Around the World–a young man’s 11-month, 11-country journey

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As many of you know by now, our second-born son, Jamison, left in September 2015 for the adventure of a lifetime. He and 40-plus squad mates left Atlanta, Georgia, to fly over the ocean. And so began the World Race.

At Thanksgiving, The Goshen News reported on the work he and the squad were doing in Lesvos, Greece, where the Syrian refugees were streaming in by the thousands. You may read that story here.


Then, due to the huge response to that article, The Goshen News graciously opened up its front page for a monthly update on his journey, which is entitled “Around the World.” For ease of access, I am putting the links to all of those prior columns right here on the blog.

In February, readers heard from Jamison in his own words about the five weeks spent in Lesvos, Greece. “Finding His Path” puts you on the beach and in the tent at the refugee camp.

In March, Around the World took the readers along as the squad began their African circuit. “Desert Teaches Traveler a Lesson” put them in the Kalahari, then in South Africa where, as Jamison said, “Everything is poisonous.” Then came Zimbabwe with a death-defying bungee jump from Victoria Falls.


By April, the squad had left Africa to begin their Asian route, but not before some cageless shark diving off the South African coast. Which is when sudden revelation came to his mother about his job post-race (“selling Tupperware”). “It’s A Small World” is an interesting read.


Then in May, I took “Around the World” readers to the steamy, hot streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Mr. Schrock and I became racers ourselves. And we will never be the same after that trip. “Touching ‘Least of These’” allows you to walk along as we visit the slums, talk to monks in a temple and visit a bar (yes, a bar) to love prostitutes.


I hope you’ll enjoy your own trip “Around the World” with Jamison. Seeing these young adults expend themselves for nearly a year on behalf of the last and the least gives me great hope for our future. There are some very bright lights in the coming generation.



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