S: ELAINA'S WORLD RACE/ 11 COUNTRIES IN 11 MONTHS
BC: DEPARTED | MALAYSIA | 18 NOV 2011 | ARRIVED AMERICA | Until NEXT time...
1: INDIA | INDIA | ARRIVED 3 JAN 2011 | India is the second-most populous country in the world, with over 1.2 billion people. Our team "Rapha" worked with special needs orphans and did Hindu village ministry our first month. | MONTH 1
2: I can't believe I am on the World Race for the next 11 months! Every day is an adventure and there is so much to take in...new sights, smells, food, currency, transportation, and lots of new people to meet. Life in India is hard but I love my trip so far!
3: MONTH 2- NEPAL This month we are working at a home called "Asha Nepal", with women and their children who have been rescued from a life of sex trafficking. | T squad
5: MONTH 3- ROMANIA
6: EUROPEAN EXCURSION We spent this month working in an orphanage community called Caminul Felix, "Happy Home"- in Oradea, Romania, right near the Hungary border. One weekend we got to experience life in Budapest and it was AMAZING! | Weekend in Budapest, Hungary
8: Our fourth month we have been doing kids, youth, and elderly ministry, as well as physical projects around the church and community. Some of the new things I did included milking a cow, accidentally drinking a glass full of ants, wearing a head covering, and before we left I even got proposed to by our translator. It was a difficult month for our team but strengthened us for the journey!
9: MONTH 4 | Moldova
10: MONTH 5- SWAZILAND New Team- "WAKA"
11: This was one of my favorite months! We were up in the mountains at an orphanage called El Shaddai. I worked in the baby house, helped paint a mural, harvested corn, taught chapel, helped with homework, and gave piano lessons to one of the women who worked there. I fell in love with the kids here!
13: Half way through our World Race, we spent month six in the Portuguese speaking nation of Mozambique. (And spent 54 continuous hours on a bus to get here)! But once we arrived it was well worth it. We sanded and scraped wood most days, helping a missionary couple build their home. We also helped lead church services and participated in a feeding program at Iris Ministries. | Month 6- Mozambique
16: MONTH 7 | SOUTH AFRICA
17: Month 7 our home was Cape Town, South Africa, in a housing community called Ocean View. We were working with an awesome non-profit organization called "Living Hope" and ran holiday kids clubs, sports camps, made sandwiches, washed feet, and one night I was even the emcee for an abstinence concert. On our day off we went shark diving and saw eight great white sharks. I also got to visit the Johannesburg Zoo and meet up with the missions team from my home church. That was a miracle in itself!
19: Our trip has been amazing!!! We have seen God do so many wonderful things in our lives and have had these incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences, especially in Thailand. Things like riding elephants, petting tigers, hiking waterfalls, and visiting temples. We have been doing a lot of manual labor this month- the work is hard, but rewarding. We are at a place called 'Remember Nu', which is a preventative ministry for girls who would be otherwise sold into the slave trade. | MONTH 8- THAILAND
21: Month 9 CAMBODIA | Month 9 was my favorite month of the World Race. As soon as we got to Cambodia we fell in love with the students we were teaching English to. They were teens and young adults who were hungry to learn and we not only got to teach them grammar, but also about God. Team WAKA really came together and we had a blast all month!
23: MONTH 10- AUSTRALIA | Month 9 was all about the LADIES! Team "Taka Mamas" was formed in Darwin, Australia at the Christian Outreach Center- a church & ministry for aboriginal people in need of medical care. Some of our duties included cleaning, office work, kitchen prep, and children's ministry. I got to practice my best Aussie accent answering the phones and although I didn't see any crocodiles, kangaroos, or dingos...it gave me my first taste of the outback and I can't wait to return there some day soon!
25: MONTH 11- MALAYSIA | Our last month we worked with YWAM at a shelter called KAWAN (which means 'friend'). I loved the variety of ministry...I ran the clothes closet, prayed with prostitutes, cooked and cleaned at the shelter, worked in the hospital bakery, made calendars, and served coffee to the homeless. It was an exciting and bittersweet few weeks as I prepared to go home. T squad celebrated with our final debrief set in beautiful Kuala Limpur. I will miss all the friends I've made, this year has been one amazing journey! | Final Debrief Banquet