Luke Geldmacher of 2013 W Squad learned a lot about traveling when he went on the World Race. Now he wants to share some of those tips with you.
It's easy to think short term mission trips don't make a lasting impact. But the truth is, our God is not bound by time. And it is through the life-giving power of his name and the Gospel that real, permanent heart change happens.
God can use anyone, in any place, whether for one day or a lifetime.
Just ask Jesse.
John Harbold of 2014 G Squad encountered a man who lost everything during a rebel invasion in his African village, yet continues to preach hope to those around him.
Samantha Lacey of World Race Gap Year is learning that being a missionary doesn’t make her more important, fix her personal struggles, and, most importantly, that it is not her job to change the world.
Adventures Founder and CEO, Seth Barnes, wants to tell the story of how God is at work in the nations through a documentary of a World Race squad, following them as they live out their faith in 11 countries in 11 months.
When a friend told him she was going on an 11 month mission trip around the world, Evan Dias went to the website and saw a video eerily close to his own life: a guy at a party who desperately wants something more. In that moment, he heard God say:
“You can come back to me. You can change your life. You need to go. And you need to go do this. This is what I have for you.”
A few weeks ago we announced the 2014 Best of Adventures Storyteller's Contest. We asked you to view our favorite pictures, watch our favorite videos, and read our favorite blogs.
Margot Moore of 2014 K Squad shares her struggle of being far away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of an American Christmas last month - and how being away from all of those things made the true meaning of the day all the more special.
We're hosting the Best of Adventures Storytellers Contest. We've narrowed down our 18 finalists for the best stories from the last year—six blogs, six videos, and six photos. And now you get to choose the winners!
Race Alumni Erin Hogan of January 2013's M Squad reflects on the role of the Race in her life as she prepares to launch back out in January - this time as a Squad Leader.
Sreyneang's father was broken, hopeless, and desperate. Paralyzed for over a year, sick and stressed out, one night he brought an altar in the house. The next day, Sreyneang asked Kathy Woods and her team from September 2014 L Squad to pray for her family.
*Photo by Kristen Torres-Toro.
On 11/11, join us in celebrating the World Race by sharing your favorite moments from the field.
When future World Racer Kyle Harper went to Waffle House with his friends one Friday night, he just expected a meal. When his friend Rebecca met a prostitute name Lacy, his world flipped upside down.
Training Camp for 3rd Generation MNOPQ Squads just ended and Austin Shugart of January 2015 N Squad was one of the 240 racers preparing for his launch in January. In the cold, wet, uncomfortable week that followed, he found a family in the 60+ racers on his squad.
*Photo by Terin James
Ask any parent of a Racer, the World Race is a journey racers take alongside their families, communities, and churches. When Paul and Ginny Greenwood, parents of Racer Chelsea Greenwood, (January 2014 C Squad), travelled both to Launch and then to Thailand on a Parent Vision Trip, they found this journey was as much for them as for their daughter.
Caroline Ritchey of September 2014 J Squad woke one morning in Haiti to the sound of the electricity going out. As the heat of the day began to build, so did her distress over a thought she couldn't shake - that she only deserved leftovers in the Kingdom of God.
Maureen Gray sees God's vision to share honest, raw stories to show the truth of who God is and how he works in the world today. No manufactured drama. No trumped up competitions. No voting someone off the team…just welcoming new brothers and sisters to the family of Christ.
There's no doubt the World Race is a life-changing experience for Racers, but it's often a huge learning experience for parents, too. It's an exercise in trust, as they fully place their children in the hands of God for their 11-month journey. Kasy Fackler, mother of Amanda Kay, a 2nd Generation D Squad Racer and a 3rd Generation D Squad Leader, shares a bit about the Race from a parents' perspective.
The Race is an incredible experience and one that's completely unique for every participant. When newsfeeds are filled with Instagram photos of hanging out with tigers, riding on elephants, and jumping off giant cliffs and blog posts about healing and prophesy and incredible life transformation, it's easy to begin believing the Race is some greenhouse for adventure and spiritual growth. But the Race is really what you make it. Nathan Hauser, of our third generation B squad, fleshes out five myths you probably believe about the World Race.
On September 9, we launched seven incredible World Race and World Race: Gap Year squads, sending them out to the nations for the next 9-11 months.
For a lot of people who feel called to the World Race, their first hesitation is money. Nick Shear, of our third generation I squad, is one of many Racers preparing to launch next week. Short of funds on his deadline, he prayed and God showed his faithfulness, once again.
You can feel it, that call from the Lord to go out on the mission field. But why is the Lord really calling you there?
At the age of 14, Kayla Schmidt visited her first Spanish-speaking country — and immediately wanted to go back. Little did she know, the Lord had already developed the perfect World Race route for her.
The five new July 2015 World Race routes are live on the website, so you can apply now!
It's been 11 months since we launched four more squads into the nations, and now it's time for second generation U, V, W, and X squads to come home.
For many Racers, their time on the field is one of figuring out who they are, in more ways than one. Clay Holst, of our July 2013 S Squad, learned a lot about being a man of God — how it is and isn't what he thought.
Our missionaries experience miracles of all sorts all around the world. Some miracles are huge. Healing. Salvation. Some miracles are more subtle. Peace in the midst of tragedy. Unanswered prayers and revelation of God’s bigger plans.
Today, World Racer Joey Willis, of January 2013 N Squad, shares what he’s learned about the ultimate miracle: the miracle of God’s sacrificial love.
Next week, we begin the first of two consecutive training camp weeks for our September World Race and World Race Gap Year squads. Training camp can be a little intimidating, especially since Racers don't quite know what to expect. We want to reassure everyone that it will be a great week, so we thought we'd offer a few tips about how Racers can make the most out of the week. And who better to do that than a brand new Racer who just went through the experience herself? Sarah Baker, of a freshly launched third generation G squad, shares her thoughts on how to survive a week at training camp.
This week, four World Race squads descend upon the city to prepare for launch and on July 3, we send them out to the nations. Over the next 11 months, our amazing D, E, F, and G squads will go to 30 different countries spreading the gospel in word and deed. We couldn’t be more proud of or excited for them.
When Bill and Katie first met Daniel, they thought he was dead. He was lying, passed out on the dirty cement in front of a small vegetable shop. When they gently tapped his shoulder, his 70-pound body slowly staggered to his feet.
Daniel was absolutely vile. He had only one pair of clothes and it showed. His blue shirt was torn and blackened with filth. Held up by a rough-looking black rope, his green pants were extremely short and eight sizes too large. Even his yellow flip-flops were well worn and too small for his bloated feet.
Honestly, Daniel looked like the walking dead.
Michelle Euperio, of the January 2010 L Squad, shares a story of the responses she received when preparing for her eleven-month journey around the world. With launches and training camps quickly approaching, we thought this story would be a great way to celebrate Racers!
On June 15, our September 2014 routes officially close. That means you have less than two weeks to say "YES" to the adventure of a lifetime, less than two weeks to say, "Here am I, send me."
Last July, we sent out nearly 200 Racers on second generation Q, R, S, and T squads, and now we welcome them home.
This past week in North Georgia, our new July 2014 DEFG Squads trained for their 11-month adventure around the world. We thought the best way to tell you about their training camp was to show it to you through their eyes.
Sometimes we focus our prayers for miracles here and now, and lose focus on the eternal. We will all die. And when that day comes, Jesus is the only miracle that matters. Adventures' social media manager, Stephanie Bernotas, knows this firsthand. And we thank her for sharing her story with us.
Tonight, I was prepared to watch a woman die.
Instead, I watched God HEAL a woman.
That's correct. H-E-A-L-E-D.
World Racer Steven Reed finds unexpected healing after 10 months traveling the world with a torn ACL.
Derek Spahr of the July 2013 S Squad discovered the importance of vulnerability on the World Race.
This month we're honoring our men. We've asked some mature men in the office to share their wisdom with other men in missions. Director of Field Leadership, Bill Swan, writes a letter to share his journey with God through failure and into manhood.
Are you 18-22 years old and wishing you could try the World Race for a month? Now you can! Current World Racer Christina Callegari shares her story of going on a World Race Exposure trip to Rwanda and how God used it to lead her to the World Race.
We have some amazing, creative men on the field, and we're showcasing some of the videos they've made as they journey around the world.
Chris Squalls shares a story of beautiful contradictions, the purpose found in inconvenience, the life found in death. He challenges us to let God ruin our plans, to forfeit what's good for what's best.
We've asked a few mature men around the office to write letters to young men. This letter from Deon Vanstaden, World Race Coach, is written to men encouraging them to love God, rather than just serve him.
Ruby Lopez, of the July 2013 T Squad, has found her voice on the World Race. This is her story.
Kevin Striegle, a member of the July 2013 R Squad, stood in front of an Indian church, hundreds of people waiting for him to preach. At a loss for words, he had no option but to let God speak through him. The effects of his words changed an eternity.
This month we're honoring men in missions, men like Joe De Leon of X Squad. In this post, Joe shares a story of freedom, fun, and forgiveness, complete with bike shows and hundreds of dancing Ethiopian prisoners.
We're honoring our men and sharing their words. We've asked a few mature men around the office to write letters to young men. This letter from Steve Basden, director of the World Race and Passport, is written to men who want more, who want to look like Jesus.
Danny Weiss spends Christmas in Cambodia where he falls in love with the children he is teaching. After watching their Christmas program, he knows what it feels like to be a father proud of his children, and he learns that God must feel the same way about him.
Sometimes, when we want to act, God calls us to wait. Grayson Fleetwood, alumni squad leader for the September 2013 V Squad, learned this lesson on his Race when he encountered a village overtaken by poverty. A year later, he was allowed the opportunity to revisit the village as a squad leader. What he witnessed was nothing short of a miracle.
We are so excited to announce that starting this September, we are pioneering a new World Race Korea route that will send a multicultural squad of Korean and American* Racers together on an 11-month World Race journey around the world.
Bruce Dawson, Director of Church to Church, writes a letter to young men out there. Bruce goes back to the position he was in during his twenties, and encourages us to live those years to the fullest.
This month we’re honoring our missions-minded men! We're sharing stories of men who make a difference, men who change the world, men who look like Jesus.
Our experiences with women worldwide have taught us what womanhood really means. Women are wired for intimate relationships and deep, abiding love. We've shared stories of hope, stories of beauty, stories of pain, and stories of our women. But we aren't the only ones. You shared some pretty incredible #AdventuresInLove stories this month. Here are some of our favorites!
Kent Cranford, of January 2013's M Squad, imagines the life of a tuk-tuk driver who brings prostitutes to their clients. His story highlights the horrors of human trafficking and the disastrous results it has on every life it touches.
We're closing out our series with a beautiful story from Kacie Lester of the September 2011 A Squad. Kacie learned some lessons about jealousy and comparison that extend beyond the Race - they're truths we all need to hear.
