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Discovering God’s Love and Faithfulness: The Transformative Power of World Race Semesters

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to immerse yourself in a new culture, serve others, and deepen your relationship with God, all within a span of a few months? The World Race: Semesters offers young adults the chance to do just that. These trips, lasting from 1 to 3 months, take participants to 1 or 2 different countries, where they experience the transformative power of mission work and spiritual growth.

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One participant’s journey provides a beautiful illustration of the profound impact these short-term trips can have. “Something that God really did on my heart during this trip was to point out His Love and Faithfulness for me,” shares a World Racer. “In these past 3 months, God changed my view from Sunday school and knowing that He loves me, and made it really personal and reminded me that He is the true source of Love and my Father.”

Hearing God’s Voice

During a Semester trip, participants are not only exposed to new cultures and service opportunities but also to the beauty of God’s creation and the clarity of His voice. “On my 3-month trip, I learned how to hear God’s voice. I had never really known His voice before, but when we were in Ecuador worshipping on the roof, I was staring up at the stars admiring the beauty of His creation when I heard His voice so clearly.”

This experience of hearing God’s voice is a common thread among World Racers. The quiet moments of worship, reflection, and community living create an environment where participants can connect with God in profound and unexpected ways.

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Building Community and Learning to Love

A significant part of the World Race: Semesters is the emphasis on community. Living and serving alongside a group of like-minded individuals provides a unique opportunity to learn about love and relationships in a Christ-centered context. “Before coming on this trip, I didn’t really know how to be loved or how to love others well,” the participant reflects. “Since coming on this trip and being in this community, I have truly learned that loving others well is super important and that you can’t know how to love others well until you learn how to be loved by others first.”

This sense of community not only enriches the participants’ experience abroad but also equips them to build and nurture a Christian community when they return home. The lessons learned about love, patience, flexibility, and putting others’ needs before their own desires are invaluable and transformative.

Spiritual Growth and Daily Dependence on the Holy Spirit

World Race: Semesters are designed to stretch and challenge participants spiritually and relationally. The testimony highlights the profound spiritual growth experienced during the trip: “This trip stretched and challenged me spiritually and relationally, beyond what I could have imagined. I learned so much about patience, flexibility, trusting in God and His timing, and putting the needs of others before my own desires.”

A key takeaway from these trips is the importance of a daily filling of the Holy Spirit and inviting Him into every moment of the day. This daily dependence on the Holy Spirit transforms participants’ relationships with God and equips them for a lifetime of faithful service and devotion.

A Life-Changing Experience

The impact of a World Race: Semester trip is often long-lasting and deeply transformative. “I loved this trip. I’ve found God on a deeper, more vulnerable level, and learned how to love people and be loved by people. I would 10/10 do it again, recommend someone else to do it, and lead a trip so others can experience what I’ve experienced.”

For those considering what to do after high school graduation or looking for a gap year opportunity, the World Race: Semesters offers a unique and powerful way to explore one’s faith, serve others, and discover one’s calling. This experience is just a taste of what the Lord has planned for a lifetime of service and devotion.

Don’t miss the chance to embark on this incredible journey and see how God can transform your heart and life through mission work and community. The adventure awaits!

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