My World Race

In January 2018, I am headed on an adventure which will take me further than I ever thought possible.  Jesus has called me out in to the nations to share His love and truly serve as He did, to be a light for His Kingdom.  I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to live this out through a program called The World Race, with an organization called Adventures In Missions. The World Race is an 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries and I have been accepted for a route which leaves this January, including (tentatively) Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

I will be involved in all kinds of ministry in these countries such as working with widows and orphans, teaching English in schools, planting churches, building homes, ministering to those trapped in prostitution due to human trafficking, and many other areas, all while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our loving Savior.  This new adventure will be absolutely challenging and life changing.  I find myself at times wondering how I can do this… but as Jesus said, “…but with God all things are possible”, Matthew 19:26b.  I trust God knows what He’s doing.  I am reminded, that “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”.  I know Jesus is my provider and He is forever faithful.  When He calls, He also provides.  I am beyond grateful for all the support, prayers and donations I have received over the last few months.  I have successfully raised the $17,700 needed to cover my expenses while in the field.

There are however, additional costs and needs throughout the 11 months.  I am humbly asking for you to prayerfully consider donating.  Below are  some of the ways in  which your financial support will help me on this journey:

Vaccines and Medication - Many countries have vaccine requirements for entry and transit.  Many of the vaccines are not covered by insurance and are very expensive.
Gear - I have already purchased most of the gear for the trip, however, there are still a few items which need to be purchased (backpacking pack, sleeping pad, etc.).
Field Expenses - While 99% of expenses are included in the cost of the trip, we are required to have some additional funds to cover necessities like toiletries, additional meal money for travel days (our daily food budget is only $2-$3), and extra money in case of needed medical care.
Emergencies
Adventure Days - Occasionally, our team will have a day off from ministry and will have the opportunity to explore the area we are serving. While adventure days are NOT the focus of the trip, they are a great way to bond with my ministry team and recharge from the work we will be doing. These days can be as simple as visiting a coffee shop and paying for wifi to Skype home to family or as thrilling as riding in a helicopter in Nepal.
Flight Home after the Race - When we arrive back in the states at the completion of the race, I will be returning home to Maryland.  Since I won't be earning any income from the trip, I am hoping to offset expenses for the flight home.
Blog Subscriptions - I will have limited access to wifi and communication with my friends and family. My blog is going to be the best way to keep up with my trip. Our leadership team has given us the goal of having 150 blog subscribers by the time we launch.  So if you haven’t done so yet, please feel free to subscribe to my blog (rebeccabannister.theworldrace.org ), I would love to keep in touch.

Love & Blessings,

Rebecca
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Rebecca Bannister 
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