While in Japan, Rebekah Burney of the September 2013 U Squad found herself in a Japanese bath house, surrounded by dozens of naked women. In the midst of a potentially uncomfortable situation, Rebekah learned an incredible lesson about beauty and comparison.
While working in the Red Light District, Kaleigh learned it's not her job to save the women in prostitution. She has to leave that up to God.
Ara de Torres, of July 2013 S Squad, spent the first months of her Race struggling to depend on God. A word from her teammate changed the course of her Race for good.
Kent takes a look at the harsh decisions parents in Thailand must make in the midst of poverty. Human trafficking is an issue faced daily by these parents as they are offered the choice to sell their children to sex slavery.
Leading up to Valentine's Day, instead of highlighting romantic love, we want to celebrate the people and places we fall in love with on the mission field.
One day Tina Fey wrote an autobiography called Bossypants. It was hilarious. Then a World Racer read it and gleaned some important advice for improv acting, the World Race, and life in general.
Annie and her team got a glimpse of the girls' lives before trafficking. They got to see some of what causes human trafficking, and they saw the need for education in the hill tribes to prevent future trafficking. Ending human trafficking is not a short assignment or a quick solution. It requires prevention, intervention, and restoration, and you can help.
The five new January 2015 World Race routes are live on the website, so you can apply now!
While visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Kyla Hatcher, of September 2013 U Squad, met a woman who lives near the temples. The encounter left Kyla even more sure of God's love for her and for this woman.
Racers share stories from one of their favorite ministry sites: El Shaddai Children's Home in Swaziland.
Noe Rivera has played just about every role the World Race has to offer: Racer, Squad Leader, Squad Mentor, and now, World Race contact. Here, Noe talks about how a desire to get back to his Hispanic roots and learn Spanish led him on the greatest adventure of his lifetime: to Guatemala.
A few weeks ago we announced the 2014 Best of Adventures Storyteller's Contest. We asked you to view our favorite pictures, watch our favorite videos, and read our favorite blogs.
Here are the winners!
From having amazing adventures to impacting people's lives, Patrick Doty has learned a lot in the first half of his Race. We caught up with him to find out what he's loved the most, what's been the hardest, and what God is teaching him.
This weekend Stephanie Bernotas, one of our staff writers and World Race alumna, served at Passion 2014 here in Atlanta, Georgia. As someone familiar with ministry, she thought she was ready. But this is her story of how God rocked her with truth she had forgotten.
Austin Ulsh, of January 2012 C Squad, was in his final months of the Race when he went to India. He spent the month with Sarah's Covenant Home, a ministry that gives a home to over 100 special needs children. One of them, Winnie, stole his heart.
Some of our Adventures in Missions staff members attended the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta. They worshipped alongside 60,000 college students from around the world and learned about practical ways to fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
Passion 2014 starts this weekend, so we want to share one of our favorite stories from last year with you.
We're starting off the new year by pausing to remember that the World Race is not just about the Racers. It's also about our ministry contacts, the servants who give their time, heart, and resources to advance the kingdom of God.
We're hosting the Best of Adventures Storytellers Contest. We've narrowed down our 15 finalists for the best stories from the last year—five blogs, five videos, and five photos. And now you get to choose the winners!
Megan Kennedy, of July 2013's Q Squad, finds herself face-to-face with children selling bracelets and realizes that not every child has a childhood, but all have a story.
When someone begins a race, whether it be on foot, bike, or through the water, they must begin on a certain mark. They must set their positions before they begin. World Race alumnus Erica Denton, of 2nd generation G Squad, is here to help our Racers begin their journey on the right mark. She helps them get set. And then Erica, friends, family, and staff collectively shout an encouraging "GO!"
Heather Reed issues a New Year's challenge: to stop existing and to start living the abundant life.
Hope Mendola thanks everyone who has ever supported a World Racer and reminds us that none of us could do this alone.
This month we're celebrating parents, friends, family, and supporters of World Racers. Because we realize that the World Race — and life in general — isn't a solo act. We need each other to get through it, and we need you in order to do the Race. So here is some sweet advice from a Racer's best friend to all friends and family of Racers.
Today, as you're opening presents under the tree, one hundred orphans at El Shaddai Children's Home in Swaziland are joining in the celebration. All because of one little Instagram picture.
One of our best field photographers, Jonathan Garner, offers 11 tips for future World Race photographers to master the art of taking missions pictures on the field.
Racer Christina Garcia lost her father to liver cancer when she was young. While on the Race she got to lead an alcoholic man to Christ and see life come from the pain she'd experienced.
One of our best field photographers, Jonathan Garner, shares his favorite photo from each of the 11 countries he visited on the World Race.
Annie Heathorn was nervous to have her parents join her Race for a week. However, in one week, God showed her something that changed the way she looked at her parents forever.
We seek to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and watch God show up. We've seen miracles both in our ministry as well as our own hearts.
Those are the real reasons to go.
But there are also some fun, practical reasons that make the July routes a particularly good option. That's why we created this list.
Most of our staff members are World Race Alumni, and we understand what it's like to adjust to life back home after the Race. We love welcoming squads home, and we've got a little advice for MNOP Squads as they come off the field.
The World Race honors Nelson Mandela – a man who made mistakes, ushered in justice, fought for peace, and loved his enemies. A man who showed us that flawed people can change the world.
Catch up with Featured Racer Pamela Galvin as she finishes the World Race, and hear about the transformation and healing God has done in her life.
God’s kingdom is advanced through worldwide community — Racers, prayer partners, and donors all working together toward a common goal. And God is leading us to invest deeper in this worldwide community. To equip people to take that next step in their faith, whether it’s a step across the street or a step around the world. Are you ready to join us?
World Racer Meghan Tschanz talks about her upcoming adventure with the Kingdom Journeys women's team, where they fight human trafficking among the nations.
Anika Erickson, of the World Race M Squad, is one of over 200 Racers coming home next week after 11 months on the field. She wrote this letter on behalf of those Racers to the friends and family who will welcome them home soon.
Even halfway around the world, Racers find a way to celebrate holidays and remember their friends and families at home. Check out this video from last year's Thanksgiving on the field, and know we're thankful for you.
We've added new countries to the July 2014 World Race routes, and we're pretty excited for you to see them!
An experience like the World Race is something so big that you can't completely prepare for every situation you might encounter on the field. And it's supposed to be that way. We encourage our Racers to check their expectations at the door and be open to anything and everything God wants to teach them through their 11 months.
We caught up with Julian Williams in Romania to ask him some final questions about his World Race journey.
Jacob Smith, of the September 2013 V Squad, visited the homeless in Malaysia and was astounded by what he stumbled upon. Something that didn’t quite fit. Something really cool.
We could tell you why it's an awesome idea for you to do the World Race next July. Or we could just show you.
Adventures in Missions is sending teams to the Philippines to help in the disaster relief effort. You can help!
Today everyone is a World Racer. Because the World Race is made up of all of us.
It takes the parents, family, friends, grandparents, supporters, ministry contacts, fans, and cheerleaders to fund, pray for, encourage, and send our Racers to the nations.
Last month, we sent Racers to the Chinese province of Tibet for the first time. As we spread
our influence and explore ministry in new places, we're excited to see just how God shows up.
Check out these beautiful photos of this new location from our Racers on O Squad!
Next Monday is November 11th – 11/11. This year we want to invite everyone to be part of World Race Day. On this November 11th, everyone is a World Racer!
Two years ago, we watched as World Racer Jenn Watson met a little Chinese boy with Down Syndrome named Zi. Jenn took a leap of faith when she asked her family to adopt him, and God opened every door to make it possible.
After months of brainstorming, strategizing, traveling, filming, editing, and polishing, Zi's film is ready.
Recently, there's been a lot of buzz about Asia in the World Race community. Our recent announcement of an all Asia route launching in September 2014 has stirred up conversations among staff and alumni about how much they love and miss Asia. We've put together a collection of Marina Razumovsky's photos to show you why.
Can you really change someone's life in a month?
The upcoming January 2014 Y, Z, A, B, and C Squads gathered to prepare for their 11 month journey, and God showed up in big ways. Here's what they had to say about it.
What started as a joke turned into Aimee Luallin of M-Squad buying three goats for their team's translator in Rwanda.
Next week we'll tell you an amazing story that's close to our hearts, but for now, here is a little glimpse of what's to come on November 4th. We can't wait to show you the rest!
Adventures in Missions is launching an All Asia World Race route!
If life is a journey, then the World Race is an epic!
Most of the stories we tell are about how God uses people to do amazing things when they choose to go on mission trips – but this one is different. This is a story about what it's like to quit a mission trip because God asks you to.
If you've ever wanted to go on the World Race but were too young to do it, the World Race: Gap Year is for you.
Tomorrow five squads of Racers will arrive at a campground on the Georgia/Tennessee border, decked out in their squad colors and ready to begin this crazy journey called the World Race. Whether you're just stumbling across our website, planning to go on the Race yourself, are one of our awesome World Race parents, or going to be joining us tomorrow, we wanted to put together some resources on just what you can expect from this week.
A World Racer met a special little boy his first time in Swaziland, and over the next year and a half he got to see how extravagantly God cares for orphans and answers our prayers.
The five new September 2014 World Race routes are live on the website, so you can apply now!
Here at Adventures, we love to celebrate the unseen.
You are cordially invited to Epoch 2013, a night celebrating unsung heroes around the world. On Monday, October 28th we will gather at the Fox Theater for this black tie event and a night of celebration.
To kick off our series on orphans and adoption, Megan Kennedy, of the July 2013 Q Squad, shares how her team got to change one little boy's future in just ten days.
We'll be announcing our September 2014 Routes on October 7th. Here's a little bit of what you can expect (we've got some surprises up our sleeve).
Parents joined the World Race for a week to serve along side of their children in Kenya.
Adventures in Missions announces its black tie, red carpet awards event-- Epoch Awards.
When World Racer Megan Kennedy changed her prayer for a paralyzed woman in Cambodia, God showed up and changed the hearts of the entire village.
Jolene Campbell of January 2013 N Squad became the student when God used a Thai boy to teach her about him.
Katie Stoddard, a World Racer, tells the story of meeting Susu, an Unsung Hero in Cambodia.
Adventures in Missions launches Venture Magazine, a place for stories that celebrate life.
Jonathan Garner shares 32 of his favorite photos from a month in Kenya.
Many people choose to go on the World Race because they want to encounter human trafficking face to face and make a difference in the lives of girls who are being sold for sex. Some Racers get to see God do amazing things while they're in Thailand, but most have to trust that he will be faithful to water the seeds they planted. Sometimes years later, they hear how their prayers are being answered.
