Adventures in Missions Annual Report

2023 Annual Report
We Stayed True to Our Mission:

We exist to mobilize a generation to establish the Kingdom of God

A Word from Our Founder

2023 was filled with stories that showed us the power of love over time. We just need to stay the course. As Paul said to the Corinthians, “love never fails.”

This past week an old neighbor of ours named Carol Carrel tracked me down to share what that means to her. 54 years ago, my mom reached out to her with the message that Jesus loved her, and it changed her life. 

“Your mom gave me a paper-backed New Testament that I devoured and came to realize a commitment to Christ. She was crazy, but I liked your mom’s crazy.”

You know, it took me a while to make my mom’s crazy faith my own. It’s that kind of faith that we, at Adventures, seek to impart to a generation that is anxious and searching. They wonder if Jesus can be trusted. We show them he can be.

Over the years we’ve taken more than 160,000 young people on mission, using the experience to teach them to listen to the Lord and to follow his guidance. We’ve shown them that they can make a difference and that life with him is worth living. Our hope is that they will become disciples like Carol Carrel.

Thank you for partnering with us! Thank you for embracing the Great Commission Jesus gave us! The fields are indeed ripe unto harvest in the years to come.

Yours in partnership,

Seth Barnes

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Seth Barnes


Adventures in Missions

2023 Year In Review

In 2021, we set out to chart a new course for missions in a world turned upside down. While the world around us has changed daily, one truth remains constant: the hope of Jesus transforms lives.

So in partnership with thousands of donors, we pressed on. We mobilized 2,500 people to 30 locations, bringing our total to over 132,000 in the last 32 years.

Young people are experiencing Jesus on a deeper level and stepping in to join what God is doing, both domestically and internationally. Communities are being transformed as families are strengthened and empowered. Women are rediscovering their identity and authority through Beauty for Ashes retreats. New hope is being revealed in the sustainable impact made possible by the hands of many.

Christ followers around the world are being trained to reach the nations.

2023: A Year of Impact

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Beauty for Ashes

God’s transformative love is dismantling hopelessness and women are rejecting lies to embrace God’s truth over their worth and identity. The following are a few examples of numerous women whose lives have been forever changed through Christ at a Beauty for Ashes retreat.

  • 42
    Locations around the world
  • 6,074
    Women impacted by Beauty for Ashes
  • 177

    Women hosted a Beauty for Ashes gathering

  • 123
    Women were certified through our Facilitator Training
  • 283
    Retreats & gatherings
  • 113
    Mission trip participants

God used this retreat to help me forgive and heal wounds that I had for a long time. The Lord Jesus reminded me of my identity and how valuable I am to Him. The dynamic of praying, drawing and then sharing what God and the precious Holy Spirit brought to my heart was a great blessing and very healing for me. I thank God for this beautiful ministry.

Some of the retreat attendees weren’t even believers but were drawn to the opportunity to get real, breathe deep, and build community. By the end of the retreat SO many of the women expressed an interest in taking the next step towards Jesus. What a joy to be a part of what God is doing!

I am immensely grateful for this life-changing experience, as it has profoundly shaped my understanding of my spiritual path. With God’s love as my guide, I am committed to being a dedicated leader, worship leader, walking alongside other women on their journey of faith. I eagerly look forward to embracing this sacred calling of God and embracing God’s will in all aspects of my life.

World Race Expedition

In 2023, our World Race Expedition participants served alongside our long-term strategic partners in 9 different countries, including Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Romania, Albania, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, Eswatini and South Africa. These World Racers are finishing their year-long journey with a deep desire and passion to reach people for the Kingdom of God wherever they go next.

We are seeing a higher level of leadership qualities coming out of these Alumni Expedition Racers. Many of them are continuing their journeys with us by leading new World Race squads or joining us at Center for Global Action (our discipleship training program). We are also seeing an increase of desire within our alumni to go back on the field as long term missionaries, which is a huge win to us!

