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Where do World Racers come from?

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Where do racers come from? They look like Jackie Gu or Brian Cooke. Jackie was a successful marketing manager with an international energy company in San Francisco. Two months ago, just after leaving her job, she read Brian Cooke's blog post and signed up for the World Race. She's on the…
By Seth Barnes

Brian CookeWhere do racers come from?

They look like Jackie Gu or Brian Cooke. Jackie was a successful marketing manager with an international energy company in San Francisco. Two months ago, just after leaving her job, she read Brian Cooke's blog post and signed up for the World Race. She's on the squad that Karen and I will be coaching.

Brian was a hostel manager in Malawi when the P squad came to stay. Here's what he wrote:

Dear P squad,
 
My name is Brian Cooke, and you changed my life. 
 
Most of you know my story, but this is to let you in a little further.  I met you all in late November at your 4 month debrief.  I was the hostel manager at Mabuya Camp in Lilongwe Malawi.  I was not Christian and made fun of you all behind your back before I had ever met any of you.  You walked off 3 busses wearing “I love Jesus” shirts…..seeing this, I….. along with some locals took a shot of vodka at the bar in preparation.  I heard some of your stories about the first few months of your race.  But what you don’t know about me was…..I was watching you, very closely…..  And from watching you, talking to some of you and getting to know most of you, you led me to accept Christ 1 month later and my life has been a roller coaster ride ever since.
 
P Squad,  I can not thank you all enough for what you have done in my life. If it wasn’t for your continual words and prayers, I would not have continued to walk with the Lord today.  And for my race, I could NOT have done this with out your words, prayers and amazing financial support!!!  It baffles me to think of what my life would look like right now if you all didn’t come into my life.  I hear stories from other people on my squad about meeting a world racer and deciding to go on the race.  But to think about how blessed I am to have met an entire squad!!!  65 amazing men and women of God, blows my mind. 
 
I am in Malaysia right now writing this.  My month 7 of my race and your month 11.  I am looking at photo albums from our contact with pictures of YOU!!  We are building a church that YOU started.  YOUR hands laid the bricks that I am building on. I am on month 7 of my world race just having accepting Christ almost 1 ½ years ago. 
 
Crazy to think, but you want to know how I accepted God?  It wasn’t from you preaching the Gospel a million times, I only heard you talk about Jesus to me a few times actually. It was the way you lived your lives!!!  It was how you loved each other!!  It was the way you loved ME!! 
 
I want to go through each one of you and thank you all, but I can’t.  But I do want to highlight one of you…. Ms. Stacey Compton, come down to the front please…
 
P squad, thank you for changing my life.  I love each and every single one of you with all of my heart and will never forget what you did for me and how much you changed my life.
 
Love, your brother in Christ,
Brian Cooke 🙂

Racers come from the strangest places. Do you know anyone who should consider being a racer? They could have a story like Jackie or Brian.

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