Duration: 9 Months
Fundraising Amount: $15,800
Training Camp: September 2‑14, 2021
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!
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
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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.
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.
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.