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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All worshippers welcome

By Lance Shumake · December 19, 2019

Matthew skips the shepherds. And the little drummer boy too, for the record. Instead, Matthew tells us about the visit from the magi, which most likely didn’t happen the night Jesus was born. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 As we continue to focus on the bottom line of Advent, allow me to…

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God to the Rescue

By Lance Shumake · December 12, 2019

His name is a title. A description that tell us not just who he is, but what he came to do. Jesus. The Lord Saves. God to the rescue. Christ. The anointed one. Messiah. King. It’s actually more title than name. Christ isn’t his last name for sure. He wasn’t born into the Christ family. The first Christmas card didn’t come with a picture from the stable and a note – Happy Future Holidays from Joseph and Mary Christ… and baby Jesus. Jesus was what he was called and it was his name. But his name was given for a…

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The #LastingImpact Challenge 2019

By Lance Shumake · December 5, 2019

I still find myself amazed that it happens. Even though our teaching and our training is all geared for life on mission way beyond the actual mission trip, I get caught off guard when I hear how God really used iGo to do exactly that. And so much more. God has used iGo Global to make a #LastingImpact on hundreds and even thousands of students. Incredible. Is that your story too? Did your time with iGo (even if it was only one summer years ago) leave a lasting impact on your life and your view of the world? If so,…

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The Bottom Line of Advent

By Lance Shumake · December 2, 2019

The tendency is to skip them. Or maybe at least skim them quickly and move on. We know that all Scripture is profitable, but those genealogies? “God really spoke to me in that long list of names I couldn’t pronounce,” said pretty much no one ever. Which makes it interesting, or at least odd, that Matthew starts his gospel this way. After all, this is the greatest story ever told. Why give people a reason to skip the beginning? It’s probably too much to ask for you to stop and read Matthew 1:1-17 right now. But would you give a…

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Core Values in Real Life – Part 1 – Bottom Line

By Lance Shumake · August 9, 2019

It was basically an organized riot. They filled the theater in Ephesus and the crowd was shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” This mob is angry at Paul. Paul brought the gospel to Ephesus. He proclaimed it boldly. People received the gospel and they gave up their idol worship. And that stirred up the people of the city against Paul. How dare he cause people to stop worshipping Artemis. The crowd couldn’t find Paul so they grabbed some of his known companions and drug them into the theater. This could get out of…

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The Challenge of Christmas

By Lance Shumake · December 29, 2018

It is truly one of my favorite missions quotes of all time. Some guy I don’t know much about named Oswald J. Smith is given credit for it. Apparently guys named Oswald are good for quoting. Here is what he said: “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”  Such a great reminder. Today, just as much as when he first said it. Over 6000 people groups are still unreached. Almost 3 billion people in the world have little to no access to the gospel. We just celebrated Christmas, and I hope you had a great one!…

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