Claire Zwetzig, age 23, got her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University and recently received her Masters at Colorado State University. She has been a member of Timberline Church for four years. However, back when she was in high school, she went on a missions trip through Timberline to Prague, Czech Republic to build a women’s dormitory at Teen Challenge. While there, she heard miraculous testimonies of God’s grace and redemption in their lives. Through that experience and later missions trips to Guatemala and San Antonio, her heart grew for God and for missions.
Starting in early August, Claire will be participating in The World Race, an 11-month-long mission trip and extensive discipleship program. After training this summer in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, Claire and her team will be traveling to 11 different countries (Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia). In each country they will be working with a different ministry or organization. Therefore, over the 11 months, they will likely be working in orphanages, ministering to women in sex trafficking, planting churches, teaching English, leading VBS, assisting refugees, and more. Since The World Race focuses on preaching, evangelizing, and teaching, many of their tasks in each country will revolve around those three pillars.
While she is traveling around the world, Claire is praying that God grows her heart for Him and aligns her heart with His. “I pray that He teaches me to love people like He does. Ultimately, I hope to come back being more like Christ! I’m also praying that I learn how to better use the skills He has given me. Additionally, I’m praying that God would use my team and me in mighty ways. I hope we can effectively point people towards Jesus and be able to show and tell them about Jesus’ unwavering love for us. I’m praying for physical and spiritual miracles for the people we meet! I’m also praying that the Holy Spirit would be evident to us in each moment and interaction!” Please also pray for safe travels, health, and open doors for ministry.
Claire will be posting updates, pictures, and sharing stories on her blog (http://clairezwetzig.theworldrace.org) a couple times each month. In the left-side panel of the blog, visitors can hit “subscribe” and then get an email whenever she posts those updates.