From corporate executive to international missionary, Huntsville woman entering the World Race

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Victoria Croy is a woman on a mission.

The 28-year-old Huntsville native is leaving her family, her home and her job to spend the next year working as an international missionary.

On September 5th, she'll leave for the World Race, a journey that will take her to 11 countries in 11 months.

"I'll  start in Macedonia. I'll spend four months in Central Eastern Europe. So, I'll be in Macedonia, Kosovo, Romania and Albania for the first four months," Croy says.

From there, she'll move on to Africa for several months before ending her trip in South America.

At each stop, she will serve the poor, the abandoned and the desperate - in a living demonstration of her faith.

The work will vary, from teaching English to orphans to ministering to women and children who have been rescued from the sex trade.

Croy acknowledges she's giving up a lot, walking away from her career as a human resources executive. Still, she believes this trip represents a call on her life.

A few years ago, she launched a side business called Suns & Daughters, making jewelry to sell in support of faith-based organizations around the world.

"That was the first step," Croy says.  "I knew I had to do something. I just felt compelled to do something," she adds.

Now, she feels the call to go even farther and she's finding some help along the way.

Croy's financial obligation for the trip is more than $16,000.  The World Race requires she raise at least $10,000 by August 18.

On Tuesday, August 18, the Juice Bar at the corner of Whitesburg and Airport Road will donate 20% of all cash purposes to the effort.

On Saturday, August 22, II XCL Strength and Conditioning on Madison Boulevard will hold a 10:30 a.m. workout to benefit Croy. The cost is $5.

On Sunday, August 23 at 4pm, SWEAT Huntsville on Cecil Ashburn Drive will also offer a $5 workout to help raise funds for the trip.

 Donations may also be made through Croy's World Race fundraising page.