Even though Ali Bruce is in month one of the World Race, she is finding love radically changing her life.
We believe the World Race changes lives all over the world. It’s an 11-month journey where young people find Jesus working in all corners of the earth and join what he’s doing. In seven years of World Racing, we’ve met amazing people in the countries we visit who are knee-deep in the work of fulfilling the Great Commission. These people aren’t always recognized, but they are doing incredible things in their communities.
Getting home from the World Race, Pat Stiller knew there was more to his Adventure but didn't know where to turn. Through a new program called the Center for Global Action (CGA), passionate Racers transition from the field into an environment that dreams are encouraged, community is continued and passions are solidified.
Epoch 2013 honors unsung heroes around the globe by awarding $50,000. Here, we announce the finalists.
This week we're closing out our Behind the Scenes series with a look at the World Race leaders you're probably most familiar with - Squad Leaders. They're the amazing World Race alumni who come back for round two.
The World Race was a seriously hard, scary, exhausting, and overwhelming undertaking. But so much more than that, it was a year of living life in a raw, authentic, purposeful, outpouring of ourselves, one day, one moment, at a time.
Featured Racers Josh and Jen Mendenhall found community on the Race in a way they never dreamed—a community that drew together to keep them on the Race. Now, back in America, they are beginning to see where community and love will take their marriage next.
Greg Houghton, a Squad Mentor, talks about his role in the Adventures in Missions office.
In honor of the boy who awakened passion and dreams in so many people, we are proud to introduce the Anthony Lives Fund. Anthony Lives is a fund created to financially support the college education of Nicaraguan youth - Anthony's friends and classmates. We want to see them get the education Anthony dreamed of.
Megan Kennedy, of the July 2013 Q Squad, spent her first month in Thailand, working at Zion Cafe. While there, her team encountered a street girl trying to get home. Ministering to her with food, clothing and bus money, her team met tangible, physical needs as well as the girl's spiritual ones.
So you've been accepted to the World Race...what happens next? Go behind the scenes with World Race mobilizers - the people who take you from acceptance to launch.
It's 8/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Racer Michael Sanders of the October 2009 L Squad.
Today, we want to give a shout out to a couple Racers who tell amazing stories through their lenses. Jonathan Garner, of the January 2013 O Squad, and MK Hill, of the January 2013 M Squad, both visited Honduras and these are their stories.
Go behind the scenes of starting the World Race. Meet our Admissions Department and get to know the people who make the World Race happen.
The July 2014 Routes are making World Race history with a new country, a themed route, and more. Check them out!
Joey Willis spent this month in Mozambique and nothing seemed to go according to plan. In the middle of a disappointing month, he learned that there was a catalyst for change: his attitude.
From the Caribbean to Africa, Ireland to Thailand, and Central America to Eastern Europe,
you've changed the world. And we couldn't be happier to be the first to welcome you as alumni. The images you captured, the stories you told, the lives you lived - they brought about world change. They brought God's kingdom to earth. And we're proud of you.
Annie Heathorn, of the September 2012 J Squad, is finishing up her Race in Ireland this month. This is the story of how God showed up while working in a clothing warehouse for the needy. How can you recognize God's love in the ordinary?
Meghan Tschanz, of the July 2012 H Squad, recently finished the Race. She decided to write a commencement speech - to those about to embark on the Race, and perhaps even to those who are returning home. People like Meghan who are beginning the adventure that is the rest of their lives.
This past week in North Georgia, our new September 2013 UVWX Squads trained for their 11-month adventure around the world. We thought the best way to tell you about their training camp was to do it in their own words and photos.
Sarah Sanders wrote this letter about surviving training camp to the next generation of Racers who will come after her.
Kristin Phillips and Katie Wright of N Squad have joined in the story of how the Lord is working as they encounter spiritual warfare in very real ways in Mozambique.
In Guatemala, Racer Leslie Wakeland of S-squad leaned a lesson about finding joy from a malnourished orphan in a nutrition center.
This weekend we have 200 Racers from UVWX Squads heading down to Georgia for their Training Camp. They'll be living simulated Race scenarios, eating ethnic food, worshipping the Lord, and bonding as squads and teams. We ask them to come without expectations, but we tell them to expect that God will show up. Below are eleven quotes pulled from participants blogs from our last Training Camp, about how we've seen Jesus work - and how we're expecting him to work this week. UVWX Squads, we're ready for you.
It's 7/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Racer Tamica Sloan of August 2009 Squad 1.
World Race teams were sent out to different areas around our hotel to - as the Race culture calls it - "ATL" or "Ask the Lord." It’s simply what it sounds like. Just ask the Lord where he wants us to go, who he wants us to serve, and take a risk on what he places on our hearts.
Chelsea Miller of the September 2012 J Squad, found herself near the end of her World Race completely numb to the reasons she came on this journey in the first place. Why did she leave her home and go to the world?
If you happen to be in Atlanta this week, keep your eye out for crowds of young adults with giant backpacks, head lamps, and Passports in tow. Our fantastic Q, R, S, and T Squads are getting ready to go to the nations. They might look a little something like this:
Sometimes, when you apply for the Race, that number flashes before your eyes, and it's all you see. You're blinded to all the joy and challenges waiting down the road because the $15,500 hurdle seems too big for you to jump.
One of the best things about the World Race, and mission trips in general, is the face to face connection you get to have with people around the world. Whether you're the first Christian someone has ever met or you're visiting a thriving church in another country, being a missionary means loving individuals.
Life on the Race is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Jeff Tyner, of the January 2013 M Squad, wrote this list of ways to know your weird life is that of a World Racer.
Ever wonder what it's like to be a World Racer? Well, now you can see what it's like for a day. Emily Chant, of the September 2012 L Squad, compiled this list of steps to trying out World Race life anywhere you are.
Just because you do the World Race, doesn't mean you'll thrive. Andi Moore, of the January 2013 O Squad, tells how to not just be a Racer - how to be an embRacer.
God does not only care about your support raising process, it's not at all daunting to him. He's Jehovah Jireh - our provider. And lately we've had front row seats to how he wants to provide for his kids as they set out to change the world.
Click here to read our latest story.
Featured Racer Jenifer Jones of F squad has lived a life full of challenge and heartache. She felt as though these tragedies robbed her of a childhood and her dream of being a missionary was out of reach. But God uses difficult circumstances to show his power and mercy.
"What! I am leaving the country?!"
In less than 24 hours, our September routes close. That means you have less than one day to say, "I'll go." Sound like a difficult decision? Take it from us who have gone before you, it's eleven months that will change the rest of your life — go.
It doesn't matter if you're in the middle of school, or the middle of life, God can and will use your Race to help you become who you're supposed to be. Need proof, check out what some of our Racers are saying about their experiences...
It's 6/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Race Alumnus Noe Rivera of the January 2010 M Squad.
You've realized there is more to life than empty traditions and the 9-5 routine. You're attracted to the idea of adventuring around the world in a backpack, sharing about Jesus near ancient temples, and loving on street kids. And it's all a little scary to you. But it's really gonna be okay. The time is now, just go.
Her name is Hope.
She was kidnapped when she was 18 months old. Her hands and feet were tied behind her back for almost two years. Part of her tongue was cut out. Her blood was drained repeatedly throughout the years, and her organs were most likely tampered with.
Children who can't hear. Children who don't know if you play the right chords or not. Children who don't care if you hit the right key or not.
Who's to say they needed healing of their deafness, because they were hearing God more clearly than I have my whole life.
When I met Ayesha, she was laying on her death bed. Every movement brought her pain and tears.
By the end of my stay in The Philippines, she was laughing and smiling, clearly alive.
This year's May Training Camp for QRST Squads was phenomenal. The staff entered into the week praying and seeking the Lord about what he had in store for us. We expected (and saw) deliverance, freedom, joy, fun, and an unprecedented dose of God the Father's love for his kids. Let's just say staff and Racers alike were rocked this week. We could tell you about how WE think camp went, or we could show you what Racers have been saying. This blog is a mash-up of photos, quotes, and videos from last week. QRST Squads - we love you!
Chase Glantz thought that a top notch job and some money in his pocket was all he needed to get the girl and win the approval he'd always been seeking. But after the 700th rejection letter he'd almost given up on his chances of life in ministry. Then he got accepted to go on the World Race. He was all set to go out and change the world, and maybe get a girl to look his way because of it. Little did he know that the World Race would wreck the charmer's life he'd be living and cause him to find a faith he had never dared search for before.
Ever wondered what training camp looks like? Check out our latest photo blog for Q,R,S, and T Squad's Training Camp experience.
We've compiled some of our favorite videos of World Race community over the years to share with you. So sit back, watch, and welcome to our world.
Adventures in Missions is sending relief trips in response to the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
As we determine the most strategic use of our teams in the affected areas, we want to hear from you. Tell us where, when, and how you can be a part of our team by filling out the posted form. We will contact you as soon as trips are posted.
Most Racers dream big dreams. We dream of making huge marks on the world. And we make those dreams real. But sometimes we also make marks that seem small but touch deep. Mikala Wiegand, H Squad, shares one of those moments.
If you're planning on going on the World Race in 2013, you've got 29 days to apply. Need more convincing? We've put together a little more incentive just for you...
Daniel experienced something familiar to every Racer - team changes. It may not have been his favorite day of the Race, but it's one he'll always remember for the ways God has changed him because of it.
What does it look like looking back on the World Race? Ruth Wilson describes her time on the field. "It has been psychotic and brilliant. It has been the best and hardest year of my life. I have been to 15 countries. I have 36 siblings. I have been to five of the seven continents."
It's 5/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Race Alumnus Dan Snyder of the August 2009 K Squad.
Angelique Sturm, of our July 2012 F Squad, spills the beans on the World Race training camp!
She lets you in on what you need to know, what you don't, and how to prepare your heart for what's waiting just around the corner! Training Camp for our July 2013 Squads begins one week from tomorrow!
When Hailey's team decided they couldn't imagine spending one more day together, their leaders gave them a tough choice that has changed the way they love people.
Facing death at a hospital in Haiti, Rebecca Coleman, J Squad Second Generation, was in bad shape. Realizing the doctors and nurses in Carrefour, Haiti could do nothing for her, she had to trust Jesus and wait for him to show up. And show up he did.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’re tipping our sombreros to our first-ever Spanish route launching this January, and we’ve gotta say: Es tiempo por una adventura.
Christina Dombrowski of July 2012 G squad has had a veil taken off her eyes in recent months. Working in Cambodia, she believed in the power of prayer but more as a ritual and not a sense of power. She believed that miracles only happened back in Bible times. Much to her surprise, she came head on with a miracle... she will never be the same. Check it out.
India and Nepal and saturated with color and life, and steeped in rich history. Take a look at what our Racers experience in a week on the field, and share in their adventure!
