The World Race is a stretching journey into 11 countries in 11 months to serve “the least of these” while amongst real and raw community. This unique mission trip is a challenging adventure for young adults to abandon worldly possessions and a traditional lifestyle in exchange for an understanding that it’s not about you; it’s about the Kingdom.
One of our members is on this journey now. Jaime began her World Race journey on January 5, 2014. Please join us in praying her through this journey and back home again.
Read about Jaime’s preparation for The World Race on her blog.
Where’s Jaime Now?
Keep up with Jaime’s 2014 World Race progress right here!
- January 5 – Leaves Orlando traveling to Atlanta, GA
- January 9 – Leaves Atlanta on a 17 hour plane ride Johannesburg, South Africa
- January 10 – Arrives in Johannesburg, South Africa
- January 11 – Leaves Johannesburg bound for Cape Town, South Africa in a 12 hour bus ride
- January 13 – 18 hour bus ride across South Africa to work at Marine Primary School this month
- January 30 – 18 hour bus ride leaving Cape Town back to Johannesburg
- February 6 – Leaves South Africa heading to Swaziland to work in the El Shaddai Orphanage
- February 27 – Leaves Swaziland (4 countries in 4 days travel)
- March 1 – Lands in Qatar, flying to India tomorrow
- March 2 – Arrives in India
- March 31 – Leaves India heading to Nepal
- April 2 – Arrives in Nepal
- April 30 – Leaves Nepal
- May 2 – Arrives in Thailand
- May 31 – Leaves Thailand, Arrives in Cambodia
- June 28 – Leaves Cambodia, Arrives in Vietnam
- July 26 – Leaves Vietnam
- July 27 – Arrives in Ireland
- August 26 – Leaves Ireland
- August 27 – Arrives in Romania
Countries On Jaime’s Route
While it’s been several decades since apartheid has formally ended, there’s still more healing and reconciliation to take place in South Africa. One of the wealthiest countries on the continent yet much of the population living outside the cities is poor. Like the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, this country struggles with a high rate of AIDS/HIV. Host to the 2010 World Cup and breathtaking natural attractions, it’s also a place full of kingdom potential, waiting to be released.
The Kingdom of Swaziland is one of the last remaining monarchies in Africa. Home to 1.1 million people and breathtaking scenic views, it’s also where the world’s highest HIV/AIDS infection rate lives (26.1% in adults and over 50% of adults in their 20s). It’s estimated that by 2050, Swaziland may cease to exist. Young orphans are scattered throughout this nation in desperate need of attention. Jaime will most likely find herself involved in a variety of outreaches, including education, orphan care, care point feedings, and more.
With nearly a sixth of the world’s population within its borders, India is a country bursting with people and culture. Home to a diverse array of beliefs from Hinduism to Islam, to a blend of folk religions and other faiths, it is a country of pluralism with twenty-nine languages spoken by over a million native speakers, multiple religions, cuisine, socio-economic classes, and political parties. India’s struggles with poverty and crimes of human trafficking, forced prostitution, religious persecution, and more. Jaime might work with local churches to encourage believers and most likely be challenged by their testimonies. Her presence will bring hope and truth to those that society deems “untouchable.”
Home to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, Nepal literally sits on top of the world. In addition to adventurous experiences Jaime will have here, she may also visit widows and orphans in their times of distress and protect the innocent who are prey to human traffickers. This month of Jaime’s World Race experience will submerge her in a culture that is desperate for an encounter with the living God.
According to the CIA, the kingdom of Thailand, known as Siam until 1939, is the only country in the region not colonized by Europe. Their 2000 census showed that 94.6% of the population is Buddhist, 4.6% are Muslim, and 0.7% are Christian. Approximately 600,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. With nearly two million people estimated to be forced into prostitution, it has become one of the most popular places for sex tourism. In the city areas Jaime, like Jesus, might befriend prostitutes-or in the countryside- she may serve youth, care for orphans, and encourage a remnant of believers.
Cambodia houses one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat, a Hindu temple and monastery built during the Khmer empire in the 12th century. It later became a Buddhist complex a century later, and today, just over 96% of Cambodia is Buddhist. Almost 30 years ago, 1.5 million Cambodians died at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, Cambodia is a source, transit point, and destination of human trafficking. Unfortunately, the government is struggling to stop it. The people of Cambodia are thirsty for the hope of Jesus.
After nearly a century of French rule, in the mid-20th century, Vietnam was split into communist (north) and non-communist (south) halves. By 1975, Vietnam was made whole again, but as a communist country. Even with the economic reforms and restoration of diplomatic ties human rights are limited in Vietnam, especially freedom of religion; most of Vietnam is Buddhist, less than 10% is Catholic. Here you’ll be fed with pho, delicious beef noodle soup, and in turn feed believers and pray God’s light and presence everywhere you go.
Ireland boasts a heritage of Christianity through Catholicism. Yet the lifeless display of faith reveals that this nation is farther from God than ever. Rampant alcoholism and suicide rates reveal a desperate need for hope. Through sports, children’s outreach, street evangelism, pub ministry, and the relationships that just happen along the way, the World Race reintroduces a life-giving faith to this beautiful, historic culture.
The northern regions of Romania are home to the gypsy community. Though strangers in their homeland and forgotten by society, the gypsies are a strong and vibrant people who embrace the light of Christ in an inspirational way. Here, Jaime will teach English, lead sports camps, live life with the gypsies, and more.
This will not be Jaime’s first visit to Romania. Eastpoint Fellowship has an ongoing ministry in this country. It was on Jaime’s first mission trip to Romania that she felt the calling into mission work.
After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey was united in 1923 under Ataturk. Its location at the crossroads between Europe and Asia makes it an influential player in European and Middle Eastern politics and economy. Although there is no official religion, more than 99% of the Turkish people are Muslim. Istanbul has long been the headquarters of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but Christians still make up less than 0.2% of the population. The potential for outreach in this country is enormous. Jaime and her team will bring light to this beautiful nation of people who desperately need to personally experience the love of Jesus.
Located on the southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula, with its coast along the Adriatic Sea, Albania is Mother Teresa’s birthplace. Did you know that the apostle Paul had actually been to Albania during his missionary travels (Romans 15:19)? Albania declared independence in 1912, but then was occupied by Italy then Germany for a few years, during World War II. Afterwards, Albania was under Soviet rule, which ended in the early 1990s. There were only a dozen or so Christians then; today there are thousands. Most of the population identify themselves as Muslim (70%) while the remainder are Orthodox Christian (20%) and Catholic/Protestant (10%). Jaime’s ministry: simply connect with the young people. As you build friendships with students, you’ll get to tell them how Jesus tore the veil — thicker than even the Iron Curtain that divided Europe — that separated man from God.