—You could travel only a short distance and cross into a new world?
—You could experience a different culture, language and people group all at once?
—You could experience real-life discipleship from fellow believers who love you just as you are?
—You could impact the nations for eternity?
—You could build new and surprisingly close friendships as you worked together to carry out a significant task?
—You could hear God speak to you in fresh ways?
—You could witness firsthand varying degrees of poverty and its impact on family life?
—You could have a ringside seat to God changing lives through the power of the gospel?
—You could do all this and more with a week’s worth of your time and less than $700?
There is a way. Awe Star’s Mexico Christmas Break Trip or Spring Break Trip offers a full cross-cultural experience packed into just a week’s worth of service.
We know you have other options and other ways to spend your time. But where else can you do something so significant?
How else can you explore God’s call to “make disciples of all nations”? How else can you follow Him in obedience?
Is God calling you to give up most of your Christmas or spring break and follow Him to Mexico?
Pray—and respond in obedience.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” —Jim Elliot
For more information, call 1-800-AWE-STAR or check out this link!
Not only are these issues we read about online or hear discussed on our favorite podcast, but we come up against them daily at school, at work and pretty much, well, everywhere. But there’s another place where you can encounter them: iGO, Awe Star’s annual missions conference.
You see, the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) is also the great connector. Notice how it addresses each of these in multiple ways:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (theology).
“Go therefore” (identity).
“And make disciples” (relationships).
“Of all nations” (racism, social justice, relationships).
“Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (theology, racism, relationships).
“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (theology, social justice, racism, gender issues, identity, relationships).
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (theology, identity).
So yes, iGO 2019 focuses on missions. And no, it doesn’t. Our theme of “seeing the unseen” opens the door for truth yet to be mined from sources both new and familiar.
Check out our list of keynote speakers. Each has expertise in areas that matter. Each is committed to sharing that expertise--as well as vision and passion—with you.
Interested in missions? Join us.
Interested in contemporary issues? Join us.
Not sure, but willing to check us out? Join us.
There’s a place waiting for you.
Got issues? You'll be right at home.
For many years, I served with an organization called Awe Star Missions. Every year, this ministry hosts a conference called iGO. Youth pastors, students, parents and missionaries from all around the world collide in one place for a time to focus on Christ’s commandment to go and make disciples of all nations. At this conference, God has spoken to many believers to engage with His plan of living out the lifestyle of a missionary. These conferences have been some of the highlights of my 46 years of ministry.
In the last couple of years, though, we have seen a shift in youth ministry. As our staff calls churches and talks to the person in charge of the youth, we keep hearing the same thing. “Well, our students are just not into missions.” “Missions is just not their thing.” And the quotes go on and on.
Words like these grieve my heart. I believe there are four reasons for this generation’s lack of response to missions:
1. We have the lost the funnel from which we moved children’s hearts and lives into an adult understanding of missions. I grew up as a Royal Ambassador (RA); my wife was in the Girls’ Auxiliary, or “GAs.” These organizations instilled in us early on that missions was the heart of Christ. There, we learned about the mission work of the past and what God was doing today. But before were even old enough to be in RAs or GAs, we were both in a program called Sunbeams. Sunbeams centered around three Scripture verses: “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world’”(John 8: 12b); “Jesus said, ‘You are the light of the world’” (Matt. 5:14a). “Therefore, let your light so shine” (Matt. 5: 16a, KJV). As far back as I can remember, I knew I was to be a reflector of His light.
2. The Bible no longer has supremacy in our churches. I remember once as a child, someone told me I went to a “Bible Thumper” church. All we did was study, discuss, memorize and evaluate our lives in light of the Scriptures. Today. we are no longer called “Bible Thumpers”; instead, we are known as people of the program. As I travel from church to church across this country, I am often asked, “What program is successful today?” Churches are looking for a program, but there is only one program, and that is the Word of God. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:2). Where the Bible is truly taught and lies at the center of church activities, missions will be front and center.
3. We only teach a partial Jesus. If you embrace a Jesus who doesn’t call you to walk out His life, you need to see if you are following the right Jesus. Yes, Jesus is about love and the little children, but He has also called us to deny ourselves and go. I worked in the nursery once; during that hour, I prayed for Jesus to come back. But I got good at one thing. Anytime a baby started to cry, I stuck a pacifier into their mouth. It was a temporary fix. This culture wants a pacifier Jesus; they only need Him when they start crying. But if you truly understand the Scriptures, you will understand who Jesus really is: Lord of lords, King of kings. He doesn’t want to be your pacifier; he wants to consume every area of your life.
