Jan 2020 — Nov 2020

Nicaragua Turkey

If you have a heart for the local church and its ability to completely transform communities, than this is the route for you!
Squad B is in the Field
11 countries

Route Guides

Bob Mudd
Program Exec
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While I have found there to be 'seasons' that I have grown in intimacy with Christ, second to my conversion in my early 20's, my first engagement with orphan and vulnerable children in Vietnam produced one of the most significant periods of growth in my faith and obedience to Christ. It played a large role in my wife and me adding 3 adopted children to our 3 biological, starting a foster focused ministry in our hometown and eventually transitioning from a 20 year business career into occupational ministry. As I worked with vulnerable people all around the world it became clear to me that discipleship and the Body of Christ present the greatest solution to the challenges faced by people in communities that are struggling. In my roles at Adventures I get to wake up each day with the opportunity to push people towards intimacy with Christ as they journey to reach the world for Him all over the world. It is a privilege to get to journey with people as they discover how to live out a fully integrated, Christ dependent Kingdom Way of Life while reaching the world.
Beka Hardy
E4 Leader
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Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a missionary. It was my dream to travel the world and tell people about Jesus. I loved the stories of adventure and exploration, while helping people along the way. Little did I know, the journey would unlock something so much deeper for me. In 2013, I launched on the World Race and everything started to change. I learned that I was so loved by the Father. He loved me, not because of what I could do for Him, but because of who I was, His beloved daughter. I began to see His deep love, not only for me, but also for His bride and His world. I saw that nothing could possibly make Him happier than having His kids back together with Him. This transformed me and I know that I will spend the rest of my life telling people about His extravagant love for them.
Teresa McMillan
Squad Mentor
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Dawnette Shaw
Coach
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Randy and Dawnette Shaw have just recently entered into the world of Adventures in Missions as coaches. They were introduced to the full spectrum of AIM at launch in January 2015, when their son, Brandon Williams, was starting his own World Race. There was an immediate spark for the desire to become coaches after learning that such a ministry existed. Through much prayer and consideration, everything came together and they were able to attend Coaches Training Camp and meet their first squad, A Squad in October 2015. They fell in love with the leadership team and everyone on the squad. Their hearts were amazed as to how quickly Abba, Father tied their hearts to their first squad and the mission vision of AIM. They have been married for almost 28 yearsijij..but not to each other. They both were blessed with prior marriages of 26 years and lost both spouses to cancer. They have been blessed with second marriages with a passion for realizing life can be cut short when you least expect it. With this realization, they believe time is of the essence in getting out there and being part of Ňour Fathers businessň in sharing Christ outside of just their local church community. Being part of AIM has fulfilled that deep desire and calling to invest their lives and hearts to the younger generation. They currently live in Colorado Spring, Colorado with their youngest daughter, Crystalena. They have a blended family of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, ranging from 14 years to 27 years. Two of the six children are actively pursuing their education and careers in ministry. Randy is a software consultant and Dawnette is a nurse by trade. Their passion is to show the love of Christ to people and share about hope, healing and faith in the seemingly impossible situations.
Randy Shaw
Coach
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Randy and Dawnette Shaw have just recently entered into the world of Adventures in Missions as coaches. They were introduced to the full spectrum of AIM at launch in January 2015, when their son, Brandon Williams, was starting his own World Race. There was an immediate spark for the desire to become coaches after learning that such a ministry existed. Through much prayer and consideration, everything came together and they were able to attend Coaches Training Camp and meet their first squad, A Squad in October 2015. They fell in love with the leadership team and everyone on the squad. Their hearts were amazed as to how quickly Abba, Father tied their hearts to their first squad and the mission vision of AIM. They have been married for almost 28 yearsijij..but not to each other. They both were blessed with prior marriages of 26 years and lost both spouses to cancer. They have been blessed with second marriages with a passion for realizing life can be cut short when you least expect it. With this realization, they believe time is of the essence in getting out there and being part of Ňour Fathers businessň in sharing Christ outside of just their local church community. Being part of AIM has fulfilled that deep desire and calling to invest their lives and hearts to the younger generation. They currently live in Colorado Spring, Colorado with their youngest daughter, Crystalena. They have a blended family of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls, ranging from 14 years to 27 years. Two of the six children are actively pursuing their education and careers in ministry. Randy is a software consultant and Dawnette is a nurse by trade. Their passion is to show the love of Christ to people and share about hope, healing and faith in the seemingly impossible situations.
Brittany Locati
Alum Squad Leader
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Erica Everett
Alum Squad Leader
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Hailey Crump
Squad Logistics
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Where They're Going - What They’ll Do

Central America

Nicaragua

Central America
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

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Your Race will begin with the thick rainforests, rugged highlands, and stunning crystal lakes of Nicaragua. Nicaragua has a large number of people who know the Gospel, though there is great poverty and political unrest. Racers typically focus on relationship building with abandoned children over sports, English and arts and crafts. The children are wounded but still have childlike joy and just crave the opportunity to be kids.