World Race Gap Year

In May, we sent Gap participants to our AIM base in Fort Myers, Florida. They worked alongside our Disaster Relief ministry which brought restoration to well over 100 homes last year. The teams saw not only homes restored but also many lives changed as they hit the streets evangelizing and having worship nights on the beach. We even had an on-looker sign up for the Race after meeting the teams on the beach!

In October, Gap Year launched another 97 Racers and leaders to the nations after six weeks of training at our headquarters in Gainesville, GA and with our domestic partners in Kentucky and Florida. We continue to see great fruit with our extended training model! Through teaching, team building, debriefing, and discipleship, Gap Racers are more equipped to serve globally.

World Race Semesters

Semesters also had an incredible year and saw some amazing fruit from their ministry. Our participants have continued to come open and hungry for God to move both in their lives and also among those they serve.

The Semesters program continues to grow. In 2022, Semesters made up 20% of all World Racers launched. In 2023, Semesters jumped to almost 45% of all participants! Gen Z wants to go on missions with Jesus. We’re finding that they may just need a shorter trip to experiment with missions first. Praise God!

Another highlight for Semesters is our Alumni 10/40 trips. These have been hugely successful both in participant interest but also in Kingdom fruit. We now launch these trips twice a year due to an increase in our alumni wanting to continue their mission training. Even more specifically, they are wanting to work within unreached people groups.

238 World Racers sent to 16 locations!

Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Romania, Albania, Turkey, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Eswatini, South Africa, Lesotho, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, & Vietnam.

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Short Term Missions

A Year of Impactful Mission Trips, Transformative Ministries, and Empowered Leaders

In 2023, STM mobilized teams on transformative mission trips across various locations, impacting thousands of lives through ministries like disaster relief and outreach. With dedicated project leaders, our commitment to excellence shined, resulting in a year of profound impact and spiritual growth.

Locations Served

  • Alaska
  • Asheville, NC
  • Appalachia
  • Chicago, IL
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Fort Apache Reservation, AZ
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Guatemala
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Manchester, NH
  • Mayfield, KY
  • Native American, ND
  • Navajo Reservation, NM
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York City, NY
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Rural Mississippi

Short Term Mission Metrics

  • 54,800
    Hours of service
  • 115
    Mission trips
  • 2,192
    People mobilized
  • 47
    Project Leaders

Disaster Relief in Fort Myers, FL

  • 169,008
    Volunteer hours
  • 4,661
    People responded
  • 343
    Families served
  • $4+
    Million saved

Ministries Impacted

  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Adults with Disabilities
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Disaster Relief
  • Evangelism
  • Food Banks
  • Homeless
  • Native American
  • Prayer & Street Outreach
  • Refugee
  • Sports Outreach
  • Vacation Bible School

Leaders in Trip Excellence

Pre-trip communication
101 reviews
Quality of lodging
101 reviews
Quality of project leader
101 reviews
Quality of ministry
101 reviews
Overall quality of trip
101 reviews

Impacting the Next Generation

I loved being able to see our kids lean into the challenge of relational ministry. They dove in head first and with the support of our project leaders, we saw so much growth in them and in ourselves as leaders! It was eye-opening to learn more about the issues happening in the area, and being from New England, it inspired me to make a difference at home too.

Emma Campbell

There were so many impactful moments during our trip to Colombia. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the elderly after they got hair cuts and shaves. Praying for the homeless and addicted were also impactful moments I would never forget.

Vanessa Washington

An AIM trip will leave your students with life-transforming experiences that lead into lifestyle changes. Through listening prayer and ministry moments, students will develop a deeper relationship with God and each other.

Sam Olson

Continuing Ministry in South Asia

Our team in South Asia continued to work alongside local staff to encourage, support, and lead our nearly 400 National Missionaries who continue planting churches in this region. As religious tensions have grown, the NMs lessened their use of street evangelism and started hosting more Bible studies in people’s homes. This has allowed them to minister unreached people with the Gospel as safely as possible. We opened 3 more Care Points, making a total of 4 for now. At these locations, more than 100 children receive daily tutoring, meals, and discipleship. We also re-vamped our partnership with a local church to take local teams on monthly mission trips to the villages.

