This Expedition will serve throughout the 10/40 window, the most unreached area in the world. Out of 4.75 billion people living in this region, most have never been exposed to the Gospel.
Pioneering into several new World Race countries, this route will have a greater focus on adventure and abandonment. It will be intentionally challenging and physically demanding, traveling vast distances over land and sea. This route requires a high level of physical endurance, adaptability, leadership, and spiritual maturity.
There will be additional training specifically designed for this route. Only 30 people who are ready for the Expedition will be accepted. Countries and route order are subject to change.Learn more about Expedition
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?
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?
In a struggle for independence, first from Britain, then from its own government, Burmese political groups have fought an ongoing war for over 60 years, full of rebellions and insurgencies. Commonly called Burma, but officially now the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the political unrest has led to nearly 200,000 refugees in Myanmar, many fleeing to neighboring countries like Thailand. When the cyclone hit in 2008, it not only left $10 billion in damages in its wake, it also resulted in nearly 140,000 people losing their lives. Natural disasters, a sinking economy, and corrupt government have led to despair and poverty for many Burmese people. Bring hope to refugees, the lost, and the broken, in a country fighting to embrace tradition while moving away from the old regime.
Home to the Great Wall and a sixth of the world’s population, China is one of the most exciting and strategic places to be a missionary. While China has grown in leaps and bounds industrially, intellectually, and economically, it's still a politically closed nation. Depending on where you travel, you may meet Buddhists, Muslims, and Taoists—but very few Christians. However, the underground church is extensive and continues growing (and even thriving!) amidst persecution. Will you encourage the long term missionaries in China and share the love of Jesus in a country where His name is not known?
Founded by Genghis Khan in 1206 and under Communist rule until 1990, Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world. 30% of the population is nomadic. The capital, Ulaanbaatar, is home to almost half of the country's population. The people of Mongolia are highly independent, used to relying on themselves and their immediate communities as they live and travel throughout the land. The majority of them are either non-religious or Tibetan Buddhist. Most have never heard of Jesus. Is God calling you to share the Gospel in a land where His name isn't known?
Straddling Europe and Asia, the nation of Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, yet it is one of the least densely populated. The term “kazakh” comes from an ancient Turk word meaning, “independent; free spirit” - a perfect description for its horseback nomadic culture. Its over 130 different ethnic groups come from both Europe and Asia. The last to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Kazakhstan has the largest and strongest economy in Central Asia due to an abundance of mineral and fossil fuels. With 70% of its population Muslim and 26% Russian Orthodox, it is also a land in need of the Gospel. While in this land of free spirits, you will share the truth that real freedom comes from dependence on Jesus Christ.
Due to its mountainous terrain, Kyrgyzstan is isolated from its neighbors and farther from the sea than any other country on earth. It also has one of the most preserved ancient cultures in the world. As a crossroads of ancient civilizations - from the Silk Road to other commercial trade routes - and a land of nomads itself, its people are an almost pristine picture of the great warriors who walked the land centuries ago. The birthplace of Islam for Central Asia, Kyrgyzs consider themselves more cultural Muslims than devout practitioners. While in Kyrgyzstan you will share the ancient truth of how God, the ultimate warrior, conquered death so they can live victoriously.
Officially know as the Republic of Tajikistan, 8 million people call this nation home. This landlocked country is covered in mountainous terrain, making it a popular spot for climbers. Since the country has become politically stable in 1997 after five years of civil war, the nation has been growing in wealth. With 99% of the population following Islam, less than 1% know the good news of Jesus Christ. Could you be the one to share the gospel with those who haven’t heard? You’ll have plenty of opportunity in Tajikistan.
Home to towering mountain ranges and rolling hills beside the sea, Azerbaijan is sure to take your breath away. Islam seems to be the dominant religion with 98% prescribing to the faith, but perhaps only in name. A recent poll showed that religion was important to only 21% of the citizens, which is good news for the living gospel of Jesus Christ. Get the opportunity to share how intimate the love of God is with the people of Azerbaijan.
After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey was united in 1923 under Ataturk. Its location at the crossroads between Europe and Asia makes it an influential player in European and Middle Eastern politics and economy. Although there is no official religion, more than 99% of the Turkish people are Muslim. Istanbul has long been the headquarters of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but Christians still make up less than 0.2% of the population. The potential for outreach in this country is enormous. Come bring light to this beautiful nation of people who desperately need to personally experience the love of Jesus.
Spain sits on the Western edge of the only post-Christian continent on the planet. The birthplace of bull fights, the Inquisition, and espanol, it is also the home of El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, which tradition believes leads to the site of the Apostle James’ tomb. Pilgrims throughout the ages have travelled this spiritual path, marked by scallop shells and lit by the Milky Way; however, this land of deep passion is also one of great apathy. 10% of the population is atheist and while 69% call themselves Roman Catholic, only a quarter of the nation attends a religious service once a month. While walking the same path of as pilgrims from centuries past, your trek through northwest Spain will be one of the heart: the journey of your relationship with God, of this nation’s need for Christ, and of his deep, never-ending love for those who have rejected his name.
Known for couscous, iconic architecture, and cities such as Casablanca, Fes, and Marrakesh, Morocco is a land of spice, beaches, mountains, and desert. With rich cultural influences from the indigenous Berber, Arabic, Sub-Saharan, and European nations, its second largest industry is tourism. 99% of the population are Sunni Muslim, which means the entire nation lives without the hope of Christ. As you delve into this culture of works-based religion, strong self-discipline, and uncanny faith, you will live the power and presence of the Gospel in a land where it is not welcome.