Election Reminder

By Lance Shumake · November 2, 2020

I figured we all need at least one more reminder about the election, right? You know, just in case every single app on your phone hasn’t done the job. Hold up. Please don’t close this window. This is not a reminder to vote (although I hope you have or will). This is also not going to be instructions on how to vote disguised as a reminder. I’m taking on a different goal. I want to remind you of some things in a way that will help you survive this week. Some truths that can guide us all through the stress…

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Convinced Yet?

By Lance Shumake · October 21, 2020

To be completely certain about something = convinced. I’m convinced about all kinds of things. I’m convinced that Blue Bell makes the best ice cream. I’m convinced that classic country is far superior to what is called country music today. Long live Waylon, Willie, and the Boys. I’m convinced that Buc-ee’s is worth the stop. Every time. I’m convinced that I-35 between Dallas and Austin will always be the worst. I’m convinced that Seinfeld is better than The Office. And I’m convinced that Whataburger is the GOAT when it comes to fast-food burger joints. It’s not just me, though. Check…

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The Most Popular Commandment

By Lance Shumake · October 6, 2020

Commandments. They are a big part of Scripture. A big part of how we are to follow God. Jesus said that if we love him we will keep his commandments. We all know about the Top Ten. These are the OG commandments. They are designed to lead us to the life that is set apart. A life that pleases God. But we didn’t keep them. Especially when you see how Jesus explains them in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Which reminds us that they have a bigger purpose as well — to point us to our need for…

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The Right Mindset

By Lance Shumake · September 17, 2020

Is anyone planning anymore?  How’s your 2021 calendar looking? Lots of plans coming together?  Probably not. It’s no secret that it is really hard to plan in the future tense right now. So many unknowns continue to linger with this pandemic.  We are right there with you. Planning for overseas iGo trips (or any trips) in 2021 feels like throwing darts while wearing a blindfold.  So what do we do, when planning is so challening?  It might just start with a change in our mindset. Here are two mindsets we can adopt during these times.  The first is the “If the Lord wills it” mindset. Check…

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The Hometown Fleet

By Lance Shumake · June 25, 2020

In the year of the llama, you stay home with your mama. Yes, all of our iGo trips this summer were grounded. And just like everyone else, we figured out a way to pivot. Hometown 2020: Your town, His Mission was born. The mission didn’t get cancelled. God’s ancient work is always on schedule, and always around us. Wherever we find ourselves at the moment. Churches are joining us for Hometown 2020, and the list keeps growing. And most of our churches would love to have some iGo student leaders. It’s time for the Hometown 2020 Fleet to assemble. Fleet…

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How True It Is

By Lance Shumake · June 2, 2020

Fulfilling the Great Commission is connected to the Greatest Commandment. Jesus commissions his followers to make disciples of all the nations. To go to every nation, tribe, and tongue with the good news.  Obedience to this can be done, I guess, out of a sense of obligation. That might lead someone to take a mission trip just to check it off their spiritual to-do list. But it doesn’t really work that way over the long haul, does it?  Enter the greatest commandment. When asked which commandment was the greatest, Jesus answered this way:   “You shall love the Lord your God…

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Hometown 2020

By Lance Shumake · May 28, 2020

Sometimes the iGosian mascots seem to be chosen with a sense of destiny. Tokyo put a penguin logo on their subway cards in the year of the penguin. The JSI team from the year of the goat (2007) still claims to be the greatest of all time. And those sloth shirts from 2017 moved way too slowly out of our warehouse. This year’s mascot, however, may have topped them all. In the year of the llama…you stay home with your mama. So pretty much everything has been cancelled, and we all may end up stuck in our hometown all summer.…

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The Year of the Llama

By Lance Shumake · May 18, 2020

I guess the iGosian year of the llama means you stay home with your mama. We waited. We prayed. We waited some more. And we hoped against hope that things would clear up in time for our summer trips to go as planned. Unfortunately, things have not gone the way we had hoped.  We have made the decision to postpone all of our Summer 2020 iGo teams until 2021.  The list of reasons behind this decision has continued to grow, and the safety of our teams has always been a top priority for us at iGo. We believe this is…

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Comfort with Comfort

By Lance Shumake · May 5, 2020

It’s not supposed to end with you. God blesses His people. We’ve been teaching that here at iGo for all of our 20 years. And we don’t plan to stop. But the blessing of God on His people is not meant to just be a blessing for His people. The bottom line of God’s blessing is that He wants you and I to share that blessing with our friends, our neighbors, our classmates, refugees, and the whole wide world. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are blessed to bring a blessing to others, so that others will then…

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Tuesday Truth – 4/28/20

By Lance Shumake · April 28, 2020

Contentment. That’s what Paul is talking about in Philippians 4:13. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. —Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT) Surprisingly, Paul wasn’t talking about his ability to hit the game-winning shot as time expires. He wasn’t talking about passing a test even though…

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