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Jun 2019 — Apr 2020

Nicaragua Indonesia

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
Route Completed
11 countries

Route Guides

Chris Scott
Elder
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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.
Megan Parham
Squad Mentor
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Deon Vanstaden
Coach
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Deon and Rynette are originally from South Africa. In 1999 they immigrated to the US and he pastored a church in Jacksonville, FL for twelve years. They got involved with AIM in 2009 and coached their first squad in 2012. They have coached four squads and love what they are doing. They have been married for 30 years. Currently he is overseeing all the coaches and helps to find new coaches and train them. They have one daughter Aninka that is a flight attendant with Delta and married to Josh Conte. Deon and Rynette have been working full time at AIM from 2013. They have coached H Squad, B Squad, F Squad, O Squad and Expedition 2017.
Rynette Vanstaden
Coach
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Deon and Rynette are originally from South Africa. In 1999 they immigrated to the US and he pastored a church in Jacksonville, FL for twelve years. They got involved with AIM in 2009 and coached their first squad in 2012. They have coached four squads and love what they are doing. They have been married for 30 years. Currently he is overseeing all the coaches and helps to find new coaches and train them. They have one daughter Aninka that is a flight attendant with Delta and married to Josh Conte. Deon and Rynette have been working full time at AIM from 2013. They have coached H Squad, B Squad, F Squad, O Squad and Expedition 2017.
Brandi Teeney
Alum Squad Leader
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Justin Harsdorf
Alum Squad Leader
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Morgan Foldes
Alum Squad Leader
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Nicole Smith
Alum Squad Leader
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Lindsey Kappler
Squad Logistics
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Hannah Harris
Squad Leader
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Katy Lawson
Squad Leader
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Zane Drager
Squad Leader
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Where They Went - What They Did

Central America

Nicaragua

Central America
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

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You’ll spend your first month on the World Race in 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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Your second month on the Race will continue to the peaceful paradise of Costa Rica – where you’ll quickly 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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Central America

Panama

Central America
Panama

Panama

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Your final month in Central America will take you to the home of the Panama Canal and the largest rainforest outside of the Amazon. The country of Panama connects Central and South America. And thanks to the Canal, which connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, Panama is one of the leading economies in Central America. But the Panama Canal is a two-edged sword, because it also allows for increased drug trafficking. You will come alongside indigenous people groups of Panama through children's ministry, teaching, and outreach. You may also have the opportunity to partner with a local coffee farm that grows and roasts coffee beans as a way to support sending out local missionaries.

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Africa

Morocco

Africa
Morocco

Morocco

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After three months in Central America, you’ll travel to Morocco, a traditional Arabian country with great French influence, cobblestone streets, and iconic architecture. Long-term missionaries have to be careful about their identities, but Racers can feel free to boldly share their faith. Because of this, Racers are highly valuable to the successful work of our partners here. Racers will build relationships with locals and invite them to study God’s Word - often discussing the Koran and the Bible over a cup of mint tea in town.

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Africa

Ethiopia

Africa
Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Continuing on through Africa, your next stop is Ethiopia, a nation that has never been colonized and has one of oldest cultures in the world. Many World Racers spend their time helping our partners share their faith in Jesus with at risk children while helping provide them an education. Many of our partners also work to care for senior citizens and teach youth to honor and respect them. As a Racer, you may likely find yourself spending long hours drinking coffee and listening to the incredible stories this population has to tell.

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Africa

Djibouti

Africa
Djibouti

Djibouti

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Your last stop in Africa will be a brand NEW county for the World Race – Djibouti. Most Racers will work alongside the large population of refugees from war-torn Somalia and Yemen. Our partners are some of the only aid organizations sharing the love of Christ alongside their care for these displaced people. As the first squad to visit this country, you will also have the unique and exciting task of helping pioneer this nation -- following God to find local men and women of Christ to partner with future teams.

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Asia

South Asia

Asia
South Asia

South Asia

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Next, you will make your way to India, a country like no other. Most Racers live and serve in Southern India, where the villages and cities are equally bustling with activity, blaring horns and whizzing tuk-tuks. 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 a cup of chai often as people love to invite you to simply sit and talk!

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Asia

Nepal

Asia
Nepal

Nepal

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After your time in India, you’ll travel north to the very spiritual and breathtaking, mountainous country of Nepal. Home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, Nepal literally sits on top of the world. Most of our work in this country 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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Asia

Myanmar

Asia
Myanmar

Myanmar

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Your journey will head next to Southeast Asia – first stopping in exotic and mysterious Myanmar. In recent years this nation was under violent military rule and highly isolated from the rest of the world. They opened their doors to the public less than 10 years ago and are eager to meet foreigners. Most people have not heard the Gospel and are very open to hearing more about Jesus. The work has to be subtle, but there is a great need for church planting and evangelism and short-term teams can be highly effective to our long-term partners.

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Asia

Thailand

Asia
Thailand

Thailand

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After your month in Myanmar, you’ll journey next door to Thailand -- 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 or spending hours covering your teammates and the streets in prayer.

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Asia

Indonesia

Asia
Indonesia

Indonesia

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Your final month on the Race wraps up 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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*Routes may change if unforeseen issues arise.

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
Ana Bates
Ana Bates
Johnson City, Tennessee
Tiffiny Durham
Tiffiny Durham
Fort Scott, KS
Shelby Gilbert
Shelby Gilbert
Knox, IN
Jamie Hart
Jamie Hart
Evansville, Indiana
Cassandra Holbrook
Cassandra Holbrook
Wimauma, FL
Gabby Badagliacco-Cabrera
Gabby Badagliacco-Cabrera
Escondido, CA
Jeffery Fain
Jeffery Fain
Barrigada, Guam
Tess Leeder
Tess Leeder
Durango, Colorado
Bradley Leichter
Bradley Leichter
Cincinnati, Ohio
Tee Nguyen
Tee Nguyen
Arlington, VA
Tiffany Stewart
Tiffany Stewart
Pickens, South Carolina
Heather Stokes
Heather Stokes
INDIAN TRAIL, NC
Kelsey Kindall
Kelsey Kindall
Hummelstown, PA
Megan Krivsky
Megan Krivsky
Winston Salem, NC
Tiffani McCormick
Tiffani McCormick
Indianapolis, IN
Alyssa Powell
Alyssa Powell
Harker Heights, Texas
Rachel Quest
Rachel Quest
Charlotte, NC
Casee Yarborough
Casee Yarborough
West Palm Beach, FL
Catherine Choquette
Catherine Choquette
Central Square, NY
Michelle Dudley
Michelle Dudley
Spring, TX
Lauren Higbee
Lauren Higbee
Rockwall, TX
Rachael Santaniello
Rachael Santaniello
Lynchbrug, VA
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
Jackson, Mississippi
Ashley Spickler
Ashley Spickler
Durand, IL
Madeleine Burkholder
Madeleine Burkholder
Indianapolis, IN
Nick Fain
Nick Fain
alexandria, Kentucky
Kristin June
Kristin June
Eaton Rapids, MI
Alli Mitchel
Alli Mitchel
Leawood , Kansas
Bailey Spenlau
Bailey Spenlau
Tarpon Springs, FL
Erik Trogdon
Erik Trogdon
Dayton, KY
Zane Drager
Zane Drager
Bridgeport, TX
Hannah Harris
Hannah Harris
Huntsville, AL
Katy Lawson
Katy Lawson
Traverse City, MI
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