After spending 8 months in summer climates around the world, F Squad entered Latvia in a frigid snowstorm, wearing only tank tops, shorts, and sandals. Through what we like to call a Latvian miracle, Christians they had met only the night before cooked them a hot meal and collected winter clothing for the Racers. F Squad came to bring the Kingdom of God to Latvia, but instead Latvia brought it to them.
Whether you're traveling on a bus, plane, train, boat, or donkey, making friends and choosing to have fun can make all the difference in your experience. Andi Moore gives us some tips on how to be outgoing and make new friends while traveling around the world!
The World Race is all about leaving the typical American lifestyle behind. We live on the edge and do what most people don't. As you travel around the world, there are numerous opportunities for exciting and risky adventures. The unknown begins as soon as you step foot on that airplane - so get ready!
Amanda Kerr, F Squad 2nd Generation, has learned a lot about people after traveling through Southeast Asia, East Africa and Eastern Europe with 45+ squadmates. Today, she shares some lessons about succeeding in community by setting yourself aside.
Featured Racer, Christina Young, is on her tenth month of the Race. She's been to Central America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and is now in Rwanda, East Africa. Last month we shared her story of how finding authentic community changed the way she interacted with the church and the way she saw God. Since being on the Race, God has brought her through deeper levels of freedom and vulnerability in community and shown her what it looks like to surrender to him daily.
Jess Eischens, September 2012 J squad, loved life and was content with her job, but she knew the Lord called her to more. She trusted him and chose complete abandonment of her own plans for her life.
With 8 months of race under her belt and a rich perspective, she gives advice on what future racers should expect.
It's 4/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Race Alumnus Hollis Johnson from the August 2009 K Squad and the January 2011 T Squad.
With a disabled orphan in her arms, Cheyanne Hardy, from September 2012 L Squad, realized her own need to be held and the truth of who supports her...
Slavery is wrong. You know it, we know it. But here's something you may not know - slavery still exists. There are 27 million people trapped in modern day slavery today. Indifference is not an option.
This month, we've joined up with the END IT movement to put a stop to this nonsense and make our entire country aware of what's going on.
So on April 9th, we are asking you to shine a light on slavery by using a red X. We want the entire country to start asking questions, become informed, and then join in the fight to end human trafficking.
Beginning April 1st, a group of World Race Alumni will have an opportunity to see their dreams become reality.
We’re creating a place for these passionate dreamers to be mentored and taught by the wisdom and experience of the generation ahead of them, cultivating a process for these ideas to be curated and tended to, going from an idea to a reality.
At the end of six months, we’ll invite this group of dreamers to Atlanta to pitch their best ideas, with the chance to win a $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 grant.
On the World Race, we're all about empowering our participants to serve the Lord in unique ways.
We're excited to announce our newest ministry...
Jesus pursued the “least of these” with fervor and grace. He touched those who were never touched – the diseased, the destitute, the dirty.
After seven months on the Race, Emily Chant realized she still falls short of the love of Christ. Her human ability to love the hurting, the dirty, and the criminal is still not enough. She came to the end of herself , and that's when she found the faith she needed to love the untouchables.
Joseph Johnson of the September 2012 I Squad was humbled and inspired when he met Errol, a Satanist-turned-Jesus-lover in South Africa. Born in Swaziland, Errol had a fierce determination that had allowed him to live comfortably and accomplish anything he set his mind to. But one day when he was 28, Errol heard the voice of the Lord. And what happened next wrecked Errol’s comfortable life.
We wanted them to see what we've been seeing these past 8 months and experience the truth of Jesus' love for them. We wanted them to see the work we were doing for the kingdom. They haven't just seen it, they've joined in. They've experienced it, felt it, and have been broken over it. They have been a part of the change in the nation of Kenya alongside their Racers.
Slavery is not OK, and our Racers around the world have had raw, firsthand experiences fighting it. This week we hear from Laura Meyers of the October 2008 G Squad. After the World Race, Laura did an apprenticeship to learn about human trafficking and educate others on how to fight it. She shares a list of lies and truths about trafficking from the Salvation Army.
Josh and Jen Mendenhall started their World Race journey almost two years ago. They were originally part of the January 2012 C Squad. Then because their support raising wasn't going well, they deferred to the July 2012 F Squad and eventually the September 2012 L Squad. God provided just enough money for them to launch and just enough to keep them on the field as each deadline came.
But by the end of their sixth month on the field, the money had run out. They had tickets to go home, and then a miracle happened.
A group of Racers from H Squad (July '12) are among the many that are revolutionizing Ireland by responding to God's will and accepting their responsibility to love people.
Modern day slavery isn't just about sex trafficking. Millions of people around the world spend their lives working in sub-human conditions to produce the goods we are accustomed to owning. We may not be elected officials or powerful lawyers, but we have a loud voice - it's called our consumer choices. What we buy determines the kind of lives many people live. So how do we shop responsibly?
It's 3/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Race Alumnus Ashley Harris, of the January 2009 H Squad.
Don had been faithfully praying for a year and a half for Christians to come to his village.
That was the day trafficking grew a face.
That was the day I looked trafficking in the eyes
Trafficking is not a victimless crime.
That was someone's daughter.
Our current Featured Racer, Annie Heathorn, is finishing up her sixth month of the Race. She's been to the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and is now in Malawi, East Africa. Last month we shared her story. A story of finding freedom and stepping back into innocence as a beloved daughter of God.
This girl walks in freedom. She trusts her heavenly father. She plays with the children and rides bicycles through the country. She dreams big dreams and tells great stories. Recently, she posted the following blog. God is using her new freedom to bring his freedom to children in Tanzania. Check it out.
We're in it to End It. Every Wednesday until April 9th, we'll be featuring blog posts about why human trafficking is not OK and how you can help end it.
Storytelling is an art. But it's also one of the most basic, natural things we as human beings were created to do. And now, there's an app for doing just that. Check out how you can use Instagram as a ministry here.
How do you sum up 11 months crazy months in one video? Most people can barely edit it under 10 minutes. But Johnfrank Dieguez has a unique gift - he's told the story of his Race in 1:11.
http://worldrace.org/?tab=routes&subtab=january-2015-1The World Race is offering our first ever all Spanish route - 11 months in the Caribbean, South America, and Central America starting in January 2014. Check out what it's all about here.
The January 2014 Routes are making World Race history with two new countries, a themed route, and more. Check them out...
Last week we asked you to share stories about how you fell in love on your missions trip. We asked you to post them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that we could showcase all that God is doing all over the world. You told us stories of little ones who captured your heart. Stories of the elderly that spoke wisdom into your life. Stories of countries that became home.
An update on Featured Racer Ashley Mueller as she recounts her climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
It's 2/11, and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Race Alumni Chris and Holli Scott, of the January 2009 H Squad.
Adam Smith didn't grow up with his dad in his life, and when he left on the World Race he never expected to find one in his squad coach. But God provided exactly what Adam needed.
Zi Ping is home. He arrived to his forever home last Thursday, and we were there to document his arrival. Check out our video of the beautiful moment when a family began.
Many of our Northern Georgia neighbors recently lost their homes, and our community was torn apart by a string of severe thunderstorms and tornados. We are working now with local authorities and churches to determine where we can serve. Find out how you can partner with us to bring hope to our devastated neighbors.
When we recently told the story of Zi Ping and how a World Racer helped him find his forever family, thousands of you responded. You shared it, liked it, and sent encouraging words for the Edwards family to read. We were blown away by your response, and we want to include you as his story unfolds.
Starting this Tuesday morning, join Zi Ping's journey home by checking our Facebook page and following along on Twitter and Instagram (#11n11 and #bringzihome).
A picture blog celebrating the lives our Racer's live in the field and the fun they have.
Remember our challenge from last November? We asked you to show us how you live 11n11. And you did.
When we our Racers why they chose July 2013 Route 4, they didn't mention anything about the wonder and adventure of Sri Lanka - they mentioned the people. The struggles. The need. And the hope.
It's 1/11 and that means we've got another video for you. On this 11th day, we hear from World Race Alumnus Brittany Priess of the June 2010 O Squad.
This past week some of our Adventures in Missions staff members attended the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta. They worshipped alongside 60,000 college students from around the world and learned about practical ways to fight against modern-day slavery and human trafficking. This week on this blog and our Adventures updates blog we're sharing posts from each of them with their perspectives on Passion 2013 and how you can get involved to end slavery.
A great story requires you to step away from the things that bring you comfort and allow yourself to rely on something great. As we finish up 2012, we are celebrating the best stories told at Adventures in Missions this year. We have collected the best photos, videos, and blogs from five different categories, celebrating grand stories and those who tell them.
Philip Cron is a World Race alumnus from the January 2011 T Squad. He spent 2011 traveling the world and loving everyone he met along the way. Right before his Race ended, Philip summed up his 11 months. Read his journey, and ask yourself if you're living a great story.
Philip Cron is a World Race alumnus from the January 2011 T Squad. He spent 2011 traveling the world and loving everyone he met along the way. Right before his Race ended, Philip summed up his 11 months. Read his journey, and ask yourself if you're living a great story.
All month we've been sharing guest posts from parents of World Race alumni to parents of current and future Racers - advice, wisdom, and encouragement from those who've gone before you. Today we're wrapping up the series with a post from Rozy McCormick, a World Race coach.
In the second installment of our special series for parents of future World Racers, Bill Chestnutt shares how the World Race changed him without ever leaving home. He watched his daughter change, read lots of World Race blogs, and went on his own journey of growth throughout the 11 months.
Can one child make a difference?
When one 12-year-old Indian girl followed three missionaries to a house in her village, she had no idea how her life was about to change.
We have some exciting news...
Christmas this year doesn't just look different for our upcoming Racers. It's an interesting time for their parents too. So, future World Race parents, this year we're giving you a little something special. Each Monday in December a parent of a World Race alumnus will share advice for future parents and stories of how their children's experiences on the Race changed them too.
Royalty. Daughter. Power. Authority. Creativity.
Our newest Featured Racer Aisha Davis embodies these words. This girl knows who she is -- a daughter of God -- and it's awesome.
If you missed our recent feature article about Aisha, you can read some of her story here.
This week, the 100,000th Adventures in Missions blog was posted!
The World Race began in 2006 when a group of twenty-somethings circled the globe simply asking the Lord for direction. As we enter 2013, we look forward to launching almost 700 Racers onto the field. All of these Racers have told their stories publicly -- for the world to read
As our Racers prepare to spend this Thanksgiving with their teams around the world, we want to pass along their thanks to all the faithful prayer warriors and financial supporters who make this experience possible. Annie Heathorn of the September 2012 J Squad wrote a blog post that speaks for all Racers when we say, "Thank you."
Bodies are meant to move. Feet are meant to walk. Hands are meant to hold. Mouths are meant to speak.
