Aug 2020 — Jun 2021

Colombia Turkey

Experience God’s heart of redemption for the nations
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Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
11 countries
Duration:  11 Months Age Range:  21-35 Fundraising Amount: $18,200 Training Camp: June 2‑12, 2020

Route Guides

Chris Scott
Program Exec
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I grew up in a Christian home with parents who know and love God. But as I became an adult, I ventured far from my faith. I spent several years pursuing selfish ambitions and wandering through life without real purpose or passion. But thankfully God goes after the one, and ultimately, in His kindness and love, He began to restore, redeem, and reawaken me to Himself. In the spring of 2008, after a couple years of authentically following Jesus, I stumbled upon the World Race. I was blown away by the opportunity to go on a journey with God, to see, experience, discover, and learn more about who God is and what my role in His Kingdom might be. Having never been on a mission trip, or ever left the country, I launched on the World Race in January 2009 and have never looked back. Over the last 10 years, my wife and I have dedicated our lives to leading, loving, and empowering Racers. We love watching them discover the deep love of the Father, the brilliance of Jesus, and the power and creativity of the Spirit. We also have four children we're raising to live a Kingdom way of life. We are thrilled and honored to go on a journey with you.
Tim Dilbeck
E4 Leader
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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!
Megan Parham
Squad Mentor
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Where You’ll Go - What You’ll Do

South America

Colombia

South America
Colombia

Colombia

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Focus: Community Development, Feeding Program, Youth Ministry, Evangelism, Prayer Walking, Homeless Ministry, Drug Rehabilitation Ministry, Discipleship

Start your journey in the vibrant city of Medellin, Colombia. With the backdrop of the alluring Andes mountains, you will engage with families affected by homelessness, drug addiction, and violence. You will have the privilege to enter into their difficult stories and share the hope of the Gospel alongside our ministry partners.

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Caribbean

Dominican Republic

Caribbean
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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Focus: Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry, Evangelism, Prayer Walking, Manual Labor

Discover the hidden side of the Dominican Republic beyond its reputation as a tropical Caribbean paradise. You may do prayer walks down dirt roads, work with kids, help with manual labor and meet the friendly people. You’ll get to see how Jesus is transforming the mountain communities and beach towns of this island.

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Caribbean

Haiti

Caribbean
Haiti

Haiti

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Focus: Community Development, Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry, Elder Care, Prayer Walking, Manual Labor

Crossing the border from the Dominican Republic into Haiti, you’ll confront the resilient beauty of a country rising from the devastation of poverty, corruption, and natural disasters. You’ll live among the tireless Haitian people and work alongside our partners to reverse the effects of brokenness.

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Africa

Cote d’Ivoire

Africa
Cote d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire

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Focus: Evangelism, Community Outreach, Unreached People Groups

Journey to the bustling port city of Abidjan, where you may get to share the Gospel with Muslim truck drivers from North Africa. You may also get to see the local church hard at work igniting unity in this once spiritually divided country.

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Africa

Ghana

Africa
Ghana

Ghana

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Focus: Evangelism, Community Outreach, Teaching English, Sports Ministry

Learn from a robust and growing Ghanaian church, disciple young believers and work alongside locals who are engaging with the unreached peoples in the north. You will experience a unique and vibrant culture that has overcome its painful history to become a nation boasting economic and political stability.

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Africa

Togo

Africa
Togo

Togo

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Focus: Evangelism, Community Outreach, Church Planting

Dive into the untamed beauty of lesser-known Togo. Stand with the local churches who are proclaiming the truth of Jesus in a country where nearly half the population practices indigenous religions.

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Middle East

Lebanon

Middle East
Lebanon

Lebanon

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Focus: Refugee Ministry, Community Outreach, Teaching English, Unreached People Groups

Encompassed by towering cedars, jagged mountains, and rocky shores, you’ll discover a country marked by conflict, and witness the deep tradition of Christianity colliding with the growing influence of Islam. You will sit amongst the Syrian refugees who have fled from war, listen to their stories of tragedy, and offer them an encounter with the God who can give them an eternal peace.

