Sep 2017 — May 2018

Eswatini Guatemala

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
Route Completed
6 countries

Route Guides

Hope Mendola
Program Exec
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I thought I was a Christian, but when I was 19 my view of everything (Jesus, the Bible, Church, Christianity) came tumbling down. I found myself angry and confused as I questioned what I had been told all my life. Little did I know I was on the path to making my faith my own. I spent the next few years figuring out who God was and what I believed. By the time I was 21, I decided Jesus was the answer. Since then, God has taken me from the slums of India to the mountains of Africa. He's transformed my heart, strengthened my faith, and given me purpose beyond myself. My story has given me a passion for the next generation because I know firsthand how influential those first few years out of high school are. I can't wait for you to join us on this journey!
Hope Mendola
Elder
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I thought I was a Christian, but when I was 19 my view of everything (Jesus, the Bible, Church, Christianity) came tumbling down. I found myself angry and confused as I questioned what I had been told all my life. Little did I know I was on the path to making my faith my own. I spent the next few years figuring out who God was and what I believed. By the time I was 21, I decided Jesus was the answer. Since then, God has taken me from the slums of India to the mountains of Africa. He's transformed my heart, strengthened my faith, and given me purpose beyond myself. My story has given me a passion for the next generation because I know firsthand how influential those first few years out of high school are. I can't wait for you to join us on this journey!
Shad Jensen
Squad Mentor
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Doug Duffy
Coach
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Rene Duffy
Coach
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We have been blessed to have been married to our best friend for nearly 30 years, in fact we will celebrate our 30th anniversary on our first ever launch with Fusion Squad in Thailand serving in the role as coaches. We have also had the tremendous blessing of a large family with 5 children (4 girls and a boy ranging from 22 yrs. of age to 32 years of age . Now that you see the math you may wander how a 30-year-old marriage produces a 32-year-old child! We have had the additional blessing of adopting two of our children from Russia as the Lord gave us the remarkable opportunity to join Him in his work to defend and love orphans in Russia for the past 17 years with an organization called ChildrenȹƑƉs Hopechest. Professionally Doug has had the opportunity to be a businessman for the past 30 years serving in various capacities in a family owned business in the states and now owns a manufacturing company in Costa Rica. Renee is a Nurse Practioner and left the professional ranks 13 years ago to go into full time ministry of raising a growing family. We are delighted to join the AIM family and our honored and blessed to join God in His work of transforming young lives and ours in the process of serving as coaches in the world race.
Jace Langley
Alum Squad Leader
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Kristen Hills
Alum Squad Leader
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Mark Rowdon
Alum Squad Leader
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Katie Hill
Squad Logistics
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Hi, I'm Katie! I am married to a great man, Robbie, and we have a little girl named Noa. I am the Ministry Programs Executive Assistant, which means that I help leadership at AIM reach key objectives with excellence so that our programs are constantly improving. My husband and I said Yes to the Lord in an adventure of a lifetime by going on the World Race in July 2015. During our trip we started to grasp what it truly meant to say Yes to the Lord in every situation, both big and small. We moved to Gainesville, GA in July 2016 after returning from the World Race in May. I have a heart for teaching others how to steward the Lords money well, as well as discipleship of women as they seek to know the Lord further through their own stories. I love getting to watch people walk into freedom in the Lord and am truly blessed to get to be apart of that in any way. I also really love traveling, coffee and flowers, just sayin'. :)

Where They Went - What They Did

Africa

Eswatini

Africa
Eswatini

Eswatini

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Africa

Lesotho

Africa
Lesotho

Lesotho

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Asia

South Asia

Asia
South Asia

South Asia

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Asia

Nepal

Asia
Nepal

Nepal

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Central America

Nicaragua

Central America
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

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Central America

Guatemala

Central America
Guatemala

Guatemala

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*Routes may change if unforeseen issues arise.

Squad

Squad is the term we use at the World Race to describe the 30-45 people traveling with you on your route this year!

Squad
Jess Dillow
Jess Dillow
North Little Rock, AR
Lydia Gregory
Lydia Gregory
Boone, NC
Katie Imhof
Katie Imhof
lincoln, NE
Kimberly Peitz
Kimberly Peitz
Oregon City, OR
Megan Smith
Megan Smith
Denver, IA
Audrey Baughn
Audrey Baughn
Snohomish, WA
Abby Ceglowski
Abby Ceglowski
Salida, CO
emma Dollyhigh
emma Dollyhigh
Gainesville, GA
Natalie Haynes
Natalie Haynes
Oak Ridge, NC
Emma Swanson
Emma Swanson
Aiken, SC
Grace Tobin
Grace Tobin
Lexington, IL
Ana Walker
Ana Walker
Vista, CA
Annie Bolick
Annie Bolick
Holly Springs, NC
Will Davidson
Will Davidson
Austin, TX
Zahli Hayden
Zahli Hayden
Alpharetta, GA
Will Holt
Will Holt
Austin, TX
Laura Richardson
Laura Richardson
Grand Junction, CO
Nick Richardson
Nick Richardson
Hoover, AL
Luke Waguespack
Luke Waguespack
Conifer, CO
Maggie Christie
Maggie Christie
West Olive, MI
emily Duncan
emily Duncan
Lynchburg, VA
Shea Fitzgerald
Shea Fitzgerald
dallas, TX
Rachel Lynn Flemmer
Rachel Lynn Flemmer
Jacksonville, FL
Kendra Mallin
Kendra Mallin
Waterloo, Iowa
Christy McPherson
Christy McPherson
Dahlonega, GA
Madi Caster
Madi Caster
Grand Junction, CO
Bailey Hammett
Bailey Hammett
Dozier, AL
Makennah Holifield
Makennah Holifield
Mansfield, GA
Amanda Hopkins
Amanda Hopkins
Lawrenceville, GA
Jordan Schaeffer
Jordan Schaeffer
Gardner, KS
Katherine Westmoreland
Katherine Westmoreland
Rhome, TX
Ashley Wilcox
Ashley Wilcox
Cave creek, AZ
Lissie Butler
Lissie Butler
Dripping Springs, TX
Blake Dahlin
Blake Dahlin
Yucaipa, Ca
Hunter Meadows
Hunter Meadows
Westerville, OH
Caitlyn Morrison
Caitlyn Morrison
Littleton, CO
Cole Pehote
Cole Pehote
seminole, FL
Daniella Shdo
Daniella Shdo
Lake Forest Park, WA
Sam Van Dyke
Sam Van Dyke
Wheaton, IL
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