Sep 2021 — May 2022

Development Route

Partner with local ministries to build sustainability and give hope to their communities.
Development Route
3 countries
Duration: 9 Months Age Range: 18-20 Fundraising Amount: $15,800 Training Camp: September 1 ‑ October 15, 2021

Route Guides

Hope Mendola-Wong
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!
Kirsten Overholser
Kirsten Overholser
Squad Mentor
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Drew Petersen
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
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.
Deborah Ulsh
Deborah Ulsh
Advisor
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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.

Where You’ll Go - What You’ll Do

South Africa

Eswatini

South Africa
Eswatini

Eswatini

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Location: Nsoko, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
Ministry: Adventures in Missions Eswatini base
Focus: Children’s Ministry, Community Development, Leadership

Step away from modern life in the rural village of Nsoko, Eswatini, where you will fall in love with the incredible sunsets and the simple pace of life. During the last three months of your Gap Year journey, you will partner with the Adventures in Missions Eswatini base, which is bringing hope in this country where thousands of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At Carepoints around the country, local staff are providing these children with food, clean water, education, healthcare, and discipleship. Our base staff will equip you to holistically care for these children and teach them about Jesus. Watch God transform your life as He continues to transform this country.

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Southeast Asia

Thailand

Southeast 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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Southern Central America

Costa Rica

Southern Central America
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Ministry: Adventures in Missions Costa Rica base & partners
Focus: Sports Ministry, Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry, Manual Labor

Journey through Costa Rica, where misty volcanoes stand guard over bustling San Jose, home to our Adventures in Missions base. During your time in this tropical country, you will work with a variety of our ministry partners who are showing the radical love of Jesus to this city. Your team might be teaching skills like dance or English, or teaching neighborhood kids about the Bible. Or your team might do community projects in slums devastated by gang violence and poverty. As you grow in your spiritual gifts through weekly teachings from our local base staff, walk out your faith by showing this pura vida nation the true source of Life.

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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
Carter Abney
Carter Abney
Lubbock, Texas
Caden Adams
Caden Adams
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mackenzie Albright
Mackenzie Albright
Kansas City, Missouri
Libby Bickford
Libby Bickford
Marietta, Georgia
Dawson Brubaker
Dawson Brubaker
Eaton, Ohio
Addie Carroll
Addie Carroll
niles, mi
Abby Clapp
Abby Clapp
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Harlie Crawford
Harlie Crawford
Selah, Washington
Adalie Duncan
Adalie Duncan
Brunswick, Ohio
Kaili Farnsworth
Kaili Farnsworth
Marionville, MO
Grace Harang
Grace Harang
Sitka, Alaska
Kayli Holden
Kayli Holden
Covington, Louisiana
Macy Hopkins
Macy Hopkins
MIdland, TX
Ally Krick
Ally Krick
Lake City, Michigan
Avery Lackey
Avery Lackey
Southlake, TX
Hayden Lacy
Hayden Lacy
Franklin, Tennessee
Cassie Lashaway
Cassie Lashaway
Meridian, Idaho
Amy Lucas
Amy Lucas
temple, TX
Grant McLane
Grant McLane
Moores Hill, Indiana
Maggie Mcneilly
Maggie Mcneilly
flowery branch, Georgia
Abisha Oberholzer
Abisha Oberholzer
San Angelo, Texas
Savannah Pledger
Savannah Pledger
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Emily Pomphrett
Emily Pomphrett
Sudbury, Massachusetts
Cammie Quinones
Cammie Quinones
New Braunfels, Texas
Evelyn Raspa
Evelyn Raspa
Edgewater, Maryland
Delaney Rice
Delaney Rice
Northport, AL
Lucy Rickers
Lucy Rickers
Marietta, GA
Caedmon Russell
Caedmon Russell
Clarksville, VA
Kalyssa Safley
Kalyssa Safley
Meridian, Idaho
Jordan Schmidt
Jordan Schmidt
meriden, Kansas
Zach Sedmak
Zach Sedmak
Falls Church, Virginia
Grace Smith
Grace Smith
Amarillo, Texas
Gus Spence
Gus Spence
Fredericksburg, Texas
Abigail Starace
Abigail Starace
Thompsons Station, Tennessee
Caroline Stark
Caroline Stark
Bucharest, Romania
Colin Sullivan
Colin Sullivan
Tega Cay, SC
Amelia Tabatt
Amelia Tabatt
Champaign, IL
Abby Utsinger
Abby Utsinger
West Alexandria, Ohio
Kirby Watts
Kirby Watts
San Francisco, California
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Route Details

9 Months

Duration

September 1, 2021—May 31, 2022

*Dates are approximate and subject to change
Trip Dates

18-20

Age Range

May 19, 2021

Application Deadline

$15,800

Fundraising Requirement

June 16, 2021—June 20, 2021

Boot Camp

September 1, 2021—October 15, 2021

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

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