ACU alum to embark on around-the-world service mission

Posted July 15, 2010

Young adults from across the nation are leaving behind their lifestyles for a year to cross continents, experience cultures and positively impact lives--including their own.

Abilene resident and ACU alum Brandi Jo Magee ('06) will join about 50 squad mates in October to leave the comforts of home and embark on the World Race. It will be the journey of a lifetime: 11 months traveling around the globe in community, serving far-flung villages and sharing the love of Jesus Christ as they go. Some of the countries they will serve in are Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, India, Botswana and Malawi.

The World Race is an 11-month, 11-country Christian service missions trip around the world. A project of Adventures In Missions (AIM), based in Gainesville, GA, the Race started in 2006 and has sent 16 squads totaling nearly 1,000 Racers around the world.

"I think I'm ready to 'push the limits' on what I understand as 'abundant' life," said Magee. "It's time for me to let go of what's comfortable, what's 'normal' and allow the God of the Universe to show me just how abundant life can really be – through pushing my spiritual, physical and emotional limits while loving those who are hungry, deprived, neglected, orphaned or deceived."

"Many people look at the World Race and get the wrong idea," said Seth Barnes, founder of the World Race and AIM. "They think it's about young people seeing the world. The reality is that, while young people often sign up because of the adventure aspect, it's really an initiation experience. On the World Race you learn about what God is doing on the earth and how to join Him in it."

For the October 2010 squad only, AIM is giving away one World Race trip to a participant who will apply via blog or video blog. (Normally, applicants raise the funds necessary for the
11-month journey, about $15,000.) Learn more about the giveaway mission trip here.

Whether in villages of Nicaragua, the bush of Botswana, or the streets of Thailand, World Racers depend on the kindness of strangers and other Christians as they live out their mission of reaching others with Christ's love. World Racers live as locals do in each country; they serve communities in many ways - from playing with orphans, to visiting the sick, doing manual labor or simply spending time loving and serving forgotten people.

"I went on the World Race because I knew something was missing from the Christian life we do here [in America]," said Race alumnus Ian Schumann of Austin, TX. "I had to leave my home and get shaken up, get my world rocked, in order to find it--but now I know for sure that the Kingdom of God is everywhere, and we can cultivate it anywhere, because it's within us, like Jesus said."

For more information, visit the World Race website.


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