Over 100 World Race: Gap Year missionaries have joined us on our Gainesville campus for a fall semester! We made many COVID-approved adjustments for these participants to focus on training and growth, learn about their identity in Christ, and discover more of their callings.
We’re now serving through disaster relief from the hurricanes in Louisiana!
Our time serving with Samaritan’s Purse in Louisiana was amazing! Disaster relief gave our Racers an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in a tangible way. While there was a lot of physical work to do, we also had a lot of opportunities to minister spiritually and emotionally to the hearts of the homeowners and their families while working on their properties.
Our Racers responded to the nudges of the Holy Spirit and through their bold prayers, saw people healed, come to know Christ, and receive great comfort in their time of need. We are thrilled that our Racers grew the Body of Believers and built up the Body of Christ working alongside them.
Our plan is to launch the World Race: Gap Year squads internationally in January (to be confirmed in November, due to travel and safety regulations).
For more information on Gap Year working in Louisiana, check out this video from Samaritan’s Purse.
We had several squads being trained on campus this month. We had 20+ redeployed racers come back, which was really encouraging. There was a unity across the camp, though we had to keep the squads separated. Even with all the new health guidelines and policies that seem to dampen the “hype” we usually have around camp, it was so encouraging to see how the Holy Spirit move powerfully and consistently across our squads, inviting in freedom, forgiveness, healing, and breakthrough.
God will move, no matter what! And we had a COVID-free camp experience. God is faithful!
Most of the newly trained squads will be launching in January 2021, but one squad has already jumped right in and started their World Race in the United States this month! G-Squad is partnering with a local church in Chicago, doing outreach and sharing the gospel in a diverse city. They also plan to launch internationally with the rest of the squads in January when travel and safety restrictions allow.
Our Center for Global Action apprenticeship is in full swing with 16 apprentices this fall. Our aim is to equip the next generation to be Christ-centered leaders in our world, and we’re seeing just that! The group is being discipled as well as digging into spiritual growth and practical leadership this semester. It’s been incredible so far! These men and women have walked in greater freedom with Jesus, stepped out in their workplaces and brought Kingdom right where they are.
CGA currently meets in the Annex Building of our Gainesville campus every weekday. Our apprentices are living in Adventures community houses and working part-time around the greater Gainesville area. It’s such a privilege to see them take the beauty of radical missions and make it a part of everyday life!
Global U first launched in 2019 for young adults to develop their skills in the areas of ministry, entrepreneurship, computer programming, and leadership. While in 2019, the Global U classroom took it’s students all over the world, this year September – December is being hosted at the Union Grove Campground in Cleveland, GA.
Our students spent their first few weeks setting some foundations about their identity and calling within the Kingdom of God. We now move into the Passion Project process which teaches the elements of entrepreneurship through the application on problem-solving projects.
Come December, teams will pitch their projects to a panel of Global U Mentors made up of CEOs, founders, ministry leaders, and entrepreneurs. We’re excited to take classes international again in January 2021 as we launch to the Dominican Republic.
Our Adventures kitchen staff has been preparing 3 meals a day for leaders, staff, and participants, totaling around 160 people. At a typical camp they have the help of a group of serve team, but due to COVID regulations, they’re unable to have these volunteers! Adventures Staff members have started volunteering different shifts to fill the gaps. It’s an all-hands-on-deck season!