4. We no longer introduce our church to real missionaries. We have bulletin inserts; we have a video on the screen, but touching and talking with a real missionary doesn’t happen much anymore, and it is life-changing. Again, growing up, we had many missionaries come to our church. It there I heard about their challenges and how God’s mercy and grace met them as they walked out the Christ-life in a foreign country. I heard their plea to send more workers, for the fields were white unto harvest but the workers were few. It was these people who walked away from families and comfort to invest in others so they might hear of the claims of Christ. They were and still are my heroes who brought to life everything I was learning about the Scriptures. These missionaries knew something I didn’t yet know: the joy of obedience.
The phrase I use now to sum up my life and why I do what I do is this: Two-thirds of “God” is “go.” And that trumps “not interested” every time.
If you are interested in iGO, click this link or call 1-800-AWE-STAR.
Walker Moore is founder and president emeritus of Awe Star Missions. The author of several books, including his popular "Stories of Hope & Humor" series, Escape the Lie, Rite of Passage Parenting and the Rite of Passage Parenting Workbook, he continues traveling and speaking across the globe. Married to the most beautiful woman in the world and father of two amazing sons, he takes great delight in his role as Poppy to Titus, Cohen and River.
You’re super-busy. We understand. Because we are, too.
But you always make time for what really matters to you. The homework you do, the movies and TV you watch, the activities you participate in, the friends and family you spend time with? Whether you realize it or not, those are your top priorities.
So where does God—and the things of God—fit into this list? Where would you want Him to fit?
If you need some clarity in your relationship with Him and how His life can make a difference in yours, we urge you to consider attending Awe Star’s annual missions conference, iGO, this Nov. 8-9, 2019, at Evergreen Baptist Church in Bixby, Oklahoma. Below are our Top 10 Reasons to Attend iGO 2019:
10. T-shirts: The annual iGO T-shirt is always a special part of the conference. Preorder online for just $20 or pick up one (limited supply available) at the conference. Make sure to check out our sales table with all sorts of Awe Star products, including books, hoodies and the ever-popular clearance section!
9. Lodging: From the Tulsa area? Get a good night’s sleep at home/at a friend’s home. From out of town? No problem. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow, and we’ll make room for you at the church for no extra charge!
8. Cost: Admit it: iGO is a bargain. Where else can you get fantastic food, great teaching, incredible worship, lodging (as needed) and more for the low (Early Bird) registration cost of $49? If you’re bringing a youth group, check out our group rates for an even greater discount!
7. Food: The servant-hearted people of Evergreen Baptist amaze us each year with their hospitality. No need to budget for off-campus meals when you can have food and fellowship right here!
6. Time With Missionaries: Don’t put those who “go and tell” on a pedestal. At iGO, you’ll have the chance to interact with them up close and personal. Ask the questions most on your heart. Find out their struggles as well as their joys. And see if mission service is something God has in store for you.
5. Breakout Sessions: So many choices, so little time. That’s one of the few complaints we hear about iGO, where we offer multiple breakouts with fantastic men and women of God. Their teaching is designed to meet you where you are, so come prepared to hear a word that goes deep.
4. Worship: Worship makes us stronger, and no one comes away fr/om iGO without having a huge dose of Spirit-powered strength. Worshipping the King with a fantastic praise band and like-hearted friends? You can’t get much closer to heaven.
3. Keynote Speakers: Every year, God brings us the best of the best. Our keynoters speak from their hearts and experiences to yours. No matter where you are in your walk with Christ, you’ll glean something from each one. Don’t miss out on what God has in store!
2. Challenges: This is where it gets real. Every year, Awe Star plans the conference, and then God carries out His plans. Don’t be surprised when He whispers (or shouts!) the same message to you from multiple speakers. Don’t wonder when you hear Him calling you to make a change in one or more areas of your life. And don’t be surprised when you find yourself never the same.
1. The Unseen: This year’s iGO theme is “Seeing the Unseen.” Scripture says that what’s unseen is eternal, and so many opportunities await you to embrace the unseen: at school, at work, in your home, in your community, around the world and within yourself. Yes, God has written eternity in your heart and in His plans for you. Come to iGo and join us in “Seeing the Unseen” everywhere we go.
