Introducing Jimmy 2014!

Jimmy goes with iGo summer like peanut butter and jelly. Like Scooby and Shaggy. Like shawarma and hummus. Like Frodo and Sam. Yes, Jimmy. This is the name we give our summer interns at iGo Global. Everyone needs a friend named Jimmy.

We are pleased to be able to introduce this year’s Jimmy to you. Always behind the scenes and never getting enough credit, Jimmy is a picture of servant leadership at iGo. Jimmy comes to help iGo mobilize and train hundreds of students every summer. They count T-shirts, they stuff envelopes, they organize Base Camp materials, they wash rancid iGosian costumes, they print iGo currency, they set up backdrops, and they load/unload the trailer at least 187 times in 11 weeks.

So before Jimmy disappears into the warehouse at iGo World Wide Headquarters (located in the Republic of Texas), or gets lost in the 10 acre wood behind Webster Conference Center in Kansas, we thought you should at least meet them and get to know them a little.

Jimmy Rebecca

Rebecca Horsley from Marshall, TX

School: University of Texas at Austin – Major: Youth and Community Studies

Favorite food- Chocolate chip pancakes

Personal Trivia: I can solve a Rubik’s Cube

People Might Not Know: One Tree Hill is my favorite TV show

Favorite Musician: Seryn is my favorite band—hands down. I may have seen them in concert five times!

Jimmy Kayla

Kayla Bender from Rockwall, Texas

School: Dallas Baptist University Major: Graphic Design

Favorite food: Chinese

Personal Trivia: I love to do DIY crafts, design, and paint anything and everything.

People Might Not Know: I danced in Super Bowl 45 with the Black Eye Peas and Usher

Favorite Musician: All Sons and Daughters

 Jimmy Nate3

Nate Day from North Richland Hills, Texas

School: Hardin-Simmons University Major: Communications

Favorite Food: Breakfast – Pancakes, eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, bacon, biscuits, gravy, etc.

Personal Trivia: I’m an “over-the-top” guy when it comes to how I like my toilet paper to come off the roll.

People Don’t Know:  I stood right next to the stage at a Taylor Swift concert and touched her hand.

Favorite Musician: Needtobreathe

Jimmy Joe 3

Joe Looney from Rowlett, Texas

School: Texas Tech University Major: Personal Financial Planning

Favorite food: A big, delicious cheeseburger. Also, any and all baked goods.

Personal Trivia: I won Most Witty in high school, but then didn’t say anything funny for the rest of the year.

People Might Not Know: I’m from the suburbs but it’s my goal to one day live off of the land and have chickens, cows, an orchard, and all sorts of stuff.

Favorite Musician: I’ve been a huge Beatles fan for as long as I can remember, I think I have about 10 DVDs about them and 20 books.

Jimmy Jeff

Jeff Smith from Van Alstyne, Texas  (Jeff is serving as our Design Jimmy. His main work will be in graphic design for iGo.)

School: Graduated from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. Major: Architecture

Favorite Food: Definitely waffles

Personal Trivia: I currently work at the Aggie BSM

People Might Not Know: Despite what most people believe, I’m actually a very interesting person.

Favorite Musician: Nick Gainey Band (ftw)


Could the Last Jimmy be You? (Or someone you know?)

We are still looking for a Media Jimmy for this summer. If you have skills in the area of video production, we have a spot for you on our team this summer. Check out all the info on our website at the following: Media Jimmy Info





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Tis the season…to apply to Jimmy, that is! (by iGo staffer Sarah Arnett)


I’ll keep it short because I know you’ve got a semester’s worth of Spanish to memorize before your 10 o’clock class… so here are the “hechos”…that’s Spanish for “facts.”

Who: Jimmy is a group of college aged students that are interested in the sending process of missions. Jimmy is involved in all aspects of mobilization; they experience deep community with one another and do life together day in and day out. Jimmy comes from all walks of life and no two jimmy are alike.

What: Jimmy is iGo Global’s in-office internship. Jimmy joins our staff for a little over two months during the summer and lend a much needed helping hand in almost everything iGo does to “Make Him Famous.”

