“This weekend impacted me to call out to God more and tell Him I am here and ready to serve Him,” said Eunice Paul, a college senior from Naples, Florida. On October 16-18, fifty select students and adult leaders met at Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center, Lake Placid, Florida, for the third “Amazing Race: Mission Edition” sponsored by the two Florida (USA) Districts NMI and NYI organizations.
Dr. Kathy Mowry, the intercultural/religion professor from Trevecca Nazarene University, and six of her students were the primary resources for conducting four Bible-based sessions and other unique activities.
The students and adult leaders were divided into four tribes. The Trevecca student leaders then created four different tracks that led the teams to a simulated but challenging overseas mission assignment to the village of “Simba-Wilson.” The adult leaders served as village inhabitants, including a king, law enforcement, witch doctor, and village orphans.
The four teams were each given different preparatory training skills for medical missions, career missionary, creative-access missionary, or volunteer missionary. Each team was required to deal with a grumpy border agent before entering “Simba-Wilson.” Their main assignment was to go before the village king to seek permission to build a church and share the story of Jesus with his residents.
“After going through the simulation, I realized the life of a missionary is more difficult than I ever imagined,” said Eunice Paul. “Dr. Mowry really inspired me to keep saying, ‘Here I am Lord’ and ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening,’” emphasized Patricia Bolanos, a college junior from Miami.
Dr. Mowry spoke four times to the group––using the stories of Samuel, Isaiah, Abraham, and Peter––on discovering where God is working and then how to follow Him in the calling process to where He is working. She required the students to study and reflect on Isaiah 58 and Luke 4:14-21. She also met separately with adult leaders providing background and information on teaching and working with “Millennials” and the new “iGeneration” (middle and high school students).
The weekend ended with a unique Sunday morning communion and commitment service where Dr. Mowry emphasized that Jesus gave his body for the past, present, and future of our lives and callings.
Wes Eby, NMI co-president of the Florida District, concluded, “Without question, ‘The Amazing Race: Mission Edition’ is one of the most important events we do to help assure a new generation not only understands but embraces God’s call to servanthood and service in His Kingdom.”