I used to wonder “How do I live a life of purpose?” Can you relate?
The World Race was a catalytic year that changed the trajectory of my life forever. I developed a deeper relationship with God, built lasting friendships, and received firsthand experience on how to make a difference in the world. Today, my team and I have the privilege of leading hundreds of people on Semesters (one of the fastest-growing programs in our organization!) We’ll be your guides as you discover God’s plans are bigger than you ever dreamed. During your trip, our trained leadership team will share how to read the Bible and apply it as you serve and build relationships and live in an authentic Biblical community.
The Semesters Route 1 journey empowers you to:
1. Grow with God
Witness God moving through the ministries and people you serve. Rely on His strength to fuel your days and His voice to lead the way.
2. Find Community
Discover how to be the church, and love each other while living and serving together in South Africa, Eswatini, and Lesotho.
3. Make a Difference
Watch God move in tangible ways. You may find yourself building relationships and helping with community projects, caring for children impacted by HIV/AIDS, or serving food and playing with kids.
FOCUS:Evangelism, Community service projects, Kids ministry
South Africa will be a great bridge for you between American culture and the cultures found in Africa. You'll be serving with one of our key partners (specific TBD and updated soon!) who will help you become familiar with what it's like to do ministry overseas and nudge you out of your comfort zone. This first month will build a foundation for the next two months as you contribute to the long term vision of our partners ministries.
Curious what serving in South Africa sometimes looks like? Check out these blogs!
FOCUS:Children’s ministry, Orphan care, Community development
In Eswatini you will get to put the skills you learned in South Africa to practice, while still receiving guidance from the staff at the Adventures base. You will do a lot of children's ministry and home visits, and experience firsthand how you can help contribute to the development of the next generation of Swazi leaders.
Meet Bongani and Morgan Nxumalo serving in Eswatini
Morgan moved to Swaziland a little over five years ago on June 1, 2014. She is originally from Alabama. Bongani started working with Adventures in Missions in March of 2014. He is a Swazi national. Bongani and Morgan got married in March of 2017 and had their first child, Jonathan on October 24, 2018.
Bongani and Morgan became the Team and Trip Managers in January of 2018. They handle all logistics for all teams that come into the country including World Race squads, Semester Teams, etc. They want to make sure that everyone that comes through Swaziland has their best trip and experience yet!
FOCUS:Evangelism, Discipleship, Church ministry, Children’s ministry
Lesotho is a beautiful country, but what will be the highlight of your month is the quality relationships you will build. Africa 4 Jesus will identify several locations where you can minister and serve their ministry, but it is up to you on what you will accomplish. It will be challenging, but fruitful. We hope you take what you learn and feel confident to connect and build friendships in your own community too!
Meet the amazing people from Africa 4 Jesus!
Africa 4 Jesus is a discipleship ministry that operates sustainable discipleship schools within South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They serve broken and hurting individuals and help restore dignity to their lives, through Christian discipleship and biblical teaching. This beautiful ministry has a big heart and simply wants to do life together!
You’ll create a profile and complete a questionnaire application and then schedule a phone interview with our team so we can get to know you better. After that, we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted!
Step 2: Fundraise
Once you’ve confirmed your spot, we will pair you with an Admissions Advisor who will help you with planning, fundraising ideas, and all the logistical information you need to prepare.
Step 3: Train
You will spend the first few days of your trip at our campus in Georgia, training, worshiping and bonding with your teammates before you leave.
Step 4: Launch
You will fly out with your team from the Atlanta airport and begin your semester on mission.
How We Support You
A large part of this journey is growing in your walk with Christ. We desire to model the way Jesus discipled his followers. Mentors, coaches, and fellow Racers will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.
You’ll spend the first few days of your trip at a training camp here at World Race headquarters in North Georgia.
You’ll get to experience raw Christian community as you travel, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join the Race, you will be invited to a private Facebook group to begin getting to know your squad.
We’ll provide coaching, video tutorials, scripts, and ideas for fundraising plus a free fundraising course and a blog so you can tell your story and accept donations. We also have structured deadlines to help you reach your goal.
Our commitment to risk management includes internal and external teams who constantly monitor and manage risk and create contingency plans as needed.
Our amazing Parent Ministry provides resources and communication so your parents feel supported and informed while you’re on the field.
Explore ALL World Race programs!
An Open House is the chance for you and your family to join us at the World Race Headquarters in Gainesville, Ga for either full day or half day experiences. You will hear from our leadership, meet the staff and alumni, and learn all about the World Race, World Race: Gap Year, Semesters by World Race, and Global U.