Friends of Go,
Thank you for taking time to read about this next season for us at Go International.tv As you can imagine, this is quite a big step for Christa and I. There have been many times since launching Go International that have required us to believe God, stretch our faith, take bold steps of action, and we find ourselves at these familiar crossroads once again.
While there are still question marks that lay ahead, we have an assured confidence that we are walking in the right direction. It has been such a joy to lead Go through the varying seasons of it’s existence and we expectantly lean in to this new season. I say “new”, but in reality, operating international bases has been in our hearts from the very inception of Go. We still have a piece of paper tucked inside an old journal that we wrote out while dating. On this paper is a list of things we hoped to do in life, one of them was to start overseas bases. So here we are, nine years into the journey of marriage and ministry, about to sell everything and move to a remote village in the Andes, and we couldn’t be more excited!
As many of you know Christa and I have traveled extensively throughout the world, but you may not realize that Ecuador has always held a special place in our hearts. It was in Ecuador where Christa and I first became friends while leading a team together with another organization. Years later, after marrying and launching Go, Christa and I returned to Ecuador on an advance trip in preparation of a team, and while there we felt God speak to us to launch Go Internship. We returned home and have lead the Go Internship and Go Apprenticeship for the last six years. Now, once again, we feel to return to Ecuador and let it serve as the launch site of our first pilot base.
In addition to the strategic vision and overall mission of Go, this move has some personal implications that we are looking forward to as well. As teenagers on our first mission trips it was not the thought of one day running an organization that captured our hearts, but rather it was the people standing before us. We are looking forward to this season that will allow us to intentionally engage with people of another culture in a greater way than ever before.
Another huge plus for us in this move will be to learn the Spanish language and become bilingual. Despite all of our travels neither of us are fluent in a second language. While we can “get by” in Spanish, we definitely are not fluent and we look forward to living in an environment that will force us to speak it daily. Not only will this be of benefit for Christa and I, but we also feel that it will serve Zion well in the years to come.
As I mentioned in the opening of this letter, this is a huge step for us and it can not be done alone. We graciously ask that you would consider partnering with us to launch this base. Know that your gifts go not only to serve the people of Ecuador but also to fund a model that will provide insights into launching bases and training missionaries in the future. We appreciate your partnership, vision, and investment in Go International and Christa and I.
Serving the World,
Greg & Christa Baca