As we enter a new year, I’m thankful to be focused on bringing hope to the darkest places.
In 2015, we went to the front lines of two major relief responses. When the 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal in April, World Race P Squad was on the ground a week later. They sifted through rubble amidst the aftershocks, helped survivors, and communicated with our home office as we mobilized short term teams to partner with those on the ground.
Then, in October, I got a phone call from a World Race alumnus serving in Greece. Refugees from all over the Muslim world were flooding into transition points set along the borders of Greece and Turkey. They needed help. We re-routed WR squads and sent teams to Greece.
Currently our teams continue to help pull people off of boats, sorting clothes for the shivering arrivals, handing out hot cups of tea, and offering hope in a desperate situation.
They are living out the Gospel where it’s needed most.
We’re seeing similar fruit throughout Adventures. Both Gap Year and Parent Ministry have experienced dramatic growth. Young adults and parents alike are bringing their skills and talents to the table, committing their lives to Kingdom priorities.
Across our ministry, we’ve seen teams put feet to pavement with the message of Jesus. Teens, families, men, and women are bringing the real and relevant message of Jesus to the nations—from the red light districts of Thailand to the streets of Chicago.
Whether you supported a participant on a trip or went on one yourself, you might not know much about Adventures beyond the program you’ve seen. Each year we compile this report as part of our effort to be transparent and accountable to you.
Yes, the world looks dangerous. And the headlines are grim. But Jesus promises us that we win this thing. And knowing that, we choose to focus on what God is doing around the world.
Here are some stories of what He did in 2015. Thank you for your generosity. Your partnership with us makes a difference as we seek to mobilize and disciple both those we send and the nations we send them to.
Founder and CEO, Adventures in Missions
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Plates of food served
Passport is Adventures in Missions' program for college-age (18-22 years old) individuals. Passporters spend 1-6 months alongside local churches and ministries overseas. Living out the gospel, contending for justice on behalf of orphans, the poor, and the trafficked mark the ministry experience of Passport.
World Race 737
The World Race is a journey to 11 countries in 11 months to serve "the least of these" while amongst real and raw community. This trip is a challenging adventure for young adults to abandon a traditional lifestyle in exchange for an understanding that it's not about you; it's about the Kingdom. With launches happening every January, July, and September, a total of 1,125 racers were on the field throughout 2015
Ambassadors are 14-18 year olds who venture overseas for 2-4 weeks every summer to represent Jesus, his kingdom and his heart for the world.
Center for Global Action 73
Community. Discipleship. Apprenticeship. CGA is a community of World Race and Passport Alumni that are pursuing their calling while working alongside Georgia Staff.
Long Term Missions 50
Adventures Long Term is a group of missionaries and strategic ministry partners around the world who have made a long term commitment to serve.
Short Term Missions 2,447
Adventures offers many types of short-term mission trips, including youth, college, adult, family, and custom trips.
Georgia Staff 160
The bulk of Adventures' staff finds their home in Gainesville, Georgia. This staff is committed to seeing God's kingdom come on earth. Along with our program and development departments, our Gainesville campus currently hosts training and leadership camps, Project Searchlight conference for Alumni Racers, and the Center for Global Action classes.
Parent Ministry gives the parents of participants, primarily World Racers, a place to connect with each other and with Adventures in Missions. Not only does it allow a platform to answer parent questions, it gives parents a place to be fully alive alongside their sons and daughters in their own season of ministry. This year, 491 launched as missionaries on Parent Vision Trips. 993 attended Parent Launch, with 163 parent volunteers serving Adventures and other parents.
Total Missionaries 3,827
Thanks to our generous supporters, Adventures had over 3,800 people serving the nations this year.
With the generous financial support in 2015, Adventures in Missions mobilized more than 3,800 missionaries to the field.
Of Adventures total expenses, 89% goes directly to program needs.
Countries of 2015 mission trips
Countries with Adventures bases
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Parent Ministry believes the parents of our participants are on their own journey. In addition to providing a platform to answer parent questions, we support and encourage the parent journey by connecting parents to Adventures in Missions, to each other, and to the work of God around the world through:
Parent Launches Parent Vision Trips Short Term Trips and Service Opportunities Communities in Parent Facebook Groups Volunteer Opportunities Online Book Studies
As they release sons and daughters into their ministries, parents move from “survival mode” to fully embracing the work of God in their own lives.
Parents participating in WR and Gap Year Parent Vision Trips
Parents attending parent launches (for WR and Gap Year)
Parent volunteers serving Adventures and other parents
Although the majority of our employees raise all or a portion of their own salaries, Adventures has ongoing material, administrative, and technological expenditures associated with maintaining the organization. We take great care to make sure we conduct our finances with integrity.
Fiscal transparency and accountability direct the financial actions of Adventures in Missions. We are members in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and commission an independent auditor to conduct a thorough annual audit. In addition, our board of directors meets routinely to regulate ministry management and performance.
As an organization, we work diligently to keep expenses low. As a ministry, we see the available resources as gifts to be judiciously administered. Our desire is to make the greatest eternal impact by making resources go as far as possible.
“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”