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"There's Something Different Here"

This week, hear from World Race: Gap Year participant Kori Jane Spaulding about a time her and her squad had Romanian locals join their worship nights in Craiova, with photos from Abbi Manos. Check it out! 

How to Serve God in Medellin, Colombia

This week, hear from World Race participant Janine Hald as she shares about the ministry opportunities her team partnered with in Medellin, Colombia! Check out her story below, with photos from Claudia Gruett.

Two Children Received Jesus for the First Time

This week, hear from World Race participant Aaron Moore about how he and his team shared the Gospel with a family in Armenia, with photos from Abbey Spiker. Their simple obedience led to two people choosing to follow Jesus. Check it out! 

Serving on Gap Year: Rebuilding Homes & Restoring Hope

This week, hear from World Race: Gap Year participant, Ellie Zeller, as she shares about her time serving with Samaritan's Purse in Houma, Louisiana. 

In the two weeks that the World Race: Gap Year squads were in Louisiana, they were able to complete disaster relief projects for 80+ homes and were able to witness 20+ homeowners give their lives to Christ!

Check out this story from Ellie, with photos from Grace Harang, of an encounter with a woman who needed physical help and spiritual care: 

A Day in the Life of the World Race: Gap Year (on campus!)

This week, hear from World Race: Gap Year participant Grace Harang on what life has looked like on our Gainesville, Georgia campus!

Our World Race: Gap Year participants have been on campus training and growing closer to God and their community. Next week, they will head to Louisiana to partner with Samaritan's Purse in disaster relief efforts, then will launch overseas to serve with strategic ministry partners! Follow along the journey! 

The Power of Jesus Casts out Demons

This week, Libbie and her team prayed over a home experiencing demonic activity and saw the power of God move in miraculous ways. With their local ministry partner, they were able to see freedom and healing take place in a local family. Check it out! 

Ministry in an Albanian Prison

This week, hear from World Race participant Victoria Bacon on her experience ministering in a prison in Albania. Victoria and her team joined the prison staff to the inmate wing to share the love of God, and she left with a deeper understanding of the Father's love for His children. Check it out!

Building the Church in Romania

This week, hear from World Race participants Micah Torgerson and Courtney Rodgers, with photos from Kailee Knudsen, about serving with Hope Church Romania. They went to the streets to share the love of Jesus with locals, and at the end of the month, invited everyone together to get connected to the local church. Check it out!

How to Share the Gospel in Romania

This week, hear from Victoria Bacon and Kelsey Corns about their time in Romania serving with Hope Church Craiova. These two give us a glimpse into ministry, sharing the Gospel, and the fruit that they are seeing. Check it out!

How God is Moving in Asheville, NC

This week, hear from Brian Hutton about what our Semesters by World Race squad is up to in Asheville, North Carolina! Brian and his squad are experiencing Christ-centered community and hands-on ministry while witnessing signs and wonders in the mighty Name of Jesus. Check it out!

Has Gen Z Forgotten God?

This week, hear from Ben Hershey about what our Short-Term Domestic Mission Trips have been up to this summer! He shares about the rising generation of believers who have their hearts set on bringing the Kingdom of Heaven near. Check out his story and watch the video recap below!

Photos from A Week in the Life in Panama

This week, hear from Semesters by World Race participant, Devin Helm, as she gives us a glimpse into a week in the life serving and ministering in Panama! Devin and her team have been able to partner with a variety of different ministries - teaching English, serving with a nutrition and food ministry, prayer and intercession, and many more. Check it out!

How to Make a Lasting Impact in Honduras

This week, World Race participant Kelsey Corns tells a story of how her team was able to serve a local women's Bible study group in the mountains of Honduras. She gives us a glimpse of the Lord's provision and how her squad is partnering with the Father to make a lasting impact on those they have met by distributing the Word of God to those who haven't had it before. Check it out!

Seemingly Stranded in Turkey

This week, World Race participant Alli Taylor gives us a glimpse into life in Istanbul, Turkey. The Lord is showing up in miraculous ways as her and her team trust and depend on Him, even in the details. Check it out!

You Dont Have to be Overseas to be a Missionary

This week, Semesters by World Race participant Piper Mahan reflects on her time serving overseas and shares an interesting perspective about mission work in the United States. She said, "being on the mission field in other countries has heightened my passion for the States". Be sure to check out the full story!