Where: Jimmy can be found in Wylie, Texas for most of the summer at our Worldwide Headquarters. When they’re not there, they are recruiting at camps across Texas and Oklahoma, training at Base Camps, or playing hackysack at a park somewhere.

When: Jimmy begins May 12th and ends July 25th with an epic send off from a forever family of staff. There’s also a retreat April 11-13th that you’ll attend to meet, bond, and hug it out with fellow new Jimmy.

Why: When you’re a Jimmy, you are a part of an intentional mentoring process that challenges and equips both spiritually and personally. You not only get to work on sending teams to least-reached people groups and see what it means to live missionally “at home,” but you also become surrounded by like minded peers that become family to you as you all strive to follow God in your own lives.

How: Download the application, fill it out, and get it back to us by January 8th…it’s as simple as that.

So as you’re cramming for finals, skipping out on your last class to sell your books back, and buying a Christmas present for your little brother take a moment to consider joining our team in 2014 as a Jimmy, because let’s face it, everyone should be a friend named Jimmy.


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Getting fired up about the iGo Conference? Here’s some help.

The 2013 version of the not so famous but highly appreciated iGo Conference is nigh (fancy old way of saying right around the corner). Those planning to be in tropical Wylie, Texas this weekend are getting excited, thinking about packing, and mapping out the journey. One iGo alum, living on mission deep in yankee territory, already left New York City on a jet plane. For the record, we don’t love New York, but we are ok with saying we like it as a friend.

So for those of you registered and ready we offer you some thoughts to get you to #fireup. For those of you not coming? Read this and weep. Weep for the greatness you will miss this weekend while you write that paper, walk those dogs, wash your hair, join the circus, take out the trash, hang out in the mall food court, babysit your niece, diagram some sentences, build a model airplane, put up your Christmas lights, overuse a Neti Pot, crush your candy saga, try to find a pay phone, read a Christian romance novel, watch infomercials, ride your motorized scooter, take an awkward selfie, or whatever ridiculous excuse applies to you.


The iGo Show Returns

With a new format, almost improved host, and somewhat exciting lineup of guests, you can expect the second iGo Show to be nothing less than just real nice. Join former iGo staff member and current Remedy Church pastor Aaron “AC” Clayton as he takes you on a journey filled with entertainment, inspiration, and hilarity to a place where all your wildest dreams will come true.

The Nick Gainey Band

Yes, you have seen them at Super Summer. You might have found them in the middle of a field of faith. It is possible, but not likely they were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Yesterday a group of tourists reported a Nick Gainey sighting at a Whataburger in Murphy, Texas. The Nick Gainey Band will be leading us in worship all weekend. These guys are good. Special guest appearance by part of the RWB (Rogers Worship Band).


Is there anything more memorable about your youth camp or disciple now every year than the theme? Of course not. And the iGo Conference has one too. This year we take a look at worship. Three main sessions where we break down worship by looking at the greatness of God, the response of worship, and the link between worship and missions. Bring your bible and your favorite iGosian mascot journal so we can dig deep together.

Breaking out the Breakouts

This year’s breakouts are gonna be just real nice for sure. Taking our theme even deeper we have Jeremy Buck (Pastor of Redeemer Pampa) to talk about personal worship in order to help you find your sacred pathway to connect with God. The aforementioned Aaron Clayton will be talking about dating. Yes, dating. Come and learn from him how to worship God through the mystery of dating and relationships. Special testimonies from some iGo love connection couples included. Justin Turner, one of the Pastors at Commerce Community Church will lead a session on being on mission on campus. Come learn from Justin’s experience how to be intentional and strategic as you make Him famous on your campus. Finally, Nick Gainey and his pastor, Shane Pruitt will be leading a session called Order of Worship. This session is for worship leaders and others who are involved in leading worship services.

And Such As

On top of all this there will plenty of time to connect with old friends, meet new friends, tweet about the conference, and enjoy some iGosian community.

Fired up yet? We thought so.

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3 Reasons to do Short-term Missions


There seems to be no shortage of folks who are eager to point out the possible pitfalls of mission trips. For starters, let me just say that any ministry we could engage in has possible pitfalls.

