FOCUS:Children’s Ministry, Sports Ministry, Community Development
The Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a small country neighboring South Africa & Mozambique. Ravaged by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world, leaving thousands of children — 12% of the population — without parents. In addition, 40% of all Swazis live on less than $1.25 per day, which is below the international poverty line. But we believe God has a redemptive plan for Swaziland. The key to a nation’s future is its children — in the care for their physical well being, the fulfillment of basic needs like food, clean water, and shelter, and in their education.
Adventures in Missions has made a long term commitment in eSwatini. With our base celebrating 20+ years of ministry, we are thankful for what the Lord has done here and excited for what the future holds. The base in eSwatini has a vision to see a generation of children raised up to take leadership of their country, spread the Gospel to the world, and create an abundant and healthy future for their nation. Come alongside our Swazi staff as they reach their communities through initiatives to strengthen families and develop communities, like feeding programs, agriculture projects, and leadership programs to raise the next generation of Swazi leaders.
A typical day in eSwatini could look like:
In the morning, you might eat breakfast with your team. Then walk or take a short ride to one of our 40 carepoints serving families throughout eSwatini. Your team will assist with children's ministry and education programs. You will also help with the food distribution projects. In the afternoon, you might help with one of our agricultural projects. As the sun sets, your team will prepare supper together and have time to worship and have fun as a team.
Known for soccer, safaris, and beautiful scenery and coast lines, South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. The country is among the most diverse on the continent, with people from many ethnic groups and nationalities living in the same communities. Workers often come from other countries to support their families at home. Challenges linger following the country’s history with aparthied and the nation is still in the process of healing and reconciliation. Though one of the most prosperous countries in Africa, millions of people live in poverty.
Global Leadership Academy, our partner in South Africa, provides a first-class education for their students while serving their community through a variety of outreaches. GLA trains and sends missionaries to serve in other regions of South Africa, Africa, and around the world. You will serve with after-school programs, like Beats & Books, which helps students grow in their reading abilities and allows them to discover music and other forms of art. You can come alongside this partner in practical projects around the school that will create a safe and welcoming environment for their continued ministry. Jeffrey’s Bay is also a haven for surfers and beach tourism! Working with GLA, you will connect with people from all over the world through ministry in coffee shops and beach evangelism during the busy tourist season.
A typical day in South Africa could look like:
In the morning you may help with some practical projects on the GLA campus so it will be ready for when students return from their holiday. In the afternoons, you may be part of an after school program called Beats and Books, where you will help students improve their reading skills and explore various types of music and art. The beach is nearby, so during your downtime you can enjoy the ocean and even try surfing!
Partner with well-established teams making a long-term impact on the children of eSwatini and South Africa. You will serve alongside national staff, dedicated to growing young leaders and developing their communities in eSwatini at our Adventures base for a month. Jump into days filled with children’s ministry and help develop this nation’s future leaders. Join Global Leadership Academy in outreach and look for what God is doing in each new encounter. As you serve with these deeply-rooted ministry partners, you will be part of what God is already doing and learn to see endless opportunities to share the love of God and hope of the Gospel in your day-to-day life.
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.
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.
Ever wonder if there’s more to your faith than what you’re experiencing? I can relate.
I understand how it feels to hear that whisper inside you that there’s got to be more to your faith than what you’re experiencing. That’s why I risked it all, quit my job, sold everything I owned and took off overseas to serve God and His people. I got a taste of the ‘more’ God had for me. 10+ years and 30+ countries later, my team and I now help other young people experience adventurous and purpose-filled moments with God like I had ...one semester at a time.
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.