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Next month, Karen and I will head to Cambodia for our final debrief as World Race coaches. We’ve grown fond of our group of 40 who are going around the world. They come from all walks of life. And what a ride they’ve had so far. Scott Taylor may be typical of them in some respects, but in others,…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Next month, Karen and I will head to Cambodia for our final debrief as World Race coaches. We’ve grown fond of our group of 40 who are going around the world. They come from all walks of life. And what a ride they’ve had so far. Scott Taylor may be typical of them in some respects, but in others, he stands out. He’s an ultra-marathoner (his longest race being 101 miles) and a math genius.
 
In five years, the race has grown from 23 people to nearly 500. Scott’s summary of what the race does to racers is one of the best I’ve seen. If you’re a 20-something Jesus-follower, let me encourage you: Grab a friend and do this.
The World Race is an eleven month,
eleven country trip that is best described as the crazy child of a
missions trip and an epic pilgrimage.  If Jesus was constantly
surrounded by a crowd, for the majority of my life I was one of the
faceless admirers.    From the moment I started the application there
was no doubt in my mind that this is where I was supposed to be. 
 
The majority of us sold cars, quit jobs, dumped
boyfriends, and emptied bank accounts to get there.  I managed to fit
all of my material possessions into a pack that now weighs less then
thirty pounds.  We made our way through security, passed through the
gate and flew to the other side of the world, India. 
 
Since then we’ve played with street kids in India, climbed high
into the Himalayan mountains in Nepal, taught English to gypsies in
Romania, planted a field of radish in Moldova, ate pizza in the
imaginary country of Transnistria and danced with AIDS orphans in
Swaziland. 
 
We’ve seen legs grow straight, demons cast out, boils
cleansed, and are still looking for a body to raise.  We’ve climbed
mountains, swam in waterfalls, gone on a safari, rode elephants, and
witnessed to bartenders. 
 
We do all of this while
breaking out of spiritual prisons, freeing ourselves of generational
iniquities and soul ties.  And the best part is… it’s all becoming
normal.  Something whispers inside that this is the way life is supposed
to be lived.  I’m terrified of the possibility of crawling through life
only to arrive at death safely. 
 
God is looking for a generation that will abandon their
American dream and follow the Kingdom dream that God has for them.  If
Jesus walked up to you today and said, “stop everything and follow me.” 
How would you respond?

Comments (5)

  • Amazing!

    So you mean that as you were equipped to do all those things, you still were being made free! You mean you don’t have to be perfect?, to begin such a journey?

    I like this. Thank you!

  • Yes, the “normal” reality of the Kingdom of God. It is truly at hand. This should be the norm for all who consider themselves disciples of Jesus, right?

  • James Eugene Barbush

    WOW! What a statement you wrote to close this article: “God is looking for a generation that will abandon their American dream and follow the Kingdom dream that God has for them. If Jesus walked up to you today and said, “stop everything and follow me.” How would you respond?” In the USA, there is much said about the American dream, and I never had the words to make a comment on it. But, now I do. Thanks.

  • The main qualification is that you’re imperfect and want to grow. The good news is that Jesus only works with folks that know they need to leave their past behind and then he helps them do that. Leaving is the first part of the journey.

  • Jesus calls some of us to suffer for his namesake. We suffer in living and ministering in cities, small towns in county jails, in prisons in hospitals in sickness and sometimes in death. Our lives are not always exciting but really rather boring and we wait for God to open doors for ministering the gospel. I am not saying that God does not heal or raise the dead. What I am saying is that we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel of God. The gospel is what saves souls. Healing a broken leg is nothing in comparison to leading one of God’s chosen to Christ for eternal salvation.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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