Goer blogs

A Taste of Heaven

By Ryan on February 4, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

I remember when I was in El Salvador when my team attended a large catholic mass service conducted entirely in Spanish.I understood words here and there from my minuscule high school studies, but I could sense the powerful words being spoken through the testimony of changed lives in that room that day.I hummed along to songs that I recognized, but mostly stood amazed as I looked around the room and realized that I was worshipping with believers in an entirely different setting than my usual surroundings of middle class Americans. And to this day I remember feeling like I was experiencing a... Read more

God's Hand in a Shelter

By Thomas on February 3, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

God continues to have his hand on the young men of an unaccompanied minor shelter at which some teammates and I serve.  The past month with them has been a joyful and painful experience.  Joyful in that the core group of new brothers is growing tremendously despite the many obstacles of being refugees and without family.  They have even begun a scriptural study of their own in the shelter after the lights go off, and other guys at the shelter have been joining in, hearing the good news for the first time!  And painful in that the time has come for one of those guys, and will soon come for a... Read more

Monthly Update

By Natalie on February 2, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Hi Friends! This month has been a refreshing time of adventure and retreat.  It was just what I needed because within this past month I truly felt my heart change as I explored Thailand from top to bottom.  I was blessed enough to celebrate a wedding and New Years in a more rural area called Buriram.  Then family and friends in Colorado helped me get to the beaches of southern Thailand for my Christmas present.  There in Krabi I was able to meet up with a close friend who is also a missionary here in Thailand.  After a few days we flew up to Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) and I stayed with... Read more

Lessons Learned (typically the hard way)

By Natalie on February 2, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

 I’ve had the sudden realization that while I’ve kept everyone updated on some of the inner struggles of my heart, I have never shared the lighthearted lessons I’ve learned here in Thailand.  I want to fix that this month!  So here goes some of my favorite lessons…or the ones I can remember right now.   Buses stop FAST!  Avoid elbowing people directly in the face or knocking groups of people over when you lose your balance. If you sneeze or cough on the sky-train everyone will stare you down because you just got your germs on them.  Wear a mask you jerk! Never reach over someone else’s head.... Read more

Living Life

By Hannah on February 2, 2014 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

Just this morning, I read in the Bible, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation” (Isa. 52:7). This verse reminded me of the majesty, the goodness, the excitement, the absolute greatness of the message we are here on earth to share! Despite the fact that people might reject this message and us for bringing it, the truth still remains that this message is the most gracious, life-changing, and joyous news there has ever been!  This verse also makes me think of Esther, a 14-year-old girl I met... Read more

Merry Christmas!

By Hannah on February 2, 2014 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

Merry Christmas!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday, “growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!” How exciting it is to have a day to celebrate God's infinite love in sending Jesus to die in our place and give us the victory in Him!! This month has already been full of Christmas crafts and activities. We made and decorated sugar cookies with some friends, sewed stockings, made a paper fireplace to hang them by, baked snickerdoodles, watched cheesy Christmas movies, and made snowflakes and a wreath. We celebrated Thanksgiving with our supervisors in typical American fashion,... Read more

Special People

By Sarah on February 2, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Yesturday is Chinese New Years! So many Thai's are dressed in the traditional Red Chinese outfit, called qipao. Bangkok is all decked out in red lanterns and good luck rabbits! Although many people had the day off and were celebrating, I had to say goodbye to some very special people.  For the last two weeks, my mom, my older sister Rachel, and my cousin Maria have been visiting Thailand! It was such an enjoyable time filled with love, laughter, and some stressful moments. They started their trip in Bangkok for six days doing ministry in my community! With much planning, shopping, idea... Read more

Birthday Bash

By Rebecca on February 1, 2014 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Thank you all for praying for my birthday party January 10th (a week after my birthday).  The entire day was spent preparing, getting items for the flat, buying food, getting recipes together, cooking, cleaning, PRAYING (a significant component in the days leading up to it and the day of), and seeing God do the rest. Song was the first person to come.  She is from China and was in my second language class.  Shortly thereafter came Charlott, Vlad, and then Alfred and Filip with their 3 roommates, Fabia, and more and more. The day before the party, I was anxious.  I was fighting to NOT feel the... Read more

All of The Hats

By Brianna on January 31, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

I was studying Matthew 6:25-34 earlier this week and I was especially focusing on verse 32b-34: "...your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." I was reminding myself of these words this week when i was getting anxious about planning for some of my lessons. Sometimes, planning is just really confusing and you're not sure which end is up! But, instead of getting... Read more

Newsletter Update - February

By Stephanie on January 31, 2014 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Happy New Year! Yes, I know what you're thinking, didn't she already say Happy New Year in her last letter? I did, but it just so happens that there are two new years celebrations here. One for the western calendar at the beginning of January and one for the lunar calendar at the end of January. The lunar new years is more important here than the one we celebrate. Everything is closed and people go back to their hometowns to visit their family, visit their ancestor's graves, and have many parties with close friends and neighbors. I was suddenly told by my administrator that I would no longer... Read more