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Europe

Bosnia

Europe
Bosnia

Bosnia

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Focus: Evangelism, Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry

Local churches are rebuilding the Christian faith in communities where nearly half the population is Muslim and you will have the privilege of joining their efforts. You will meet a people scarred by civil war and communist rule, yet marked with strength and resilience.

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Europe

Albania

Europe
Albania

Albania

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Focus: Evangelism, Community Outreach

Next, you will venture into the least-reached country in Europe, Albania. While a majority of the country is Muslim, you will find that Albanians are very relational and open to conversations about religion. Against the jagged silhouette of the Alps, you might start chatting with a local while enjoying sweet pastries and coffee at a cafe, or you may support local churches who are reaching the next generation of Christians.

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Europe

Cyprus

Europe
Cyprus

Cyprus

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Focus: Refugee Ministry, Community Outreach, Teaching English

Northern Cyprus is predominantly Turkish and Muslim and the south part of the island is predominantly Greek Orthodox. Here you will disciple local believers, participate in street outreaches, or conduct radio evangelism to the Muslim world. Once a destination of Paul’s missionary journeys, this Mediterranean island will stun you with its diverse landscape of glittering beaches and lush meadows.

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Europe

Turkey

Europe
Turkey

Turkey

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Focus: Evangelism, Church Planting, Teaching English, Unreached People Groups

Spend your last month of the Race sharing the Gospel alongside Turkish believers or serving the Syrian refugees that have settled there. You might even be waved down by friendly Turkish people asking you to join them for a cup of tea.

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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
Haley Bruce
Haley Bruce
Doylestown, PA
Danielle Cohen
Danielle Cohen
Newbury Park, California
Benito Figueroa
Benito Figueroa
Northfield, MN
Johnny Gail Gibson
Johnny Gail Gibson
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Yahni Goodwyn
Yahni Goodwyn
Goochland, Virginia
Antoinette Johnson
Antoinette Johnson
Denver, Colorado
Erica  LaPooh
Erica LaPooh
Wrightstown, NJ
Sarah Mounts
Sarah Mounts
Ozark, AR
Yeshaya Strychalski
Yeshaya Strychalski
Lake charles, LOUISIANA
Alexandria Ulmo
Alexandria Ulmo
Fenton, MI
Chelsea Varney
Chelsea Varney
Clovis, New Mexico
Cole Vowell
Cole Vowell
Franklin, TN

Route Details

11 Months

Duration

August 1, 2020—June 22, 2021

Trip Dates

21-35

Age Range

March 31, 2020

Application Deadline

$18,200

Fundraising Requirement

June 2, 2020—June 12, 2020

Training Camp

Route Description

Venture across continents, sail between coasts, and traverse over rugged mountains. On this route, you will partner with the Lord among indigenous tribal churches, unreached communities scarred by histories of violence, and urban jungles of major metropolitan cities.

Embark on an adventure retracing history, beginning with Colombia, a nation birthed from Incan ruins, now recovering from the aftermath of drug trafficking and violence. From there you enter the Carribean’s glittering seas, chasing down these waters’ most evocative coasts and turbulent histories. Through our ministry partners, God is at work reversing the effects of brokenness and restoring communities affected by drug addiction, violence, and natural disasters.

From there, you’ll leave the familiarity of the Western world in search of West Africa’s distant shores. As the gateway to the Muslim nations of North Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, and its neighboring countries reveal a continent on the verge of development while struggling to maintain its deeply rooted yet fractured tribal identity. Despite generations of colonial rule and ethnic tension, the Lord is bringing restoration!

The path then rises to the clash of cultures in Lebanon. These tumultuous hills will prepare you well for the mixture of old and new, East and West, Islam and Christianity, found in the most undiscovered and compelling nations in Europe and the Middle East. Having journeyed across some of the world’s most intense ethnic and racial divides, you’ll be equipped to bring the truth of the Gospel across any cultural barrier. Your journey culminates in Turkey, unique in its position at the edge of the western world. Where will the Lord lead from there?

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