The body of Christ is also meant for movement. It's meant for action. On the World Race, prayer guides the squad leaders in the formation of teams, with the hope that each will exhibit different aspects of Christ. Team Aletheia of the September 2012 L Squad is just one display of this community in action.
Leah Malone of the January 2012 C Squad is about to finish up her World Race. Before she heads home she contemplates what a World Race do-over would look like and what she would do differently if given a second chance.
Brian Cooke accepted Christ shortly after meeting July 2010 P Squad at their debrief in Malawi. His life radically changed and he went on to do the Race launching with October 2011 B Squad. Brian's story influenced Jackie Gu to do the Race. We can't wait to see who God uses her to touch and the continuing ripple effect of what God is doing across the earth.
When the truth of God's love resides deep within your heart, it's much easier to trust and say,
"Yes Lord! I will follow wherever you lead."
God's love is the context in which the Barnes family operates. It is why they feel safety in risk. It is why they spend their lives living missionally. They know that they serve a God who has always loved and taken care of them, and he will always will.
Love Instagram as much as we do? Enjoy taking pictures or sharing your trip with friends? Then our Instagram challenge is for you!
This past week, 240 World Racers gathered together in the woods of White, Ga for our largest Training Camp to date. These Racers from M, N, O, & P Squads (launching in January 2013) united to seek the Lord, listen to the Spirit, walk into freedom, have crazy dance parties, and learn how to effectively bring the hope of Christ to the nations. Here are some of the highlights from the week.
Kate and Lindsay had to trust that the Lord will be the one to love and care for Mine. The one to redeem her. Fortunately, they serve a God that promises just that. He calls her "Mine." She is his.
Everyone has a story to tell. Today, Hope is sharing hers with you.
Starting this month, the World Race will release a video from one of our alumni on the 11th day of each month for the next 11 months. These are stories of transformation, redemption, restoration, healing, and more. We're telling the stories God has been creatively writing in Racers' lives for years and continues to write today.
Check back on 11/11 for the next story!
Renee Durham has done the World Race. In fact, she's about to do it again. Renee is an alumnus from the recently returned October 2011 B Squad, and she's going out again to lead the new January 2013 P Squad with two other alumni. As we gear up for Training Camp for M, N, O, and P Squads next week, Renee offers her new Squad and other future Racers a few pieces of Training Camp advice. So newbies, take heart--this veteran believes in you (and so do the rest of us)!
We know you've been waiting, and here they are! The September 2013 Routes have been released!
A little over a year ago, South Sudan declared her independence from her war-torn mother country. Recently, the men of January 2012 D and E Squads joined forces and paved the way for hope.
This is their story.
It may sound crazy, but after years of pouring into this book we're giving it away, but that's the idea. It's not about making money, it's about starting a movement.
Adventures in Missions' founder, Seth Barnes, wrote a book about kingdom journeys, both physical and spiritual, and we want to share it with you. For free.
See how you can get your free copy today.
Over the span of four years, more than ten thousand innocent people came through the doors of this concrete hell. Only seven people walked away from the torture chambers that should have been an inevitable death.
Chum Mey is one of those people. This is his story.
Bethany Waddell, of the January 2012 E Squad, spent this past month of the World Race in Tanzania. She befriended a young, ostracized, unwed mother. When it came time to name her baby, God used Bethany to teach everyone a big lesson about grace. This is her story.
Johnfrank Dieguez and the January 2012 C Squad spent their seventh month of the World Race in South Africa. Johnfrank had the honor of investing in the lives of some of the young men of the town of Cookhouse, and he learned some amazing lessons about the power of grace. When we extend grace toward someone who is struggling, we invite them into the warm embrace of the father's love. This is Johnfrank's beautifully told story.
Frequently we are asked, "What qualities are you looking for in World
Because the World Race, in the simplest terms, is a Christian mission trip, we're looking for people who follow Jesus. In addition, we're looking for candidates who are ready to...
Rose Huber, of the January 2012 D Squad, found out in Kenya just how much of a difference a short encounter with someone can make. God uses our efforts, even when they're short, to touch the lives of people in need and show them a greater purpose in life. This is Rose's beautifully-told story.
A lot of people leave on the World Race hoping to sample 11 different ministries around the world and be called back to one of them permanently. Sometimes this happens, but sometimes God calls you around the world to bring you back where you started. He takes you on a journey of working with 11 ministries, and asks you to do what you were doing before you left.
We've heard how fashionista Kristen Pfund went from studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to working for Perry Ellis to...the World Race?
Yes, that's what we've come to know and love about Kristen, she's not your normal Racer. Actually, she's not your normal anything. Read more about her journey to eleven countries in eleven months.
As the January 2012 B Squad prepares to come home at the end of the month, Asher Garcia tells what it's like to travel a day in their shoes. Come along for a typical World Race travel day in pictures.
Music filled the hot, sticky air as the neon lights widened my eyes to see all that surrounded me. We turned the same familiar corner, bringing us to our usual spot in the red light district in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Previously our team had spent time in prayer crying out for God to move. We were all so tired, and not really wanting to go out for the night. But as we sought him in prayer, we knew that he was ready with an incredible plan and purpose for the night. He is big. He is love. And he transforms lives. We were ready for a big God to do big things, so we strolled down the string of bars with hearts rooted in him, eyes ready to see through his, and minds of Christ prepared to fight in his name.
Helena Jordao, of the January 2012 E Squad, spent a month ministering at Challenge Farm in Kenya. While there she met Geoffrey, an orphan boy with an incredible story of God's power to overcome even the most horrific circumstances. Geoffrey wrote his story for Helena and asked her to share it with as many people as possible. Prepare to be blessed by a 7th grader.
Kaitlyn Allen, of the September 2011 A Squad, reflects on the best parts of her 11 month journey. Best food, greatest pictures, most treasured memories, favorite pictures? She's covered it all! And most importantly, she gives us 11 awesome reasons to consider going on the World Race!
When I first met Bekah, I found out that she was a professional dancer from L.A. who was injured while dancing just before training camp. She had broken her ankle and also torn two ligaments that weren't healing properly, so after camp she and her doctor were going to discuss surgical options to repair the damage.
Our most recent World Race training camp in Toccoa, GA was truly something special. The upcoming September 2012 I, J, K, and L Squads gathered to prepare for their 11 month journey, and God did amazing things in their lives. We highlighted some of the best moments in a previous post, but now we would love to share training camp in the Racers' words. Here's what they had to say.
I have walked the alleys of Happy Land twice since arriving in the Philippines...
This week we are setting a record with the largest number of participants to ever attend a World Race training camp. The campus of Toccoa Falls College is filled to the brim with World Racers from the September 2012 I, J, K, and L squads as they prepare to be sent to the nations. Here are some of the highlights from the week.
That's right...there are now four routes open for the January 2013 World Race!
That means there are four chances for you to make 2013 your most epic year yet! In case you need a little extra inspiration, we've put together a list of 11 reasons why leaving in January is a great idea.
During their World Race, Ashley Higgins, of the August 2009 K Squad, and her team ministered to the least of these in Uganda. They encountered a demon-possessed boy and found out what can happen when we offer ourselves to God to be used to bring the kingdom.
When I was twelve years old, my main concern was surviving middle school. My mind was focused on things like impressing my crush, having my own phone line,and getting my first kiss. I think back to those years and remember how awkward I was. Life was tough on all of us at that age, right?
God loves to shatter our small expectations and blow our minds with the great things he does.
We've learned a lot about Nathan Dickens, July 2011 W Squad, from how he found out about the World Race to being raised up as squad leader and everything in between. Now we take a look at some of his favorite moments on the Race and even get some insight for future Racers.
At Launch, which is essentially a few more days of training camp (except it's on the field, during the first days of a World Race), World Race teams are given a prompt and challenged to produce a video. Here are the winners of the September 2010 World Race challenge.
At long last, the January 2013 routes are published!
From the archives: five things we're looking for in a World Racer; a seminary degree isn't one of them.
"...there is this nifty contraption called an Alite butterfly chair, I know that it sounds manly. Get one and you will not regret it. I am currently sitting in mine and it's splendid."
Nearly two years ago, Caitlin Parker saw some of the faces of young women and girls captured into the sex trade in the Philippines.
Preaching for the first time ever, hitting the ground running, learning about God's love while holding a baby, going door-to-door, and doing without plumbing and electricity, praying for healing and seeing it happen.
We're gonna rewind it back a bit and share some stories from the field from the not-too-distant past. The following took place in Thailand, two years ago in April.
For many, stories of deaf ears being healed, families being saved from nearly being poisoned, and the brokenness that comes from loving others are few and far between. To Racers, it's just another week on the field.
We're counting down to Christmas in World Race fashion. Today's the eleventh and final day of our countdown; so we share not one but two videos!
In the past few weeks our World Racers have seen a deaf man healed, cancer diminish, Thanksgiving for street kids, vision restored, and been wrecked. Sounds like ordinary Christian living to us!
Kelly grew up in the Midwest, went to school on the East Coast, worked on the West coast. She's done a little bit of everything: acting/singing, taking care of people with special needs, holistic health practitioner-ing...and now, global missions.
Three things you should know about September 2012 Route #3 (bonus: three ways to know how a route will fill up).
Leah Malone's the one who called us out for being crazy. You know what they say, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." And that's exactly what she's doing. She hasn't left yet but we're featuring her anyway -- suppose that's crazy, too.
Three stories -- two that took place in Asia, one from Eastern Europe -- that will make you go, "What? Wait. Really?!"
Just a few short stories of great things God's done in the past week or so. Such is life on the World Race.
"I know what it [the World Race] did for me and in me," said Ben. "I know where I was in my faith before the Race, butting up against a glass ceiling, not sure how to get to the next step, hungry for [God] to come in a real tangible way."
Brandon Boyd had the amazing opportunity to start his World Race from the stage at Catalyst!
Yesterday, Brandon Boyd, of the October 2011 B squad, flew from LAX to ATL. From the airport, he headed straight to this year's Catalyst Conference where he spent two hours meeting and greeting folks (did any of you get to meet him?).
Gainesville, GA, Oct. 5--Adventures in Missions is partnering with this year's Catalyst conference (October 5-7) to unveil a visitor tent highlighting the role of social justice in the gospel story.
God's inviting you:
Come away with me, come away with meAll things are possible: like being fully-funded for the World Race in four months.
It's never too late, it's not too late
It's not too late for you
I have a plan for you, I have a plan for you
It's gonna be wild, it's gonna be great, it's gonna be full of me.
The following is a gussied-up transcript of the Twitter stream from day 2 (September 16, 2011), evening session of the Awakening.
