January 2019 World Race Route 2


World Race: January 2019 Route 2
Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire

Also known as the Ivory Coast, its name is derived from the profitable trade of ivory during the seventeenth century, bringing such a decline in elephants that the trade virtually disappeared by the eighteenth century. With the majority of the population being muslim and two civil wars in the past decade, the Ivory Coast is in need of the good news.


Ghana

Ghana

Home to the largest waterfall in West Africa and beautiful sandy beaches, Ghana is a popular destination to tourists looking to explore Africa’s natural beauty. The nation has one of the strongest economies in Africa and one the highest school enrollment rates on the continent—over 95% of children attend school. You will find Scripture painted on local business walls and vehicles throughout small villages. While hope is present and the Gospel is being preached, there are still deep roots of tribal religions and witchcraft. This country is a source, transit, and destination country for the human trafficking of both adults and children. This nation, literally named “Warrior King”, needs to fight for its people. Will you share the freedom of Christ in Ghana?


Togo

Togo

A West African nation neighboring Ghana and known for its beautiful beaches and villages dotting the hilltops. Togo is a multicultural country with many languages but their official language is french. 50% hold indigenous beliefs and adhere to traditional African beliefs including animalism and the forces of Nature. The spirit of voodoo and pagan worship stems from Togo and remains a strong hold there today. Christianity has existed in the area for some time, however the Gospel is still foreign to most of the population. This is a new country for the World Race, so you will pioneering it for the organization.


Myanmar

Myanmar

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.


Thailand

Thailand

Behind Thailand’s beautiful beaches, its people’s smiling faces, and the tropical jungles lies a terrible secret: modern day slavery. In Buddhist culture, women work to support their families so men can earn spiritual merit as monks. Many parents send their daughters to work in cities where the only option is prostitution. As the country’s natural beauty continues to draw visitors, sexual tourism continues to grow. It’s estimated 60% of tourists visit the Red Light Districts—and 90% of Thai men visit local karaoke bars for the same reason. Will you share the freedom of Christ with the broken in Thailand?


Malaysia

Malaysia

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?


Philippines

Philippines

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?


Argentina

Argentina

Known as a Crisol de Razas, or “a crucible of races,” Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world. It is a nation of immigrants, where the mix of languages and cultures have created something all its own. It is also a nation of tradition. And while 92% declare Roman Catholicism as their religion, only 20% actively practice it. The people of Argentina long for a relationship with Christ. Will you share your faith in Argentina?


Chile

Chile

Because Chile stretches two-thirds the length of South America, it is home to an impressively varied climate: from the world’s driest desert in the north to Patagonia in the south. It is a country rich in history, culture, and the arts, and is a popular tourist destination in South America. Chile is also one of the most prosperous and successful countries on the continent, with a high standard of living and continual economic growth. About 85% of its people live in major cities, with the rest of the population in more rural areas. There is so much this beautiful country has to offer the world. Will you serve God and join where He is at work in Chile?


Bolivia

Bolivia

Although the poorest country in South America, Bolivia is the wealthiest in terms of natural resources. From the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Basin, Bolivia is full of natural beauty. However, the truth wealth of Bolivia is its people. The most indigenous country in South America, over 60% of the population traces their heritage back to one of over 30 different ethnic groups. Ancient traditions and social customs heavily influence the local culture. Will you share your life-changing faith in Bolivia?


Peru

Peru

From the breathtaking Andes mountains and vast coastal deserts to the lush, tropical rainforests of the Amazon Jungle, Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. The birthplace of several proud, ancient civilizations, present day Peru is home to multiple indigenous groups who blend into a unique and beautiful culture. Sadly, the people of Peru struggle with extreme poverty and class inequality. Government corruption hinders economic development, and many people face problems like teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and crime. Will you share God’s love with people hungry for hope?


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