When a pastor teaches and preaches, he faces the danger of being puffed up with pride because of the platform and respect that accompanies that task. However, just because there are possible pitfalls that come with the territory of engaging a particular ministry, that does not mean that we should avoid that type of ministry all together. Nobody would suggest that we should all stop aspiring to teach, speak, and write, because of the potential it has to puff us up.

But I’ve found that many folks approach short term mission trips with fear, skepticism, or even disdain simply because of what ‘could’ happen. In response to this I’d like to highlight and remind us of three of the greatest benefits of short term mission trips.

They Encourage Missionaries. I am convinced that this is one of the most significant things our teams do. You can’t possibly understand how huge this is until you’ve seen the excitement in a missionary couples’ eyes when you offered to babysit one evening while they went on a date. Even more affirming is the look on the mom’s face the day before your team leaves when she explains through watery eyes how great of a blessing it was to watch the team engage and converse with her children.

It’s easy to forget that missionaries are often starved for Christian fellowship. Even if they are on a team, it’s typically a very small group that’s likely to be void of certain age groups. The missionaries our teams work with often have pre-K and elementary kids, and never get the chance to be around high school and college students who are Christ followers. I become more convinced every year that the most significant impact our teams make is not with the lost, but with the missionaries and their families.

They Free up our Focus. Regardless of  the ministry focus of a trip (acts of service, prayer, evangelism, etc.), you are free to put your normal day to day obligations aside and focus intensely on that work. We often remind students who are about to return home from a trip that they can not expect themselves to keep up the same level of investment and focus that they had during the trip. Of course, we do hope that what they learned and experienced on the trip will spur them on to spend more time and energy living intentionally in their day to day lives.

I want to be careful here, because I’m not saying that our day to day obligations (jobs, school, family) are nothing more than roadblocks to our ministry involvement. Indeed, we will find opportunities to engage in spiritual conversation and honor the Lord with our diligence in those things. But if we are spending 6-10 hours per day prayer-walking and sharing the Gospel, we are likely to loose our job or flunk out of school.

They Train Us. One might object and say, “Sure, it’s easy to engage in ministry all the time when your’e on a mission trip, but that’s not going to help you learn how to live intentionally in your every day life in the midst of daily obligations and responsibilities.” I’ve heard similar objections that say mission trips are nothing more than conscious cleansers. They fear we will justify our lack of effort to reach our lost neighbors because we went on a trip last summer.

But that’s like saying a college students who works for a lawn care business in the summer will not learn how to take care of his own lawn when that’s not his “job”. We all know that the opposite is true. That student will likely end the summer much more motivated and equipped to maintain his own lawn well where he lives. There are always exceptions, but what we see 95% of the time is that students who engage well on a trip come back more equipped and motivated to live missionally at home.

To check out Short-term opportunities with iGo, visit our Trips Page. 

What do you think? Any reasons you want to add? 

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Frontline Friday: Great Reminder for All of Us

A good reminder for everyone. Thanks to Kaitlyn McNeal for sharing these thoughts with us from the front lines. 


One of the best parts of this experience was just sharing life with everyone there; both the team and the friends we made. This summer was a great reminder that M work is not just a short-term trip and not just for certain people; it’s a lifestyle that all believers are called to live.

Father has also shown me more of my great need for Him. I am constantly and completely dependent on Him, and that will never change. Nothing that happened during the summer was because of the strength of the people there, but because of the great God we serve.

Something specific Father has taught me is that I’m often far too comfortable with where I am instead of fighting to grow deeper and be stretched in new ways. I remember looking out my apartment window and watching the people who were running errands or children who were playing soccer, and thinking about the many people I’d met who were far too content with keeping to themselves and living reserved, happy lives. But empty happiness doesn’t bring about changed lives or hunger for the Word. So for myself and those around me I pray for hearts that are seeking for something more than what empty happiness brings. Because when there’s seeking, there’s finding

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” –Matthew 7:7-8


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JSI: Learn to Lead by Leading


In the chronicles of iGo History you would find that at one time we had two different kinds of interns. Well, we actually still do have two different kinds of interns. But we used to also. The difference was that back in those days (and I’m still not sure if they were the good old days or just the old days at this point) we called our interns that stayed here in our office interns. We also called our interns that served overseas interns. It didn’t take long to get confused.

