We are launching our 2nd World Race Expedition: South America Route- a chance to share Jesus with an entire continent. This route is a different order than the first South America Route, but it will still cover more countries usual routes - traversing all 12 countries in South America, plus French Guiana. You will get to travel to areas as remote as the Amazon Jungle and as busy as the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Will you abandon everything you know to spend 11 months following Jesus through an entire continent?
This route will feature extreme adventures along your journey, such as:
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?
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. And while over 76% of the population practices a form of Roman Catholicism, it’s a religion steeped in cultural tradition and mixed with indigenous customs. Will you share your life-changing faith in a land of empty religion?
Known as the “Heart of South America”, Paraguay is home to swampland and vast wilderness. Though still highly influenced by its indigenous language and culture, there is a huge divide between the rich and the poor classes of Paraguay. Amongst the indigenous people, social issues like literacy, clean drinking water, immunizations, etc. only accentuate the difference between classes. 1% of the population owns 77% of the land. With almost 90% of the population Roman Catholic, most Paraguayans do not know the freedom of a relationship with Jesus. Will you share His love in Paraguay?
Because Chile stretches the length of South America, it is home to an impressively varied climate: from the world’s largest desert in the north to Patagonia in the south. It is a country rich in history, culture, and the arts. With almost 70% of its population Roman Catholic, the church of Chile struggles with religion. Instead of a vibrant, growing faith, even many Protestant churches teach a mix of rules and tradition that is often without spiritual gifts or true revival. While in Chile, you could help others discover the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus.
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% practice it. The people of Argentina need to see the difference between religion and a relationship with Christ. They need to see faith lived in a relevant and compelling way. Are you ready?
With its lush interior and white sand beaches, Uruguay is a popular vacation spot for tourists. The country is known for its prosperity, cultural tolerance, and lack of corruption. Because the majority of Uruguayans are of European descent, the culture is strongly influenced by Europe—the only post-Christian continent on the planet. Uruguay has no national religion and is known as the most secular country in the Americas. However, in the past 20 years, the church has grown significantly. Despite their comfortable lifestyle, the people of Uruguay are hungry for something money can’t buy. Will you share God’s love with them?
The smallest country in South America, Suriname is the only country outside of Europe where Dutch is a primary language. Because the Surinamese people are so incredibly diverse, tracing their heritage back to Africa, Europe, and India, politics are often racially charged. Even with so many different people groups and ethnic backgrounds, Christianity is growing in this Caribbean culture. God is at work in Suriname, bringing His Church together in a way politics, culture, and national pride cannot. Serve in Suriname and be part of God's work of unifying His Church for His glory.
Its streets echoing with calypso music, Guyana is known for its strong Caribbean culture and dense rainforest. Because Guyana has one of the largest unspoiled rainforests in South America, 90% of Guyana’s people live on 10% of its land. Due to a 20-year Marxist economic experiment, living standards fell and foreign investment dried up, leaving the country impoverished until the early 90s. Many people moved away; in fact, over 50% of Guyanese live in other countries.Today, Guyana is seeing growth in both Christianity and economic prosperity. Will you join what God is doing in Guyana?
The fifth largest country in both population and geography, Brazil is a rising superpower in the world’s economy. From the Amazon jungle to the shores of Rio, this geographically diverse nation is also home to both a significant evangelical population and many missionaries. However, while across the nation large-scale events celebrate Christ, crime, homelessness, and poverty are serious issues in Brazil. Those trapped in poverty and feeling forgotten need to know God sees and cherishes them. Jesus is on the move in Brazil. Will you be His hands and feet in this beautiful country?
Named after the Spanish word for “Equator”, Ecuador is full of natural beauty. From the Amazon River to Andean glacial volcanoes, this country—and its people—are sure to enthrall you. As diverse as its landscapes, the indigenous and Incan influences give this country a unique culture. Although 95% Catholic, indigenous shamanistic practices are often integrated into religion. Few have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. With more than half of the population at or below the poverty line, Ecuador is a country waiting for God's Kingdom to come. Will you share the truth of His Kingdom with people looking for hope?
From the Andes Mountains to the Caribbean coastline and the Amazon rainforest, Colombia is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. It is also home to unreached tribes, a large student population rapidly rejecting the Gospel, and thousands of children living on the streets. Colombia sits at the crossroads of Central and South America, making its culture almost as diverse as its natural resources. Heavily influenced by Native American, Latin, European, African, Middle Eastern, and American cultures, 71% of its people practice Roman Catholicism. Will you share universal truth of God’s love with the people of Colombia?