WELCOME to a NEW kind of internship in living abroad! TOAG is a nine-month internship model birthed in Tempe, Arizona. It is now offered throughout North America and a growing number of European locations. Find the internship closest to you.
• After hours, work-while-you-learn
• Live and learn in community with followers of Jesus who love the nations
• Usually begins in September and wraps up with a trip abroad where you live out all you have just learned
• Unique preparation for living, loving and serving among the nations of the world
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Our name defines our purpose: TOAG provides Training (interns learn by doing) for Ordinary (common folk – Acts 4:13), Apprentices (who treasure Jesus so highly they apprentice themselves to Him) to Go (where God’s Kingdom blessings are most needed)
Whenever possible, TOAG interns live within walking distance of each other. In community they learn values, goals, and skills needed to bring the blessings of God’s Kingdom wherever God leads them next.
A TOAG-like internship was first attempted in 2000. The experiment continues to morph year by year. Though still a work in progress, we are overjoyed to report God is equipping interns to live, love, labor and bless like Jesus. They do this among people God deeply loves but people we often overlook … or even detest. Almost 2/3rds of our graduates eventually live and work in regions such as North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, among people too often considered “our enemies.”
Why? Ah, I must tell you a story … about Jesus
Once a lawyer tried to trick Him (no joke), “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus answered by listing two: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments (Matthew 22:37-40).
When He gave this same answer on another occasion, someone followed up with “and who is my neighbor?” Again, Jesus told a story (that’s His way).
There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by, on the other side. In the same way a Levite also came along, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by, on the other side. But a Samaritan (read ‘enemy’) who was travelling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’ ” And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor towards the man attacked by the robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.” Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same (Luke 10:30-37).