The Awakening 2011 kicked off last night at Adventures in Missions's base in Gainesville, GA. Under the tent, 250+ alumni, friends, family and staff gathered for worship led by Jonathan David Helser and teaching from Anthony Chapman. Recording of Chapman's message is available for download here. Last night's session was also tweeted here; keep track on Twitter with "#awaken11". The following is a rough timeline of this morning's session.
Jake Morris of the January 2011 World Race loves Jesus, his family, hockey (like a good Minnesotan ought to), and smiling (like Buddy the Elf). And he's our most recent Featured Racer.
Perk #2 for going on the January 2012 World Race? Training in photography, cinematography & writing from professionals!
Nacho: I need professional help... I must learn their ways.It's not political! These pros believe in you & your stories.
Esqueleto: But they are pros. They only hang out with each other.
Nacho: Then we must go pro!
Esqueleto: But going pro's not that easy. It's political, obviously.
- Jared Hess, Nacho Libre
At approximately 12:46 pm local time, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northern region of Peru, where World Race teams are currently located. The earthquake occurred 90 miles underground and there were no reports of damage or injuries.
"We asked God to touch her body and prayed that He would be glorified in it. He totally healed her. She started jumping and dancing around and hurried back to her village to tell them what God had just done." - Jake Morris, January 2011 U squad leader
The first stateside launch of the World Race for the August 2011 Y squad; here's a rare, inside scoop on what happened...
If you went on the World Race hoping the wanderlust would go away... it's okay. We want to send one of our alumni on a Race Around the U.S. for 11 weeks to collect stories along the way.
We've got routes for the World Race July 2012; we've revealed two of them. And we're throwing the book... the one by Donald Miller, that is.
The 23rd World Race squad -- W -- arrived in Quito, Ecuador Wednesday night, where they're "launching" (in World Race speak, that's additional training).
An update on the July 2011 X World Race squad, who's in Romania.
We're at it again, 150+ young adults are getting wrecked in preparation for their global missions pilgrimage; here are a few photos of their first few days of training camp.
From A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller:
The W, X, Y squads summarize training camp in six words and complete the sentence, "Before training camp, I didn't know..."
The W, X, Y squads set foot in Tennessee for training camp on May 21 and will depart this Sunday, May 29th. So much has happened, it'll take more than one post to share. Here we'll post some photos and a few thoughts on training camp from our upcoming Racers.
Two of our newest alumni offer their advice to future World Racers: what to bring, what not to bring, what to do...
We're about to release our new video this thursday, April 28th; in it, we feature the spoken word stylings of slam poet, Michael Perez. The following is a closer look at the artist - a bit about his life and his passions.
On Good Friday, we remember his death. We consider how he not only bid us to follow him and die, but that he followed the Father's will and laid down his life for us. Today, we celebrate Easter, his resurrection; we rejoice that we share in his risen life, too. We live in victory, over sin, over death, and everything in between.
We offer a throwback to childhood days; where the World Race is currently; a sneak peek at an article by a World Racer to be published in Relevant magazine; a heads-up on where to find our soon-to-be released video; a story from the human-trafficking squad; and a challenge as to how you envision 2012.
Coming soon: the Awakening 2011. This year, we're going to remember the story. We'll fill you in on the logistics and refresh your memory.
There's more to being Irish than donning green, painting a shamrock on your face and downing a pint. In August, the June 2010 World Race squad, spent the month ministering all over Ireland -- probably in a manner befitting the patron saint of Ireland.
Women all over the world should matter to us because they matter to God.
Under the hands of past rulers and present rebels, missionaries became martyrs and children became soldiers in Uganda. We're calling our generation to pick up the torch throughout the world -- the way three twenty-somethings did in 2003 -- starting August 2011 on the World Race.
God's shown you his heart for the world (maybe through a missions experience like The World Race). He's given you gifts, passion, and vision; he's placed his dream inside you.
This month's newsletter features stories of our missionaries at their heroic, klutzy, honest, nearly delirious, and lovingly compassionate best -- from the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, the Philippines, Malaysia and Ecuador.
There's more to Romania than just Dracula (yes, Transylvania is a real place) and Nadia Comăneci.
Once upon a time, for half of the 20th century (when our parents were growing up), the church was forced to hide underground in Eastern Europe. Bibles had to be smuggled in. Christians were persecuted yet the church grew.
The Wurmbrands and others carried the torch in Romania; will you pick it up?
A glance at ministry and life on the mission field - Philippines, Thailand, India, Vietnam.
At the beginning of their 11 month missions journey, our missionaries answered the questions/completed the sentence, "What is it like?", "Things I never knew," and "Why Are You Here?" with videos.
The January 2011 World Race is winding down their first month! Find out where they're headed!
One year after the earthquake in Haiti - we've made some progress. The work is still unfinished. One of our alumna, Steph Tyrna, remembers the people and the stories from her time in Haiti. If you've served in Haiti, share your stories and memories.
Today's Human Trafficking Awareness Day. On Saturday, one squad will spend four months getting up close and personal with this injustice in Cambodia, Thailand, India and the U.S. Read about two of our Racers' motivations and focus during this trip.
Kimberly Daniels went on a life-altering journey last year, a pilgrimage of sorts to over 11 different countries in the course of 11-months. It was a mission trip that has that intention of creating radically committed Christ followers who go change the world. I had the chance to sit down with Kim and ask her about her time in Bangkok, Thailand where she did outreach to prostitutes in one of the most prominent places for sex tourism: the Nana Entertainment Plaza.
Have you found it hard to get into "the Christmas spirit" this year? Maybe you're not even sure what that is, exactly.
In this newsletter:
Despite being far, far away from home and all the trappings of this holiday season, I feel like I'm even closer to the true spirit of Christmas and just what life was like for Jesus. As I walk through the bush, the desert, avoiding the mini-thorn bushes, I wince as I imagine these same thorns (which twice have pierced through the soles of my flip-flops to my toe) pressed into Jesus's head. . .
I see a well, which looks pretty much like a deep ditch with water, and it's midday and I can almost see Jesus asking the Samaritan woman for a drink. . .
Staring out at the starry sky, the stars brighter than I've ever seen, I can imagine myself as one of the magi or shepherds who saw the star that led them to Christ. I can almost see the camels they took. I can almost smell the manger. . .
- from my blog, December 2008
The World Race isn't a one-hit wonder, it's a debut into furthering God's kingdom. Several alumni, like Steph Tyrna, get the chance to return to the field they first worked in.
If the World Race was a college/university, what would be the rallying cry? And what's the deal with the number eleven?
November's newsletter features:
In 11 countries in 11 months, World Racers not only change the world but are changed through the journey. Even after the Race, World Racers continue to transform and be transformed; Jacob Hoyer is one example.
The final half of the our Awakening portrait of Weston Belkot, which picks up from after being selected as squad leader.
to our last day of ministry in Tanzania after an entire month of doing nothing
but door-to-door evangelism and preaching. I stood in front of the church prepared to share a message
and as I looked out at the crowd, I found myself speechless. My words got stuck in my throat like a
ten-car pile-up and all that escaped my mouth was a high-pitched squeak. Tears began to run down my face as I
stood in front of the whole congregation while God spoke to me quietly in my
We've launched the last squad of the year in Guatemala. Here's how you can pray for them:
Tiffany Berkowitz, one of the squad leaders of the September 2010 World Race, reflects on what is and isn't normal in the World Race lifestyle. You'll also find in this month's newsletter:
• Thoughts from Our Director
• Upcoming Trips
• Stories from the Field
Upcoming World Racer Philip Cron got to share his story and tell the world about the World Race.
Several World Racers have contracted malaria along the way; join us in praying for Trevor Curington, who's being treated for the severest form of malaria and is recovering from surgery.
Wonder what World Racers are up to after they've finished? Here's what's happening among some of the August 2009 World Race alumni.
On the field, World Racers pray for healing. At the Awakening, one World Racer gets healed.
:: August 2010 :: Newsletter ::
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know."
- Ezekiel 37:1-3
Great needs require a great God to meet them; this is how a couple of World Racers dealt with and brought them before Him.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed.
Sarah had read the Scripture about healing the sick, raising the
dead, driving out demons - and the whole shot (Matt 10.8). But she never
expected to see God work a miracle. So what happened?
Christie Albaugh's finished the World Race over two years ago, but she's still been on the move. She' back in the U.S. to begin a new season of her life of radical obedience.
When Talia Barnes was on the World Race in 2007-2008, her squad partnered with the Nicaraguan Christian Children's Center, or CICRIN. Located in Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, CICRIN cares for twenty to thirty children at a time. Hellen Vindas, originally from Costa Rica, has been serving as CICRIN's director for twenty years, overseeing the care of these children and the daily operations of the orphanage.
The January 2010 World Racers are currently in Africa, where God seems
so alive and active; it's not that He isn't so in other parts of the
world, but there's something about being this particular continent
that's open and available to His power and love.
This month we have been working with an organization called Remember Nhu. This organization is amazing! Instead of taking women out of the sex trafficking industry and trying to restore their lives, they prevent young girls from ever going into this industry. Remember Nhu builds homes all across the world in many different countries and raise young girls to be women of God. They provide shelter, food, education, everything! At this moment they have 7 homes in 5 different countries and are currently building more.
South America is also a land of promise and potential. Simon Romero of The New York Times reported on the recent economic growth the region is currently experiencing. The World Race has reached parts of the continent but not quite as often as other parts of the globe. We believe, however, that the Lord wants us to ask for more of our inheritance in Latin America.
After today, July 1, it will cost $25 to register for the 2nd Annual World Race Awakening. So all alumni and friends and family thereof - quickly let us know that you plan to attend by registering and book your tickets to the Emerald Isle ASAP!
:: June 2010 :: Newsletter ::
Thankfully, the World Race isn't some crash course on missions graded on a pass/fail basis. As a World Race alumna, I want the freshmen Racers to get ahead of the learning curve -- here are a few "cheat sheets".
Semisonic sings, "Closing time / Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end". For the August 2009 World Race, it's closing time; see what a couple of them got out of these eleven months.
Whether you use Outlook or iCalendar, keep these dates on your radar!
Cereal is one of my favorite foods. I enjoy different kinds - the ones that I'm too old to eat (like Kellogg's Corn Pops or General Mills' Cocoa Puffs), the ones that are real simple (Honey Nut Cheerios, Kix), the gourmet kind (anything that has "clusters" and fruit and nuts) - and I'll eat them as any and/or all of the three meals of the day.
After years of seeing the injustices of human trafficking all over the globe, the World Race has organized a response launching in January 2011
Many of you have already heard of The Awakening, a yearly worship conference for World Racers on the field. Anyone on the World Race will be going to this year's conference in Ireland in August. But here's what you may not have realized... you're invited.
Last week, roughly 130 new World Racers descended on a quiet little campground an hour north of Atlanta to initiate their training for a year abroad. Participants came from all over the place whether it was the east coast, west coast, Canada, or even Ireland! And the one thing that they all shared in common was a passionate love for God and a desire to see the nations transformed.