For More Information, check out this page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (918) 664-3500.
To Register, go here.
We hope to see you there!
#TeamCanada spent the morning talking about all that God has done here in Canada so far and preparing to head home. God has moved here and worked in all of our lives.
This afternoon, we met again with LEAF (a local ministry here in Canada) and did another community outreach where we played games, had conversations and shared the gospel with the people.
God is moving here in Canada, and there are many people who are becoming more engaged with the gospel. The missionaries we are working with were able to set up several Bible studies due to God using this team to open doors!
Be praying for the team as we head home. We have some driving and some flying, so please pray for safe travels. Also pray for us as we return home so we can share what God has done here and in our lives!
Today (Thursday), #TeamCanada went to a Hindu temple. As we walked through the temple, the students' hearts began to break at the brokenness and hopelessness we felt in that place. It reminded each of us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and we began to pray for the people that the scales would fall from their eyes.
After the temple visit, the team worked with the LEAF Canada students by passing out flyers for a kids camp event where we will perform the drama. After this, the team got to serve the LEAF students at their kids camp, where we played with kids, helped with games and just engaged with the people of the community. We were also able to perform the drama for the kids and parents.
Please continue to pray for the people here in Canada. Many come from religions such as Hindu and Sikh that believe in doing good and that karma determines the path of your life. Blinded to the truth, they have believed in so many lies. Pray that the scales will fall from their eyes and that they will come to know that Jesus is the only way, and the only One who can save!
We also request special prayer for Awe Star's president and founder, Dr. Walker Moore, who is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer back in Tulsa Friday morning.
#TeamCanada has had a busy and full last few days. On Tuesday morning, the team went to a Sikh temple and on Wednesday, a Jain temple.
On Tuesday, the team engaged in ministry at a park, where a group of students talked to a woman who discovered her need for Jesus and found her worth and value in Him.
On Wednesday, the students did the drama in parks, community centers and in a retirement home. In the retirement home, we met a man from Ireland named Thomas. Before the drama, Thomas began to joke and talk to members of the team. After the drama, he started to share stories, and the team used that opportunity to share the gospel with him. Thomas realized his need for Jesus, and asked Him to be the Lord and Savior of his life.
Please continue to pray as the team continues with ministry!
Today #TeamCanada enjoyed a great time taking a boat tour of Niagara Falls and shopping. Please pray for the team as tomorrow we go to a Sikh temple to prayerwalk and learn about their religion. Pray for the team as we continue to engage in ministry here in Canada!
For His glory,
This morning, #TeamCanada went to fellowship with or fellow brothers and sisters in a Chinese church. The team presented the drama, and then Peggy shared a message of salvation and also encouraged the local church, reminding them that God takes our broken pieces and makes us masterpieces and uses us for His glory.
This afternoon, the team went to our missionary contacts’ home for lunch. After lunch, some of the team was outside singing worship music, and their next-door neighbor came out to listen to the music. Pretty soon, the whole team was out there worshiping, and more people came outside. Eileen, one of our missionary contacts, began talking to the people. She asked if they knew stories of Jesus. The ladies had never heard stories about Him. Eileen was then able to invite them to come to her house for weekly Bible studies to hear stories about Jesus! We love to watch God open people’s eyes to the truth of Jesus being the only way, only truth and only life (John 14:6). His breaking the bondage of sin freed us from our sins so we can have a relationship with God!
Please continue to pray big prayers. Pray for God to move and for people to see the truth. Pray that people would have visions and dream of who God is and they would come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Pray that we would have boldness in sharing.
#TeamCanada had the opportunity to go into a Buddhist temple to learn about what Buddhists believe. As the students listened and asked questions, they saw how much hope we have in Jesus Christ, and their hearts broke for the people who don’t have Him as their Lord and Savior.
As the students left the temple, they were excited to go and share the gospel and the hope that comes from Jesus Christ.
Next, we went to a park, where the team got to see how unique Toronto really is. After the drama as the team ministered, they ran into people who believed many different things and came from so many different backgrounds. God had brought them all to this place so they could hear about the hope that comes through Jesus Christ.
Pray for the team as they to minister to all the people here. Pray that the Holy Spirit would open the eyes of the people who need to come to know Jesus. Join us in praying big prayers and expecting God to do great things!
Faithfully in Christ,