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The Culture...

By Paul on October 6, 2013 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - Central

For the past weeks we have been trying to converse with our students about many things about their country. The subject that always seems to be an interesting topic is their history. Being a fairly new country they have experienced a lot. We have heard positive things and negative things about their history but what seems to be the theme is that this country is still trying to find out who they are and as a result their residents are doing the same. The majority of those we talk to culturally believe in Islam and a smaller portion of them are Russian Orthodox. Surprisingly, they don't really... Read more

A people of gods

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

Having just landed in the country less than a week ago, I still have much to learn about my new home. So far culture shock and jet lag have not been too much of an issue. One aspect of living here that really stood out to me yesterday, though, is that everyone is so spiritual. In the US many don’t believe in a god or gods, or don’t care whether any exist. Here, everyone believes in the spiritual realm. Part of our orientation was to visit a place known as an important pilgrimage city. Temples, idols, and rituals were in abundance. At one point we climbed hundreds of stairs to reach a temple.... Read more

Right Now, I'm Right Here

By Isaac on October 5, 2013 Track: Teaching Region: Europe

Right now, I am in a place I call “home.” It is in Russia. I live here. I know some of the bus routes and a few of the landmarks, and I take this place to be my home area, my environs, for this first stage of life out of university. Right now, I am a teacher. I never sit in class, I choose the topics and plan the lessons and control all the discussions and give and collect and grade homework and wear a tie and write on the whiteboard and almost forget that I was a student, like, five months ago. Right now, I am working for God. I’m working through a Christian organization for the ultimate... Read more

Train to Wittenberg

By Rebecca on October 3, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

***Photo---Evette and I went on a free walking tour to the Brandenburg Gate last Friday (9/27/13)*** God has encouraged me so much over the past few days, with the most encouraging story taking place Saturday.  Saturday, I went with Timo, his kids, John, and Alicia (both serving the youth at Timo’s church) and traveled to Brandenburg, our neighboring state/district in Germany.  Timo wanted to show us the countryside of Germany, and this was a great way to do it. We took a train to get to Brandenburg.  And during the train ride, I was able to have a conversation with a guy from Germany (though... Read more

Pre-going

By Isabella on September 30, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

Hey everyone! This is kinda my tester blog/pre-going post. I'm not very good at blogs, so we will see how this goes, but I would for this to be a place just to write about what's going on and what I'm learning and help everyone stay updated and excited for what God is doing! This summer has been so crazy,  hard, but good! Basically it was like one big transition limbo stage.  Literally within days of graduating I was fully jumping in prep to leave including training and support raising! At first I was terrified for the summer.  Doing something counter-cultural, like raising your own salary... Read more

1st Month in Our Placement

By Paul on September 30, 2013 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - Central

So much has happened this month! Our Papa has been incredibly faithful (as He always is) and given us an amazing 1st month in our placement.School:We officially started classes on Sept 9th. Despite the fact that we didn't plan on teaching together, our Papa knew exactly what He had in mind by allowing us to co-teach the same students. We both teach 4 different Intermediate classes. We have two set of students at 4:30pm and 2 different ones at 6:15pm. We alternate between classrooms so students can get to see each one of us twice a week. We are enjoying the process of teaching and planning... Read more

First Week in Bangkok!!!

By Sarah on September 29, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Asia - South East

Greetings!  I have officially been in Thailand for over a week! It has been a great couple of days, definitely stretching but incredible. My first week I was living with my director Michelle in her home. She lives in a slum community called Samaki, which is a considerable large slum community. For the first day, a German missionary family that lives near by took us around the community and to Bangkapi Mall. The mall was awesome! It was cooler then most places but it had a huge movie theater and waterpark on the top floor! I know, crazy! The next couple days consisted of us learning a bit of... Read more

Preparing for the move

By Jamie on September 27, 2013 Track: Medical Region: Asia - South East

   Although I have always enjoyed writing assignments and writing in my journal, I have never thought to publicize any of these thoughts, but as I step out into the word and begin my travels through Southeast Asia, I know that this will be a good way to keep in touch with friends and family. Although I have not left to go yet, I can see how God has been preparing me for this journey all along. This summer was a roller-coaster of emotions, trials and triumphs. I’ll share with you one of the many things that has defined this summer and prepared me for what is to come. Wednesday morning was the... Read more

Grace for Syria

By Thomas on September 27, 2013 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Middle East

The Syrian war has caused so much death and destruction. I can imagine Jesus weeping over all of the suffering, and especially over the most recent events. BBC claims that the number of child refugees from Syria has surpassed 1 million, and the Syrian refugee crisis is considered to be the worst in the world for 20 years since the Rwandan genocide. Kurds in Syria have been particularly affected recently by battles between their militias and some Al-Qaeda linked groups who are creating quite a bit of death and destruction, causing even more Kurds to have to flee their homes. A few weeks ago, a... Read more

Intro

By Mark on September 27, 2013 Track: University Outreach Region: Asia - East

Hi Everyone, This post is just to give a quck introduction to who I am and what I am doing as a Goer. I'm Mark Morikawa and I am 24 years old. This is my second year as a Goer and I am working with CRU as a STINTer in Tokyo, Japan. The ministry I am a part of is campus ministry at primarily two different campuses (one high school and one college campus). What I do is try to meet students, become friends with them, and share the Gospel message with them. Last year, I met and shared the Gospel with about 3 different students and built friendships with about 5 more students. Last year my team... Read more