:: May 2010 :: Newsletter ::
This is a first. I'm blogging about money. My money. It's not my favorite subject but here goes.
The Philippines is a string of islands full of wonder and beauty and is another stop on the September 2010 World Race. Whether you are helping at the Filipino dump, or loving on children in an orphanage, the people of this country will quickly befriend you and capture your heart. Be sure to try some local delicacies while you're there, like fried pigs blood or a balut.
Uganda has a harsh past marked with cruel dictatorships and destructive disunity. Most recently the Lord's Resistance Army has brought Uganda to the attention of human rights groups. Uganda is working towards recovery and unity but as a country is waiting for the peace of God to fall.
Romania is best known for Transylvania, home to the revered Dracula. On this stop of the September 2010 World Race, you may get see his inpenetrable fortress or live the life of a gypsy. Whatever happens, the people and this country is sure to captivate you!
At 8:00 a.m. my team hopped into a van and made our way to a government housing relocation center. We spent the morning doing house visits, and before I knew it I was helping a family cut loose threads off black pants. The pants come from a nearby factory, and the family gets $1 for every 100 pants. On an average day they finish 50 pants; on a good day they finish 100. So their income is fifty cents to a dollar a day. If they cause a hole in the pants they are charged $5, and if they lose a pair of pants they are charged $10.
Kenya is a land full of intrigue, from the unique rituals and jewelery of the Maasai tribe to the majestic animals on the savanna. Here are a few more facts you may not have known about Kenya.
We're going to send someone on an adventure around the world for a year... Will it be you?
To be eligible you must submit either a written or video blog sharing your story and why you should go on the World Race. Be as creative as possible.
We want to know what you're passionate about.
Cambodia is another stop on the September 2010 World Race. Cambodia is a country that is marked with a dark past full of opression and fear. God is bringing a new hope to this country that it's people are ready for.
Thailand is a stop on the September 2010 World Race. It is a country full of unique culture and history. Here are some things you might not have known about Thailand!
Nepal is home to the largest mountain in world Mount Everest, and the second stop on the September World Race. Continue reading more facts about Nepal...
India is the first stop of the September 2010 World Race. Check out these facts about Indian culture, religion, and the country.
:: April 2010 :: Newsletter ::
We walked for almost ten hours and 32 miles. I started the day with an awful attitude. My loving wife talked to me and asked me to be in a better mood, then prayed for me to have a great day. As we began to walk things were still not amazing in my heart. I listened to some Jake Hamilton and my attitude got much better as I focused on the reason I was walking.
Before I left and at training camp, I saw God in a very different way spiritually and I was really questioning Him and the people around me on the authenticity of it all. What God whispered into my ear was that my conceptions of Him aren't Him. Sure they may contain a portion of who He is, but He is so much more. Then He asked me, what if my comfortable idea of Him changed, would I allow my mind to be open...truly open to how big God might let me in on His being as I live a life serving and experiencing Him.
s the night began, I gazed down the row of familiar bars that we have frequented over the past few weeks. We sat in front of the entrance to the line of bars that make up what is called the Red Light District here in Chiang Mai (one of many). The stretch of neon lights, concrete, dancing women, and lonely men caused my heart to drop. I could barely breathe. It is heavy, and it is hard being there every night.
As we traveled down the road and out of Port-Au-Prince, there was a change from the dusty, dingy streets crowded with people to a lush, verdant landscape running parallel to the sea. Peppered among the amazing scenery provided by nature was another amazing scene, building after building shattered and pancaked.
Brad and I were walking to the bank today when a man walked by and began pleading with us in French. Of course, we didn't have a clue what he was saying so we said we're sorry and tried to keep walking. However, he knew English too, and asked us if we could help buy some insulin for him! At first it was a really odd request, and he kept saying, "I'm not begging for money, I just need help buying insulin... I'm a diabetic and I need insulin really soon!"
We had just pulled into the carepoint in Thulwani. The kids gathered around the big tree to welcome our arrival. I noticed a boy sitting on a concrete slab all by himself. His leg looked bandaged up. I immediately went over to him and with the help of our translator I ask what was wrong. Apparently three days ago he had fallen off the back of a motorcycle and was dragged some how. I could see the blood oozing through his bandage while flies buzzed busily around it.
Last week, my entire squad was on a rooftop in Ghana, Africa. We tapped into what we have called prophetic worship. There were three of us playing djembes, and two people on guitar. We were not playing any songs that were written by other people, instead we were playing from the heart.
The first time I met Arvin was on the street in front of the YMC building wherethe majority of the squad has been staying this month. Moments before meeting Arvin, I had been having a conversation about the Lord's affection for his children.
Somewhere on the path to this race I have been noticing changes within me. Things are drastically being recalled from my heart and reissued in a new way. It is strange to watch, because I almost feel like a voyeur in my own life. It is as if I am a witness to these events and do not feel like a part of them.
The precious angel sitting on my dear friend's lap is Sara (her name has been changed to protect her). She is 12. Over a year ago her father left her mother for another woman. Her mother then found a job working in the home of a woman living far enough away that she stayed at the woman's house instead of commuting. Sara's younger siblings went to live with her father and step-mother, but not Sara.
When going on the World Race, it's important to learn about the countries you're potentially traveling to. Having an understanding of the history and tidbits about the culture helps in relating to the people you will meet. There are numerous times while on the field, you will speak with locals who will refer to a particular situation in their country, whether it be past or present. This some information on Guatemala.
He has shown me over the last few weeks in the Philippines that He will answer the desires and dreams of His children's hearts but it will be in His time and for His glory.
When I was in high school, I had a passion for fashion design. I dreamed and sketched my latest apparel designs daily. I went to college with every intention of spending my life in that industry. If you told me ten years ago I would be doing anything but that... I would have laughed.
All my desires of one day owning a clothing boutique were prideful. I had many selfish plans in store and the Lord was very far from them. After surrendering these dreams years ago, I invited the Lord to guide my path... He recently reignited my passion for fashion design and allowed me to use it for His glory.
All my desires of one day owning a clothing boutique were prideful. I had many selfish plans in store and the Lord was very far from them. After surrendering these dreams years ago, I invited the Lord to guide my path... He recently reignited my passion for fashion design and allowed me to use it for His glory.
Life on the World Race is extremely fast-paced. From the perspective of someone not immersed in the experience, it can be so fast that it's difficult to stay up-to-date on what's happening. So, to help you, we've highlighted some interesting events that have happened recently.
When going on the World Race, it's important to learn about the countries you're potentially traveling to. Having an understanding of the history and tidbits about the culture helps in relating to the people you will meet. There are numerous times while on the field, you will speak with locals who will refer to a particular situation in their country, whether it be past or present. This some information on Bolivia.
The World Race: March 2010 Newsletter
One day while I was in church a young muslim boy (about 4 years of age) came in and leaned against the wall of the church. Every time I would look over he would smile and quickly look down to the floor. After some time he got the courage to come sit with our team. We learned his name is Shebi.
When going on the World Race, it's important to learn about the countries you're potentially traveling to. Having an understanding of the history and tidbits about the culture helps in relating to the people you will meet. There are numerous times while on the field, you will speak with locals who will refer to a particular situation in their country, whether it be past or present. This some information on Peru.
Anger welled up inside of me as I read the words on the wall written in big bold capital letters. "NO REFUND". The words hit me like I had been punched in the stomach, leaving a sick nauseous feeling. It was the first thing I saw as I entered the massage parlor. The next thing my eyes met were ten beautiful smiling faces of the women who worked there. They were sitting in what can only be described as a pin or corral in front of a large mirror that spanned the wall behind them. We walked in and almost instantly had ten new friends. We sat for the next half hour or so talking, laughing, sharing, just being. We talked about the things we liked and enjoyed, our dreams, hopes, and desires. We learned names and asked about where they were from, as most of the girls were trafficked here from somewhere else in the country.
Everyday, our team goes to an orphanage and plays with the children. . . However, everyday our hearts seem to break. Since the first day, some of the children have asked, "When is my mommy and daddy coming to get me?" And "Are you going to come back and get me after you go home?"
Life on the World Race is extremely fast paced and often its so fast it can be difficult to keep up. So, to help you, we've highlighted some interesting things in our circle around the world...
"I'm not from Nashville. I'm from Columbia. There's a correctional facility around there and, well, I got out about a month ago."
There were no erasers or boards, but there was chalk.
February was month two in the experimental "Blogger of the Month" contest. Racers compete good naturedly against one another for the title and are chosen for frequency in blogging, interesting content, blog layout and story telling style. This month's Blogger of the Month was voted on by World Race alum judges.
From the first day I got there to the minute I was getting in the car to leave, parents were coming up to me and HANDING me their kids. Not just to hold and to love – but to take. I didn't say anything. I didn't do anything. I was just there. Loving. Being Jesus to them. In the midst of it all, children were being given to me to take care of. Not only temporarily while I was in Haiti, but to bring home.
When going on the World Race, it's important to learn about the countries you're potentially traveling to. Having an understanding of the history and tidbits about the culture helps in relating to the people you will meet. There are numerous times while on the field, you will speak with locals who will refer to a particular situation in their country, whether it be past or present. Sara Choe (October 2008) sheds some light on the country of China for us.
Feb. 26 A couple of hours after the accident, Matt and Dan went back to the Jinja Public Hospital to check on Trevor. Trevor had been admitted and his mother, Sarah, and close family friend, Nathan, were visiting. Matt and Dan talked to Sarah and Nathan and found out that the family is Christian and Nathan is the family's pastor.
They met for the first time in the Atlanta, Georgia airport back in May 2009. Matt Patch, Austin Anglea and Dan Snyder: instant brothers with much in common. After training camp the three of them had dreams and visions of the Lord using them together. Even though they'd talked about it with each other, none really knew what it could possibly look like.
July 2010 World Race Route Revealed
:: February 2010 :: Newsletter ::
Our ministry was to ease as much of the burden of the young women of this church who've been on their feet in the kitchen most of the day making gallons of soup for distribution to hospital patients and their families and the displaced refugees in the streets. When we weren't in the kitchen or at the hospital or prayer walking through the streets, we became the orphans' playgrounds.
The thoughts going through my mind as we met the inmates - "I'm sitting here under the shade looking at about 100 inmates at a Kenyan prison." "I'm so loved. They are so loved and I get to be here."
When you go on the World Race, one of the most commonly discussed questions is How do you realize your dream? What, at the end of your life, must happen for you to die well? For some, it's having a family, for others building an orphanage in Haiti and for still others it means building a business.
Went to visit my little sister this week in DC. And in the process managed to get myself snowed in for the better part of a week. It was actually a welcome respite to be forced to be still. The whole world stopped moving, just for those few precious days.
