A Word from the President

By iGo Global Staff · July 29, 2010

It’s Homecoming Week in iGosia, but without the ridiculous mums, awkward school dance, and almost entertaining local parade. What’s left? Some of the sweetest homecoming moments you will ever see…at DFW International Airport. Already this week, over 200 students have returned from their journey overseas. In the next few days, our JSI’s (overseas interns) will be arriving as well. Yesterday, when our Texas Super Summer teams arrived, one of our interns (aka Jimmy) updated her twitter account with the following words, “Airport family reunions are so sweet.” She ought to know. She has walked through the doors marked International Arrivals…

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Crystal’s iGosian Cupcakes!

By iGo Global Staff · June 4, 2010

As many of you know, I bake cupcakes in almost any flavor you can imagine, however when I’m in iGosia it is rare to find an oven. Just because you may not find an oven in iGosia doesn’t mean you can’t have cupcakes! For your eating enjoyment please follow the recipe below for a taste of an authentic iGosia treat. Ingredients: (Makes 1 dozen) 2 large Cucumbers 12 large Tomatoes 2 large tub sour cream salt & pepper to taste Directions: 1. Wash all vegetables. 2. Hollow out tomatoes so they look like this: 3. Dice the cucumbers in small…

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The Trinity and Christian World View

By iGo Global Staff · June 1, 2010

Having a Christian World View means that we make sense of the world through the lens of Scripture. More specifically, we make sense of creation by first understanding the Creator. We should be careful to always begin with God and understand how creation reflects Him. If we do this backwards (start with creation and THEN move towards God to explain Him) we are in danger of skewing Him to make Him fit in our world and in effect, creating an idol. So what does it mean to make sense of the world through the lens of Scripture? One good example…

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Everything Moves in Response to Him

By iGo Global Staff · May 13, 2010

Malachi is a great book. Very underrated, often overlooked, and God has used it to challenge some things in my life in profound ways. It’s sort of a dialogue between God and his people through his prophet, Malachi. The book starts with one of the most controversial topics in scripture: Election. It talks about God choosing Jacob (or Israel) and rejecting Esau. While there are definitely election themes present, the point of this section is not whether some are elect or not, but rather that God loves Israel passionately. Verses 4-5 say that even if Edom builds itself up, God…

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Can’t Say Maybe – Meet Rowdy

By iGo Global Staff · May 10, 2010

I still remember back in my elementary school days when I didn’t want anyone to know my nickname. The reason was mainly because I didn’t know anyone else in the world with the name “Rowdy!” Everyone in my family called me by that name, but I insisted that everyone at school call me by my first name. It’s a funny thing as you look back on it. Not only was the name “different,” but in so many ways it wasn’t my true personality – at least to those that didn’t know the real me. My family would tell you the…

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What I miss about Tokyo

By iGo Global Staff · April 19, 2010

I constantly find myself daydreaming about Tokyo. I suppose after spending an extended period of time anywhere, a piece of your heart remains. Quite often I imagine I’m standing on a platform, waiting for a train to arrive, or sitting down to eat sukiyaki, dipping thin strips of pork into a layer of boiling water and tasting the freshly-cooked, tasty meat. So I’ve come up with this list (which could be exhaustive in my mind): the things I miss about Tokyo. It does not include ALL of the things I miss, but touches on several of the main ones. Those…

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The Cost of Forgiveness

By iGo Global Staff · February 16, 2010

I’ve been reading a lot of Tim Keller lately. So, admittedly, most of these thoughts are his, not mine. He made some amazing observations about the story of Namaan (2 Kings 5:1-14). Namaan is a commander of the army of Syria (an enemy of Israel). He is portrayed as a man of honor and power, but he also had leprosy. He hears of a great prophet in Samaria (Elisha). So he goes to this other country (Israel) and brings a great treasure to offer in exchange for his healing. When Elisha tells Namaan to go wash in the Jordan river,…

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By iGo Global Staff · January 20, 2010

What does it mean to be missional? Is there a difference between mission-minded, missional, and missiological. I’ve heard varied definitions of all three, but have no more clarity on what it means to be on mission. When we talk to iGosians about being on mission at home, how does that relate to doing missions overseas? Is one greater or more necessary than the other? These are all questions people are asking, and unfortunately as the word “missional” has become a buzz word, it has been attached to things that are actually not missional or missions. Ed Stetzer has some good insight into this issue of what it means…

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Leslie’s Story

By iGo Global Staff · January 15, 2010

Leslie is an iGo Alum who has led teams for us and volunteered at Base Camp. She is currently attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Through her interaction with international students there, she befriended Ami, an exchange student from Japan. Through conversation and friendship, Leslie got the chance to share the Gospel with Ami, give her an English and Japanese Bible, and start a weekly Bible study with her. Below is an email Leslie sent about her Bible Study with Ami: Thursday Ami and I had coffee-mochas, but we didn’t drink them until we left the coffee shop because…

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Happy iGosian New Year!

By iGo Global Staff · January 4, 2010

As you enter into Twenty Ten, let me give you a quick and simple challenge as you continue on your journey to missional living. Reflect. Find a quiet place today and remember what He has done in your life in 2009. Get out your journal and allow His faithfulness and His work to encourage you. Get a plan. Call them resolutions, goals, or commitments. I think it was John Maxwell who said if you fail to plan then you can plan to fail. As you enter the new year, what are your goals? What do you want your life to…

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