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Central America

Costa Rica

Central America
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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You’ll spend your second month in peaceful Costa Rica – where you’ll grow to love the slow, “pura vida” lifestyle. The main focus of ministry for Racers will be partnering with local churches to share the Gospel with rural communities, especially in impoverished border towns. Some Racers even get the opportunity to grab surfboards, head to the sandy beaches, and minister to the surfer community while leading camps for kids on the beach.

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South America

Chile

South America
Chile

Chile

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Next your journey will head south. Chile stretches two-thirds the length of South America. It is a country rich in history, culture, and the arts, and is a popular tourist destination in South America. Chile is also one of the most prosperous and successful countries on the continent, with a high standard of living and continual economic growth. There are a lot of people in Chile who identify as Christian but don’t know the love of Jesus.

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South America

Argentina

South America
Argentina

Argentina

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Next you will head to Argentina, a country rich with culture and nationalism. You will surely pass through Buenos Aires, a bustling city that will remind you of New York City. Our biggest partner in Argentina is Youth with a Mission (YWAM). They have a ropes course and focus on youth and women’s ministry. They also love to take teams out to preach in the street – something we hope you have great confidence in by the end of the Race. Argentinians are very social and love to spend hours talking and catching up over cups of mate. Argentina has the capacity to be a missionary-sending nation, our vision there is to empower them toward this goal!

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South America

Brazil

South America
Brazil

Brazil

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Your final month in South America will take you to Brazil. The fifth largest country in both population and geography, Brazil is a rising superpower in the world’s economy. From the Amazon jungle to the shores of Rio, this geographically diverse nation is also home to a significant evangelical population and many missionaries. However, crime, homelessness, and poverty are serious issues in Brazil. Those trapped in poverty and feeling forgotten need to know God sees and cherishes them. Jesus is on the move in Brazil. Will you be His hands and feet in this beautiful country?

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Europe

Portugal

Europe
Portugal

Portugal

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Your journey will take you next to Europe. Portugal is a nation with a rich history of seafaring and discovery and known for its incredible architecture and artistry. Your squad might get the opportunity to do the Portuguese Camino, a famous, rural walking trail for Christian pilgrims that attracts people from all over the world searching for a deeper meaning in life. This Camino trail starts in Lisbon, Portugal’s dazzling capital, and takes pilgrims across stunning countryside, villages and towns. Each day you will wake up and simply walk as you make friends with fellow travelers and find yourself sharing stories about your year of ministry and all about your faith and hope in Jesus.

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Europe

Spain

Europe
Spain

Spain

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Spain sits on the Western edge of the only post-Christian continent on the planet. One of history’s first global empires, its language is the 3rd most spoken in the world. The birthplace of bullfights, the Inquisition, and tapas, this land of deep passion needs new life breathed into their faith. Though 94% of Spaniards would declare themselves Roman Catholic, only 25% of the nation attends a religious service once a month. Whether you are hiking the Camino de Santiago with other pilgrims or sitting at a cafe, will you share your life-changing faith in a land of tradition and religion?

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Romania

Europe
Romania

Romania

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Next, your journey will take you to Eastern Europe. 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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Serbia

Europe
Serbia

Serbia

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Next your will travel to Serbia. Formerly part of Communist Yugoslavia, Serbia’s people have a story to tell. The Balkan Peninsula has a long history of ethnic tension, as reorganized borders don’t always match the people living within the nation. While many ethnic Serbs live in Albania, Montenegro, and other nearby countries, many within Serbia’s borders claim another country as home. Great social injustices on both sides have led to organized crime and human trafficking. Those living in the Balkan Peninsula are hungry for hope and restoration.

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Europe

Albania

Europe
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 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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Turkey

Europe
Turkey

Turkey

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Your last month on the Race will take you to the intersection of Europe and Asia – Turkey! At some point in the month, you will surely pass through Istanbul, a stunning city with palm tree lined, cobblestone streets alongside towering pristine buildings. The smell of grilled corn and chestnuts fill the air from all the restaurants stacked on top of each other. Many Race teams will serve the Syrian refugee community – helping with job training and teaching English. Other teams will get the opportunity to work with local churches and train locals spread the Gospel. In Turkey, locals love to meet visitors. When you walk down the street, some might run out of their house and invite you in for apple 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
Rebekah Basily
Rebekah Basily
Greensboro, NC
Ryan Breakfield
Ryan Breakfield
stockton, CA
Erica Jenkins
Erica Jenkins
Orlando, FL
Connor McGough
Connor McGough
Inverness, IL
Katie Peterson
Katie Peterson
Rose Hill, NC
Kristen Middleton
Kristen Middleton
Lubbock, TX
Kellie Schlangen
Kellie Schlangen
Mooresville, IN
Bethaney Sjoquist
Bethaney Sjoquist
Apple Valley, MN
Hannah Sombeck
Hannah Sombeck
Lexington, KY
Sabrina Wegner
Sabrina Wegner
Monroe, LA

Stories From the Field

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