World Race Gap Year
WR GAP YEAR PARENT,
The World Race Gap Year is an amazing adventure. We’ve seen incredible transformations in the lives of young men and women who choose to face the hardships, the joys, the growth, the community and the discipleship of the Race. It is also a journey for you as parents. You may have questions or fears or concerns. We want you to get to know us. We want you to have a glimpse into how and why we do what we do. We want you to hear our heart for your sons and daughters. You may have spent their lives praying that they would grow up and wholeheartedly follow Jesus. They may be ready to implement at a new level the trust you have talked about and modeled. Or they may sense a pilgrimage related to their destiny. You are a part of them being here. And they want your support.
You may find yourselves being stretched. Parenting adult children can be a wonderful challenge. You may need to trust at a new level. Or let go in new ways. In the process, you will find a community in the parents of other World Racers and you’ll find that the Lord wants to do new things in you as well as in your Racer.
Start by reading through the Gap Year Parent Guide. It will give you some of the “big picture” of the World Race Gap Year as well as answer a lot of the most common questions. You’ll discover that we have a full-fledged ministry to you as World Race parents – ways for you to connect to each other and to us, and opportunities for your Racer to invite you into the process. As the Parent Liaison I’m also happy to talk with you about the Race. In the meantime, to hear some words of encouragement from a WR mom click here.
We hope you find this page helpful as you begin to navigate your journey as a World Race parent. There's a lot of information in the Parent Guide, but we know you may be eagerly awaiting information about three things in particular.
Parent Facebook Group
Invitations for you will be sent shortly before your Racer's Training Camp. If you have not received an invite by the time your Racer has finished Training Camp, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, click here.
Registration information (including location and schedule) will be sent to your Racer at the end of their Training Camp. You must be invited by your Racer in order to attend this event, so please wait for their invitation before making plans. For more info (including a video), click here.
Parent Vision Trips
This is a chance for your Racer to invite you out on the field with them for 5 days while they are on the World Race. Official invites to the Racers typically go out around month 4 of the 11 month routes, and around month 2 for the 9 month routes. For more info (including a video), click here.