iGo 2018: A place of the unexpected.
A place of challenge.
A place of surrender.
Awe Star staffers orchestrated all aspects of the conference, from arranging for speakers’ transportation and housing needs to making sure students were welcomed and well cared for. Today, we share some of their post-iGO reflections.
Billie Armlovich reflects on the message given by Jeremy and Caleb Freeman, remembering Caleb’s words: “We all think we have time” [to go on a mission trip; to follow God in obedience.] We don’t know the future, so we need to obey Him today.
For Billie, one of the most powerful iGO moments was praying with the students during what has become an Awe Star tradition. After the Saturday-evening service, those students who feel led to go to and/or pray for a particular country meet at its flag for a time of dedicated prayer. Billie and the rest of the staff continue in prayer for those students today.
Whitney Maie Hunter has a challenge of her own to share: “The deeper God calls you, the more He is with you.” After hearing the message from our unknown missionary speaker, she offers this encouragement to someone wondering, Why doesn’t God move in big ways in my life? “How much have you stepped out?” she says. “As you step out in faith, God will expose Himself in supernatural ways.”
Gerri Smith found her own faith challenged by incoming Awe Star president, Peggy Nunley, who urged students to “step out of the boat” and out of their element in pursuing God’s desires for them. “Real faith can move mountains,” Gerri says, and when we apply our faith to small things, God can do big things. She notes that the speakers’ messages “grew out of each other” and brought all those who attended into a deeper faith-walk with God.
Martha Clemons also pointed to Peggy’s “step out of the boat” message and to the prayer for the nations as two of iGO’s most impactful moments. “It was so incredible to see all those students move in trust and faith,” she says. “They’re willing to step out of their comfort zone and to keep seeking Him.”
Awe Star President Peggy Nunley sums it all up when she says, “iGO was amazing. We had a great group of students and adults. But the best part of all was that God showed up in some huge ways. … We can’t wait to see what He does with these students as they carry out what He spoke into them at iGO.”
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