with the language portion of my time here! I have felt very encouraged and empowered by how much I’ve learned and how much I am now able to communicate. In order to maintain my current communication level, I will continue to meet with Turkish friends and practice conversations.  Phase 1 of Re-opening Country  My host country has handled the virus very well, which has resulted in comparatively low cases here. Praise the Lord! After being in a restrictive lock-down for about three months, things are to return to “normal.”... Read more

Be Thou My Vision

By Nora on July 25, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - Central

I didn’t realize it a few months ago, but this season during quarantine has been a gift from the Father for me.  More and more I realize that God is asking for joyful surrender, and yet He gives me extra time withy family before I leave for such a long time.  I’ve spent these last few months with my two beautiful baby nephews.  Before COVID, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to meet the youngest before I had to leave.  Now, I get the delight of spending time with them nearly ever day until it’s time to go.     I am also so happy to say that God has come through once again, and I am now fully... Read more

A Chicken & A Turkey

By Dora on June 26, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends! You know how you go into a store thinking you're going to buy only one thing, but then come out of the store with more than you expected? That's kinda what happened to me and my Rohingya friend. My friend had several chickens in her backyard and wanted to buy some feed for them. I agreed to drive her to a store and didn't think much of it. However when we went into the store and looked around, my friend noticed that she could get another chicken and big turkey for cheaper than normal! So she excitedly pointed to both of them telling the store clerk, "I want to buy these."... Read more

The Most Unlikely Places

By Dora on May 31, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends, Where do you think we are when you see this picture? It may look like we’re in a big Asian market, but we’re actually in someone’s house garage! When I first started getting to know my Rohingya friends, I learned many of them shop at stores that their friends have right inside their homes. A lot of the stores have many different products from Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. They have everything from clothes, skin products, snacks, and even some electronics. I enjoy going to these little hidden stores with my Rohingya friends and seeing how each one is laid out. I often feel like... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Christina on May 4, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - South East

Hey hey future goers! My heart goes out to all of you during this turmoil in our world; and, I'm sure, in your own heart as well. I just want to say that all your thoughts and feelings are valid. The LORD knows you, He hears you, and He cares for you. God is a merciful God, and He reveals to us that our fears and anxieties tell us that apart from Jesus we can do nothing. If you're having doubts about whether or not you should continue pursuing this, trust me, pandemic or not, doubt will be your greatest enemy all throughout support raising and even as you live out your 2 years in your field... Read more

The Beginning of Ramadan

By Dora on April 23, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hi friends, Hope you're continuing to do well and hanging in there as we all continue to navigate this very interesting time.Today marks the beginning of Ramadan when our Muslim friends pray and fast for one month. During Ramadan, our friends often seek God more fervently than any other time of the year. Please join me in praying for my Muslim friends and Muslims worldwide. Ask God to show Himself supernaturally to them and that they would find Jesus and experience His transforming power in their lives. There are two prayer guides I'd recommend checking out if you'd like to pray for Muslims... Read more

A Different Kind of Month

By Dora on March 27, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends, Hope you and your family are staying healthy, safe, and in good spirits. March has been a very long month for everyone, and we've had to adjust in so many different ways as COVID-19 impacts our communities. Things definitely slowed down for GoTEN staff and our ministries when the news of COVID-19 escalated at the beginning of this month. On March 17, we decided to stop all of our English classes since all schools in Arizona closed that same week. Since then, we've been laying low in our homes, but also keeping an eye on our refugee friends and seeing when any needs come up. Where... Read more