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Jan 2020 — Nov 2020

Indonesia Zambia

If you love evangelism, have a heart for social justice, and a taste for the rugged, then this route is for you!
Squad C 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.
Amy Heitzman
Squad Mentor
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Karen Christianson
Coach
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Keith and Karen Christianson have been married 28 years, and have two sons: Trevor (24) and Casey (21). They live about 70 miles west of Chicago in Rockford, Illinois. Keith continues to lead a small graphic design business, which he helped start 20 years ago. Karen works part-time as a tutor for high school students and serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. Since 2008, Keith and Karen have been leading short-term mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where their teams of high school and college students build homes and minister to the children in some of the poorest communities surrounding Santo Domingo. Keith and Karen believe their role as World Race coaches is the next step in a journey in which God has been teaching them to love more freely, depend on Him more fully, and work to further His kingdom.
Keith Christianson
Coach
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Keith and Karen Christianson have been married 28 years, and have two sons: Trevor (24) and Casey (21). They live about 70 miles west of Chicago in Rockford, Illinois. Keith continues to lead a small graphic design business, which he helped start 20 years ago. Karen works part-time as a tutor for high school students and serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. Since 2008, Keith and Karen have been leading short-term mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where their teams of high school and college students build homes and minister to the children in some of the poorest communities surrounding Santo Domingo. Keith and Karen believe their role as World Race coaches is the next step in a journey in which God has been teaching them to love more freely, depend on Him more fully, and work to further His kingdom.
Ashley Collins
Alum Squad Leader
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Morgan White
Alum Squad Leader
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Austin Ulsh
Advisor
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Hey. My name is Austin. My father is a big Dallas Cowboys fan and wanted to name me Dallas, but my mom was definitely not naming her child Dallas(thanks mom!). Since Austin is a city in Texas, it was negotiated to be my name. I love the Fall and spring. They are my favorite times of the year, also the best times of the year to go for a run(or motorcycle ride), which I love as well. I also love ultimate frisbee, tennis, volleyball, football and other sports activities. Also I have no shame and fully comfortable in saying that I love Channing Tatum. He's a good looking man who can dance. Just sayin'

Where They're Going - What They’ll Do

Asia

Indonesia

Asia
Indonesia

Indonesia

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Your first month on the Race begins in Indonesia, the biggest island nation on Earth and home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Most Racers are asked to build trust through relationships in order to share their faith, and many will have the opportunity to disciple new believers by leading Bible studies and discovery groups. This is still relatively a new country for the World Race, but whether you’re in the densely packed cities, the thick jungles, or the long rural stretches, you’ll have the opportunity to find local Christians and continue to build on the relationships we’ve already established.

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Malaysia

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Malaysia

Malaysia

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Your next month in Southeast Asia will be in Malaysia. This nation is the melting pot of Asia with large people groups from India and China. Each group brings their own culture, language, food, and religion. Motos and people crowd the streets along strings of open air restaurants and roti stands. As you walk down these streets you will likely see a temple next to a mosque, next to a church. Many Racers work with refugees from all over the region, teaching them English and sharing that Jesus is our provider and protector. Evangelism is illegal to the local people in Malaysia, so building relationships will be the foundation of everything this month.

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Thailand

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Thailand

Thailand

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Next your journey will take you to Thailand. This nation is known for its stunning beaches, friendly people and bustling outdoor food markets. You will feel welcomed here, but you’ll quickly take note of darkness that plagues this region: human trafficking. In Thailand, you might find yourself under neon flashing lights, sharing a Coke with women in between their dances in night clubs. You might find yourself having difficult conversations with the tourists partaking in the industry and spending hours covering your teammates and the streets in prayer.

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Myanmar

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Myanmar

Myanmar

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Your last month in Southeast Asia will take you to Myanmar. Myanmar’s story is of a struggle for independence. Political groups have fought an ongoing war in this country for over 60 years. Commonly called Burma, but officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, political unrest and human right violations have led to nearly 200,000 refugees residing within Myanmar and neighboring countries like Thailand. Will you share hope and freedom with refugees, the lost, and the broken, in a country hungry for peace?

