Goer blogs

The Year of the Favor of the Lord

By Abby S on April 1, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

What a strange time we are in right now. The world seems to have stopped, and billions of people are living in fear. But this morning as I continued meditating through the book of Isaiah, I read Isaiah 61 with new eyes. I have heard this passage more times than I can count, but today--in light of everything that is happening--it took on a new light. I hope that these continued reflections from Isaiah bring you hope and encouragement as well!  Isaiah 61  “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,     because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;     he has sent me to bind up... Read more

Poisson d’Avril

By Abby on April 1, 2020 Track: University Outreach Region: Europe

Only in France do you need to make a quick fish. Today is poisson d’avril, directly translated it means “fish of April” but in English we would just refer to it as April fool’s day. Here children make little paper fish and try to sneakily hook or tape those fish onto other people’s back. This morning when I went to the kitchen for some tea and saw little Irène, one of the three children I live with, carefully cutting out a fish, I knew I needed to get going in the fish department. Studying would have to wait a while. There were fish to be caught and given. Not five minutes after I had settled... Read more

Failed Dream

By Jeanne on March 31, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Africa - Sub-Saharan

In many ways, it feels like a failed first few months in my designated country. I planned to spread the word about how evil human-trafficking is, I wanted to rescue girls from bad situations and teach them skills to make a living. Reality has really kicked me down - I can hardly have a conversation let alone make a speech about human-trafficking, can someone explain how I can rescue girls from a trafficking situation (in a third world country I've never been before??), and I don't know any skills to teach others (not ones that are sustainable for people living in poverty). Before I left I was... Read more

Seek the Good

By Maggie on March 28, 2020 Track: Business Region: Europe

My arrival into Santiago has been quite an unusual one. A little over a week after I landed, we went into lock down due to the covid-19 global pandemic - a reality that has significantly influenced the landscape of my time here. Amid this required (and important) time of isolation, I’ve been reflecting on that first week I had here in Santiago and the blessing it held. Santiago is a beautiful city. It’s peppered with green spaces and parks and is situated between rivers on both sides. My first few days here carried the beginning evidences of spring with tulips and daffodils flashing with... Read more

A Different Kind of Month

By Dora on March 27, 2020 Track: Ministry Region: United States

Hey friends, Hope you and your family are staying healthy, safe, and in good spirits. March has been a very long month for everyone, and we've had to adjust in so many different ways as COVID-19 impacts our communities. Things definitely slowed down for GoTEN staff and our ministries when the news of COVID-19 escalated at the beginning of this month. On March 17, we decided to stop all of our English classes since all schools in Arizona closed that same week. Since then, we've been laying low in our homes, but also keeping an eye on our refugee friends and seeing when any needs come up. Where... Read more

Letter to Future Goers

By Emily on March 27, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

Dear Future Goer, Whether you're wondering whether to be a Goer at all, or you're in the midst of support raising, or you're a few weeks on the field, I hope this letter encourages you! Two years ago, I got on a plane, ready to transform. I was Frodo with the ring around his neck headed to Mordor, ready to fight for the future of mankind. I was Moana, sailing into the unknown to restore her island and save the world. (Incidentally, both these movies gave me the courage to get onto that plane.) Now, two years later, I've found that more than anything I've managed to transform, I've been... Read more

My letter to future Goers

By Claire on March 25, 2020 Track: Compassion - Justice Region: Europe

So you’re thinking about going overseas… You might feel like there are a million reasons to say no.  Going requires sacrifice, leaving things behind. Going means leaving everything you know to go start a new life, one where you probably won’t know what you’re doing for a looooong while. It means giving up spending time with friends and family, maybe giving up taking a job in your field, and giving up any control you thought you had over your life.    But I’m sitting here now, back home in Indiana for two months now, and the things that I “lost” don’t occupy my mind. Instead, it’s all the... Read more

When God is Never Mentioned

By Diamond on March 23, 2020 Track: Youth Development Region: Europe

Esther.  One of two - and most underrated - books in the Bible that is named after a woman. That alone tells you what type of God we have - if you said an inclusive one, you were right. If you didn't say anything at all and just continued reading, that's okay too. It was day 7 of being in my apartment and doing everything life-related through my superhero-sticker-covered laptop. You could imagine how I'm doing right now - giphy.gif Kidding. However, I can't go to church, so I decided to look for a sermon online - you know, the thing that basically the entire world is doing right... Read more

Reflections From Isaiah

By Abby S on March 20, 2020 Track: Teaching Region: Asia - South East

Isaiah 42:1-4 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,     my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him,     and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out,     or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break,     and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;     he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.     In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”   Father, thank you that you do not grow faint or discouraged on the road to justice. Thank you that when I... Read more

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