Goer blogs

The Most Unlikely Places

By Dora on May 31, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends, Where do you think we are when you see this picture? It may look like we’re in a big Asian market, but we’re actually in someone’s house garage! When I first started getting to know my Rohingya friends, I learned many of them shop at stores that their friends have right inside their homes. A lot of the stores have many different products from Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. They have everything from clothes, skin products, snacks, and even some electronics. I enjoy going to these little hidden stores with my Rohingya friends and seeing how each one is laid out. I often feel like... Read more

"And Who is My Neighbor?"

By Maggie on May 30, 2020 Track: Business Region: Europe

As I've reflected on the unexpected turns of the last months and thought on how different my "ministry" context has been with Pilgrim House closed, Jesus' parable on the Good Samaritan has been fresh in my mind. Documented by Luke in his gospel account, this particular story is initiated by an expert in the law asking Jesus what is required to inherit eternal life - what are the expectations of living in the way of God? Upon determining that these expectations are encompassed herin: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your... Read more

Repatriation

By Matt on May 28, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I posted this on my personal WordPress blog for our supporters, but the more I think about it, the more I see God's hand in the difficult process and wanted to put it up here too.    Last month, on April 15th, we made the hard decision to return home during this time of uncertainty. One-week prior we dedicated a week for prayer and fasting on what to do in regards with ministry as well as if we should stay in Peru or come home. God didn’t speak any big and clear words, but He did us this ever-increasing trust that whatever would happen, He would have our back. From that week we created four... Read more

Cultural Learning

By Matt on May 28, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

I love learning. Honestly, since as long as I can remember I have enjoyed school. Going to the cool museum or historical place is often a necessary stop on a vacation. The majority of the books read are non-fiction. Daily, I receive newsletters on technology, economics, and politics. Throughout all of these moments of reading, listening or seeing I am very aware of the learning process. Here in Peru that still exists – learning Spanish, how to get places, ministry tools, hobbies – but tons of learning comes on the fly. Kinda like when we were all kids. After enough time and traveling to other... Read more

These Kids Spoil Me

By Rosie on May 26, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

     During our GoCorps training in Minnesota, (just about 1 year ago this month!) our staff led us through a session on some of our roles as GoCorps Goers. One of my favorites was “storyteller.” (I don’t know if you guys have figured out yet that I like to talk!) Our leadership told us, “Storytelling is such a powerful, yet underappreciated form of ministry. Anyone can sit there and argue the historical connotations of a Bible verse or whether something is to be taken literally or metaphorically, but YOUR story, that YOU EXPERIENCED, and God GIFTED to you? That’s truth. And someone might not... Read more

Ministry of Love

By Julie on May 25, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

When I was deciding whether or not to accept this placement in Ecuador, there was one major fear holding me back.  I couldn’t speak Spanish!  And to me, in my earthly understanding, this felt like a hard stop.  So much of nursing, not to mention so much of working with vulnerable populations, is about communication.  I am so careful of the words I use and their connotations. I could not imagine working in a different language where I was unfamiliar with the implications of the words I was using.  And yet, as God made it clear that he was still opening this door to me despite my utter lack of... Read more

Origins

By Abby on May 22, 2020 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

This week in my French class (sur zoom) it became obvious that I am the odd one out in the group. The class is structured around different themes, and the latest began as the others had before it: we read a bit, suffer through dictations, write a paper, and discuss it. Lately we have been talking about values and from where we derived ours. It didn’t strike me as particularly unusual until the professor opened the discussion by remarking how very different my paper was. I quickly scanned the other posted papers, and everyone else’s read like stereotypes of their countries of origin. The... Read more

Language acquisition is always relational

By Sarah on May 21, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Many aspects of the GoCorps enticed me to apply but one stood out in particular - language learning as ministry. My placement and organization actively used language to reach both believers and non-believers in our area of work. The team uses a method called the Growing Participator Approach. I am a new to the GPA method of learning a language. Nevertheless, I am finding tremendous encouragement by using it to learn Bambara. This method was developed by a man named Greg Thompson particularly for Kingdom workers in the field. It starts with nurturing a relationship rather than hitting the... Read more

God grows the faith of the discipler: The case of Paul and the Thessalonians

By Richard on May 19, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

Our team recently did an in depth, inductive study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.  At the end of that 3+ month study, we were asked to create something "pass on-able" from our notes.  The following is from that assignment.  _________________________________________________________________ Discipleship is an indispensable tool for the expansion of the Kingdom of God.  It was Jesus’ personal method for preparing His Kingdom to expand across the globe, and what He equipped His closest friends to do (Matthew 4:19, John 6:1-13); it was the imperative command of the Great Commission (make disciples... Read more

Ups and Downs of Culture Shock

By Emily on May 17, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Asia - East

They say that culture shock hits hardest during the first few months while overseas. Though, considering covid-19 took over just about a few weeks after arriving to my field placement, I’ve barely even been able to interact with locals! So in that sense, I was more “eased” into the culture. Unlike one of my teammates who had to go to school and started early on with ministry work, I am only just now starting to get more hands on experience with the work I came here to do (though it’s still quite limited).  At the moment things are almost back to normal though. This said, I’ve had a bit more... Read more