Sep 2019 — May 2020

Romania Ecuador

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Hope Mendola-Wong
E4 Leader
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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!
Brian Gray
Coach
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Brian and Cathy Gray have been married for 13 years and have five adult children between the two of them. Cathy is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Brian is a counselor and former clinical supervisor for an adolescent substance abuse treatment program in Kauai Hawaii. Following separate radical Holy Spirit encounters they each gave their lives to the Lord as adults. In 2005 they opened a co-ed, foster care style, transitional home for discharged inmates. For the next 12 years, they lived with, counseled and discipled 5-10 inmates at a time and helped to plant two churches comprised of former inmates and their families. In 2008 they began serving as short-term missionaries in Comayagua Honduras and continued for the next ten years. The Grays share a passion for helping young people. Together they pursue an ever-deepening intimacy with God sand each other while assisting those whom they serve to come to a full knowledge of their identity and calling in Christ Jesus. They received the call to long-term missions in 2016. After completing a missionņs school in Africa, they returned to Honduras where they live with and disciple approximately 50 children, produce and manage their organizationņs media and serve as pastoral counselors to visiting missionaries.
Cathy Gray
Coach
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Brian and Cathy Gray have been married for 13 years and have five adult children between the two of them. Cathy is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Brian is a counselor and former clinical supervisor for an adolescent substance abuse treatment program in Kauai Hawaii. Following separate radical Holy Spirit encounters they each gave their lives to the Lord as adults. In 2005 they opened a co-ed, foster care style, transitional home for discharged inmates. For the next 12 years, they lived with, counseled and discipled 5-10 inmates at a time and helped to plant two churches comprised of former inmates and their families. In 2008 they began serving as short-term missionaries in Comayagua Honduras and continued for the next ten years. The Grays share a passion for helping young people. Together they pursue an ever-deepening intimacy with God sand each other while assisting those whom they serve to come to a full knowledge of their identity and calling in Christ Jesus. They received the call to long-term missions in 2016. After completing a missionņs school in Africa, they returned to Honduras where they live with and disciple approximately 50 children, produce and manage their organizationņs media and serve as pastoral counselors to visiting missionaries.
Charles Upchurch
Alum Squad Leader
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Olivia Wouters
Alum Squad Leader
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Aimee Dias
Squad Logistics
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Where They're Going - What They’ll Do

Europe

Romania

Europe
Romania

Romania

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First, your journey will take you to Romania, one of the least visited countries in Europe up until 15 years ago, because it was isolated behind the Iron Curtain. Our partners love relational ministry and ask Racers to spend lots of time getting to know people over coffee, dinner, or long walks. In this country, you will likely get the opportunity to share your faith while passing out eye glasses and Bibles in the local language. There's also a large Romani population (often unkindly referred to as gypsies). These people are often rejected and discriminated against. You might find yourself spending time in these communities, getting to know their people, and sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

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Central America

Guatemala

Central America
Guatemala

Guatemala

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Next your Gap Year journey will take you to the “Land of Eternal Spring” – Guatemala. This is a country where Adventures has an established base. Guatemala is one of the most evangelical countries in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside local believers working to bring the Word of Christ to a new generation. You might spend your days building relationships with youth who are at risk for falling into gang violence, but you could also teach English or kick a soccer ball around in the lush rainforest terrain with volcanoes dotting the skyline. Life in Guatemala is slow and focused around hospitality, and it’s a truly stunning place where God is raising up a generation to serve His Kingdom.

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South America

Ecuador

South America
Ecuador

Ecuador

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Finally your Gap Year journey will wrap up in Ecuador. One of the smallest countries in South America, this nation is full of beautiful beaches, vast highlands and very proud locals. Most Racers serve with our well loved partner, Inca Link, in Quito. Racers in Ecuador have the opportunity to serve in a lot of ways including, ministering to children living on the streets, serving in hospitals for people with special needs, spending time in elderly homes, working with feeding programs, and teaching English. Overall your time in Ecuador will focused around building relationships and sharing your hope and joy in Christ with everyone you meet along the way.

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*Routes may change if unforeseen issues arise.

Active 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
Megan
Megan
Sammamish, WA
Maddie Chase
Maddie Chase
Raleigh, NC
Annalise Garfield
Annalise Garfield
North Las Vegas, NV
Nikki Jacobson
Nikki Jacobson
Hudson, WI
Jenay Leese
Jenay Leese
thousand oaks, California
Angelica Ortiz
Angelica Ortiz
Hammonton, NJ
Emily Shearer
Emily Shearer
Longmont, CO
Paige Canova
Paige Canova
Polk City, Iowa
Sumer Furlong
Sumer Furlong
Jacksonville, FL
Mackenzie Larsen
Mackenzie Larsen
Eugene, Oregon
Valerie Maddox
Valerie Maddox
Katy, TX
Emily Patton
Emily Patton
Allen, TX
Kylah Umbarger
Kylah Umbarger
Rochester, MN
Kate Anderson
Kate Anderson
West Fargo, ND
Abi Dolihite
Abi Dolihite
Canton, Georgia
Emalani Higdon
Emalani Higdon
Centennial, CO
Anna Horst
Anna Horst
Kilgore, TX
Morgan Miller
Morgan Miller
Greentown, IN
Abbie Rogers
Abbie Rogers
Tyler, TX
Kyle Chapman
Kyle Chapman
Fleming Island, FL
Nathan Mullis
Nathan Mullis
Kernersville, NC
Danny Vaughan
Danny Vaughan
South Lyon, MI

Stories From the Field

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