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Better Than Having Superpowers

By Aaron on May 10, 2020 Track: Sports Region: Europe

Here’s a train of thought that runs through my mind often during the era of covid-19: What’s the one thing that has a hold over every single person in the world more than anything else?  Death.  The fear of dying.  Mankind’s single greatest adversary.  What if there was a way to loosen the hold it had over us?  In my life right now, the one thing that worries me more than anything else is when I have serious problems with my own health.  Nothing else has really ever given me anxiety before… but going through unanswered questions about frightening symptoms can really shake me up.  Having an... Read more

Fear is a Liar

By Caitlyn on May 7, 2020 Track: Media - Arts Region: Europe

Fear is a powerful emotion. It can grip our hearts and minds and refuse to let go. There are so many things in this world we could fear, cancer, car crashes, pandemics, natural disasters, and the list could go on and on. But God doesn’t call us to hide in fear. One of the most repeated commands in the Bible is to “fear not” because God is bigger than any storms that come our way and is always by our side. The world was never safe before COVID-19 and it won’t be safe after. We can trust that in the midst of chaos that God is in control and NOTHING takes Him by surprise. Psalm 46: 1-2, 7 says... Read more

Never Forget the Power of Prayer!

By Rosie on May 6, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

In the midst of everything, I feel extremely grateful to have a God who gives us the opportunity to intercede on behalf of our people.  And to have an organization that makes an extra effort to reach out during times of trial.  And to have friends all around the world who can agree with me in prayer.  Check out this awesome video that GoCorps put together! Will you agree with us in prayer also? A Prayer for Our World - April 2020 Video of A Prayer for Our World - April 2020    Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Christina on May 4, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: Asia - South East

Hey hey future goers! My heart goes out to all of you during this turmoil in our world; and, I'm sure, in your own heart as well. I just want to say that all your thoughts and feelings are valid. The LORD knows you, He hears you, and He cares for you. God is a merciful God, and He reveals to us that our fears and anxieties tell us that apart from Jesus we can do nothing. If you're having doubts about whether or not you should continue pursuing this, trust me, pandemic or not, doubt will be your greatest enemy all throughout support raising and even as you live out your 2 years in your field... Read more

The Power of Thanksgiving

By Abby S on May 2, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Our team recently studied 1 Thessalonians together, and thanksgiving is a repeated theme. After reading “1,000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp a few years ago I got into the habit of daily writing down things I was thankful for, then fell out of the habit after a few weeks. Then, after moving overseas, we lived in a difficult homestay situation and I again found myself writing out a list of things to be thankful for each day--otherwise the list of negatives things overwhelmed me. Now after... Read more

The Beginning of Ramadan

By Dora on April 23, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hi friends, Hope you're continuing to do well and hanging in there as we all continue to navigate this very interesting time.Today marks the beginning of Ramadan when our Muslim friends pray and fast for one month. During Ramadan, our friends often seek God more fervently than any other time of the year. Please join me in praying for my Muslim friends and Muslims worldwide. Ask God to show Himself supernaturally to them and that they would find Jesus and experience His transforming power in their lives. There are two prayer guides I'd recommend checking out if you'd like to pray for Muslims... Read more

Life Happens

By Anna on April 20, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

This season has been difficult for many people and challenging for us in ways we were not expecting. There is fear, worry, and so much unknown. We’ve lost many things and opportunities. It feels as if the world had come to a grinding halt, like so much has ended and we sit, holding our breath, waiting for the wheels to start turning again and for life to begin to return to “normal.” The other day, I was re-watching some of my favorite episodes of the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Some of you may be familiar with this show and some of its featured characters. Uncle Iroh is a character... Read more

These Words Are Not My Own

By Rosie on April 14, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Latin America

Batter my heart, three-person'd God By John Donne   Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town to another due, Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end; Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue. Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov'd fain, But am betroth'd unto your enemy; Divorce me, untie or break that knot again, Take me to you, imprison me, for I, Except you enthrall... Read more

Another Blog about COVID-19

By Richard on April 10, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

I am sure that anyone reading this has likely already read a blog post or two about people’s perception, reaction, or meditations on the COVID-19 pandemic.  In fact, I’m sure there are a number of other posts on this site on this topic.  But, I thought it might be worth it to write my own anyway, in case it might serve as an encouragement to someone, as I might be drawn to focus things I see the Lord doing that are different than what others might have focused on.  Over the last month, I have spend a decent amount of time thinking about how Phillipians 2:1-8 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5 apply to... Read more

Submitting to unknowns as He holds me in His hands

By Sarah on April 6, 2020 Track: Languages - Linguistics Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

Held in His Hands   Swahili: Anajua mateso yetu Anapenda kutusaidia!  Bambara: Yesu yɛrɛ y’an tɔɔrɔw bɛɛ dɔn, A bɛ sɔn ka an dɛmɛ bi.  English:  [Jesus] Only He knows of our sufferings He LOVES to help us    Worship follows me wherever God sends me for His cause! The first two lines above are a song I grew to love in DRC, East Africa while working there in 2018. My team would sing this quite often during team devotions. What truth that the Father is ever near to comfort us! As I begin to learn Bambara, I asked my language nurturer to teach me Bambara worship songs - particularly songs... Read more