FOCUS:Relational Evangelism, Community Service Projects, Missional living.
Join our community of World Race alumni in Asheville, NC as a tangible presence of Christ in that area. You’ll serve at the Black Mountain Home for Children by helping run their thrift store and the cafe that supports the ministry. You’ll also work closely with Bounty and Soul: an organization that works to provide healthy food options to the poor and hungry through sustainable food rescue and distribution. On top of all of that, you’ll spend time practically serving, loving and reaching out to your neighbors in the surrounding area. Get ready for your faith to be stretched and challenged in this environment.
Your heart will come alive for a gospel that is hopeful and relevant here in America in the foothills of North Carolina. Roll up your sleeves to serve in a variety of ways that will support and impact the local community in an environment full of young people like you learning to live for God right here in America. Learn to live out “life is missions, and missions is life” in your daily life while practically serving in Asheville.
Have online classes or having a job ever kept you from pursuing a missional lifestyle? Now you can do both!
Come live a missional life in an established Christian community, all while enrolled in classes. We’ll carve out 1/2 days M-F for you and your teammates to keep up with school work
Taking a Semester off of school? We'll help you strategically get a job where you can put into practice everything you're learning. You'll spend your 1/2 days earning some money while living out the gospel.
Why? We’re really excited about what God is doing here in America. If staying engaged in online-school or making a little money at a part-time job are preventing you from living a missional lifestyle, we have now officially removed your excuses. You don’t have to go overseas to be a missionary; we want to show you how. Come on, let’s get after it!
THE SEMESTERS EXPERIENCE TO THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS 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 an established and eclectic Christian community outside of Asheville, NC.
3. Make a Difference
Watch God move in tangible ways. You may find yourself building relationships and helping with community projects, support ministries serving the foster care system and learning how to apply everything you’ve learned to your life back home.
You’ll create a profile and complete a short application. After that, we’ll let you know if you’ve been accepted!
Step 2: Fundraise
Once you’ve confirmed your spot, we will pair you with your 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 the ministry site, training, worshiping and bonding with your teammates before you dive into the day to day of ministry. Throughout the month, you’ll get continual discipleship and training that can be immediately tested and applied to the environment around you.
Step 4: Arrive
On January 27th you’ll fly to the nearest major airport or drive directly to the ministry sight in North Carolina to meet your teammates and our leadership team to kick off your spring semester!
WHAT IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL THIS TRIP DUE TO COVID-19?
We have an experienced risk management team. They monitor political, health, weather, and other risks in the regions where we serve. We continue to confidently plan impactful trips and adjust when necessary. We won’t launch a trip that isn’t up to our standards of safety. In 2020, we canceled our international trips due to safety and travel restrictions with COVID-19 and gave options to our participants to join us domestically or defer to a later date. We currently feel confident launching this trip. If we have to cancel this trip, or you don’t feel comfortable going, the money you’ve raised can be applied to a different or future trip within the next calendar year.
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 teammates will disciple you, while you serve, love, and disciple others.
You will spend the first few days of your semester at the ministry site, training, worshiping and bonding with your teammates. Throughout the month, you’ll get continual discipleship and training that can be immediately tested and applied to the environment around you. You’ll take home with you the ability to live out all that you learned in NC, but in the context of your challenges and opportunities back home.
You’ll get to experience authentic Christian community as you live together, serve, and encourage each other. Once you officially join Semesters by WR, you will be invited to a private GroupMe 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.