Called “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” thick rainforests, rugged highlands, and beautiful beaches define Nicaragua’s beautiful landscape. Its rich history dates back to the Spanish conquistadores. However, hopelessness, addiction, destitution, and poverty plague many in Nicaragua. The poorest nation in Central America, almost 80% of Nicaraguans live on less than $2 a day. One in four Nicaraguans is either starving or suffering from malnutrition. Entire families live on and scrounge for scraps in city dumps. The people of Nicaragua need to know they are seen, loved, and not forgotten by God. Will you share this life-changing truth with them?
Known as "The Land of Eternal Spring", Guatemala is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Central America. Tourists travel from all over the world just to climb its volcanoes, drink its coffee, and zip line through the the rainforest. However, the true beauty of Guatemala is its people. Gripped by poverty and bound to religion, the people of Guatemala hunger for the Kingdom of God. The majority of Guatemalans practice a form of Catholicism that is a mixture of tribal religions and cultural tradition. Will you help them find the freedom of a relationship with Jesus?
The only country in central America with English as an official language, it’s easy for tourists to get around its beaches, eco-lodges, and scuba diving. Home to the massive Belize Barrier reef, it attracts around a million tourists each year. Even with 84% of its population claiming Christianity, only about 10% regularly attend church and the church is need of revival. Whether you spend your time soaking up the sun on the beaches with tourists or in the cities ministering to locals; you’ll be sure to remember your time in Belize.
Home to over 1738 linguistic groups, Cameroon has been called “Africa in Miniature”. In addition, it has about every type of climate beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. Compared to the nations that surround it, Cameroon enjoys relatively high political and economic stability, even though there are large pockets of people that live on subsistence farming. With around 50% of the population being Christian, there are still many who haven’t accepted the faith. Travel to Cameroon and share the love of Jesus with its diverse people groups.
Gabon enjoys a low population density, foreign private investment, and abundandt petroleum, making it one of the most prosperous nations in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, the poverty gap is extreme and many are struggling to survive. Help to bridge this economic and social gap by sharing the hope of Jesus Christ.
Though this nation has an abundance of resources with its expanses of rainforest, rich oil and mineral deposits, and agricultural potential, corruption and poor roads have left it largely underdeveloped. About 50% of this nation live below the poverty line of $1 a day while the rich get richer. Much of its population find hope in Christ, encourage local believers in the face of extreme poverty.
Home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, Nepal literally sits on top of the world. In addition to adventurous experiences you will have here, you may also visit widows and orphans in their times of distress and protect the innocent who are prey to human traffickers. This month of your World Race experience will submerge you in a culture that is desperate for an encounter with the living God.
With nearly a sixth of the world's population, India is home to 29 languages, the religious practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and tribal religions, some of the spiciest food on the planet, and a highly segregated rich and poor class. Thanks to the ancient caste system, crimes of social injustice, discrimination, forced prostitution, and human trafficking occur daily. Baby girls are often killed and abandoned, simply because of the financial burden on their families. Lepers are treated as untouchables, and the poorest of the poor live in slums. Will you share hope with the poor, abandoned, and outcast in India?
Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has one of the most competitive economies in all of Asia. Known for the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Towers, it is a rising power in our global economy. With a large number of immigrants from India, Thailand, China, and Burma, Malaysia is culturally rich, with heavy influences of Hinduism and Buddhism. However, this culturally diverse and rapidly developing nation is mostly Muslim. With 61% of the population practicing Islam and 19% claiming Buddhism, the majority of Malaysians have never heard the Gospel. Will you share the love of Jesus in Malaysia?
Composed of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the largest island nation on earth. Though it has the 4th largest population in the world, barely a third of Indonesia’s islands are inhabited. The rest are so densely forested that they rival the Amazon jungle in their beauty and inaccessibility. Indonesia’s motto of “Many, yet one,” refers to its incredible diversity as a symbol of its unity. Over 700 languages are spoken throughout the country, which is the largest Muslim nation on earth. Will you share the unifying love of Jesus in this diverse country?
Known for its diverse terrain of mountains, volcanoes, and beaches, the Philippines is a popular haven for tourists. A melting pot of cultures, religion, and tradition, the beautiful people of the Philippines are very diverse, with influences from America, Spain, and other Asian countries. More than a getaway for Westerners, this 7,000 island archipelago is home to many who earn less than 15 cents per day—giving them the status of “ultra poor”. In order to survive, some have resorted to prostitution and human trafficking. Will you share the freedom of life in Christ in the Philippines?