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Aug 2019 — Jun 2020

Mongolia Greece

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
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Route Guides

Tim Dilbeck
Elder
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Tim and I met in 1983 at Southwestern Baptist Seminary and have been married for 35 years, 34 of them happy. (Year 13 was a pistol!) Over the years Tim has pastored two Southern Baptist churches while I stayed involved in youth and women's ministry. In 2012 it was clear that God was calling us away from our church home on the outskirts of Montgomery, Alabama. It was a very sad time for all of us! Tim and I had learned over the years that when asking God for more we should expect a period of pruning... and of waiting. During this time of transition, the youngest of our three grown sons went on the World Race, which the Lord used to usher us into our next season. We have been World Race coaches for years and also have the privilege of being part of the leadership team for the World Race as a whole. We love the opportunity to help people grow in their understanding of life with God, His Kingdom, and the fact that every single day, life is ministry and ministry is life!
Tammy Moye
Squad Mentor
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David McKinley
Coach
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Dave and Shelia have been married for 33 years, and have two grown daughters, both are married and they have two grandchildren. Noah David who is 4 and Emma Jane is 2. Not only are they smitten, they are grateful that God chose them to be their grandparents. Dave is a general contractor/developer and has been doing business in the Asheville NC area for over 33 years.\r\nShelia ran their mini storage facility until recently having sold the business. Both Dave and Shelia enjoy serving in the coffee bar at their church on SundayȹƑƉs and they both love to travel and hike.\r\nThey have enjoyed many opportunities to hike places such as, Machu Pichu, Tour Du Mont Blanc, and various volcano adventures. God has given them many opportunities to serve alongside church leadership and other Christian organizations. For the past 10 years they have had the opportunity to serve in leadership alongside Adventures in Missions, leading short-term mission trips all over the world. It is truly rewarding and fulfilling to listen to people who have a heart to serve others. As they grow older they often talk about how their perspectives have changed on what is important. In addition, both of them have felt a strong yearning to be more involved in long term missions and impacting the millennial generation. They are looking forward to working with the World Racers at AIM. GodȹƑƉs greatest commandment is that we love one another. They want to become a vessel to be used by God and encourage others to become Kingdom leaders. In addition, they want to embrace GodȹƑƉs will for their life, so that they can point others toward Him.
Shelia McKinley
Coach
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Dave and Shelia have been married for 33 years, and have two grown daughters, both are married and they have two grandchildren. Noah David who is 4 and Emma Jane is 2. Not only are they smitten, they are grateful that God chose them to be their grandparents. Dave is a general contractor/developer and has been doing business in the Asheville NC area for over 33 years. Shelia ran their mini storage facility until recently having sold the business. Both Dave and Shelia enjoy serving in the coffee bar at their church on SundayȹƑƉs and they both love to travel and hike. They have enjoyed many opportunities to hike places such as, Machu Pichu, Tour Du Mont Blanc, and various volcano adventures. God has given them many opportunities to serve alongside church leadership and other Christian organizations. For the past 10 years they have had the opportunity to serve in leadership alongside Adventures in Missions, leading short-term mission trips all over the world. It is truly rewarding and fulfilling to listen to people who have a heart to serve others. As they grow older they often talk about how their perspectives have changed on what is important. In addition, both of them have felt a strong yearning to be more involved in long term missions and impacting the millennial generation. They are looking forward to working with the World Racers at AIM. GodȹƑƉs greatest commandment is that we love one another. They want to become a vessel to be used by God and encourage others to become Kingdom leaders. In addition, they want to embrace GodȹƑƉs will for their life, so that they can point others toward Him.
Kierstin Foltz
Alum Squad Leader
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Nicole Murray
Alum Squad Leader
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Thomas Pond
Alum Squad Leader
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Lindsey Kappler
Squad Logistics
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Bailee Thomas
Squad Leader
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Hannah Primm
Squad Leader
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Hudson Janz
Squad Leader
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Where They Went - What They Did

Asia

Mongolia

Asia
Mongolia

Mongolia

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Your World Race journey will kick off in Mongolia. This is the most sparsely populated country in the world with 30 percent nomadic people. The people of Mongolia are highly independent, used to relying on themselves and their immediate communities as they live and travel throughout the land. This month you will have the opportunity to leave the capital city and spend time building relationships with the nomadic groups and smaller communities - sharing the love and hope of Jesus with people that have mostly likely never heard His name before. Month one will be a chance to jump right in and immediately step outside of your comfort zone.

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Asia

China

Asia
China

China

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Month two will take you to China, home to the Great Wall and a sixth of the world’s population. China is one of the most exciting and strategic places to be a missionary. While China has grown leaps and bounds industrially, intellectually, and economically, it's still a politically closed nation. Depending on where you travel, you may meet Buddhists, Muslims, and Taoists - but very few Christians. However, the underground church is extensive and continues growing (and even thriving!) amidst persecution. This month you will work alongside our partners and encourage them to continue sharing the love of Jesus in a country where His name is not known.

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Asia

Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

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Next, your journey will take you to Kazakhstan. They are very hardworking, dependable and focused on the family. Most teams will spend their month working with local churches. There are so few churches in Kazakhstan that all the pastors know each other and are able to work together. You will likely get the opportunity to join in this network and disciple new and old believers. Our partners work to transform their nation through focusing on their communities. The believers in Kazakhstan are not naturally mission-minded, so as a Racer you will have the opportunity to encourage and train them to share their faith with their communities.

