Goer blogs

The Eternal Struggle

By Julie on March 19, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

"I believe.  Help me in my unbelief."   Most of the time, I like to live in my make-believe world where I’m in control of my life and the situations I find myself in.  But every once in a while, like this week, God pulls the wool from over my eyes and I am reminded of just how little I actually have control over.  During those glimpses into reality, I can feel the anxiety building within me: the tightening in my chest, the whirring of my thoughts. And yet in those moments, God, who is so gracious, never fails to remind me that He is with me, that He is and has been in control this whole time... Read more

Melissa's Story

By Isabel on March 16, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Latin America

Imagine that you’re a six-year-old child. You’ve just left behind all that you know -- your home, friends, and relatives -- to start a new life in another country. You don’t know the culture or the language, and at school, the words coming out of your teachers’ and classmates’ mouths sound like gibberish. That sounds rather challenging, doesn’t it? Well, that’s the story of one our students named *Melissa, who entered BridgeWay at the beginning of this school year, not knowing any Spanish or English. When we first met Melissa, my fellow teachers and I were at a loss as to how to communicate... Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Abbie on March 16, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Europe

If you are reading this, you might be trying to figure out what your next step is. Should I make the move? What will this mean for me in the future? The questions are endless. Trust me, I’ve been there. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong but if you decide to go, you are saying yes to an adventure with God you will never regret. This is a chance for you to see and experience God in an even greater way then you could ever imagine. If you let Him, God will take you on an adventure of discovery and of the revelation of who He is and who you are. I learned a new language, how to navigate a city, travel... Read more

Education in the Time of Corona

By Abby on March 15, 2020 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

There is a scene in the classic claymation film Chicken Run, where Ginger, the lead chicken says “Let’s not lose our heads” to which the other chickens say “Lose our heads?!” and run screaming. That’s basically the state of things at the moment. In the shop the other day as people were bulk-buying, an elderly French woman whispered: “It’s like the war.” People are acting like corona is akin to the nazis. That qualifies as losing our heads. We can approach things in a better way. It is a serious situation, and we shouldn’t rub our faces on one another, but panic and indulging in misinformation... Read more

Work to be Done

By Anna on March 12, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

"Anka is a six-year-old Roma girl, whose whimsical smile and toothless grin immediately win you over. But Anka is at a disadvantage- she does not attend preschool and will be starting first grade this fall. She doesn’t know how to hold a pencil; when asked to color, she produces a scribbled page. She only speaks Roma, unable to understand more than basic Bulgarian sentences.” Anka’s situation is not unique- many Roma families lack resources to send their children to preschool. But what if there was a play group Anka could attend, led by other Roma women, who could introduce her to Bulgarian,... Read more

A Goer Learning the Local Language

By Richard on March 11, 2020 Track: Agriculture - Environment Region: Asia - South East

In December I wrote a list of my top takeaways from our first year in the field, and the first two had to do with learning the language.  So, I thought it might be appropriate to spend a bit more time on the subject here.   Before beginning the process of moving overseas, I had never put in any effort to learn a second language.  I took a few semesters of Spanish in High School, sure… but I never took that seriously. I signed up for those classes because my friends did, and I had heard it was an easy A.  It wasn’t until I met my wife (she is an ESL teacher and a lifelong student of culture)... Read more

Transitions

By Claire on March 10, 2020 Track: Business Region: Latin America

Hello friends, Follow this link to view my latest video blog that is jam-packed with big changes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g7yLN1KglU Thank you for your faithful financial and prayerful support; everything is made possible through your help. Please let me be a blessing for you by sending me your prayer requests. Peace and Joy, Claire Whitcomb P.S. Pictured above I am giving a little devotional to the kiddos on Valentine's Day after a long day's work with the Holy Trinity construction team.  Read more

My Letter to Future Goers

By Jen on March 9, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - North

I have now been back in America for a whole week. During this time, I'm having the opportunity to process these last two years, get used to the reality of being in the US again, and prepare for my next steps. I'm excited to say that I hope to continue working overseas for as long as God has me there. These last two years have been very foundational for my future as well as a major source of growth for me. He has taken me on quite a ride, and here are 7 things that I have learned these last two years.   1. Don't be afraid to use this time to develop yourself. Perhaps you will feel pressure to... Read more

A Clay Vessel (Two Blogs in One!)

By Hannah on March 7, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Latin America

3 March 2020 "Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us." 2 Corinthians 4:1, 5-7 The thesis I took away from training in North Carolina is that I have absolutely nothing to offer on... Read more

Power in Prayer

By Sophie on March 7, 2020 Track: Medical Region: Latin America

Friends and fam... Hello hello! I hope 2020 is already off to an incredible start for you all. The start to a new year is always a special time but when it's a start to a new DECADE?! We are soooo thankful two of our best friends, Josh and Sarah were able to join us in Lima shortly after Christmas for a week. Having familiar faces here was so surreal and we still get dumb-smiles on our faces when we talk about what a special week it was. a couple quick updates before we get to the meat of this letter... We are deep in a season of preparation and planning...materials to share with the Yanesha... Read more