Thank you Pioneer Squad!! I’m one of the thousands that followed in your wake and my life has never been the same from leaving five and a half years ago! Love World Race!
10th Anniversary of First World Race!
Ten years ago we launched the first World Race squad from Matamoros, Mexico. I knew from the outset that God was going to use it in a powerful way. Here are excerpts from three blogs I wrote as we were launching the squad.
Teams will impact many lives along the way as they build orphanages, minister to refugees, and pray for the hurting. With a total per person budget of just $650/month (includes living costs and travel), the teams will be asked to live by faith.
We’ve got a week to train them and then we’ll send them off in Matthew 10 style. It’s incredibly inspiring.
When he first talked to them, each of the twelve disciples felt a deep stirring in their hearts. They knew that they were at a crossroads. They could either continue to follow the conventional path they were on, or they could leave family and friends behind, recklessly abandoning all in order to follow Jesus.
We trained them for a week and then I wrote this report:
We saw a generation awakened to their destiny this morning.
The World Race began at 7:44 a.m. central time, the three vehicles accelerating down the road south to Veracruz, Mexico.
For too long this generation has been coddled, distracted, and under-challenged. The World Racers who left today have abandoned everything to go to the nations. They have the fire of God in their hearts. They are unified in spirit and purpose. They are focused on Jesus and his call to go into all the world and make disciples.
We began the day before dawn with a glorious time of worship. The teams have gone through a week of training, knowing that a year of travel and ministry lies ahead, knowing that they are the first of many groups to go out as World Racers.
When it came time to actually get in the vehicles they bought a few days ago, we noticed the brown team’s Suburban’s back door wouldn’t shut and the blue team minivan’s back end was riding low. But once underway, all the onlookers agreed, it was inspiring to see these young warriors full of the Spirit and accelerating into the distance. They all left with the glory of the Lord as their rear guard. We believe that thousands will follow behind them.
You and Jess were a BIG part of it, Weston.
I feel so honored to be apart of this legacy. My life was changed on the Race and I’ve never looked back. Thank you to everyone who paved the path before me so I could go.
The Race for me was a Life Gate moment – everything in my life changed afterward. Proud to have been a part of it.
Rachel – good to hear from you. Hope you’re doing well.
It seems that God has used the World Race in amazing ways. I’m so glad to be a part as a parent of a racer. I was also blessed this past week to be a part of Beauty for Ashes. All I can say is “Wow”.
Crazy it’s been 10 years. So glad to have been a part of the Race.