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Oct 2020 — Sep 2021

Costa Rica Indonesia

Spread the love of God throughout the Pacific Rim
Route Completed
Costa Rica - Indonesia
11 countries

Route Guides

Chris Scott
Chris Scott
Program Exec
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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.
Beka Hardy
Beka Hardy
Elder
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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.
Megan Parham
Megan Parham
Squad Mentor
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Kim Schmitz
Kim Schmitz
Coach
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Kim Schmitz - I reside in Myrtle Beach, SC. with my husband, Marty Schmitz. I am originally from Connecticut, and spent the first half of my life there. I grew up not knowing the Lord and pursued a self promoting, worldly life. My ambition brought me success in my career and finances, but because of my independence from God, I eventually wore myself out and my worldly life decisions caught up with me. In 1993, I moved to SC. I was a young, single mom and struggling to make my way in this world. I believe God intervened in my life when I found myself in Al-Anon; a place for friends and family of alcoholics. It wasn't until then, that I had to make the decision to believe whether or not God was real, and with the help of a 12 step program, I chose to believe. At age 30, I got saved and began my Christian walk, but it wasn't until more recent years that I FULLY gave my life to Jesus. Since doing so, my goals have changed. I no longer pursue the things of this world. I now obtain the peace that I always longed for, and it is more precious to me than gold. My husband and I are submerged and growing in our faith, in a loving Body of Christ; operating in the gifts of the Spirit, and encouraging others to experience the same.
Marty Schmitz
Marty Schmitz
Coach
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Born in Texas, both parents Air Force. Dad from Minnesota, Mom from North Carolina. I lived in North Carolina though elementary school, junior high in Virginia and high school in Pennsylvania. Attended Penn State University as a scholarship athlete; high jump/decathlon. Worked in heavy industrial manufacturing environments until 2003. I am a dad and step dad and married to Kim Schmitz. We live, work and are "members in particular" of The Body of Christ in Myrtle Beach SC. I'm an instrumental worshipper (Sax, Shofar, Harmonica) and motorcycle enthusiast. Currently I am self employed in the swimming pool services industry. I accepted Christ, as being who the Bible says he is, at age 28. The journey that began at that juncture has by far been the single largest impact on my life and the life to come. It is the event that leads me to you and you to me.
Austin Ulsh
Austin Ulsh
Advisor
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Hey. My name is Austin. My father is a big Dallas Cowboys fan and wanted to name me Dallas, but my mom was definitely not naming her child Dallas(thanks mom!). Since Austin is a city in Texas, it was negotiated to be my name. I love the Fall and spring. They are my favorite times of the year, also the best times of the year to go for a run(or motorcycle ride), which I love as well. I also love ultimate frisbee, tennis, volleyball, football and other sports activities. Also I have no shame and fully comfortable in saying that I love Channing Tatum. He's a good looking man who can dance. Just sayin'
Taylor Flickinger
Taylor Flickinger
Squad Logistics
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Hannah Zimmerle
Hannah Zimmerle
Squad Leader
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Lucas Moore
Lucas Moore
Squad Leader
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Chris Scott
Chris Scott
Exec
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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.

Where They Went - What They Did

Southern Central America

Costa Rica Hub

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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Focus: Camp Ministry, Feeding Program, Sex Trafficking Ministry, Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Evangelism, Manual Labor

Your journey will launch in Costa Rica, where you will get to join our ministry partners and share the powerful love of Jesus in slums devastated by gang violence and poverty. There will be opportunities to share the Gospel with local business owners and tourists, and ultimately show this pura vida nation the true source of Life.

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Southern Central America

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Panama

Panama

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Focus: Community Outreach, Children’s Ministry, Evangelism, Local Church Ministry, Unreached People Groups

Alongside our ministry partners, you may meet indigenous tribes scattered throughout the rainforests or connect with the South Asian immigrant population in the emerging capital city. Your team may help out on a coffee farm in the misty volcanic valleys or share the Gospel with university students in this vibrant nation.

