The Race is rapidly coming to a close. I am sitting half way through month 10 asking myself, “Where did the time go?” It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my apartment in Arizona asking God where he wants me after graduation. Since that day that I decided to take a risk and go on this grand adventure called the World Race I have seen things I would have never believed, I have grown in ways that I never thought I could, and I have met people that have become forever etched in my memories. This journey has been nothing short of amazing, and I am so blessed to have been chosen by God to do this.
While on this journey I have learned so much about who God says I am. Romans 8:17 speaks so clearly what I learned the first half of my race. I learned to REALLY believe that I am a son of God, and heir to the throne, and a coheir with Christ. But the crazy part is, that was just the first half of the race. The second half of the race God has laid it on my heart over and over that I am a disciple. I have grown to understand why God wired me to be so relational, and why I am such an extrovert. God has called me to disciple others. I would have never come to this realization had it not been for really learning and believing that I am a son, heir, and coheir.
So that brings me to the real point of this blog, and to one of the most famous questions for racers, “What are you doing after the race?”
I have decided to become an Alumni Squad Leader (ASQL) for World Race Gap Year this September!
What this means will probably come of no surprise to most that know me. This means that starting in early September I will go back out on the field with Adventures in Missions and the World Race, but there are some major differences to what I’m doing now.
As an alumni, I will come alongside my new squad and help them become accustomed to the WR lifestyle. I will walk with them while they learn what it looks like to do things like team-time, feedback, ministry, and push them to grow in their personal relationships with Jesus. I will spend my time working with other leaders to facilitate growth and healthiness within our squad. I will do ministry alongside them, but my main ministry will be that of investing in each racer. I will get to do the “dirty work” with people and truly do life with them.
As a Gap Year ASQL things also look different than I am used to. Instead of going to 11 countries in 11 months I will be going to 4 countries in 9 months. Instead of 21-35 year olds I will be leading and doing life with 18-20 year olds.
I am super excited to once again serve the Lord in a capacity such as this. How many people get to do something as crazy as the World Race, let alone do it twice! I am excited and prayerful about my new squad as I prepare to lead them and grow with them.
As you all know, doing something like the World Race was not the cheapest thing in the world. I had to raise $18,000 and by the grace of God it was all accounted for. This time around the cost is a lot less but I still need your help in getting there. I have to raise $3,800 to cover food, lodging, and travel costs for all 9 months. These donations are tax deductible, and they will mean more to me than you could ever know.
In addition to the $3,800 I will be trying to raise an additional $5,000 to honor commitments I have made, as well as personal use. As someone who has learned what it means to be a man of integrity and honor throughout the race, I have had a personal conviction to continue with my student loan repayments throughout my time leading as an ASQL. Along with the costs of my loans, this money will be used to buy plane tickets to and from training camp and personal spending money while out on the field. I feel extremely humbled to be asking for money in this manner, but seeing that I have not had a job the past year the options I have are limited. These donations will NOT be tax deductible, but they will be accepted with the most extreme gratitude.
More than funds, I am asking you to come alongside me and cover me in prayer. You all have been amazing at supporting me on this race, so I ask for your continued support in that on this race. I ask for prayer for my new squad, my co-leaders, and my transition period until September.
Y’all I am so honored to be chosen to disciple and lead a group of 18-20 year olds around the world. Come on this adventure with me to bring heaven to earth!
Thanks for all your love and support,
If you would like to donate to the $3,800 then head to my blog at calebcallaway.theworldrace.org
If you would like to donate to the $5,000 then donate here!