expedition

Jan 2021 — Nov 2021

Lebanon Australia

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
11 countries

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.
Stephanie Jansen
Squad Mentor
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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

Middle East

Lebanon

Middle East
Lebanon

Lebanon

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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.

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Europe

Cyprus

Europe
Cyprus

Cyprus

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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.

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Europe

Turkey

Europe
Turkey

Turkey

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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.

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Middle East

Azerbaijan

Middle East
Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

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Focus: Evangelism, Unreached People Groups

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.

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Asia

Uzbekistan

Asia
Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

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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.

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Asia

Kyrgyzstan

Asia
Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

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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.

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Asia

Kazakhstan

Asia
Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

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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.

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Asia

Malaysia

Asia
Malaysia

Malaysia

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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.

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Asia

Indonesia

Asia
Indonesia

Indonesia

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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.

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Oceania

Papua New Guinea

Oceania
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

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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.

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Australia

Australia

Australia
Australia

Australia

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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.

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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
Brooklyn Atkinson
Brooklyn Atkinson
Oceanside, California
Jerome Beers
Jerome Beers
Hanover, PA
Justin Bolton
Justin Bolton
Montgomery, Texas
Jenna Burton
Jenna Burton
Tavernier, FL
Madison Cooley
Madison Cooley
Piedmont, SC
Mary Grace Ervin
Mary Grace Ervin
Seattle, WA
Victoria Groves
Victoria Groves
Drumright, OK
Jacken Holland
Jacken Holland
Port Orange, Florida
Jackie Ivarsson
Jackie Ivarsson
Big Lake, MN
Antonio Jimenez Jr
Antonio Jimenez Jr
San Diego, CA
Antoinette Johnson
Antoinette Johnson
Denver, Colorado
Paula Johnson
Paula Johnson
Biltmore Lake, NC
Karis Kononiuk
Karis Kononiuk
Springfield, MO
Aaron Moore
Aaron Moore
Purvis, Mississippi
Sarah Mounts
Sarah Mounts
Ozark, AR
Jennifer Paris
Jennifer Paris
Slade, KY
Raquel Portillo
Raquel Portillo
Cumming, GA
Rachel Preston
Rachel Preston
Everett, Washington
Lindsey Pruitt
Lindsey Pruitt
Rogers, AR
Ethan Sanders
Ethan Sanders
Carlsbad, California
Abbey Spiker
Abbey Spiker
CHEYENNE, Wyoming
Josiah Stilwell
Josiah Stilwell
Des Moines, Iowa
Alli Taylor
Alli Taylor
Mckinney, Texas
Kev Thomas
Kev Thomas
Davenport, OK
Scott Tinsley
Scott Tinsley
Jacksonville, AR
Tito Torres
Tito Torres
Garland, TX
Elizabeth Wagstaff
Elizabeth Wagstaff
Westminster , South Carolina
Jenna Watry
Jenna Watry
Johns Creek, GA
Lynneal Williams
Lynneal Williams
Franktown, CO
Mary  Williams
Mary Williams
Houston, Texas
Alayna Wood
Alayna Wood
Austin, MN
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