Serving on the Streets of the Dominican Republic

This week, World Race participant Abbey Spiker takes us to the streets of the Dominican Republic as her and her team share the love of Jesus with those they meet. She reminds us that ministry opportunities are all around us, waiting for us to step out in faith to partner with what God is doing around the world. Check it out!

Sharing the Love of God in the Dominican Republic

This week, World Race: Gap Year leader Nicole Stepp tells us about three interactions she had with locals while serving in the Dominican Republic with our ministry partner, Mission of Hope. Mission of Hope has multiple campuses in the Caribbean and partners with local churches to transform lives through church advancementnutritioneducation, and medical care. Check out Nicole's story about these three conversations filled with encouragement, redemption, and the hope we have in Jesus!

How Your Support of International Missions is Making a Difference in Costa Rica

Adventures in Missions is dedicated to making a real sustainable impact around the world by working alongside local missionaries and join in the work they are already doing. We believe God is at work around the world during the global coronavirus crisis and wish to assist in the awesome work our partners are doing in other countries. For example, the Adventures in Missions International base in C...

Introducing the NEW World Race Vlog

 At the beginning of the year, we spent some time following around our missionaries in Guatemala and Costa Rica to give you a day-to-day look at what the World Race mission trip is really like. We are so excited to share the new World Race Vlog with you, the first episode is available on YouTube now. We hope you love it. In our first official episode of the World Race Vlog, we visited the ...

What if someone were to ask you how you responded to the pandemic?

While many saw the nation-wide quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle or a setback, World Race Mentor, Mark Hodges, saw it as an opportunity. “This is a monumental moment in history,” Mark explained. “What if someone were to ask you how you responded to the pandemic? I wanted to be able to answer that well.” Mark began looking at ministry opportunities tha...

How Your Support of International Missions is Making a Difference in Guatemala

Earlier this year, we shared about how the COVID-19 pandemic had shaken the Guatemalan economy, leaving many rural families in need of relief. Aderkee, a local Guatemalan missionary and Adventures Guatemala staff member, developed a plan to help struggling families and share God’s love with the people of Guatemala. Aderkee, along with the rest of the Adventures team, developed a plan to fil...

Is Taking a Gap Year a Good Idea?

 “I was in a place that a lot of people find themselves in now, where I knew I needed to do something or go somewhere but college wasn’t it.” These were the feelings Robbie Sanderson, a recent High School graduate, had while praying about his next steps. Instead of starting college classes right away, Robbie began to look at the possibility of taking a Christian gap year. ...

How taking a Christian Gap Year can Change Your Life

As colleges are forced to change their approach in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be looking at other options like taking a gap year. At the World Race, we believe taking a Christian gap year can drastically change the course of your life and better prepare you for the next stage of your journey with Jesus. Taking a gap year may not be for everyone, but if you’re praying through wh...

Living on Missions Starts with Loving Your Family

What would happen if we honestly viewed our family as our mission field? How could that lead us to love the people in our house better? In this interview with Gisele Marie, Squad Leader for World Race: America, shares about how the COVID-19 quarantine led her and her squad to focus less on “outreach” to the community and more on “inreach” to the people right in front of the...

How You Can Provide Refuge for Powerless Women in Thailand

World Race alum, Scott Kwak (2013, M Squad) and Christina Kwak (2014, A Squad) share about opportunities they have at Bella Goose in Chiang Mai, Thailand to continue spreading Hope to powerless and marginalized women in their local community amongst COVID-19 restrictions. When everything was starting to close down here in Chiang Mai due to Covid-19, we were all gravely affected. We understood why...

Your donations have already helped feed over 2,000 families in South Asia.

Areas across South Asia have been in strict lockdown for over a month due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, leaving many already struggling families without food. Adventures in Missions began partnering with local missionaries to distribute rice and share the love of Jesus with these families Your donations have already helped feed over 2,000 families in South Asia. For every $500 raised, Adventu...

I'm Home and here are some thoughts

It’s been almost a full week since our Racers unexpectedly returned home because of the COVID-19. There has never been a reason in the past to pull a whole squad off the field, let alone all of them, so this was a shock to everyone. Below, April Knab shares her thoughts as she begins to process this huge, unexpected change. She writes that even though she never thought her final months of he...