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Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

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You will wrap up your time in this region with a month in Kyrgyzstan, a country sandwiched between Kazakhstan and China. You will find the culture in Kyrgyzstan very similar to Kazakhstan; however, they have a lot more access to higher education and thus are a bit more progressive. The government in Kyrgyzstan does not invest very much into the next generation and younger people often feel forgotten. One of our main ministry partners here is focused on investing in university students. This ministry loves to ask Racers to make friends with one or two people and spend the whole month investing in them. You could spend your month sharing your faith and listening to the stories of students over a picnic or on long hikes – two favorite activities for Kyrgyz.

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Africa

Ethiopia

Africa
Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Next, you’ll head to Ethiopia, a nation unlike any other African country as it evokes a feeling more closely associated to the Middle East. The people here are deeply passionate about families and being together. All meals are eaten from collective plates and absolutely nothing can start without their signature coffee ceremony. There are many organizations doing this work, but very few are sharing the Gospel alongside their work. Many World Racers spend their time helping our partners share their faith in Jesus with at-risk children while helping provide them an education. The elderly population in Ethiopia is often neglected, so you may spend time working to care for senior citizens, teaching the youth to honor and respect them and listening to their incredible stories.

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Africa

Kenya

Africa
Kenya

Kenya

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Your second month in Africa will take you to Kenya. From the Maasai bush to the slums of Kibera, Kenya’s story is as diverse as its people. The nation is home to 42 tribes, 69 languages, and 400,000 Somali refugees. Despite its developed economy, half of Kenya’s population lives under the poverty line. Many suffer from preventable health problems like malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition, and pneumonia. Because of rapid population growth, 73% of the population is under age 30. Kenya has the 8th highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, and 27% of females have undergone female genital mutilation. Racers in Kenya work with our local ministry partners to share the Gospel and plant Christ-centered communities in their neighborhoods.

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Uganda

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Uganda

Uganda

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Your last month in Africa will be in Uganda. Before any business is discussed here, people insist on asking about you and your family, and you’ll find you’re frequently asked in for tea. Half of your squad will spend the month working with churches focused on serving their communities holistically. This month, you will pour into one specific community– both encouraging the believers and sharing your faith with those that don’t know Christ yet. The other half of your squad will work with Uganda’s huge population of refugees from South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo. You will spend hours listening to people’s stories, encouraging them and sharing the hope of Jesus with them.

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Europe

Romania

Europe
Romania

Romania

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Next, your journey will take you to Romania, one of the least visited countries in Europe up until15 years ago, because it was isolated behind the Iron Curtain. Our partners love relational ministry and ask Racers to spend lots of time getting to know people over coffee, dinner or long walks. This month you will likely get the opportunity to share your faith while passing out eye glasses and Bibles in the local language. There's also a large Romani population (often unkindly referred to as gypsies). These people are often rejected and discriminated against. You might find yourself spending time in these communities, getting to know their people and sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

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Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

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Your second month in Eastern Europe will take you to Bulgaria, a nation dense with mountains, foothills, and plains. One third of its land is completely covered in forest. This month, teams will be asked to dive right into local communities and really invest in getting to know the people of one small area. The whole month will focused on investing in and getting to know one group of people. You will live in community and share meals, daily activities and long conversations with the locals in your area. Your days will likely be spent teaching English and the Bible to the children in the community. You will also work with local ministries to put on Christian retreats.

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Albania

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Albania

Albania

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Your final leg in Eastern Europe will wrap up in Albania. This nation is still working to find its identity after communist rule. One effort to emerge that you'll notice is many colorful buildings. Race teams will help our partners spread the Gospel and plant churches in local communities through building relationships with locals. This month there will be a focus on reaching predominantly Muslim communities through English education. Teams will also get the opportunity to visit prisons and share the Gospel and through teaching English as well. No matter where you are this month, you will get the opportunity to share your hope in Christ by joining people in their daily lives.

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Greece

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Greece

Greece

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The very last stop of your World Race will all culminate in the ancient and incredibly beautiful nation of Greece. This month you will serve in the refugee camps that popped up in 2015 in response to the European refugee crisis. You will spend your days helping with day-to-day tasks at the camps, passing out food, assisting with basic medical needs and teaching English. You may spend hours listening as people share stories of the pain and trials they have gone through. You will have the opportunity to be a welcoming presence, a light of hope and a carrier of the peace of Jesus Christ.

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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
courtney  Cabrera
courtney Cabrera
zephryhills, FL
Jen Giraldo
Jen Giraldo
Boca Raton, FL
Jo Lowry
Jo Lowry
Amarillo, TX
Emily Scott
Emily Scott
Portland, OR
Ellie Williams
Ellie Williams
Mansfield, TX
Kenzie Bell
Kenzie Bell
Stanton, MI
Grant Kaestner
Grant Kaestner
auburn, California
Jason Keeran
Jason Keeran
Homosassa, FL
Eric Swiger
Eric Swiger
Taylors, SC
Erika Alvarez
Erika Alvarez
Lakeland, FL
Hailey Dallas
Hailey Dallas
Austin, TX
Gabriela Gil
Gabriela Gil
Tyler, TX
Essie LaRocque
Essie LaRocque
Eagle River, AK
Caitie Olson
Caitie Olson
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Macky Edwards
Macky Edwards
College Station, TX
Kenz Meadows
Kenz Meadows
St. Charles, IL
Lubbock Roe
Lubbock Roe
Early, Texas
Lacy Vollmuth
Lacy Vollmuth
Lavergne , Tn
Laura Franklin
Laura Franklin
Gallatin, TN
Annie Harris
Annie Harris
Winterville, NC
Tiina Parlas
Tiina Parlas
Fort Worth, TX
Ash SPRINGER
Ash SPRINGER
Florence, AL
Michaela Ward
Michaela Ward
Lindale, GA
Hudson Janz
Hudson Janz
BOULDER, CO
Hannah Primm
Hannah Primm
Athens, IL
Bailee Thomas
Bailee Thomas
Tulsa, OK
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