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Jan 2021 — Nov 2021

South Africa Indonesia

Ignite your faith as you experience God at work across Africa and Asia.
Squad K is in the Field
11 countries

Route Guides

Beka Hardy
Program Exec
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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.
Bob Mudd
Elder
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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.
Ashley Francis
Squad Mentor
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My name is Ashley if you ever forget, just think of the group of Ashleys from the cartoon, Recess. I am at the fine, ripe age of 29 and embracing every gray hair that comes with it. It's tangible proof of wisdom, I'm told. I'm a born bred Buckeye (O H I O) for those who aren't aware, but I like to call Gainesville home these past 2 years! I have found a love and obsession with my aeropress, long for volleyball Sunday's, am always searching for new music, secretly love to draw (not so much a secret), and am determined to someday figure out the rubix cube. Oh, and I like to pretend I am a pro parkourer.
Doug Christophel
Coach
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Doug and Kris Christophel have been married for 28 years and live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Bridgewater, VA and have two children, Kayla (age 24) and Andrew (age 22). Doug has his own handyman business and has seen GodȦĨœs provision in this venture over the past 10 years. Kris works as a Clinical Billing Coordinator at James Madison University and is a Certified Professional Coder and Biller. While they each enjoy their professions, their true passions lie in the relationships they have with family and friends. They first heard of the World Race through Kayla, (3rd Generation B Squad), and coached the first All-Asia route with 3rd Generation H Squad this past year. Doug and Kris also have a passion for missions and seeing lives changed by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit! They have participated in and have also led short term trips, and have lived in Trinidad and Tobago while helping with a church plant in Children and Youth ministry. In their free time, they love playing racquetball and watching most sports, playing both table games and cards, and are pretty competitive in most activities they take part in. They love cats, of which they have two, and are entertained by them on a daily basis. The one thing they desire and love more than anything else, is knowing that they are continuing on their own journey of growing and learning more of what it means to run with a passion toward the heart of God and to become more like Jesus everyday.
Kris Christophel
Coach
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Doug and Kris Christophel have been married for 28 years and live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Bridgewater, VA and have two children, Kayla (age 24) and Andrew (age 22). Doug has his own handyman business and has seen GodȦĨœs provision in this venture over the past 10 years. Kris works as a Clinical Billing Coordinator at James Madison University and is a Certified Professional Coder and Biller. While they each enjoy their professions, their true passions lie in the relationships they have with family and friends. They first heard of the World Race through Kayla, (3rd Generation B Squad), and coached the first All-Asia route with 3rd Generation H Squad this past year. Doug and Kris also have a passion for missions and seeing lives changed by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit! They have participated in and have also led short term trips, and have lived in Trinidad and Tobago while helping with a church plant in Children and Youth ministry. In their free time, they love playing racquetball and watching most sports, playing both table games and cards, and are pretty competitive in most activities they take part in. They love cats, of which they have two, and are entertained by them on a daily basis. The one thing they desire and love more than anything else, is knowing that they are continuing on their own journey of growing and learning more of what it means to run with a passion toward the heart of God and to become more like Jesus everyday.
Camron Chickonoski
Alum Squad Leader
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Connor Gaul
Alum Squad Leader
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Suzanne Rinks
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

Africa

South Africa

Africa
South Africa
Intro to Missions

South Africa

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Theme: Intro to Missions
Focus: Community Outreach, Community Development, Evangelism, Children’s Ministry

At the southernmost tip of the African continent, God is bringing restoration and healing to a country with a painful history of racism and division. Our ministry partners are providing Gospel-centered community development and education. You will be equipped in this diverse nation to share the Gospel and live out your faith for the rest of your journey.

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Africa

Eswatini

Africa
Eswatini
Learn from Vulnerable Children

Eswatini

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Theme: Learn from Vulnerable Children
Focus: Community Development, Feeding Program, Children’s Ministry, Leadership, Agriculture

Experience the simple pace of African rural life in Eswatini. You will partner with the Adventures in Missions base, who is bringing new hope in this country where the HIV/AIDS epidemic has orphaned thousands of children. You will help our local staff holistically care for these children and teach them about Jesus.

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Africa

Zimbabwe

Africa
Zimbabwe
Experiencing Community

Zimbabwe

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Theme: Experiencing Community
Focus: Church Planting, Youth Ministry, Community Outreach, Discipleship

The people of Zimbabwe are searching for truth and something to rely on after decades of political and economic instability. Join our partners as they reach youth with the Gospel, training them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors.

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Africa

Zambia

Africa
Zambia
Coming Alongside Locals

Zambia

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Theme: Coming Alongside Locals
Focus: Church Planting, Community Outreach, Youth Ministry, Camp Ministry, Discipleship

Witness a powerful move of new church plants flooding across the urban and rural areas of Zambia. You’ll work alongside our ministry partners who are raising up local leaders to reach Zambians with the Gospel and deepen their level of discipleship.

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Africa

Ethiopia

Africa
Ethiopia
Leadership Development

Ethiopia

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Theme: Leadership Development
Focus: Children’s Ministry, Community Outreach, Manual Labor

Ethiopians maintain a unique cultural identity and will welcome you in like family. Join our partner HOPEthiopia who is showing God’s love to children and the often-neglected elderly population. You’ll help bring physical restoration to the land through reforestation projects and spiritual restoration to its people through the hope of the Gospel.

