Adjusting Our Course: Plans for Next Year

As we close our first year, our hearts are overflowing with a sense of God’s direct involvement in opening doors for IGo in Asia. Our first year students have been valiant participants in helping us tweak the training program and ministry tracks. This has brought us to adjust two things in our schedule for 2009.

First, we plan to offer a minimum of four tracks of ministry this coming year. This means that each student who completes one semester of training may choose a particular track of ministry for their second semester. The tracks offered will primarily determine the nature of the ministry trips in which that student would be involved.

The ministry tracks to be offered in 2009 will be the following:

  • Tribal Village Ministry – focus on church planting in rural villages
  • Women’s Ministry – focus on helping ex-prostitutes and university students
  • Muslim Ministry – focus on evangelizing in Muslim countries
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or TESOL – focus on developing the student’s ability to teach English in various Asian venues

In the TESOL track, the student would need to have had one previous semester but their second semester would be geared so that they would be able to get their TESOL certificate within that semester. That will usually be the second semester of each year. There will be opportunities to use this tool in universities, local churches and in a local center at IGo.

The second major adjustment has to do with the second-year students. Those students will go into a transitional program whereby they will take only the first term classes each semester and then spend the remaining three months as an intern in a mission setting. The mission setting that is chosen would be compatible with the sense of call the student is sensing. If the second-year student remained for the second semester, they would again attend IGo classes in the fourth term, followed by returning to their internship for the last three months of their second year. The students would return to IGo for the final wrap-up week of each semester.

We are overjoyed to know that seven of our first-year students are contemplating returning to Asia in mission work in the near future. Only God knows how all these things will develop. We need your prayers that we may be able to hear His voice directing us.

By Val Yoder, IGo Administrator (I Witness News/Winter 2007)

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