An iGo M Partner Gives Thanks
We are kicking off a week of thankfulness by thinking about the amazing M partners that we get to serve alongside at iGo. These men and women and their families are simply the best. The. Best. And we couldn’t be more thankful for their partnership and willingness to allow students to share in their work. We could go on and on, and at some point we probably should. But every now and then, our M’s turn those tables on us and share thoughts with us about iGo from their perspective. We received this email of thanks last week and thought it was worth sharing so you could see the mutual partnership that God has allowed us to foster.
It’s not difficult to quickly list out many reasons why we are thankful for iGo: bottom line focus in all arenas, solid training for students, experience in working alongside field team strategy, reminders of core values, faith stretching leadership opportunities, and simply fun people to be around. Let us elaborate on a few of these things as we are reminded of His good deeds.
D partnered with iGo for the first time in 2004 while living in Europe. He has worked with iGo teams both from the field and stateside almost every year since then. I was first introduced to iGo in 2008 while living in the Middle East. I worked closely with a summer team, and during that summer I heard the core values taught for the first time. Since we began working with iGo teams over a decade ago, we have been incredibly thankful for the basic truths of Scripture that are integrated into everything that is done to prepare students to make Jesus famous among the nations. We share the desire and vision the iGo staff has to not simply provide a “good” experience for the students, but rather help provide an opportunity for young men and women to mature in their walk of faith as they become disciples of Christ.
Fast forward a few years to 2011, D and I were married and living in the States as we prepared to return to the field. Soon after we were married, we had the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam and Paris to work with the field teams, JSIs, and one week students. The students we worked with in 2011 were no exception to the hundreds of students we have worked with over the years that always come very well trained and ready to do great front-line work. We were so thankful for the prayer, thought, time, and teaching that went into the preparation and training for each student beginning many months leading up to their arrival on the field.
We are humbled and thankful for how Father has used students to deepen our dependance on Him. Walking closely with students has helped hold us accountable in allowing the truths of Scripture to impact our speech and actions. We are constantly challenged to lead in His strength and with the wisdom that only comes from above.
We have also been privileged to help connect iGo with field teams all across North Africa and the Middle East. What a blessing it has been to partner with iGo as a part of His body locally and globally. Our journey with iGo continues as we look forward to welcoming students into the city we now call home during the summer of 2016.
Thank you for being a part of the iGo team that we love dearly.