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Oct 2019 — Aug 2020

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Join us on the adventure of a lifetime.
Squad A 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.
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.
Adria Johnson
Alum Squad Leader
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Madison Goforth
Alum Squad Leader
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Aimee Dias
Squad Logistics
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Where They're Going - What They’ll Do

South America

Colombia

South America
Colombia

Colombia

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Your Race will start in Colombia, a vibrant nation with loud bustling cities full of music and national pride. Colombia is arguably one of the most diverse countries in South America, with Caribbean influence in the north, European flair in the cities and significant indigenous presence in the south. Colombia has advanced greatly in the past few decades, though it is still recovering from Pablo Escobar's semi-tyrannical rule and also has been deeply affected by the crisis in Venezuela. Thousands of Venezuelan refugees pour into the borders every day. World Racers often work to help rehabilitate former drug addicts and do outreach to neighborhoods influenced by it. Many Racers also work with youth preventative programs and on building relationships in the poorest areas of Medellin.

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South America

Ecuador

South America
Ecuador

Ecuador

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Next you will continue your journey south to Ecuador. Though this is one of the smallest countries in South America, its landscape includes highlands, beaches, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. You will find the people to be both very proud and very friendly and welcoming. Most Racers work with our long-standing partners who minister to at-risk children living and working on the streets, special need hospitals and elderly homes.

Many Racers also work a lot with church planting and on college campuses.

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South America

Peru

South America
Peru

Peru

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Your final month in South America will be in Peru, a nation in the clouds. The Peruvian people are very proud and have a strong indigenous background. The closer you get to the mountains, the more people you’ll find wearing traditional dress and speaking in different local dialects. The main ministry Racers focus on in Peru is planting Christ-centered communities in the jungle. Racers doing this ministry live with the local people and share a daily routine with them. You could be leading locals in Bible studies, sharing your faith with families or simply helping prepare dinner. We also partner with an orphanage for children with special needs and a college ministry in Lima. This month will be heavily focused on relationships and community.

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Africa

Lesotho

Africa
Lesotho

Lesotho

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Africa and a tiny little-known nation called Lesotho. This country is landlocked inside South Africa and is full of stunning mountains and valleys. Here you will feel like you’re stepping back in time as the pace slows down and everything becomes more simple. 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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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 its 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

Africa
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, thousands of 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 a large system of care points serving local orphaned and underserved children.

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Asia

South Asia

Asia
South Asia

South Asia

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You will continue south 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. You’ll experience India with all your senses as you walk through the sea of colors and take in the the myriad spices wafting through the air. 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. Indian people might seem blunt or aloof, but their hearts are incredibly warm and relational. 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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Asia

Nepal

Asia
Nepal

Nepal

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Next, your journey will take you south 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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Europe

Ukraine

Europe
Ukraine

Ukraine

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Your final leg of the Race will be in Eastern Europe, starting in Ukraine. People here are extremely focused on community, so most Racers will focus their time on evangelism and discipleship through building relationships. Racers spend a lot of time talking with people over coffee, going on walks or simply hanging out to get to know each other and share their faith. Ukraine is currently experiencing an orphan crisis, in fact it is heartbreakingly normal for babies to be abandoned. Lots of Racers also focus on spending time with youth, holding babies in hospitals and helping in orphanages.

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Europe

Moldova

Europe
Moldova

Moldova

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Next you will continue on to Moldova. Moldova will captivate you with its green beauty. Like Ukraine, ministry in Moldova is extremely relational and focused on spending time with people in church and around town. Additionally farming is a huge part of the culture and economy in Moldova. Lots of Racers will help with construction and projects on farms. The strict Orthodox church is the main religion in Moldova, so Racers can bring a lot of lift with their message of freedom and hope in Christ.

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Europe

Romania

Europe
Romania

Romania

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Your last month on the World Race will wrap up in Romania. Until about 15 years ago, Romania was one of the least visited countries in Europe as it was isolated behind the Iron Curtain. This nation is large though, and quite beautiful. Our partners in Romania are working to share the Gospel and create Christ-centered communities. They love relational ministry and ask Racers to spend lots of time getting to know people over coffee, dinner or long walks. Our main partner does outreach through an eye care and exam program. This month you will likely get the opportunity to share your faith while passing out eye glasses and Bibles in the local language. There's also a large Romani population (often unkindly referred to as gypsies). These people are often rejected and discriminated against. You might find yourself spending time in these communities, getting to know their people and sharing the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

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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
Heaven Albritton
Heaven Albritton
Columbia, MO
Hayden Banks
Hayden Banks
Temple, GA
Ike Eicher
Ike Eicher
Leonidas, MI
Stacy Frank
Stacy Frank
OFallon, MO
Hannah Kraus
Hannah Kraus
Wadsworth, OH
David Smits
David Smits
Markesan, WI
Kierin Churchman
Kierin Churchman
Ankeny, IA
Hannah Cushman
Hannah Cushman
Greenville, MI
Christy McFarland
Christy McFarland
Harrisonburg, VA
Isabel Salazar
Isabel Salazar
Chino, CA
Rachel Snow
Rachel Snow
Richmond, TX
Erika Stauffer
Erika Stauffer
Hatboro, PA
Rachel Beaudin
Rachel Beaudin
Ponte Vedra, FL
Katlyn Benton
Katlyn Benton
Smithfield, NC
Em Christein
Em Christein
Pine Mountain, GA
Hannah Hughes
Hannah Hughes
Janesville, WI
Janie Neill
Janie Neill
Blountsville, AL
Courtney Satterfield
Courtney Satterfield
Mills River, North Carolina
Kaelyn Gauthier
Kaelyn Gauthier
Grunthal, MB
Katlyn Hodges
Katlyn Hodges
Mount Airy, NC

Stories From the Field

Want to know what it's really like to go on the World Race? Check out our most recent updates from World Racers about life on the field and how you could be a part of it!