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The First World Race Ends With a Bang! (#8)

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Counting down the top 10 WR blogs. #8 is a summary of the first race in 2006. The first World Racers  finished their debrief in South Africa. What an incredible year it was! Chad Mast posted his review of that first World Race and then went on to lead the A squad the following month. Little d…
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Counting down the top 10 WR blogs. #8 is a summary of the first race in 2006. The first World Racers  finished their debrief in South Africa. What an incredible year it was! Chad Mast posted his review of that first World Race and then went on to lead the A squad the following month. Little did he know that one of the first people he’d meet on that squad was his future wife, Erin. 18 years have passed and now they have four kids and live in Indiana. Here is Chad’s blog:

Debriefing the First World Race, Dec., 2006

This year has been a year that is basically the beginning of my life. I have
been through 26 years of ups and downs, tears, joy, happiness, relationships,
college and a career. But, my 27th year will go down as the year that the veil to
the world was lifted off of my face. I was so sheltered in my life, I
didn’t realize the extent of what our world faces. I didn’t see the
true need for people to step outside of their boxes and take hold of
the calling that the Lord has for their lives.

When we were in India, Dr. Samuel Thomas (founder
of the orphanage) said something that I will never
forget. He said that the Western church is a dedicated church. They
will go to church on Sundays, cell groups during the week and read
their bibles.

debrief thailand 282129He then said something that will challenge me for the
rest of my life. He said that the church of the East is a surrendered
church.

They live in a life of persecution, they see people die because
of what they believe and they surrender to the will that God has for their lives.

This year has been an ongoing challenge to realize how to be surrendered.

How do I know what my purpose is in life? How can I possibly make a
difference in this life? God has given me a glimpse into this world as
to where he wants me to begin to find out.

He has shown me the need for the gospel in Mexico. He has let me touch families
that have suffered from hurricanes in Guatemala. He has brought me into
Buddhist monks’ lives to show them the destructive path of Hell that they are
following. He has let me live amongst the lost at a Buddhist monastery
in Thailand. He has shown me the life of persecuted orphans in India.
He has shown me a revival in the Catholic church of Poland. He has
shown me a love for Christ in the Coptic Orthodox church of Egypt. He
has shown me hundreds crying out for Christ to come into their lives in
Uganda and He has shown me what AIDS is doing to the entire continent
of Africa while in South Africa.

I will never be the same. I never want to be the same. Why would I want to live
a life that is not on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ? Why would I not want to do what
Jesus did while he was on earth and pour love on to people? Why would I not
want to show the only way for us to get to Heaven. I am the way the
truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through the Son
(John 14:6).

Why would I not want to tell the world that the Lord wants
everyone to repent and be saved? Why wouldn’t I want to share to the
world that they are being lied to by a fallen Angel that is condemned
to Hell and he wants to take everyone with him? Why wouldn’t I want to
share that the only way to get to heaven is to be born again in the
Spirit of Jesus Christ? To accept him as your personal savior of your
life and to be rid of the sinful lives that everyone on this planet has
been born into.

yanui 28429We have been lied to in this life
and have been told that money, sex, power and materialism will make us
happy in life.

I am called to a life that shows that there is a hope in this life. A hope that is called Jesus Christ and if you ask Him to come into your life, then you can live a life that has true meaning.

That is the life that I am called to. I praise God that He loves me and that He has shown me the beginning of a life like no other.

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next year on the World Race 2007.

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