Goer blogs

"The Bubble"

By Ryan on December 10, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

I remember back in high school hearing my home town being described as the “Kingwood Bubble.” I’ll admit that I too referred to it as such not only because in someways it was the thing preventing us from the real world but that everything seemed to be perfect. I can’t think of a time I felt unsafe during my years that I lived in Kingwood. It was like this image that as soon as you saw the giant wooden sign signifying that you had arrived into Kingwood that you felt safe. All you saw was suburb after suburb that contained homes with yards, joyful kids playing in the streets, community members... Read more

Two Months In

By Ken on December 10, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

People have told me that life speeds up after college, and it seems overseas that is true as well. These past few weeks I’ve had many new thoughts, challenges, realizations, and experiences. Many of these have had to do with language, as that is my full time job for the time being. I am in class a few days a week and supplement that with self-study and language practice with Turkish people. Studying and learning a new language has really made me examine my own. I have realized how so much of my communication is conveyed through idioms, slang, and expressions, and it makes me wonder how long... Read more

During trials and pain...

By Sarah on December 9, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

**Sorry about the image. I tried to edit it to face the correct way but nothing worked! The photo is of a small canal I found on my runs near my house. It is a place where I have found solitude with the Lord. Its not the prettiest of places, but its mine and I love it! (fyi, I think if you click on the photo, it may reload and show you the correct position) This past week I was asked to share a devotional to our team of interns and our leader. As I was praying and seeking the Lord on what topic He would want to share…He put the power of prayer on my mind. Prayer is something the Lord... Read more

Battling Through

By DougandEllen on December 9, 2013 Track: Sports Region: Middle East

There is so much to learn from weak moments such as these: breaking your tooth in celebration, seeing your wife almost get hit by a car, feeling out of control, feeling offended by teammates, having to apologize for being offensive, etc.  Feeling out of control through being away from “home” commonly brings feelings of helplessness.  But everywhere I go while I'm alive is foreign territory – Heaven is my home.  In Turkey “yabancı” means “foreigner”.  And it’s very clear that I’m a yabancı.  As I’m a foreigner here, I’m being exposed to new things.  Some things bring on feelings of adventure... Read more

Where do I begin?

By Sarah on December 9, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

There is just so much to say... ...so I guess I will break it up into sections! Ministry: My Saturdays consist of lots of fun, english, stress, and great company!!! Natalie and I lead a children's program with our leader Karen and Thai helper Pee Noy from 1:30-2:30...usually 3pm! Then we teach english to youth and adults from 3:00-5:00 and then Natalie and I tutor from 6:00-7:00! So our Saturdays are packed!!  Children's Ministry: God has been moving! We taught the kids a thai worship song that talked about how God knows us from before we were born and how he loved us always. The kids just... Read more

Fortune Telling, Cigarettes and Glory

By Ellen on December 7, 2013 Track: University Outreach Region: Middle East

She pulls out another cigarette from her freshly opened packed. I’ve lost count of how many she’s smoked since we sat down for an afternoon of speaking Turkish and English over a small table at an outdoor café. It’s at least her 6th or 7th. I sip my tiny cup of Turkish coffee and she nurses a beer. This is a Saturday afternoon with my first Turkish friend in Izmir. Although the smoke wafting across the table filling my own lungs and permeating my hair and clothes is less than desirable, I am so glad to finally feel like I have a Turkish friend. I look across the table at her darkly lined eyes... Read more

Every Tribe

By Walker on December 7, 2013 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - South East

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”                                                                                                                                                                            Revelation 7:9-10             This post is going to be very... Read more

The Power of Prayer

By Jamie on December 7, 2013 Track: Medical Region: Asia - South East

Pray without ceasing. Rely on God. Nothing is too big for The Lord. These are things that most Christians hear their entire life. How much do you actually put this into practice or really do them? This past month, one of my teammates got Dengue fever. This is a mosquito-borne illness that causes extreme fatigue, weak bones, weak muscles and generalized sickness. It also drops your platelets to dangerous levels which can lead to hemorrhaging and shock. If it is untreated it can lead to death. Needless to say, we were worried and admitted her to the hospital. During this time there was a lot of... Read more

Here's What's Happenin'

By Alejandro on December 5, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Hey readers! Sorry I haven't posted in a while! Below you will find a copy of the newsletter I sent out for the month of November. It should give an idea about the kind of work that we are doing and what it is that wer are hoping for. Enjoy:  I’m happy to be in touch with you again with my Newsletter for the month of November. Given that last month was one of beginnings and getting started with my time here in Bangkok, this month has been one of deeper familiarity with my surroundings, growth, and overcoming certain obstacles that come with the beginning months of cross-cultural service.... Read more

Until the final healing, I'll be looking for you

By Carrie on December 4, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

I think that, for me, having a year to prepare myself for serving in Thailand was a very good thing. What’s still funny in my mind is that it’s not exactly like me to think so far ahead and put such priority on planning and preparation. But I am glad that I did it in a way that’s a little out of character for me, because I think God was using that time to cultivate changes within me that are proving to be helpful. In the past couple years (the last 12 months especially) I have been seeking God for what I call a “healthy restlessness”…not just for this period of my life, but for all my days. I... Read more