For a while now, a number of us have been incubating a dream. Scott Kwak was the first one to step out in faith and commit to it.
We believe that God wants to see His people bringing His Kingdom to dark and neglected places around the world. We believe that to do so, He wants to use a network of Kingdom-focused hostels & guesthouses run by alumni Racers and their parents.
Scott built the first one in Siem Reap. Where else are you going to pay $14 for a room just a 25 minute tuk-tuk ride from Angkor Wat? Where else can you get a bed in a top 10%-rated guesthouse? Where else can you connect with people from your tribe who can help you find ways to plug into ministry wherever you are?
Since starting in 2016, Scott and his new wife Christina have not only housed multiple World Race teams in the guesthouse, but have been breaking even and have had strong occupancy rates. A year ago our team went to Thailand and Cambodia to see how we could begin to build a global network of such hostels.
Hostels in our network will be known for their warm ambience, focus on sustainability and Kingdom-advancing relevance. They’ll be places where Racer alumni can pour into new generations of Racers seeing the world with new eyes.
The Bible tells us that, “He is not willing that any should perish.” (2 Peter 3:9) Jesus commissioned us to go and make disciples of all nations. The dream we share is that a generation of young people would rise up and do just that.
When just 1% of the population in places like Thailand follow Jesus, why would we do anything else? When so many young girls are caught in the sex trade, why wouldn’t we sell out to setting them free?
You may be saying, “Yes, but how?” How do you bring hope when language and culture are so different? It’s a fair question.
Old methods no longer work. We need to innovate. We need new strategies. That’s where the hostels can make a difference. Imagine a place where you can go and the concierge is more focused on helping you meet the needs of others than he is in meeting your needs. Imagine a place where it feels like home away from home wherever you are.
We all need some practical stepping stones to help us connect to our dreams. That’s why our group went to Southeast Asia. We want to make it easier for you to build the Kingdom around the world. We’re taking the Cambodia model and expanding it.
Scott and Christina have turned over the reins in Cambodia and moved on to Thailand to repeat the process. We have a team of long-term missionaries there working with them. And we’re expanding into other countries.
In the next round, we’re looking at expanding to countries like Nepal, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. We’re going to ask future squads to send teams to run them and we’re going to ask parents to go or invest.
Innovation is what allows us to stay relevant as the world changes. Our mission stays the same, but our methods will constantly need to adapt as the world looks different today than it did yesterday.
What do you think? We’re looking for people who can see the vision and want to partner with us in building it. If you’d like to learn more, let us know.