Ready to make a difference in God’s Kingdom? Route 5: Romania, India, and Costa Rica

I used to wonder, “What am I going to do with my life?” Can you relate?

Hope Mendola-Wong

I experienced the same tension and longing for something more. While on the World Race, I began to discover more of God’s calling on my life. Today, I have the honor of leading World Race: Gap Year along with my incredible team. Over the past few years, we have led hundreds through this transformational journey to discover what it means to live a life of adventure, meaning, and purpose with God.

The Gap Year Route 5 journey empowers you to:

1. Grow with God

1. Grow with God

Go deeper in your relationship with God and discover how to walk with Him in everyday life - whether overseas or in your hometown.

2. Find Community

2. Find Community

Discover how to be the church, and love each other while living and serving together at the Adventures Bases in Romania, India, and Costa Rica.

3. Make a Difference

3. Make a Difference

Pass out Bibles and eyeglasses to at-risk communities in Romania. Join the rapidly growing church planting movement happening in India. Share God’s love as you teach English within the communities of Costa Rica. Watch as God transforms these countries that are hungry and ready for revival!

Interested in gaining college credit?

Apply now for college credit through Truett McConnell University. You can earn up to nine credits through three courses that reflect Gap Year teachings and core values. Access the application and all the details below.

Full Details
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ROMANIA INDIA COSTA RICA

Romania

LOCATION: Draganesti Olt, Romania

MINISTRY: Serve alongside Hope Church.

FOCUS: Evangelism, Bible Distribution, Community Outreach

Meet Mariana IIeana and his family

Embark on your Gap Year journey at the heart of Eastern Europe. Partner alongside Hope Church and reach this country with the Good News that Jesus brings. You will pass out eyeglasses or Bibles written in the local language, and share the love of Jesus to at-risk communities. Discover more of your identity in Christ as this nation breaks free from its Communist past and rediscovers the love of Jesus.

Meet our ministry partner, Mariana Ileana and his family, at Hope Church!

Bio:
Mariana is the president of Hope for Community Association and After-school Program. He has a vision to see, “A community transformed and able to solve problems affecting the standard of living using available resources.” He lives in Draganesti with his beautiful wife and three kids. Hope Church exists to impact people with the hope of Christ, basing their values on Scripture and preach the Word of God. Their strategy is to utilize people, projects, and partners to fulfill the goal of glorifying God, with the ministry of Christ as their model. They focus on five areas: discipleship, worship, evangelism, service, and fellowship.

India

LOCATION: Manipur, India

MINISTRY: Partner with Bibles for the World.

FOCUS: Evangelism, Church-Planting

India

India is a nation diverse in language, culture, and religion, yet so many have never heard the Good News of Jesus. You’ll work alongside our partner, Bibles for the World, who shares the Gospel with many unreached communities in Manipur. Join the rapidly-growing movement of thousands of churches being planted across this vibrant nation.

Meet our partner, Bibles for the World!

Their mission is to be a catalyst for individual and cultural change through Christ and the power of His Word! This means sharing the Good News of God’s love in Christ Jesus by ministering to unreached peoples, to the Church, and to Christian leaders in developing nations, with a strong emphasis on India.

They do this in partnership with donors and other ministry partners by:

  • Strategically distributing Bibles, New Testaments, and other scripture portions
  • Raising up godly, well educated children through affiliated schools both in Northeast India and in Delhi
  • Networking and encouraging Indian churches and national Christian leaders for greater effectiveness.

Costa Rica

LOCATION: San Jose, Costa Rica

MINISTRY: Join Adventures in Missions Costa Rica base and partners.

FOCUS: Sports Ministry, Community Outreach, Kids Ministry, Manual Labor

Meet Kevin and Anna Johnson from Adventures Costa Rica!

Begin your journey in Costa Rica, where misty volcanoes stand guard over bustling San Jose, home to our Adventures in Missions base. Serve with a variety of our ministry partners who are showing the radical love of Jesus to this city. Your team might teach dance or English, or share God’s Word with neighborhood kids. Or you might do community projects in slums devastated by gang violence and poverty. As you grow in your spiritual gifts through weekly teachings from our base staff, walk out your faith by showing this pura vida nation the true source of Life.

Meet Kevin and Anna Johnson from Adventures Costa Rica!

Our mission is to partner with kingdom-minded ministries, form well-established relationships with current ministries, and advance leadership skills through discipleship with squads or short-term teams who come stay with us. We focus on the power of Christ and how He wants to work in each of our lives each day and create a high emphasis on listening to His voice, creating a teachable environment, and prioritizing servant leadership.

Route Description

DURATION 9 Months
AGE RANGE 18-20
FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT $15,800 How does fundraising work?
APPLICATION DEADLINE May 6th, 2020
TRAINING CAMP July 8-19, 2020
TRIP DATES 9/1/2020 - 5/31/2021
Countries Romania, India, Costa Rica
Join our ministry partners in Romania, India, and Costa Rica who are making waves for the Kingdom of God! This route is filled with opportunities to see God moving in the hearts of people.

Process

Step 1: Apply

You’ll create a profile and complete a questionnaire application and then schedule a phone interview with our team so we can get to know you better. After that, we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted! (A $200 deposit will confirm your spot.)

Step 2: Fundraise

Once you’ve confirmed your spot, we will pair you with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas, and all the logistical information you need to prepare.

Step 3: Train

Four-six weeks before your Race begins, you will spend 10 days at our campus in Georgia. This time will include missional and cultural training, discipleship, worship, and bonding with your teammates before you leave.

Step 4: Launch

After several days of additional training in Atlanta, you will fly out together as a squad and begin your ministry on the World Race.

How We Support You

Discipleship

Discipleship

A large part of this journey is growing in your walk with Christ. We desire to model the way Jesus discipled his followers. Mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.

Training

Training

Six to eight weeks before your launch date, you’ll attend a 10-day intensive training at our headquarters here in North Georgia.

Community

Community

You’ll get to experience raw Christian community as you travel, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join the Race, you will be invited to a private Facebook group to begin getting to know your squad.

Fundraising

Fundraising

We’ll provide coaching, video tutorials, scripts, and ideas for fundraising plus a free fundraising course and a blog so you can tell your story and accept donations. We also have structured deadlines to help you reach your goal.

Risk Management

Risk Management

Our commitment to risk management includes internal and external teams who constantly monitor and manage risk and create contingency plans as needed.

Parent Connect

Parent Connect

Our amazing Parent Ministry provides resources and communication so your parents feel supported and informed while you’re on the field.