Prior to the summer of 2004, Chassidy Rogers and Jami Lee Gainey were typical high school junior girls, both from smaller towns, each with their own dreams and aspirations. Chassidy wanted to be a teacher, and Jami Lee was interested in being either a veterinarian or a nurse. The two girls’ paths crossed in June of 2004 at Super Summer, where the theme for the summer was “Around the World.” They had no way of knowing then that that week would be the catalyst for changing the trajectory of each of their lives.
A year later they found themselves immersed in iGosian culture together: kissing raw fish, bartering for powdered donuts, and sharing bowls of ramen noodles.
It was then that God began to open their eyes to truths in scripture that they’d never before seen. It was the first of many times they’d hear teaching on the core values and begin their individual journeys of plumbing the depths of scripture in relation to God’s desire for his glory.
The training and teaching that was impressed upon the girls at base camp came to life during their first trip to Tokyo, Japan. This was their first exposure tangibly seeing people who were worshipping idols “made of silver and gold…that have ears, but do not hear, eyes but do not see” (Psalm 115:4-5). They learned and put into practice how to share the gospel through building relationships in a way that encouraged and prepared them to continue living missionally after returning home to the States.
The next summer involved each girl attempting to incorporate what they’d learned through different ministry avenues that did not involve iGo. Despite this momentary straying from the Lord in 2006, they quickly repented in sackcloth and ashes and served again with iGo in 2007.
The summers of 2007 and 2008 looked differently for both Chassidy and Jami Lee, but God continued to challenge and refine them through spending their summers sharing with least-reached people groups around the world.
Neither Chassidy nor Jami Lee would’ve predicted how God would change their lives from their own plans to aligning more with his desire for his name and renown. By the end of the summer in 2008, both Chassidy and Jami Lee felt called to be a part of God’s kingdom work by joining the iGo staff. Both girls joined the iGo team in 2009 after graduating from college. Both became trip coordinators, sending Super Summer students to unreached people groups.
Both girls feel blessed to be a part of the family at iGo. Not only was it life-changing to become part of the larger iGo family for the first time in 2005, but also it’s been incredible joining the tighter-knit group of staff members the girls get to work alongside day in and day out. Both Chassidy and Jami Lee consider the iGo team as instrumental in encouraging and modeling what it looks like to live a gospel-centered life. Despite flying footballs and endless Youtube quoting, the staff at iGo challenge each other to live a bottom line lifestyle through being committed to the local church, pursuing Biblical community, and trusting the sufficiency of scripture. Whether praying for each other, serving cucumbers and tomatoes together, or teaching the core values alongside one another, the iGo staff strives to remain focused on God’s glory as the ultimate purpose for all they do. These are just two of the staff members who have been changed by what God is doing through iGo.