Sep 2020 — May 2021

Development and Outreach Route

Share the Gospel and help build stronger communities
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Application Deadline: July 13, 2020
4 countries
Duration:  9 Months Age Range:  18-20 Fundraising Amount: $15,800 Training Camp: September 2‑16, 2020

Route Guides

Hope Mendola-Wong
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!
Bill Swan
E4 Leader
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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.

Where You’ll Go - What You’ll Do

Central America

Costa Rica

Central America
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Ministry: Join Adventures in Missions Costa Rica base and partners.
Focus: Camp Ministry, Feeding Program, Sex Trafficking Ministry, Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Evangelism, Manual Labor

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.

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.

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Central America

Guatemala

Central America
Guatemala

Guatemala

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Location: Guatemala
Ministry: Serve alongside the Adventures in Missions base in various outreach programs.
Focus: Community Outreach and Development, Children’s Ministry, Sports Ministry

Your journey begins in Guatemala. You’ll spend three months at our Adventures in Missions base, located near the town of Antigua. As our base staff teaches and equips you with God’s Word, you will work alongside them to build relationships with the surrounding communities. You may find yourself playing soccer with neighborhood kids, doing outreach in local villages, or teaching English in a primary school. Here you will reach new heights in your faith and show God’s love in tangible ways.

About the base:
Adventures Guatemala serves alongside pastors and leaders through community development (SERVE), discipleship (DISCIPLE), and activation of the Church (SEND) to establish the Kingdom of God locally and internationally.

  • We SERVE communities through water filter distribution, community outreach, stove installation.
  • We DISCIPLE through monthly Church Activation conferences, Beauty for Ashes, and team discipleship.
  • We SEND through training and activation.
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Asia

Thailand

Asia
Thailand

Thailand

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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ministry: Network of local ministry partners
Focus: Children’s Ministry, Teaching English, Community Outreach

This nation’s friendly people have earned Thailand its suitable nickname as the Land of Smiles. Here you will have the opportunity to reveal the truth of Jesus to a deeply unreached country, whether you are prayer-walking through the red-light district, ministering to tourists, playing with street kids or teaching English to local Thai people.

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Africa

Eswatini

Africa
Eswatini

Eswatini

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Location: Nsoko, eSwatini
Ministry: Serve eSwatini alongside the Adventures in Missions base.
Focus: Children’s Ministry, Community Development, Leadership

During the last three months of your journey, you will partner with the Adventures in Missions eSwatini base. The team there is bringing new hope to a country where thousands of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At Carepoints around the country, the local eSwatini staff provides the children with food, clean water, education, healthcare, and discipleship. We will equip you to holistically care for these children and teach them about Jesus. Breakaway from modern life as you serve in Nsoko, a place marked by incredible sunsets and the simple pace of African rural life.

David and Jenna Towns felt they had a call to Africa on their lives and yet God was directing them to Nepal for a season. On the way to Nepal they spent 7 months in eSwatini and truly fell in love with the community, people, and beauty of the country. As they were realizing the Nepal Base wasn't going to be in their future, God put eSwatini back on their heart and began calling them 'home' to eSwatini. They, along with their two boys Manning and Azariah, have been instrumental in stewarding Gap Year teams in Nsoko, eSwatini. David enjoys sharing through spoken word and Jenna loves working with her hands to create artisan crafts with the Gogos through Timbali Crafts. They have such a heart for drawing creativity out of people and helping them flourish in their identity and calling.

What we do in eSwatini:
The team focuses on fighting poverty in the Kingdom of Eswatini through training the next generation of leaders. Our program leaders focus on personal development and form strategic partnerships to lift communities upward and onward.

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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
Josh Bachtel
Josh Bachtel
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Karly Barlow
Karly Barlow
San Luis Obispo, Ca
Gracie Brown
Gracie Brown
Atoka, Tennessee
Olivia Checkosky
Olivia Checkosky
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Kaitlyn Clarkson
Kaitlyn Clarkson
Urbandale, IA
Madeleine Cooper
Madeleine Cooper
Arlington, VA
Gracie Farmer
Gracie Farmer
Tuscaloosa, AL
gabby Gansle
gabby Gansle
Alpharetta, GA
Reagan Grant
Reagan Grant
Atlanta, GA
Briana Grover
Briana Grover
Hampton, IA
Abby Hayes
Abby Hayes
Boulder, CO
Benjamin Henderson
Benjamin Henderson
Matthews, NC
Sarah Hicks
Sarah Hicks
Covington, Georgia
Bethany Hintz
Bethany Hintz
Colorado Springs, CO
Megan Hodges
Megan Hodges
Johnstown, PA
Sidney Key
Sidney Key
Atascadero, California
Fiona Kroontje
Fiona Kroontje
Lynden, WA
Katie Lederer
Katie Lederer
Portland, ME
Esther Marques
Esther Marques
Cumming, Georgia
Natalie Myers
Natalie Myers
Cumming, GA
Lindsey Myhre
Lindsey Myhre
Hudson, Wisconsin
Camille Neigh
Camille Neigh
COLORADO SPGS, Colorado
Sofia Obermaier
Sofia Obermaier
Melbourne, FL
Tim Olson
Tim Olson
Lockport, New York
Payton Parker
Payton Parker
Austin, TX
Keerstin Pelow
Keerstin Pelow
Genoa, oh
Josh Pohl
Josh Pohl
Sterling, VA
Lilly Renn
Lilly Renn
Athens, Georgia
Abba Ritter
Abba Ritter
Greer, SC
Corryn Scharff
Corryn Scharff
Dripping springs, TX
Clara Scott
Clara Scott
Little Rock, AR
Abby Shurtz
Abby Shurtz
jackson, GA
Daisy Simmons
Daisy Simmons
Arlington, Virginia
Vivian Skattum
Vivian Skattum
Eden Prairie, MN
Sierra Strickland
Sierra Strickland
Blackshear, GA
Taylor Theobald
Taylor Theobald
Ball Ground, GA
Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Emma Trollinger
Emma Trollinger
Charlotte, NC
Abby VanderMeer
Abby VanderMeer
DeMotte, IN
Emily Webb
Emily Webb
Aylett, Virginia
Ellie Zeller
Ellie Zeller
castle rock, CO

Route Details

9 Months

Duration

September 1, 2020—May 31, 2021

*Dates are approximate and subject to change
Trip Dates

18-20

Age Range

July 13, 2020

Application Deadline

$15,800

Fundraising Requirement

September 2, 2020—September 16, 2020

*Dates subject to change by a few days
Training Camp & Launch

Route Description

This route starts in Costa Rica, journeys up to Guatemala and ends in eSwatini. Whether you’re teaching English, playing soccer, or ministering to children, Route 4 is full of opportunities to share God’s love.

Stories From the Field

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