Tuesday, January 26, 2010

30 Days of Justice: The World Race

3:54 AM
Ever dream of traveling the world? I know I do! One of my life goals is to visit all 7 continents. One missions organization has combined both the allure of world travel and the passion of serving others. Participants of Adventures in Missions' World Race will travel to 11 different countries in 11 months.

This type of missions experience is incredible for those who know God is calling them to the mission field, but not sure where. It gives you the opportunity to serve in first, second and third world countries, and see where God is drawing you. Each country has a different theme of ministry as well. You could be building a church in Peru, playing with kids at an orphanage in India, praying with prostitutes in Thailand, or digging wells in Africa. There will even be time for teams to pray to seek God to find where exactly He is leading them into ministry.

The World Race not only allows you to see all different types of ministry and cultures, but also a chance to increase dependence of God. From raising to support, to traveling from country to country with all your possessions on your back, to spending 24 hours a day with the same group of people for 11 months, every opportunity is a chance to grow your faith. As you read through the World Racer blogs, the stories not only tell of the changes happening within the country, but also the change within themselves.

And the trip isn't called the World Race for no reason. Taking inspiration from CBS' Amazing Race, World Race teams will compete within each country for points. As they arrive in each new country, they will be presented with challenges ranging from physical activities (climbing some big things!) to cultural activities (eating some gross things!). This competition allows Racers to immerse in the country they are about to spend a month ministering to, as well as increase team unity among each other. At the end of the 11 months, the overall winner is declared from the cumulative total of points. 2006 Racer, Ryan Stewart, has published a photo book, documenting his trip that you can purchase here.

The World Race isn't for everyone. But if you love excitement and adventure, serving God and spreading His Word, this may be the trip for you. It will take you out of your comfort zone. It will push you further with God than you've been before. It will broaden your worldview. It will open your eyes to the needs of a suffering world. It will ruin you for anything ordinary. Sound like fun?

About the author

Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!