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Nepal

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Nepal

Nepal

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Your journey will take you north to Nepal, home to Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world! Nepal is a very spiritual, breathtaking, and mountainous country. Most of our work in Nepal is about sharing the Gospel with marginalized people, especially those in rural areas. Whether you’re in the cities outlined by the Himalayas or trekking through the hills yourself, you’ll most likely find yourself walking long distances to share your faith over a cup of milk tea.

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South Asia

Asia
South Asia

South Asia

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Next, you will continue on to a nation like no other, India. Most Racers live and serve in Southern India, where the villages are bustling with activity and the streets are filled with horns blaring and tuk-tuks whizzing by. Most of our activity in India is partnering with a local movement to plant 100,000 churches. You’ll become a part of the local culture as you travel from village to village while preaching and praying for families. Expect to be invited into someone’s home and offered chai often as people invite you to simply sit and talk.

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Africa

South Africa

Africa
South Africa

South Africa

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Next you will journey to the large and diverse nation of South Africa. This nation is incredibly multicultural and it still healing from it's dark and painful history of racism and segregation. This country has 11 official languages, coastlines on two oceans and world famous mountain views. Racers in South Africa focus a lot of their time on evangelism through the school systems. You might find yourself discipling middle and high school students through sports ministry, teaching life skills or assisting with academic classes.

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Africa

Eswatini

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Eswatini

Eswatini

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Next you will head to the small but incredible nation of Swaziland (its name was recently changed to eSwatini). Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world and as a result, 1,000 children have been left without parents. We have had a long-standing presence in Swaziland and have built a base there run by local and international staff. We partner with Children’s Hope Chest to operate large system of care points serving local orphaned and underserved children.

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Lesotho

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Lesotho

Lesotho

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Your journey will take you next to a tiny little-known nation called Lesotho. This country is landlocked inside South Africa and is full of stunning mountains and valleys. This nation is very focused on agriculture, and during the day you will meet all kinds of livestock and regularly see young shepherd boys pass by with their herds of cattle. At night you will be dazzled by bright stars and the crystal clear views of the Milky Way. Your team will likely be off the grid for the month, regularly visiting villages and building relationships with locals.

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Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

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Next you will continue north to Zimbabwe, home to the Zambezi river that feeds into the world-famous Victoria Falls. This nation is still in transition after being colonized and suffers from large unemployment rates. World Racers in Zimbabwe focus on coming along the local church and join in with everything the churches do, helping with their services, meetings, outreach and offering uplift and encouragement. Community and relationships are central to life in Zimbabwe, your month here will be all about discipleship through sharing life together.

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Zambia

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Zambia

Zambia

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Your last month on the World Race will take place in Zambia. Our partners in Zambia are focused on church planting and evangelism. Most Racers will settle into a specific town or village and work with our ministry hosts to share the Gospel and plant Christ-centered communities in a focused area. There will be lots of opportunity to work with children, leading camps and events. Our partners have expressed a growing need for ministry for women. Women deeply want to share their voices in a new way, and you could be a part of empowering them to share their stories.

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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
John Carothers
John Carothers
Kingston, TN
Em Collard
Em Collard
Melbourne, VIC
Kenia Martinez
Kenia Martinez
Garland, Texas
Austin McBride
Austin McBride
Nashville, TN
Hannah Mitchek
Hannah Mitchek
Evergreen, CO
Kylie Day
Kylie Day
The Woodlands, TX
Annie Harris
Annie Harris
San Antonio, TX
Hannah Maher
Hannah Maher
Joplin, Missouri
Josiah Stilwell
Josiah Stilwell
Des Moines, Iowa
Jenna Watry
Jenna Watry
Johns Creek, GA
Samantha Dillon
Samantha Dillon
Chandler, Arizona
Megan Widner
Megan Widner
Cedar Falls , IA
Stephanie Gilbreath
Stephanie Gilbreath
Colorado Springs, CO
KAITLYNN LITTLE
KAITLYNN LITTLE
Holton, KS
Raquel Portillo
Raquel Portillo
Cumming, GA

Stories From the Field

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