So we no longer call anyone interns, even though we still have interns. Following? Good.

Jimmy is our iGo Mobilization Internship. Jimmy stays here all summer and helps us train and mobilize. This post is not about them so I will move on now.


JSI’s are what we decided to call our overseas interns. What it stands for is not important. If you need it to stand for something to satisfy your inner need for information, then go with Just Summer Interns. If you like things more spiritual sounding, you could try Jesus’ Summer Interns. In light of that, you could just say JSI’s…for Christ. That always works.

What is important is what a JSI is and what a JSI does. JSI’s are the backbone of our mobilization strategy in Western Europe. When we show up and recruit at Falls Creek, Kansas/Nebraska Super Summer, Texas Super Summer, and Louisiana YEC, we are hoping for students to respond in bulk quantities to the opportunity to make Him famous in one of our partnership locations. We put these students on large teams (we once had 189 students on a team to Tokyo felt a little more like an invasion than a student M trip).

To send large teams to our partnership locations would be a huge burden on the workers that live there and serve there. Most of the workers are on a small team themselves (2-3 families), and a large team of students could potentially derail their current work significantly.

Enter the JSI. JSI’s are students who are ready to learn how to lead other students, ready to learn how to live the overseas M life, and ready to develop leadership skills that translate into any setting.

Our JSI teams arrive on location a couple weeks in advance. They learn the city and areas being targeted. They learn where to eat, how to get from A to B, and all the insider info they can glean from the workers.

And then our first timer teams arrive. The workers set the tone and our JSI’s lead. They lead these first time students through the city. They lead them in focus time in the Word. They lead them in engaging people from this culture. They lead them in embracing and applying the core values. Day in and day out. JSI’s learn to lead others by leading others.

While all this is going on, these JSI’s are building and investing in relationships with people from that city. They are living on mission in a cross-cultural context while being invested in as leaders.

What I’m trying to say is this whole JSI thing is pretty cool. 

So what about you? Are you ready to take the next step in your journey to become the leader God calls you to be? Are you ready for 6 intense weeks of living on mission, building lifelong friendships, and making Him famous overseas next summer? The time to apply is NOW. Check out the application on our website.

Former JSI’s: Help me out. Hit the comment button and let someone know how being a JSI impacted your life. Your testimony might be just someone needs in order to take that next step.


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Where were you and where are you going?

CONTACT/S: 30 Exhibition -ACP

“Someone flew an airplane into the World Trade Center.” Chances are you remember exactly where you were when you heard those words.

I had just cleared customs in China.

JR and I flew out on Monday, September 10, 2001 to meet some workers and set up a trip for the following summer. Two months prior to that day we had flown to Japan for our first ever iGo student trip, and now we were excited to add a college trip to the options for 2002.

And then everything changed. We had no idea at the time. In fact, we were so jet-lagged from the flight and the 13 hour time change that we couldn’t even stay awake to watch the coverage of the attacks. We went to bed and woke up the next morning ready to plan for the future. We didn’t know how much the future had been altered.

A week later we arrived back at Chicago O’Hare Airport and were stunned at the silence and the emptiness. We came back to a country that was still in shock. That was the first time I began to really wonder what this meant for the future of iGo.

Here we were trying to get a new organization off the ground with the purpose of helping a generation of students engage the world’s least reached peoples. Our plan was to send them to “closed” countries. We wanted to make an impact in the darkest of places.

Who would be willing to go with us after this?

Looking back 12 years later I am honestly amazed at the answer. It didn’t come quickly or  easily. Year two recruiting was definitely more challenging than year one. There was a collective country-wide circling of the wagons. For a season, America holed up in our corner of the world and asked everyone to leave us alone.

For a season.

And then a generation responded. In 2003, a struggling to make this work organization trained and mobilized 60 students. In 2004, 110. By the time we finished the summer of 2012 we were beyond 3000 and counting.

