Local man taking on 11-month mission trip

TIMES-REPUBLICIsaiah Fogle said he was the typical guy in his 20s, often times up to no good.

A few years ago the Marshalltown resident said there has to be more to life and that’s when he found God.

“I really started seeking God a few years ago and it changed my life,” Fogle said.

The 25-year-old feels the life-changing experiences have just begun as he is planning an 11-country, 11-month mission trip across many third world countries.

Fogle will leave Jan. 1 and visit Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and the Philippines.

His mission will be to spread the word of God.

“I think it’s important for the world to better understand what love is and to find God,” Fogle said. “I really have a passion to help people.”

The trip is call The World Race and is organized by a nonprofit organization based in Georgia.

For the most part the group he will travel with will sleep in tents. “We’ll be roughing it,” he said. “I think it will be an eye-opening trip for me.”

He said Thailand and the Philippines are the two countries he looks forward to visiting most.

“I think those countries will be amazing,” he said.

Fogle has raised $8,000 of the $16,200 he needs for the trip. A special fundraiser for his journey will be held in the form of a concert by the band Syndrome of Fire at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marshalltown. Admission is $10. Those also looking to donate can call Fogle at (678) 675-9264 before Jan. 1 or visit his blog at isaiahfogle.theworldrace.org.

With his departure a month away, the anticipation is building for Fogle.

“I’m excited and a little nervous,” he said.