  • 9129

    New believers added to the Body of Christ in this region

  • 964


  • 695

      Outreach Bible Studies led

  • 34

        Church buildings built

  • 13

         New house churches planted


Family Strengthening at Adventures in Missions Eswatini

Adventures in Missions’ Eswatini Base is broadening its focus beyond our Care Points and individual survival care. Our efforts now aim to enhance the lasting holistic well-being of the children we support by empowering and strengthening each participating family.

At our Umdoni Campus, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on communities by offering comprehensive family empowerment initiatives. Here, families, caregivers, and community members can access a secure and enriching learning environment that fosters personal development and provides practical training opportunities, ultimately paving the way for brighter futures.


We hosted our Eswatini Partners Conference in November at our main offices in Gainesville, GA. The theme of the conference was “Bigger Dreams”. Partners came from all over the U.S. and we even had a few from Canada! It felt like a family reunion and it was neat to see people connecting through their common passion for Eswatini.

There were so many stories shared as we not only celebrated what God has done, but also dreamed together of what the future may hold. Our conference guests were the first to see a sneak preview of a heartwarming documentary about one of our beloved staff members that grew up attending a Care Point. The film gave a glimpse of this young man’s struggles and dreams. This young man, as well as six of our Swazi leaders were able to attend the conference.

Our Eswatini Base Director, Bheki Motsa, and his wife were also in attendance. It was such a highlight to hear our Swazi leader’s perspectives about ministry and to get to know them on a more personal level.

Students from the Swaziland Leadership Academy were asked to compile an essay of God’s dream for their lives. Many of these essays, along with a picture of the student, were displayed at the conference. Partners enjoyed reading the dreams of these
amazing students.

We know that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think.
(Ephesians 3:20). We believe in His Bigger Dreams for Eswatini!

Hineni Immersion in Missions at Adventures Guatemala

In Guatemala, a dedicated group of Christians is on a mission to transform their nation from being recipients of missions to becoming active senders.

Adventures Guatemala has launched the Hineni Immersion in Missions program, an 18-month mission training initiative. This program not only equips participants with knowledge about missions but also nurtures their spiritual growth. It provides a unique opportunity for them to apply what they learn in real-time.

In 2021, the inaugural class of Hineni began with just five students, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey. The impact of God’s work among these emerging missionaries is evident, and it marks a promising start, setting the stage for a bright future.


Expanding Horizons: A Year of Growth and Impact in Cambodia

This past year our Cambodia base established its first care point in Roka Village. We will begin construction on a dormitory for future squads as well as two apartments for staff housing. They are currently teaching and conducting social work in four villages. The staff baptized over 60 new believers in 2023! Hoping to provide a sustainable food source for the people in Kchas village, the staff established a fish farm and raceway system. They just completed their first harvest of fish! The family operating the fish farm sold fish to schools in the area for cooking lunch for the students. We are seeing spiritual growth in our students. They share their prayers that have been answered, and they have memorized many Bible verses.

2023 Financials

Fiscal Year September 2022-2023

This chart presents a breakdown of our total revenue for the 2023 year and how these funds were distributed across our ministry. Program costs encompass all expenses related to our trips and programs. Administrative costs encompass the day-to-day operational expenses of our ministry. Fundraising costs include all expenditures aimed at supporting staff members and programs in their efforts to raise financial support for the organization.

Total Revenue: $10,488,774
Total Expenses: $10,041,051
Program: $9,044,943 – 90.1%
Administration: $731,246 – 7.3%
Fundraising: $264,862 – 2.6%

Looking Ahead to 2024

34 years ago, we began a mission to empower Christians to become dedicated disciples who, in turn, disciple others. We’ve made remarkable progress in equipping and sending individuals to spread God’s love worldwide.

However, there are still many who are unfamiliar with Jesus, and there are those who haven’t yet experienced the life-changing impact and purpose of God’s Kingdom.

Now is not the moment to seek comfort and security. Instead, it’s time to forge ahead and adapt to the ever-evolving world as we continue sharing the Gospel!

God is going to do incredible things in 2024. Thank you for joining us for the journey!