This wasn’t about iGo. We weren’t and aren’t that smart or strategic. It was about God and His work in this generation. Students who were willing to obey the Great Commission no matter what. Parents who didn’t just allow their children to go. They encouraged. They supported. They sent. All we did at iGo is find ourselves right in the middle of a generation of students who were compelled to go simply because they could and they realized that if they could…they should. They became an Acts 20:22-24 generation.

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” -Acts 20:22-24

And that generation paved the way for this next generation. Students continue to go. Youth group mission trips are now almost a given at any church. God’s work continues in every nation, tribe, and tongue and He continues to send out willing and obedient teenagers to make Him famous.

So on this day of national reflection, we should remember.

Remember that tragic day. Remember the heroes of that day. Remember the victims. Remember where you were that day. We should never forget those things.

But, we also need to remember the Ancient Work. Remember that God still desires all nations, all tribes, all peoples to worship Him. The task isn’t finished. And He allows us (commands us actually) to be part of it.

As you remember, reflect on your response. Where will you make Him famous today? Where will you make Him famous next summer? Where will you make Him famous this year?

Where were you and where are you going?


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Terrific Theological Tuesday – The Importance of Doctrine


Doctrine. How does this word make you feel? Be honest. Did anyone cringe? Why? Maybe it has something to do with how it sounds like doctor, and shot needles at an early age gave most of us a healthy distrust of those MD’s in the white coats.

Perhaps there is more to your reaction than just the sound. The word has gotten a pretty bad rap. For many of us it just sounds boring and, even worse, non-applicable to life. Give me a good old how-to talk or maybe some steps to unprecedented success. I’ll be glad to accept some lists of things I need to do. I’ll take those in heaping blogpost spoonfuls. But doctrine? Not sure I really want any of that. They say that medicine is bubble gum flavor, but I sure wouldn’t keep chewing gum like that.

So to make this go down as smoothly as possible, please accept this blatant and unashamed compromise in the form of a list of three things you need to know about doctrine.

1. We need it. Without sound doctrine, we will get off course quickly and we will stay off until we are smack dab in the middle of ridiculous. Doctrine is the truth about God (who He is, His character, what He has done) and the teaching that He has given us. Our belief, knowledge, and understanding about God informs everything. And when I say everything, I actually mean everything.

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16

2. Doctrine is practical. The idea may bring to your mind thoughts of lengthy lectures, confusing colloquies, or whopping words, but the truth is that when you embrace doctrine and begin to understand it you find that doctrine shows up in all of life. Your worship, your life on mission, your worldview, your relationships, your future, etc. Sound doctrine is the foundation for a life lived for the glory of God, which as you know is the bottom line.

3. You already embraced it. Speaking of the bottom line…Remember those core values we teach at iGo? Doctrine. Bottom Line, Ancient Work, Joy of the Sower, and Hope of the World are all doctrinal truths straight from the pages of Scripture. We love doctrine at iGo. We love teaching doctrine, we love seeing you embrace it, and we love seeing it impact your life.

When you come to Base Camp and when you come to The iGo Conference, you can expect to receive some doctrine. We aren’t doing our job if you don’t. But why stop there? This morning a friend told me about an idea for discussing theology with high school students on Tuesdays, and it gave me an idea for this here blog. So from time to time on Tuesdays we plan to serve up some doctrine to chew on. With a side of cucumbers and tomatoes of course.

But we need your help. Are there any doctrines that you would like for us to tackle? Need help understanding propitiation? Want to go deeper in your study of the gospel? Hit that comment button and let us know. Your question/comment might give us our first topic for the next Tuesdays are for Theology.


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3 Approaches to Church Engagement – Checkpoint #4 on the MAP

At iGo Global over the years we have developed a MAP for our students as they return from an overseas experience. This Missional Action Plan (MAP) won’t help you find your iGosian History class, but it will help you continue to continue the journey to becoming someone who lives on mission day in and day out. Check it out.

Checkpoint #4 – Engage the Body


As you learned at Base Camp, the local church is God’s chosen instrument to bring His message of hope to the world. When you are engaging your church, you are engaging God’s mission. And there is no alternative Biblically. If you disengage from the church, you have disengaged from the mission. It really is that simple.

