World Race - October 2019

Route 3 - Colombia to Romania

World Race - October 2019 Route 3
DURATION 11 Months
AGE RANGE 21-35
FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT $19,900 How does fundraising work?
APPLICATION DEADLINE June 6, 2019
TRAINING CAMP August 8-18, 2019
Countries Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, India, Nepal, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania

Route Description

Route three is a classic World Race journey, visiting four continents including South America, Southern Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. If you want to do ministry in countries where we have some of our longest standing partnerships, this is a great route for you.

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Countries

Colombia

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.

Ecuador

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.

Peru

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.

Lesotho

Your journey will take you next to Southern 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.

South Africa

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.

Swaziland

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.

India

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.

Nepal

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.

Ukraine

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.

Moldova

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.

Romania

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.

Process

Step 1: Apply

The application includes creating a profile and completing a questionnaire. It should take a little under an hour to complete.

Step 2: Interview

After you complete and submit your application you will get the opportunity to schedule a phone interview with our team.

Step 3: Accepted

Once you are accepted, a $200 deposit will confirm your spot on the trip.

Step 4: Fundraising

Once you are committed, you’ll be paired with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas and all the logistical information you need to prepare.

Step 5: Training

Four-six weeks before your Race begins, you will spend 10 days at our campus in Georgia. This time will include missional and cultural training, discipleship, worship, and bonding with your teammates before you leave.

Step 6: Launch

After several days of additional training in Atlanta, you will fly out together as a squad and begin your ministry on the World Race.

How We Support You

Discipleship

Discipleship

A large part of this journey is growing in your walk with Christ. We desire to model the way Jesus discipled his followers. Mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.

Training

Training

Six to eight weeks before your launch date, you’ll attend a 10-day intensive training at our headquarters here in North Georgia.

Community

Community

You’ll get to experience raw Christian community as you travel, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join the Race, you will be invited to a private Facebook group to begin getting to know your squad.

Fundraising

Fundraising

We’ll provide coaching, video tutorials, scripts, and ideas for fundraising plus a free fundraising course and a blog so you can tell your story and accept donations. We also have structured deadlines to help you reach your goal.

Risk Management

Risk Management

Our commitment to risk management includes internal and external teams who constantly monitor and manage risk and create contingency plans as needed.

Parent Connect

Parent Connect

Our amazing Parent Ministry provides resources and communication so your parents feel supported and informed while you’re on the field.

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