Posts categorized as ‘Resources’

How to Talk to Your Parents

By iGo Global Staff · June 13, 2014

So you’re very excited about serving overseas, but not so excited about broaching the subject with your parents… Don’t worry. You’re not alone. If you’re reading this article, you’re on the right track. It means you already understand that this is a big deal and that your parents will likely have some questions. Following these five tips will set you up for success in this conversation. Five tips for talking to parents about an iGo trip: 1. Pick a good time to bring it up. Ask them when a good time to discuss this trip would be. Don’t bring it…

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Reverse Culture Shock

By iGo Global Staff · June 12, 2014

  Like the name suggests, reverse culture shock is similar to culture shock. Culture shock comes from a sense of disorientation brought on by a new and unfamiliar environment. Reverse culture shock comes from returning to a setting you assume will be familiar that is actually no longer the same. Through the trip experience, the student has changed. At the same time the student’s home environment has changed. People’s lives did not go on hold while they were gone. The problem here is that they did not change together. Both the student and those back home expect to pick up…

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Helping Your Student Return Well

By iGo Global Staff · June 12, 2014

  Over the years we have seen students respond to coming home in a variety of ways. Some have easily and quickly integrated back into life at home, others have struggled and had to work to get back in stride, and still others have fallen somewhere in the middle. (Check out our blog post on Reverse Culture Shock) We know that you are praying for your student and want them to integrate in a healthy way, and we want the exact same thing. Below are some tips that may help you and your student: Actively Listen Your student will have…

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iGo Safety Precautions

By iGo Global Staff · June 6, 2014

At iGo Global, we take issues like safety and supervision of teams very seriously. While it is true that some things are outside of our control, and we cannot guarantee safety for anyone, we will never use phrases like “God is in control” and “the safest place to be is in God’s will” as an excuse for not being diligent, prepared, and wise in our movement and decision making. We want parents and church leaders to be aware of the steps we take in order to ensure safety of our trips. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does…

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Learn to Lead by Leading

By iGo Global Staff · June 6, 2014

In the chronicles of iGo History you would find that at one time we had two different kinds of interns. Well, we actually still do have two different kinds of interns. But we used to also. The difference was that back in those days (and I’m still not sure if they were the good old days or just the old days at this point) we called our interns that stayed here in our office interns. We also called our interns that served overseas interns. It didn’t take long to get confused. So we no longer call anyone interns, even though…

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Support Raising Tips Part 2

By iGo Global Staff · June 6, 2014

If you haven’t already read Part 1 of this series, be sure to check it out! 7 Popular Fundraising Ideas 1. Classis T-Shirt Fundraiser One organization we love is Fund the Nations. You tell them where you are going, why you are going, and they will design a t-shirt for you at a low cost. You then sell the shirts at work, at church, at your little brother’s band recital, on Facebook, and everywhere else. Get your family and friends involved to advertise with you and help sell shirts. You pay for the cost of the shirt, and then the profit…

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How to Help Your Student Prepare for Their Trip

By iGo Global Staff · June 6, 2014

There is no doubt that sending your student overseas for any length of time is challenging and requires trust in God’s plan. Each step requires faith – including signing off on the trip application, helping your student with fundraising, and dropping them off at Base Camp. As you and your student walk through this process together, there are two main categories of preparation that you can be a part of as you help your student make plans to go this summer. Logistical Preparations As your student is preparing for their adventure, it is very likely that challenges will arise. Raising…

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Sharing Christ with Muslims

By iGo Global Staff · June 5, 2014

No matter where you are in the world, some principles are universal when sharing Christ (follow the Spirit’s lead, walk in humility, ask good questions and don’t spend all your time giving answers to questions other people aren’t asking, etc.).  But here are a few thoughts specifically on sharing Christ with Muslims. Build Relationships: Most Islamic cultures are very relational.  Even in business meetings, participants often spend ample time discussing family and getting to know one another. Often you don’t earn the right to be heard until you’ve invested time building a relationship. But here’s the catch: building relationships doesn’t…

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Gateway Cities – What and Why?

By iGo Global Staff · June 4, 2014

People often wonder why we send short term teams to cities known for being major tourism destinations. One of the most unique opportunities we have at iGo Global is to partner with local missionaries who have implemented a strategy into their work referred to as reaching “Gateway Cities.” There are numerous “closed” countries where people have very limited access to the gospel or a Bible in their native language. Many of these countries are hostile to Christianity and are located throughout North Africa and the Middle East. It can be immensely difficult for foreigners to enter these countries. However, people…

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3 Reasons to do Short-term Missions

By iGo Global Staff · June 4, 2014

There seems to be no shortage of folks who are eager to point out the possible pitfalls of mission trips. For starters, let me just say that any ministry we could engage in has possible pitfalls. When a pastor teaches and preaches, he faces the danger of being puffed up with pride because of the platform and respect that accompanies that task. However, just because there are possible pitfalls that come with the territory of engaging a particular ministry, that does not mean that we should avoid that type of ministry all together. Nobody would suggest that we should all…

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