Goer blogs

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


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


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

Be Ready!

By Jessica on October 6, 2013 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

A lot of "see ya laters" were said in the past week. Even though I didn't cry in anyone's presence while saying good-byes, the tears began to flow in car rides and boarding the plane. From the depths of my heart I want to say thank-you and that I appreciate all of you! Words cannot express my thankfulness and the encouragement that you give me, to keep doing what I’m doing! A little less than a week ago, I was boarding a plane and saying good-bye to my family. It was a very hard thing to do, but I was reminded of what this would’ve been like for the disciples following Jesus. They didn’t have... Read more

We all have a story

By Lindsey on October 6, 2013 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Asia - Central

There was once a man named Jesus walking with a very large crowd following him. In the crowd was a woman who had been very sick for twelve years, she had gone to many doctors but nothing had made her better, in fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard of Jesus and said "if i ever touch his clothes I will be made well" and so she went to where he was and while in the crowd touched his clothes. Immediately her disease stopped and she knew she was healed. Jesus, feeling the power leave his body turned around to see who had done it and said, "who touched my clothing?" But the disciples said, "... Read more


By Brianna on October 6, 2013 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

Hey, I made it to Pushkin, Russia! Safe and sound! Go team, go! We started teaching (I believe) about three weeks ago and it's been really good. I'm learning a lot about how much time to spend on lesson planning and how to really have fun in my classroom and loosen up. These projects are from my living English classes where students learn English through regular academic subjects, such as science, social studies, or math. This day, we were learning about states of matter!!! It's really fun! GO TEACHERS! -Brianna Read more