Sep 2019 —May 2020

Eswatini Nicaragua

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Route Completed
3 countries

Route Guides

Hope Mendola-Wong
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!
Deborah Ulsh
Squad Mentor
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My name is Deborah Ulsh, and I have worked with Adventures in Missions since 2015. I started in Admissions, served as a Gap Year Mentor for 3 years, and am now back in Admissions! I went on the World Race in 2014 and fell in love with this ministry, discipleship, and missions. I met my husband here at Adventures, and we got married in November of 2018. I am passionate about seeing people walk out their identity as sons and daughters of God! And I'll never say no to a good cup of coffee.
Drew Petersen
Coach
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We are Drew and Marie Petersen from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ȹƑƉWe got married over 24 years ago when Marie was a single Mom to her 5 year old son Chris (who is now married to Lindsey). Drew graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a music major and a dance minor. He uses his music talents leading worship at church ȹƑƉbut provides for our family by finishing concrete with Hage Concrete. Until recently, Marie has been homeschooling our 3 younger children: Kyle (21) - currently attending CGA after being on the Gap F Squad, Ellie (20) - in her junior year of college, Levi (18) taking a gap year working full time at Trader JoeȹƑƉs. ȹƑƉWe also are MN parents to Grace (16) so she can attend high school in the USA and spend summers with her Mom in Japan. Our oldest jokes that while some people collect animals we seem to collect people. It has been our prayer that our home would be a place of refuge and God has answered that prayer in a variety of ways over the years. ȹƑƉWe have lead many small groups over the years and currently are discipling a young adult group. We are excited to be involved together with the World Race because it combines 2 passions we have - missions and young people. We love meeting people, connecting deeper and encouraging them in their faith. Marie works at Trader JoeȹƑƉs and also writes a blog (Happytobeahousemama.wordpress.com). ȹƑƉWe like spending time outdoors, especially if there is coffee and a fire.
Marie Petersen
Coach
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We are Drew and Marie Petersen from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ȹƑƉWe got married over 24 years ago when Marie was a single Mom to her 5 year old son Chris (who is now married to Lindsey). Drew graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a music major and a dance minor. He uses his music talents leading worship at church ȹƑƉbut provides for our family by finishing concrete with Hage Concrete. Until recently, Marie has been homeschooling our 3 younger children: Kyle (21) - currently attending CGA after being on the Gap F Squad, Ellie (20) - in her junior year of college, Levi (18) taking a gap year working full time at Trader JoeȹƑƉs. ȹƑƉWe also are MN parents to Grace (16) so she can attend high school in the USA and spend summers with her Mom in Japan. Our oldest jokes that while some people collect animals we seem to collect people. It has been our prayer that our home would be a place of refuge and God has answered that prayer in a variety of ways over the years. ȹƑƉWe have lead many small groups over the years and currently are discipling a young adult group. We are excited to be involved together with the World Race because it combines 2 passions we have - missions and young people. We love meeting people, connecting deeper and encouraging them in their faith. Marie works at Trader JoeȹƑƉs and also writes a blog (Happytobeahousemama.wordpress.com). ȹƑƉWe like spending time outdoors, especially if there is coffee and a fire.
Jillian Sceski
Alum Squad Leader
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SAMUEL SAUCEDO
Alum Squad Leader
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Aimee Dias
Squad Logistics
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Where They Went - What They Did

Africa

Eswatini

Africa
Eswatini

Eswatini

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Your first stop is in the small but incredible nation of Swaziland (its name was recently changed to eSwatini). Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world and as a result 1,000 of children have been left without parents. We have had a long-standing presence in Swaziland and have built a base there run by local and international staff. We partner with Children’s Hope Chest to operate large system of care points serving local orphaned and underserved children.

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Asia

Thailand

Asia
Thailand

Thailand

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Your World Race: Gap Year will take you to Thailand, known for its stunning beaches, friendly people and bustling outdoor food markets. You will feel welcomed here, and have countless opportunities to share your faith with both locals and tourists. In Thailand, you may spend your days loving on children with special needs or doing projects around our Adventures Thailand base. You will likely spend hours covering this country, your teammates, and the base in prayer.

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Central America

Nicaragua

Central America
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

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Your final stop on the Race will continue south to the thick rainforests, rugged highlands, and stunning crystal lakes of Nicaragua. Nicaragua has a large number of people who know the Gospel, though there is great poverty and political unrest. Racers typically focus on relationship building with abandoned children over sports, English, and arts and crafts. The children are wounded but still have childlike joy and just crave the opportunity to be kids.

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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

Team Name:Abundance

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AbbyBender
AbbyBender
Newmanstown,PA
KaitlynChristiansen
KaitlynChristiansen
Jacksonville,FL
MeganRoper
MeganRoper
Vista,CA
KaylaSchneider
KaylaSchneider
Superior,Colorado
JessaWylie
JessaWylie
Huntsville,Alabama

Team Name:Eden

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AnniBurgdorf
AnniBurgdorf
Arlington,TX
OliviaJohnson
OliviaJohnson
Dallas,Texas
brookeLibby
brookeLibby
milton,Georgia
JoyMullins
JoyMullins
New Market,AL
KateMullis
KateMullis
Hickory,NC

Team Name:Lighthouse

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FordHiller
FordHiller
Charlotte,NC
ChampJanz
ChampJanz
Denver,Colorado
CauyReeder
CauyReeder
Seffner,FL
MatthewRodriguez
MatthewRodriguez
Point,Texas
ParkerWilhelm
ParkerWilhelm
West Chester,Ohio

Team Name:Radiate

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KateChilton
KateChilton
westminster,Colorado
SydneyEskridge
SydneyEskridge
Dallas,TX
EvaHelf
EvaHelf
Pfafftown,North Carolina
SadieMishler
SadieMishler
Louisville,KY
EmilyTuroff
EmilyTuroff
Navarre,FL
HannahUpkes
HannahUpkes
Camas,WA
CeceWelton
CeceWelton
Charlotte,NC
TaylorWilwerding
TaylorWilwerding
Queen Creek,AZ

Team Name:Selah

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SamanthaBarnhart
SamanthaBarnhart
Kennesaw,GA
AnnaDressel
AnnaDressel
Minnetonka,MN
Julia Garcia
Julia Garcia
Colorado Springs,CO
MadisonGreen
MadisonGreen
Kings Mountain,NC
GracieGreer
GracieGreer
little rock,AR
TaylorSmith
TaylorSmith
Bennington,NE
SydneyStubrich
SydneyStubrich
Hubbard,OH
CarissaTaylor
CarissaTaylor
Rockport,TX

Team Name:YES

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GracelynAnderson
GracelynAnderson
Lubbock,Texas
ElisaDodge
ElisaDodge
Haysville,Kansas
LillyHolley
LillyHolley
Eagle,ID
ChloeHoskins
ChloeHoskins
Warsaw,IN
LaurenKobe
LaurenKobe
Lilburn,GA
MaggieOBryan
MaggieOBryan
ACWORTH,GA
KateRolffs
KateRolffs
East Peoria,IL
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