Sep 2017 — May 2018

Dominican Republic Philippines

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

Route Guides

Bill Swan
Program Exec
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I spent the first two decades of my Christian life afraid of disappointing God. I was trying to be a good servant and live a good life so God would be happy with me. During my own journey as a World Racer, God revealed how deeply He loves me, and that His desire is to actually partner with me in this life. This changed everything for me! I've spent the last nine years partnering with God through the World Race, to help others awaken to how much their Father loves them and the great adventure of living and loving like Jesus. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you on your World Race 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!
Kate Goeler
Squad Mentor
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I grew up in a Conservative Jewish household being taught about the God of Israel, and living out the traditions of the Jewish faith. I denied and rejected Jesus as Messiah throughout my childhood whenever the gospel was shared with me, and I was shocked at 17 when I had a radical encounter with Jesus, realizing He really is Messiah; still alive today, and Savior for all. The next 4 years was an incredibly disorienting and defining time of life for me. I went to college, I found sin and numbness in places I never imagined I'd go to find such things, and I learned what conviction, repentance, and being a disciple of Jesus Christ really offered me -- new life. Real life. My personal experiences and wrestle with faith during these developmental years has given me passion and perseverance to guide others through these transformative years as well. I can think of no better way to live my life than to be a disciple who makes disciples. I'm excited and honored to be a part of this faith journey with you!
Chris Hogue
Coach
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Chris - A strategy specialist with World Vision, Chris has worked in Christian humanitarian work for 26 years, having lived or worked in Africa and Latin America, as well as fundraising location in Asia, Europe and North America. Chris has an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and is married to Rachel and blessed with three children: Jonathan (24, and a World Racer), Jessie (21), and Andrew (17). Chris enjoys biking, hiking and most things outdoors.
Rachel Hogue
Coach
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Rachel - born in Honduras to missionary parents, BA in Sociology and Spanish from Grace College and MPH from the University of Tennessee. Met and married Chris in Tennessee, then worked in Nicaragua with World Relief as the Director of a Child Survival Program. Rachel loves being a mom to 3 awesome kids Jonathan (24, and a World Racer), Jessie (21), and Andrew (17). Since moving to Georgia from Seattle in 2013, she's worked as a corporate chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains Intl. Rachel enjoys hiking, baking, reading, watching football (especially the Seattle Seahawks), playing the guitar and anything her kids are involved in - theater, gymnastics, band.
Aubrey Webster
Alum Squad Leader
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Lucie Vanderpyl
Alum Squad Leader
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Zachary Thayer
Alum Squad Leader
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Courtney Huffman
Advisor
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Clay Holst
Squad Logistics
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Where They Went - What They Did

Caribbean

Dominican Republic

Caribbean
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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Caribbean

Haiti

Caribbean
Haiti

Haiti

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Africa

Botswana

Africa
Botswana

Botswana

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Africa

South Africa

Africa
South Africa

South Africa

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Asia

Philippines

Asia
Philippines

Philippines

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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
Kyla Calderon
Kyla Calderon
League City, TX
Andrew Lilly
Andrew Lilly
Braselton, GA
Joe Lindsey
Joe Lindsey
Conroe, TX
Kelly Loughran
Kelly Loughran
Hamilton, OH
Alyssa McGrail
Alyssa McGrail
Glen Spey, New York
Hunter Miller
Hunter Miller
Spencer, IA
Zane Rush
Zane Rush
Merkel, TX
Ben Burdette
Ben Burdette
Barnwell, SC
Daven Cham
Daven Cham
Kennesaw, GA
Shane Clardy
Shane Clardy
Southlake, TX
Grace Crespo-Mercado
Grace Crespo-Mercado
Kailua, Hawaii
Nick Gold
Nick Gold
Galt, CA
Hailey Grimm
Hailey Grimm
Lakeland, FL
Taylor Kimbrough
Taylor Kimbrough
Austin, TX
Dasia Olivares
Dasia Olivares
Dunwoody, GA
Kaylee Stephens
Kaylee Stephens
Cumming, GA
Catherine (Cat) Webb
Catherine (Cat) Webb
Oakwood, GA
Dakota Chance
Dakota Chance
Bremen, GA
Matt Collman
Matt Collman
Laurel, MD
Josie Dehlin
Josie Dehlin
Berryville, Virginia
Noah Larkin
Noah Larkin
Colorado Springs, CO
Kara Murray
Kara Murray
Snoqualmie, WA
Kate Paulson
Kate Paulson
Broomfield, CO
Alina Stumbris
Alina Stumbris
Appleton, WI
Zachary Yoder
Zachary Yoder
London, OH
Lillabea Cochran
Lillabea Cochran
Suwanee, Georgia
Carsen Daniel
Carsen Daniel
Oxford, MS
Kara Kerr
Kara Kerr
Houston, TX
Kylie McKenzie
Kylie McKenzie
Canton, GA
Katie Plank
Katie Plank
Centennial`, CO
Kyla Sill
Kyla Sill
Aplington, IA
Paige Thaxter
Paige Thaxter
Clovis, CA - California
Emily  Ferrer
Emily Ferrer
Bonaire, GA
Ashley Kirchoff
Ashley Kirchoff
Chanhassen, MN
Kaylin Klobas
Kaylin Klobas
troutdale, OR
Emma Koestner
Emma Koestner
Grimes, Iowa
Thyme Phillips
Thyme Phillips
San Angelo, Texas
Kelsey Pope
Kelsey Pope
Seaford, VA
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