So how do you engage your church at this stage of your life, especially after your overseas experience? Here are 3 approaches to consider.

1. Go in low while aiming high. You are not returning home from the mission field in order to fix all the things that may or may not be wrong with your church. You are not the hero your church is longing for. Your first approach is to look for ways you can serve. Yes, go in low like a servant. Ask your student pastor how you can serve the people of your church. And be careful not to roll your eyes as if what he suggests is beneath a missionary of your caliber. Remember – Jesus said that true greatness is found in serving others, putting others first, meeting the needs of others before you meet your own. So as you go low, you are really aiming high. You are aiming for true greatness.

2. Here today. Here tomorrow. Let’s face it. People are not committed to much of anything anymore. Our maybe means no way, and our yes usually means if I can’t come up with a good excuse I might. Church engagement is caught up in this cultural mindset. Don’t decide on Sunday morning whether or not you should show up. Make a permanent calendar appointment at your church on Sunday morning and see if that might even begin to affect your choice of curfew and bedtime on Saturday. Homework assigned on Tuesday and not due until Thursday? Don’t push that off till Wednesday night so you are forced to miss time with the youth group. Make your presence with God’s people at your church a real, old-school, genuine priority.

3. Lookout for the evidences of grace. I know, I know. Your church has a lot of problems, right? And now that you have seen the world and been in God’s work you are having a hard time. So what. Yep, I said it. So what. God still loves your church more than you can imagine. And here is a news flash for you: God is at work in and through your church. Even if you don’t like the music. Even if your SS teacher reads the lesson. Even if your pastor chases rabbits. Even if your youth minister just left. Even if all your friends go to a cooler church. So stop and look around. Anyone can see the faults and weaknesses. Will you choose to look past those and see the evidence of God’s grace working and transforming His people into the image of His Son? Chances are that evidence is all around you.



The last detour on the MAP corresponds with this last Checkpoint. If you find yourself struggling (especially with point 3 above) it is time to revisit the core values. Apply those same core values that helped you understand the work overseas to your church. Embrace the bottom line and engage your church as a servant for God’s glory and God’s glory alone. Remember that God has an Ancient Work going right on schedule and look for ways to join it. Sow seeds and trust any and all results/changes/revivals to God. And remember that we are talking about the Hope of the World.

What about you? What are ways as a student you have fully engaged the local church?

Student ministers, help us out. How do you want your students to engage? Anything to add to the list?  


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Frontline Friday – The Joy of the Sower (Madrid)

It is always good to see our first time students (those students that are serving for one week in Western Europe) embrace the core values. First timer Jasmine Castille shares about the Joy of the Sower during her time in Madrid. 


I was prayer walking around an area of the city called Fuen Labrada with Lauren, a girl in my trek. We started out by asking Father to guide us on His path and to speak through us. After a while, Lauren needed to use the bathroom. A young lady at a fruit stand let us use hers a few days before, so we decided to go back there.

Shortly after we walked in, our JSI (JD) walked in behind us. We were focused on plowing at the moment, but JD encouraged us to engage in the work of sowing by starting a conversation with the lady from the fruit stand. He translated for us and Father helped the conversation move smoothly.

We started out talking about her life, then moved on to her beliefs. She told us that she believes no one really knows if they will go to heaven when they die. We asked her if that scared her, and she immediately said yes. I knew then that it was time to share the good news, so we asked her if we could share what we believed.

Lauren and I were worried at first that we would offend her, so JD asked if we could still be friends. She looked at us and said, “Si! Amigas!” After that, we were able to share the great news with her. She understood everything we said. We told her that we believed we are going to heaven to spend eternity with Father when we die, her face dropped. It shocked her that we were able to have confidence in Jesus to know where we would be going after this life.

She agreed to let us come back the next day to talk more. We came back to find out that her stand was closed on Sundays. At first I felt depressed that I would never see her again, but then I remembered to stay thankful and humble because Father allowed us to plant a seed in her life. That was my first opportunity to sow. What strikes me as amazing is that I put so little effort into it. Father took control, put me aside, and worked through me. The Joy of the Sower is so real.

What about you? How have you experienced the Joy of the Sower? 


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