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!
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.
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.
Where They're Going - What They’ll Do
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Location: Draganesti Olt, Romania
Ministry: Serve alongside Hope Church.
Focus: Evangelism, Bible Distribution, Community Outreach
Embark on your Gap Year journey at the heart of Eastern Europe. Partner alongside Hope Church and reach this country with the Good News that Jesus brings. You will pass out eyeglasses or Bibles written in the local language, and share the love of Jesus to at-risk communities. Discover more of your identity in Christ as this nation breaks free from its Communist past and rediscovers the love of Jesus.
Meet our ministry partner, Mariana Ileana and his family, at Hope Church!
Mariana is the president of Hope for Community Association and After-school Program. He has a vision to see, “A community transformed and able to solve problems affecting the standard of living using available resources.” He lives in Draganesti with his beautiful wife and three kids. Hope Church exists to impact people with the hope of Christ, basing their values on Scripture and preach the Word of God. Their strategy is to utilize people, projects, and partners to fulfill the goal of glorifying God, with the ministry of Christ as their model. They focus on five areas: discipleship, worship, evangelism, service, and fellowship.
South Asia is a nation diverse in language, culture, and religion, yet so many have never heard the Good News of Jesus. You’ll work alongside our partner, Bibles for the World, who shares the Gospel with many unreached communities in Manipur. Join the rapidly-growing movement of thousands of churches being planted across this vibrant nation.
Their mission is to be a catalyst for individual and cultural change through Christ and the power of His Word! This means sharing the Good News of God’s love in Christ Jesus by ministering to unreached peoples, to the Church, and to Christian leaders in developing nations, with a strong emphasis on South Asia.
They do this in partnership with donors and other ministry partners by:
Strategically distributing Bibles, New Testaments, and other scripture portions
Raising up godly, well educated children through affiliated schools both in South Asia and in Delhi
Networking and encouraging Indian churches and national Christian leaders for greater effectiveness.
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.