iGo Training: Don’t just take it from us

By iGo Global Staff · June 23, 2015

So you have most likely seen or heard us make a big deal about our training. That isn’t just a marketing technique. In fact, we are not totally sure it even is a marketing technique. We make a big deal about our training b/c we want to train you for missions. And when I say you I mean you, your youth group, your college group, your church, etc. And when I say for missions I mean for a cross-cultural mission experience, but even bigger than that, I mean for a life on mission. Jesus said that we will BE his…

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Frontline Friday: Pick up that walkie-talkie

By iGo Global Staff · June 19, 2015

One Tokyo team returned last week and our Tokyo JSI team returns home today. Three teams were at Base Camp last weekend and flew out earlier this week and are getting settled in and engaging the work. Which means that we don’t always have fresh and amazing stories to share with you when Friday rolls around. But the work goes on and the work still needs your support. Pastor John Piper wrote these words regarding the armor of God in Ephesians 6: “So I do not tire of saying to our church, The number one reason why prayer malfunctions in the hands…

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HGPF and The iGosian Summer Reading Club

By iGo Global Staff · June 18, 2015

HGPF This is the acronym that iGosians have come to love, despite the fact that it spells nothing and sounds strange. HGPF has been a central teaching at iGo Base Camps for well over 10 years now. In case you need a refresher course, HGPF comes straight out of Ephesians 4:1-3. The letters stand for Humble, Gentle, Patient, and Forbearing. Paul is instructing the Ephesian church to maintain their Spirit-given unity by engaging each other in these ways in light of the amazing work of Christ (Chapters 1-3). HGPF, like all of the other Base Camp teachings, ties directly into…

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Frontline Friday: Sowing Seeds in Japan

By iGo Global Staff · June 12, 2015

Frontline Friday brought you to you by Addi  (one of our JSIs in Japan)  I just want to start out by saying that I have never, before this week, quite experienced how passionate of a Savior we have. How passionately and relentlessly he pursues each and every one of us. This week started out great. The team from Kansas/Nebraska arrived on Tuesday afternoon and we hit the ground running. The team is split up into treks and I am leading my own, the blue trek. I have been given the opportunity to lead around nine people, seven students and two…

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All Places (and Peoples) From Here

By iGo Global Staff · June 9, 2015

iGo hasn’t just been sending students to the “ends of the earth” for the last 15 years. Our teams have actually found it. Or at least a place in the middle east that makes that claim. Our focus has always been the least reached/unreached peoples of the world. We point our students to engaging those who have little or no access to the gospel wherever they we can find them. Sometimes that is at the ends of the earth. Sometimes that is in your college dorm. Sometimes that is in a Western European gateway city. And now it also is…

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Frontline Friday: Postcards from Tokyo

By iGo Global Staff · June 5, 2015

Cucumbers and Tomatoes is the place to go when you need to hear from iGo. We share updates, highlight iGosian culture,  and dispense inspiration through the C&T blog. But we also have the Flight963 blog in the summer months. At Flight963 you get updates straight from the front lines. Our students serving on 1-week teams write on a postcard at the end of each day. They share thoughts, experiences, and prayer requests. Those postcards are then collected by our wonderful JSIs and entered in as daily updates from the field. Here are some updates from our Kansas/Nebraska Super Summer team…

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Frontline Fridays…We’re back! (with bonus road trip tips)

By iGo Global Staff · May 29, 2015

Frontline Fridays are one of our ways of keeping you in touch with our teams. During the iGosian Mobilization Season we aim to post on Fridays some updates from selected teams. Our hope is that you will find yourself eager to hear news from the front lines and ready to engage the work as you pray for these teams. The first team of 2015 departed DFW on Monday of this week, arriving in Tokyo after a quick little 13 hour jaunt over the Pacific. These three JSIs are busy preparing the way for our Kansas/Nebraska Super Summer team to arrive…

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Let the Jimmy Transformation Begin

By iGo Global Staff · May 22, 2015

Being a Jimmy changes a person. This is an extremely undocumented fact. And the Jimmy metamorphosis begins almost immediately. Whether a new Jimmy is an iGo repeat offender (veteran of many trips) or brand new to the iGo culture, transformation commences soon after Jimmy enters the not-so-hallowed halls of the World Wide Headquarters. The catalyst of change seems to center on Jimmy’s newly acquired royal status. After all, Jimmy is annually immortalized (as much as one can be immortalized for one summer) when we place their image on the iGosian currency. In one sense you could call Jimmy the Prince and…

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The mission is not a checklist

By iGo Global Staff · May 12, 2015

We sure do love our check lists. We love to-do lists, grocery lists, honey-do lists, bucket lists, packing lists, and Base Camp supplies lists (iGosian costumes and confusing airport signs–check). Lists can help us for sure. There are all kinds of lists that can help us be more productive. There are even lists of the lists that can help us. But lists also give our hidden (or not so hidden) OCD that much-needed feeling of accomplishment. We like to check things off the list. Speaking of OCD? The image that you see above? iGo VP Brad Cardwell’s OCD got the…

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The bottom line is good medicine

By iGo Global Staff · May 4, 2015

Some of you are taking finals. Some of you are experiencing the slowest and worst countdown to summer break ever. Some of you are out of school and just realized there are no more summer breaks. And to top it all off, it has been quite a while since you were at an iGo Base Camp. So here is some good medicine for this Monday in May. Bottom Line medicine to be exact. The bottom line is the truth that everything is ultimately for God’s glory. But that doesn’t happen in remote parts of the cosmos independent from us. Instead, God…

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