2015 PRESUMMER LETTER #3
Do you ever feel like it’s kind of a ridiculous request that we should really trust God? Why would we? Disappointment and frustration is an everyday experience for us. It comes in small ways: failing that test, that one thing broke, it snowed again in March, that server got your order wrong, etc. It comes in big ways too: that person betrayed you, you’ve been bullied and abused, that school rejected you, you feel so alone, that temptation came back, and the list goes on.
So if we really believe that God is sovereign, and still so many things go wrong for us, can He really be trusted with our well-being?
Thankfully, Revelations 21:5-7 answers that question for us:
And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
God makes a promise to us that He is redeeming this world. He’s making it all new again, one bit at a time. Things may not always be as they should be now, but someday they absolutely will be, and He wants us to look forward to when that day comes. Even more, He wants us to be a part of it every step of the way. All God asks is that we trust Him.
When we trust God, we accept a new way of facing life’s challenges. We let go of the expectation that this is going to go exactly they way we want it to. Instead, we are acknowledging that God’s way is much better. We’re not in control, and thank goodness for that. Trusting God is stepping into the unknown of life, not just embracing its mystery, but its temporary pain and failure too.
There’s a lot to be anxious about going into this summer: support raising, evangelism, a team full of strangers, missing out on the summer back home, being without a cell phone, and all the unknowns of international travel. Our prayer for you is that you will relentlessly trust God for this summer. Don’t let the scary stuff detour you. That’s all temporary. The work that you’re going to see God do through you and the lives you’ll see Him change this summer, that’s permanent.
Prep Packet & Forms
Make sure to read through the Prep Packet and all the forms sent to you when you applied for your Royal Servants mission trip (parents, you’ll want to read this information too!). We don’t want you to miss out on any important information or deadlines! If you haven’t submitted your application yet, don’t worry, there is still time.
Mission Trip International Airfare Amounts & Deadlines
In your prep packet we let you know that we are required to start booking international tickets the week of May 4th. Listed below are the actual dates we will be booking each trip. That means each participant must have enough money in her or his account to cover that cost on that day. However, if you don’t have the funds in your Royal Servants account, you may also give us a credit card to cover the cost.
We won’t charge your credit card—really! We will simply put a hold for that amount and then remove the hold when your account has enough funds to cover the ticket. We would only charge the card if you dropped from the program and didn’t have enough in your account to cover what we paid for the ticket. Reign Ministries is only able to process for holds Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards (debit cards may be used, but there has to be enough funds in the account and the hold will make those funds inaccessible until released). You can find more information on this in the “Paying for the Trip” section of the Parent or Staff Discipler prep packets.
If you want us to purchase your ticket by putting a hold on a credit card, you will have to call the Reign Ministries’ office before the booking deadline. You are not able to use our online giving to place a hold. You can make a tax-deductible donation for your ticket online, but the amount is immediately charged. You can reach us at 763-535-9555, ext. 721 for Margaret or 712 for Tom. We are in the office weekdays between 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT.
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