January 2015 World Race Fusion


World Race Fusion: A team of Racers from a variety of countries reaching the nations together for Christ

The body of Christ is diverse. It’s inclusive. Christ’s grace is available to everyone. But when you look into many churches, you find Christians still gather in groups of people just like themselves. In western Christian culture, it’s easy to become isolated without even realizing it. We are challenging that isolation.


Racers from around the world are coming together this January to launch the pioneer World Race Fusion squad, bringing diverse world cultures and the unifying love of Jesus to the Race. And you can launch with them.


(While we’ve had a few international Racers in the past, this is the first time it’s been possible to launch a truly multicultural squad. We are excited about what God has planned.)


Community is an essential part of the World Race, and as a Fusion Racer, your community will be as diverse as the countries you serve. With teams made up of Racers from South Korea, Europe, Asia, the United States, and more, you will see your ability to minister in different cultures soar as you learn to serve each other, live together, and discover each other’s core traditions and worldview.


Fusion Racers will learn just as much from your community as from the partners and people you serve. The diversity of the World Race Fusion squad will minister more effectively, and will set up partnerships and ministry opportunities long after the Race is finished.


Here’s where you’ll go:

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?


Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia boasts the famous Angkor Wat, a Hindu temple that later became a Buddhist monastery. Hidden for centuries under dense jungle, today Angkor Wat is one of most photographed places in the world. Cambodia itself is struggling to heal from one of the worst genocides in modern history. In the 1970’s, the Khmer Rouge killed over 1.5 million men, women, and children. Faced with inconceivable poverty and desperation, Cambodia became a source, transit point, and destination for human trafficking. The people of Cambodia are hungry for hope and healing. Will you share it with them?


Vietnam

Vietnam

After nearly a century of French rule, in the mid-20th century, Vietnam was split into communist (north) and non-communist (south) halves. By 1975, Vietnam was made whole again, but as a communist country. Even with the economic reforms and restoration of diplomatic ties human rights are limited in Vietnam, especially freedom of religion; most of Vietnam is Buddhist, less than 10% is Catholic. You’ll find yourself teaching English or working in cafes forming relationships and friendships with the locals, ultimately to share the love of the Father.


China

China

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?


Swaziland

Swaziland

The small mountainous country of Swaziland has a dark secret: the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. This pandemic has broken almost every family in Swaziland. Because of a promiscuous culture, the ancient tribal tradition of polygamy, and many myths about casual sex, 40% of Swazi children are orphaned. Words like "rape" and "abuse" can be found in elementary students’ workbooks. Mothers are often left widowed and with no means to support their hungry children, due to lack of education. Will you share the promise of hope for the future with the orphans of Swaziland?


Lesotho

Lesotho

Landlocked inside South Africa, the tiny nation of Lesotho has the 2nd highest AIDS rate in the world—right under its neighbor, Swaziland. Yet Lesotho is 90% Christian, and has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. Despite the prevalence of Christianity and the availability of education, access to quality healthcare, travel, and educational resources is limited. About 40% of the population live below the poverty line, and children are often forced to work instead of going to school. Will you share the difference between cultural Christianity and a life changing relationship with Jesus in Lesotho?


South Africa

South Africa

Known for soccer, safaris, and shark diving, South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It's a land of adventure. It's also land of deep pain. Several decades since apartheid formally ended, South Africa still needs healing and reconciliation. Social injustice and racial prejudice are still rampant. Although they live in one of the wealthiest countries on the continent, most of the population outside of big cities are poor. And like the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, this country struggles with a high rate of AIDS/HIV. Will you share the adventure of the Kingdom of God in South Africa?


Honduras

Guatemala

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, the people of Guatemala hunger for the Kingdom of God. Will you share the beautiful truth that there is so much more to this life with people in Guatemala?


Nicaragua

Nicaragua

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?


Mexico

Mexico

Along the U.S. border, slums have sprung up. Operating out of a base in Matamoros, we have developed deep relationships with local pastors who have sought to plant churches in the neighborhoods where the poorest of the poor live. We'll minister alongside AIM staff who have developed the trust needed to make a difference in dark places.


USA

USA

Two thirds of Americans feel that the country is moving in the wrong direction. They look at a series of discouraging trends and lack hope. In places like West Virginia and Atlanta, hope is especially lacking. We will reach out by practicing listening prayer. We'll ask the Lord what he's doing and we'll seek to join him. As we travel by bus, we'll pray for revival to come to the land.



Race route is subject to change