I walked into the COC's kitchen which services the entire hostel and there I met a precious, older lady with stark-white hair. Her name is Dot. She was talking to one of my squad-mates and it didn't take long before the Holy Spirit spoke.
For many World Racers, Ashley Musick's voice is the first one they hear as they first apply. Ashley was the one who interviewed me and told me that I was accepted. I got to know her during my Ignition training camp and also the M & N squads' Ignition training camp. She also was with us at our launch in the Philippines, and I got to spend a week with her in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The World Race has started an experiment- a contest - "Blogger of the Month." Racers compete good naturedly against one another for the title and are chosen for frequency in blogging, interesting content, blog layout and story telling style. This month's Blogger of the Month was voted on by World Race alum judges.
Monday, January 25, 2010.
The other evening I had the wonderful occasion to sit down with five former world racers. These beautiful people were so generous and kind to sit in and listen to my stories and help guide me along on this journey towards the World Race.
Last week I met a young girl. She couldn't have been any older than four or five. She had never seen a "white" person. This made for an interesting, and unique experience, which made me contemplate how we view race and how we should all approach it with the humor, compassion, and acceptance of a child. While we were chatting with this young girl's grandfather (in Kenya) several things happen instantaneously; she plops down right next to me, grabs my hand, scrutinizes it like an unknown insect in the grass, and she makes a decision and theory about what's wrong with me. I'm dirty. I'm white. I'm a white washed African.
The World Race provides infinite experiences for seeing the Lord's work. And one of the best ways is seeing his creation. So, for your enjoyment, we've put together a couple of videos that highlight the adventure portion of the race.
Recently I met a man named Julio in the hospital, who I had seen around town. Julio is a homeless man and looks it. I never paid him much heed, but seeing him this time, I wondered about him. I walked over to him and saw that, along with his right leg, his left hand was crippled, bending stiffly back to the outside of his arm. I began asking him questions and got to know him a little.
"What was a need you saw this year that impacted you?"
This coming July, the World Race July 2010 trip is headed to Haiti to assist in rebuilding efforts. Not only will the focus be on individual recovery, but also on establishing a restoration of the country beginning with pocket communities. The first two months will be spent in the Dominican Republic and Haiti assisting earthquake victims.* The bottom line is that people need shelter, water, food, comfort and care, and we're available to be conduits of God's provision in Haiti for this.
Ten-year old Brittany has watched as World Race Alum staying in her home have prayed and mobilized for Haiti over the last week. And last night she heard a story of a two-year old Haitian leaving a Dominican hospital wearing bandages dripping with blood and a dry IV bag because her mothere need to return to Port-Au-Prince to find her other children. Brittany wanted to help, but how?
I recently spoke with Miguel Shaul about his trip to Port-au-Prince this past weekend. He shared with me some of the horrifying things he had seen from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly a week ago. He told me about the school that had completely collapsed, killing most of the students inside, the woman who was weeping beside the body of her sister who died because she couldn't receive treatment, and the mass of refugees fleeing Port-au-Prince.
Now, Jeff isn't just staff on the World Race, but he oversees the mobilization efforts of AIM as a whole. Mobilization is just the SAT word for getting people to move. Not only does he write real good but he also excels in provoking thought. He may do the latter a little too well; one reader commented, "My brain hurts sometimes when I come to your blog."
There are 14 of us; it seems quite small compared to the 52 that I am used to being a part of. All but one is an H-squad alum - yet Helen doesn't feel like an outsider. She's one of us. We are a different breed, I think. We seem to thrive in a different culture. Not how America is a different culture than Thailand. It's more of a difference of lifestyle that others just don't seem to understand, but we all do. We understand each other perfectly.
This whisper inside of me has elevated to an undeniable shout for, and of, hope. I only desire to share this love that the Father has lavished upon me, and to spread the hope that only He was able to give me throughout my life.
"Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" is a concept made popular by scientist Edward Lorenz. It references a theory that small, seemingly insignificant changes contribute to the initial conditions and those tiny changes may, in fact, alter the course of a tornado elsewhere. The flapping wing does not cause the tornado, in the sense that it does not create that much energy; however without the flapping the initial conditions would be changed and the tornado may not exist.
Today's National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. That means that for the 27.1 million people that are enslaved beyond their will are getting some much needed attention. Who's giving it? We are. We are their voice. We are their deliverance. We are their freedom waiting to be delivered. The question is: what are you doing to help them? God's given me a platform through blog and other media outlets; He's also given me a voice that I've dedicated to Him. So Twitter this, Facebook it, Digg.com it, and do what you have to, to get the word out. You're welcome to copy & paste this blog I wrote a while ago.
In 750 words or less, complete the following phrase with an analogy and explain your answer. "Life is like..."
Last week wrapped up a week of awakening for the thousands who attended Urbana. The World Race and AIM had the opportunity to host a booth so Kelly and Kim checked in...
Africa is a place full of the most colorful culture that I have ever witnessed. When I look out the door of my tent, I see the silhouettes of deep purple mountains, vibrant colors of exotic fruits that decorate the lush greenery completely surrounding me, and the most crisp, clear blue sky imaginable...
:: December 2009 :: Newsletter ::
Morgan McKeown participated on the January 2007 Race; she was on the A Squad; among the first Race pioneers. Since coming home two years ago Morgan has adjusted back to life in the states and evaluated how she wants to continue changing the world. It has looked different than she initially expected but she has not been silent on God's behalf. She shares part of her story here.
Racers all over the U.S. prepare to embark on a year's long sojourn in the world - in less than a weeks time. As they do this, a wide range of conflicting emotions converge on their senses. Cat Pollock illustrates the emotional climate for a racer in the week leading up to their launch. Please pray for them as finish everything up at home and commence their journey.
Even though the sin in this city can be overwhelming, we have been blessed to see some fruit of our labor. There are two specific women I want to share about. The first lady is Mamma Pon. This woman works from 6am-6pm everyday at one of the bars, and her job is to clean up the mess from the night before. I met her the first day I was here...
Someone asked me recently, what's the worst response I've gotten when I tell people about the World Race. Honestly? I haven't really had anyone respond negatively... everyone's been incredibly encouraging. But one thing that kind of blows my mind is how amazed people are. I've gotten a lot of "I can't believe you're doing such a great thing!!"
Last September Tara Reed was enjoying an ordinary day on the race. Her squad was staying at a hostel in Bucharest, Romania and on their way to Turkey. She had team activites in the morning, shopping with a friend in the afternoon and a mid-afternoon discussion with one of the guys about how she was asking God for three things. In their conversation she shared about her prayers for God to show her how to fear, trust and listen to His voice. Later that evening she got back to the hostel to find most of her teammates exhausted and sleeping. She wasn't tired so she decided to go out to the balcony for some quiet time with the Lord.
Regardless of your involvement with the World Race, when you read these pilgrims' chronicles, you'll see that there's more common ground between you and them than you realize. Before I joined the World Race, I wasn't living in the bush of Africa like some of them were. I lived a comfortably busy life in the northern Virginian/Washingtonian bubble.
Kyla Cornelius by happenstance interviewed with a Christian radio station in New Zealand. The Lord is growing the World Race beyond the United States and it is exciting to watch.
I am getting to the point where going around in circles just isn't so appealing anymore. I am sick of working on myself. I am tired of spending time figuring out what my issues are and how to best fix them. Not because I don't want to put the work in but because there is a hurt and dying world right in front of my face. And I am generally too concerned about me getting myself put together that i often overlook what is right in front of me.
Elf. Winter Wonderland. Candy Canes. Evergreen trees. Chesnuts
roasing on an open fire. Sleighs rides in snow. Perfectly good red
and green fabric wasted as tacky sweaters. Eggnog. Santa Claus.
Rudolph. Bells that jingle. White elephant gift exchanges.
These are what we associate with Christmas in North America. Yet do you actually ride in a sleigh outfitted with jingling bells and horses? Does decorating a tree with a rainbow of glass and metal orbs and a string of lights conjure up images of Christ as a newborn baby?
On behalf of Adventures In Missions and the World Race department, we just wanted to say thanks for reading this blog -- for following the stories and supporting this ministry. We appreciate your interest and would love to hear more from you, particularly how the World Race has made an impact on your lie -- whether it was through going on the trip itself, following the stories, or something else.
Every few months the AIM offices become a popular destination for young
men & women from all over the country, preparing for the journey of
a lifetime. These individuals I am referring to are the latest World
Racers, around 50 young adults getting ready to share Christ's love
with 11 countries in 11 months.
The training camp for the October 2009 Word Race team is currently underway at AIM headquarters. 50 young adults from across the country have assembled for 10 days of field training and team interaction, as they prepare for their upcoming journey. These passionate young adults are extremely outspoken about how God has been working in their lives during their time at camp.
Many people look at the World Race and get the wrong idea. We believe that it is one of the most powerful missions mobilization tools to come along in years!
Here are a few questions that we've received about The World Race:
Why do people sign up for the World Race?
Everyone wants to find their place in the world. They want to better understand what God is doing in it and how to join Him.
"I went to college, earned a degree, and was ready to jump on the fast track to the nice life. Now, I can't imagine going back to the life I once desired. I no longer want to be the same..."
Successful mission projects
may differ in many ways, but they'll share a few common denominators.
Before getting started, it's wise to look at the following:
For most people, one of the most daunting things about going on the World Race
is having to raise $13,800. Some people have months to prepare
letters, fundraisers, and meetings with potential supporters and other
racers only get the two months between training camp and the launch of
their race. Support raising is just one part of the journey each World
Racer goes on during the year and everybody's support raising journey
is a little different. We learn to trust God and depend on the body of
Christ through support raising.
Financial support-raising is the biggest fear that people have about going on the World Race. Thankfully, the Adventures In Mission (AIM) staff makes the process as painless and easy as possible.
It's been another successful month with The World Race. With the July 2008 squad preparing to return after a year of travel and the August 2009 squad on the verge of heading into the field, we at The World Race are looking forward to an exciting season in our ministry.
Want to know more about what's going on in the field? Check out the May 2009 World Race Newsletter.
The May 2009 Newsletter Features:
Missions Photo Contest
Stories from the Field
Videos from the Field
Join the Movement
Do you want to know more about The World Race? Check out the newsletter or visit us online.
While the rest of the world sleeps or goes about its normal routines, there's a community of radicals storming the globe with change. Orphans are cared for, naked are clothed, the hungry are fed, and the lost are found.
"I'd felt intense all day, and it culminated especially as I stepped out of the taxi and laid eyes once more on the chaos of the downtown scene. The lights, the pounding music, the men, the women, the beer, the smell..."
Maybe you're sitting behind the computer screen contemplating reasons why you should go on the World Race. Here are ten reasons for you: