Longtime Gardnerville resident, Emily Allison, is stepping out of her comfort zone to serve people on the other side of the world.
The 20-year-old is getting involved with the World Race, a mission trip that travels to 11 countries in 11 months.
"I feel called to do mission work, and I felt like this was something I wanted to do. It sounds amazing," Emily said. "It's an all-denomination Christian mission trip. We go in and assist in any way they need. It's living in the community, sharing the gospel, loving the people and doing whatever we can for them."
Emily leaves the first week of July and will work in Ireland, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, India, Nepal, Cambodia and Malaysia.
Toward the end of their trip, Emily and her team will pray about what country they will visit last.
"It's going to be an Asian country. We just don't know which one," she said.
Her squad will consist of 70 people ages 20 to 35. Once in a country they will be broken up into smaller teams to help with various tasks ranging from teaching English, building churches or working in orphanages.
"We actually get to be in the culture with the people, and see what life is really like for them. I get to work with them and have a relationship with them," Emily said. "I love working with children, and to be able to help the kids in the countries and to make a difference in one kid's life will be a beautiful thing."
To pay for travel, food and living expenses Emily must raise $15,500, the first half due by July.
To raise money Emily is selling crocheted scarves, hats or whatever the customer requests.
"Any prayers would also be greatly appreciated for health and safety while we're traveling," Emily said.
Emily said she expects to return from her 11-month journey with a new perspective on life.
"You can't travel that much and come back the same person," she said. "I'm expecting to have my mind changed about some things and be closer to God."
Emily's mother, Cathleen, is excited and proud of her daughter's upcoming trip.
"It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her to experience other cultures, and see parts of the world that most people will never get a chance to see," Cathleen said.
She also said Emily has had a heart for others since she was young.
"I think Emily's efforts to help others started in middle school. She was very active in school with various youth advocacy groups and that carried over to her work with her church (Cornerstone Christian Fellowship) and her interest in youth ministry," Cathleen said. " I think this trip is the next chapter for her."
While traveling Emily will update her blog with photos and progress regularly. She will return to Gardnerville in May 2013.