If your heart burns for people who have not heard the name of Jesus, then this route is for you!
Squad L is in the Field
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.
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'
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Focus: Refugee Ministry, Community Outreach, Teaching English, Unreached People Groups
Discover a country marked by conflict, and witness where the deep tradition of Christianity collides with the 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 eternal peace.
Focus: Refugee Ministry, Community Outreach, Teaching English
Once a destination of Paul’s missionary journeys, Cyprus is an island now split in two, both ethnically and spiritually. Northern Cyprus is predominantly Turkish and Muslim, and the south part of the island is predominantly Greek Orthodox. Here you might disciple local believers, participate in street outreaches, or conduct radio evangelism to the Muslim world.
Focus: Evangelism, Church Planting, Teaching English, Unreached People Groups
Turkey is a nation built on the remains of the early church. Yet as you walk down the crowded streets of Istanbul, you will hear the echoing call to prayer punctuate the day in this predominantly Muslim country. Join our partners as they share the Gospel to a rapidly-developing nation largely unexposed to the living truth of Jesus.
The imposing walls of the Old City of Baku symbolize the many social barriers that make it challenging to spread the light of the Gospel here. Help strengthen the local church as it offers the hope of Jesus to the predominantly Muslim people.
A recent change in political leadership in Uzbekistan opened the doors to the Gospel after years of strict religious control. Like the travelers and caravans that walked these paths centuries ago, you’ll find yourself at the forefront of a Gospel movement that will extend throughout Central Asia and beyond.
Focus: Evangelism, Student Ministry, Unreached People Groups
Tucked away in the remote mountains and valleys of Central Asia is one of the world’s last remaining nomadic populations, far from the world’s eye. Join our partners as they build relationships with the younger generation who are following Jesus in droves.
Focus: Evangelism, Church Planting, Community Outreach, Unreached People Groups
Despite an Islamic cultural identity, many Kazakhs are turning to follow Jesus. Come alongside this small, but fiercely bold community of believers as they reach out to their communities with the Gospel, surrounded by the expansive grasslands and wild alpine scenery of Kazakhstan.
Focus: Teaching English, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Unreached People Groups
Malaysia is a melting pot of Indians, Chinese, Malays, and indigenous communities. You may notice a Buddhist temple next to an Islamic mosque next to a Christian church. Though Malaysia is technically a closed country, the people are eager and waiting to hear the Gospel. Build relationships with these diverse communities as you show them a lifestyle of following Jesus.
Focus: Community Outreach, Teaching English, Church Planting, Unreached People Groups
On this collection of nearly 18,000 volcanic islands, there are more Muslims than in any other country on the planet. Whether you are evangelizing alongside a local church or working with a team of Bible translators to bring God’s Word in the local language, you will have the opportunity to reveal the truth of Jesus wherever your team is serving.
Few places can match Papua New Guinea in its remoteness, where many places on the island remain unexplored. Now, decades of missionary focus are finally bearing fruit in the innumerous tribes of this diverse island nation. Join those who have been working tirelessly to make the harvest plentiful.
Coming out of the 10/40 window, Australia is not unreached by the Gospel, but quickly becoming a post-Christian nation in need of a new encounter with the love of Jesus. Work alongside YWAM on the shores of Byron Bay, a ministry with a high focus on outreach, and a heart for sending Australian missionaries to the countries you’ll have just come through.