Goer blogs

The Backstory: From Southeast US to Northwest Africa

By Rebekah on October 18, 2013 Track: Medical Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Hey Ya'll! For my first blog entry ever, I’d like to share with you a little about myself and my journey to GoCorps and the mission field. I grew up in a large family in a small community in western North Carolina. Although I only have 3 brothers that live in my parent’s home, I grew up with all my cousins very close by and that made it feel like I had many, many siblings. My mother is one of 10 children and my father is one of 3 and everyone lived in the same town while I was growing up. I am very close to my family and the impact they all had on my life was substantial. I grew up in a... Read more

Faith Like a Child

By Arielle on October 18, 2013 Track: Media - Arts Region: Middle East

Hello! My name is Arielle and I am joining a creative arts team in the middle east! My fellow GoCorps Goer and teammate, Erin, and I are in the midst of the final stages of our support raising with the goal of leaving the states by November 15th.   This season of support raising has been such an important and stretching experience! I like to refer to it as "missionary boot camp!" God has used this time to point out to me that I am not in fact perfect. Surprising as that was to me, God planned this perfect amount of fundraising time to teach me new lessons about boldness and trust. Having been... Read more

Worth it

By Lydia on October 18, 2013 Track: Medical Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Last night as I sat holding my grandma’s hand at midnight, listening to her dementia related fears and dried her tears, my heart broke, knowing that I will be leaving her behind and quite possibly not seeing her again this side of heaven. I knew going and serving the Lord would require sacrifice and I am all ready to give up my comfortable lifestyle, familiar clothing, comfort food and the like. But leave my family? That hits a lot closer to home. Especially when one is sick. But in Mark 10:17-30 and Luke 14:25-33, Jesus reminds us about the rich young ruler. Remember, he was the man who... Read more

One Month=Somewhat of a Routine!

By Sarah on October 15, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Wow! Can you believe it, just two days will mark one month of living in Bangkok! Things have been going well. I have began somewhat of a routine, waking up every morning at 6 am to get ready and leave by 6:30 to make it to school by 8 am. I take a bus the main road right outside my community to the skytrain, which is called BTS here. Then I walk just a little bit to my Thai language school, which lasts four hours from 8 am to 12 pm. After school, on Mondays and Fridays, I go back to my community or run random errands; on Wednesdays-Thursdays, I have meetings that last until the evening. Some... Read more

WANTED

By Natalie on October 15, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

I’ll be honest; before I came to Bangkok I was afraid I would be unwanted and unloved here. It was a HUGE concern of mine. After all, I came from an extremely loving home, and by all standards I had it all. I had a great relationship with my family, I had friends who would always go the extra mile for me, I had open doors in several ministries, and I was surrounded by a church family that both challenged and poured into me (I haven’t lost any of these blessings in the long run, but I’m letting God hold these relationships in His hand while I’m abroad). The icing on the cake was I lived in... Read more

From Texas to Turkey

By Ken on October 13, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

After over a year of praying, thinking and seeking direction, and then another 4 months of partnership development, I am finally in Istanbul! It seems like I have been talking and thinking about this city forever, and now that I am here it almost doesn’t feel real. The pre-going part of my journey was a walk of faith in and of itself and makes me even more excited for what lies ahead. God’s provision for me during the summer of partnership development and CPA exam studying was extraordinary, and I have full confidence in where He has me for this season of my life. I arrived early October... Read more

Changing Lenses

By Ryan on October 12, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

If I’m being completely honest with you, prior to my first month in Thailand I never really thought much about the poor. In fact, I could almost say that I made efforts to stay away from “them”. Typically I would make up some excuse to justify my lack of care towards the poor, “I can’t relate to them, I’ve never been poor” or “They’re going to judge me for the wealth that I do have.” These were serious thoughts that I remember intentionally having. This wasn’t always the case though. There were the times that I experienced poverty first hand, like on my trips to El Salvador and Haiti. I... Read more

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By Lydia on October 10, 2013 Track: Medical Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” - C. S. Lewis To say that I have learned things this summer is an understatement.... Read more

I am poor.

By Kristen on October 8, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

My flip flop broke yesterday. I looked down and noticed yet another ripped hole in my t-shirt. My appearance is anything but nice and put together. Usually I don’t notice. Usually it doesn’t bother me. I do my thing and rock my “slum look” without a second thought. Stains on my shirts from who knows what. Rips in my jeans. Patches sewn on top of patches to cover up the holes. My mother would have a fit. (And if you’re reading this mom, consider this a mini-warning of what you’ll see when you come visit me). The other day, I made a trip downtown to visit a friend who works in a ministry closer... Read more

Bowl of Spaghetti

By Nancy on October 7, 2013 Track: Media - Arts Region: Asia - South East

“More loose ends than a bowl full of spaghetti.” I told my friend as she asked how I was doing with getting things wrapped up before I leave. It is overwhelming to look at that much confusion, knowing I need to make sense of it before I leave the USA for two years. That said, it has been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows as I've been preparing to go. I spent most of the summer meeting with friends and family to explain what I was doing, where I was going, and inviting them to partner with me prayerfully and financially. Since I am not terribly outgoing, the adventure started then for me... Read more