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South America

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Ecuador

Ecuador

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Focus: Children’s Ministry, Local Church Ministry, Special Needs Ministry, Teaching English, Feeding Program, Refugee Ministry

See God at work through our ministry partners as you help them care for neglected refugees and abandoned children with special needs. Or share the Gospel with local students while you drink in the stunning surroundings of the snow-capped Andes mountains. During off days, you may zipline through rainforests or hike up an active volcano.

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Western South America

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Peru

Peru

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Focus: Community Outreach, Local Church Ministry, Discipleship, Evangelism, Special Needs Ministry, Teaching English, Church Planting

Many of our partners minister in the deepest corners of the Amazon Rainforest, or in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, seeking to convey a clear Gospel and invite people into a deeper understanding of who God is. As you traverse through Peru’s jungle villages, desert expanses, urban plazas, and mountain peaks, you will find the decaying remnants of an ancient empire and many locals who maintain deep ties to their cultural heritage and indigenous beliefs.

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Southern South America

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Chile

Chile

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Focus: Local Church Ministry, Discipleship, Evangelism, Church-Planting

There is a growing movement of Latin American missionaries being sent out from this prosperous nation of booming cities and pristine landscapes. Join our network of ministry partners and be part of activating the local church in Chile.

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East Asia

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Japan

Japan

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Focus: Church Planting, Teaching English, Unreached People Groups

Here you will encounter a very modern country that clings to social tradition and honor. The younger Japanese generation is ready to embrace something other than the rituals of their ancestors. But in this deeply unreached country, many have never heard of the freedom that the Gospel brings.

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East Asia

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Taiwan

Taiwan

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Focus: Church Planting, Unreached People Groups

Taiwan has made a name for itself as one of Asia's most liberal and freedom-based democracies, leading the way in civil rights. While there is a growing Christian community in Taiwan, the country is mostly made up of ethnic religions (about 60%). Ministry in Taiwan will be focused on strengthening the reach and influence of the local church.

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Southeast Asia

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Vietnam

Vietnam

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Focus: Teaching English, Community Outreach

This rapidly developing nation is on the brink of massive change as its younger generation is hungry for Truth. Though the communist government has made it illegal to share your faith, you will teach English as a way to build relationships with locals and hopefully open doors to Gospel conversations with people whose hearts are burning to listen.

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Southeast Asia

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Cambodia

Cambodia

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Focus: Teaching English, Church Planting, Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry

Even after a devastating genocide wiped out a generation, the Cambodian people are moving forward with a hopeful outlook and a generous heart. Join our partners as they minister to local street kids, teach English, and share the hope of the Gospel with locals.

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South Asia

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Malaysia

Malaysia

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Focus: Teaching English, Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Unreached People Groups

Though Malaysia is technically a closed country, the people are eager and waiting to hear the Gospel. Build relationships with these diverse communities as you show them a lifestyle of following Jesus.

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South Asia

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Indonesia

Indonesia

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Focus: Community Outreach, Teaching English, Church Planting, Unreached People Groups

You may evangelize alongside a local church or work with a team of Bible translators to bring the gift of God’s Word in the local language. Wherever your team is serving, you will have the opportunity to join our passionate partners in revealing the truth of Jesus.

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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

Team Name: Fresh Fire

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Drake Crowell
Drake Crowell
Fayetteville, AR
Annie May Denny
Annie May Denny
Fort Worth, TX
Zaiah Henderson
Zaiah Henderson
Newton, NC
Paiton Houchins
Paiton Houchins
Greenville, KY
Lauren Johnson
Lauren Johnson
phoenix, AZ
Kristin Kirby
Kristin Kirby
Leonardtown, Maryland
Hanna Smith
Hanna Smith
Milton, FL

Team Name: Fuego Fresco

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Elizabeth Anderson
Elizabeth Anderson
Newnan, GA
Stephanie Hardy
Stephanie Hardy
Newport News, Virginia
JD Knight-Nieves
JD Knight-Nieves
Ellendale, DE
Katy Koser
Katy Koser
Buford, GA
Amber Phillips
Amber Phillips
N. Chesterfield, VA
Elizabeth Ryker
Elizabeth Ryker
Newcastle, Washington

Team Name: Squad Leaders

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Lucas Moore
Lucas Moore
SHIRLEY, INDIANA
Hannah Zimmerle
Hannah Zimmerle
McKinney, TX
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Stories From the Field

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