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Asia

Nepal

Asia
Nepal
Moving Mountains

Nepal

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Theme: Moving Mountains
Focus: Evangelism, Community Outreach, Teaching English, Trekking Ministry, Unreached People Groups

Many around the world flock to Nepal seeking adventure and enlightenment, yet few have discovered the truth of the Gospel. Hike across the imposing Himalayan mountains as you bring the light of Jesus to the furthest corners of the world, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of God’s creation.

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Asia

South Asia

Asia
South Asia
Church Planting

South Asia

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Theme: Church Planting
Focus: Evangelism, Church Planting, Community Outreach, Unreached People Groups

Drink in the vibrancy of the colors, spices, and sounds of South Asia, and join the powerful church planting movement across the country. South Asia is quickly becoming the most populous country in the world, yet so few know the hope of Jesus.

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Asia

Cambodia

Asia
Cambodia
Ministry is Life... Life is Ministry

Cambodia

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Theme: Ministry is Life... Life is Ministry
Focus: Teaching English, Church Planting, Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry

A robust and growing church presence is blooming here, even after a devastating genocide wiped out a generation. Aided by the healing and hope of the Gospel, many Cambodians are moving forward with a hopeful outlook and a generous heart. Join God in His redemptive work in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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Asia

Thailand

Asia
Thailand
Kingdom Life Plan

Thailand

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Theme: Kingdom Life Plan
Focus: Teaching English, Children’s Ministry

This is a famously friendly nation, yet sex trafficking and sex tourism mar Thailand’s glimmering cities and sandy beaches. Whether you are prayer-walking through the red-light district, ministering to tourists, playing with street kids, or teaching English to Thai people, you will have the opportunity to reveal the truth of Jesus to a deeply unreached country.

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Asia

Malaysia

Asia
Malaysia
Ask the Lord + Listening Prayer

Malaysia

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Theme: Ask the Lord + Listening Prayer
Focus: Teaching English, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Unreached People Groups

As you wander the streets crowded with buzzing motos and enticing food stands, 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 life of following Jesus.

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Asia

Indonesia

Asia
Indonesia
Reflection and Celebration

Indonesia

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Theme: Reflection and Celebration
Focus: Community Outreach, Teaching English, Church Planting, Unreached People Groups

Across this collection of nearly 18,000 islands, you’ll find a diverse range of cultures and languages, yet there are more Muslims here than in any other country on the planet. You may evangelize alongside a local church or work with a team of Bible translators to bring the gift of God’s Word in the local language.

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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
Tymon Aguilar
Tymon Aguilar
Houston, TX
Victoria Bacon
Victoria Bacon
Austin, Texas
Julianna Barker
Julianna Barker
Hope, ND
Cayce Bell
Cayce Bell
Salisbury, NC
Caitlin Brock
Caitlin Brock
jacksonville, FL
Jamey Brown
Jamey Brown
Burleson, TX
Ashton Bussard
Ashton Bussard
Sherwood , AR
Andrew Carlburg
Andrew Carlburg
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jonathan Combs
Jonathan Combs
Katy, Texas
Kelsey Corns
Kelsey Corns
Cornelius, North Carolina
Chelsea Dollarhite
Chelsea Dollarhite
Martinsville, Virginia
Macy Dudenhoeffer
Macy Dudenhoeffer
Joplin, MO
Daniel Ford
Daniel Ford
Yorktown , Virginia
Annie Harris
Annie Harris
San Antonio, TX
Katelyn Hutchison
Katelyn Hutchison
Athens, TN
Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson
Bradenton, FL
Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones
Somerville, TN
Kailee Knudsen
Kailee Knudsen
Kearney, Missouri
Teresa Kwiatkowski
Teresa Kwiatkowski
Cumming, GA
Paul Lanier,V
Paul Lanier,V
Pfafftown, NC
Kaci Larick
Kaci Larick
Redlands, Ca
Sierra Laures
Sierra Laures
Plano, Texas
Catherine Lucas
Catherine Lucas
Valdese, North Carolina
Krista Martony
Krista Martony
Edmond, Oklahoma
JD Merwin Jr
JD Merwin Jr
Monroe, WA
Kelsie Miller
Kelsie Miller
MIDLAND, MI
Sarah Nicholson
Sarah Nicholson
Livermore, CA
McKayla Parks
McKayla Parks
Goldsboro, NC
Kennedy Patch
Kennedy Patch
Austin, TX
Amanda Quaglia
Amanda Quaglia
Reading, PA
Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds
Chesterton, Indiana
Courtney Rodgers
Courtney Rodgers
Towson, Maryland
Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez
Yorktown, Virginia
Rebekah Sartain
Rebekah Sartain
Schertz, TX
Chelsey R Smith
Chelsey R Smith
Smyrna, TN
Alyssa Stauffer
Alyssa Stauffer
Kihei , HI
Breanne Steindel
Breanne Steindel
Winston-Salem, NC
Heather Stichter
Heather Stichter
Etna Green, Indiana
Lydia Strickland
Lydia Strickland
Canton, ga
Micah Torgerson
Micah Torgerson
Milwaukee, WI
Hailey Tucker
Hailey Tucker
Kansas City, Missouri
Brianne Van Voorhis
Brianne Van Voorhis
Corinth, Texas
Laina Vaughan
Laina Vaughan
Spokane, Washington
Mitchell Vine
Mitchell Vine
Lake Ann, MI
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