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And just like that, the last Royal Servants mission trip of 2018 has landed. Nehemiah/Timothy is on the ground in Chicago!

The last and final Nehemiah and Timothy 2018 team family photo! 😭 It was what it was, it was more than enough, and it was more than we know. And with that, shalom out y’all!

Praise God for all He has done through our teams this summer.

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Through the rain, our staff and students persevered – playing soccer on the field in Turrialba and performing to the people that came. They shared their faith and seeds were planted. They are finishing up strong!


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Spain Update + Pics

by Travis Carr

As we wrap up our time in Madrid, the last few days have been a blizzard of activity. We served immigrant families in practical ways with one of our ministry partners. We did evangelism in local markets in a variety of neighborhoods. We did a lot of prayer walking in neighborhoods where our partners hope to soon plant churches. We also did another series of street evangelism performances around the city center. On Thursday evening, three young men committed their lives to Christ following two separate performances. We have been planting a lot of seeds, and it was exciting for us to see a small harvest. Praise God!

Friday, we spent some of our culture and heritage time at Spain’s Royal palace and finished the night with one last street evangelism outreach.

Saturday morning, we head to Granada with a short stop in Toledo on the way. In Granada, we will continue our street evangelism for a few days and then transition to debriefing the summer prior to heading home.

Yesterday, our street ministry was incredible. Great discussions with lots of people and three trusted in Christ! Today we are in Central Madrid for the last ministry opportunity before heading to Granada early tomorrow morning.

We tried to pop in on King Felipe while at the Royal Palace in Madrid. But he was not there to receive us today!


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About to add 2 more trains to our list! Off to Koper 🙂

We are on our way to Koper, Slovenia today. We have had a great time in Zagreb. Corin took everyone’s bags down 4 floors on this very small and old elevator with out it ever getting stuck.


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Nepal Update & Pics

by Travis Carr

Today we went over a river and through the woods on our hike up to a Buddhist temple where we prayer walked and had some quiet time.


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Hi friends and family!

We know it’s been a few days since you’ve heard from us, thank you for your patience!!
It’s been a fast paced 3 days here up “in the bush”. And we are just getting slightly settled enough to give you a quick update on the team!

The 6 hour drive north was absolutely breath-taking. Trees of every kind were bunched together on the hilly landscape, monkeys lined the road as we passed by, with the occasional stopping for a herd of cows to cross the very bouncy, “African” road!

We arrived, got settled, and had an early night to be prepared for the full day ahead of us.

Our ministry on Thursday hit home for some of us as we entered into a new world, a new perspective that we as American have yet to ever face: a refugee camp. More specifically a south Sudanese refugee camp.

Due to the disagreements between those of Christian and Islamic faith in Sudan many had to escape the war that comes and goes, and they ended up here in Northern Uganda.
Unable to enter into Uganda fully while still waiting to go back “home,” they live in limbo.

The two camps that we visited were only glimpses into the lives that they lead everyday. We only had the permission to connect with those that attend the refugee school. This was the first time they allowed a group of American teenagers into the camp, and we hope that our ministry (dance, dramas, song, stories, and sport games) was impacting enough to open the doors of working with them in the future.

Today we are partnering with YFC (Youth for Christ) again as we go into neighboring schools in Gulu. Connecting one on one with the students sharing our stories, hearing their stories, and coming together as a group are the tools we hope to use in sharing the Gospel here in Gulu.

We’ve got only 2 more days of ministry before heading into our debriefing, so we are putting all we’ve go into the next few days and your (our) students are rock-stars!

Please be praying for the continued ministry we have left with YFC, that it’d be rich and fruitful!

Grace Horst




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Nepal Update + Pics

by Travis Carr

Today we took a drive outside of the city and hiked a couple miles to visit a leper colony. The students interacted with multiple individuals from the colony – some believers, some not – and shared the joy of Christ with them. It was so fun to watch them light up as they saw the smiles on our faces! Peri befriended two women in particular and they got so excited when they found out that we too are believers! We were able to pray over them before heading to the local church. The pastor of the church was excited for us to be here since he has met with other Royal Servants teams in the past. The hike today was exhausting, but the view and the excitement of the individuals at the leper colony more than made up for it. It’s such a joy to be able to serve the people of Nepal in so many unique ways!


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As one who hasn’t been in the United States to celebrate the 4th of July in 13 years, I’ve always appreciated the mindfulness of ministry partners who go out of their way to do something special for our teams of primarily American students. So even though today we’re currently tucked away up on a mountainside in a remote village in central Slovakia, we’ll be finishing out the night with an impressive display of fireworks, a campfire, with a splash of American songs thrown into the (European-style) “disco” dance party being held on the basketball court.

We’ve been staying at an old conference and retreat center left over from the country’s communist days that was once left in disrepair after the fall of the Iron Curtain, but has since been under significant renovations to make it the perfect place to host a week-long camp. The campers have come not only from all over Slovakia, but from places like the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, and even one from the contentious region of Chechnya, southern Russia. As you can imagine, the belief systems and world views held here are just as varied as the campers themselves, and the opportunities we’ve had to share the Gospel of Christ have been abundant.

Ever since our arrival here in Bojnice late Friday night (think midnight), we’ve been running at full speed, maintaining a schedule that starts at 7:30am and ends with lights out at 11:30pm (and even sometimes later depending on how late the Slovak night games go). After a morning meeting with the entire Slovak coaching/leadership staff, it’s off to breakfast with approximately 190 campers (ages 8-18), then dispersing into our 8 different teams (a mixture of Americans and Europeans), going to baseball practice at the fields in the neighboring village, and then returning for English classes on-site. After dinner we hold chapel outside on the court where the entire camp gets to hear more about the very real and tangible ways that God shows up in the lives of His creation. Night games and chats with our new friends around the fire close out the nights before our final team debriefing before bed.

Our focus since being here has really been three-fold.

1. We’ve aimed to be as incarnational as possible with our Slovak(+) friends, living out a ministry of presence by simply “being with” in order to share the love of Christ in ways that transcend language barriers.

2. We want to be “agents of shalom” in this place that God has us. We are seeking to develop eyes to see the people around us through the lens of God — what is His idea of “flourishing” for this person? And how can we help contribute to that sense of goodness, redemption, wholeness? These are the questions our students are holding as they enter into these new relationships and experiences. While there’s a beautiful sense of diversity here, in both age and culture, our students have been finding that some human experiences are universal: loneliness, pain, the desire to be known and feel significant, the ramifications of broken family structures, etc. The thirst for hope can be found everywhere, and Slovakia is no different.

3. Taking our inspiration from the movie We Bought a Zoo, we too think that sometimes all it takes is 20 seconds of embarrassing, insane courage to step into something risky and good things can come on the other side. In that spirit, we have put forth the challenge to embrace those 20 seconds of courage and enter into risky conversations and interactions with the people around us – trusting that God might have good in store on the other side.

We have four more days to go, so join us in praying that the above things would continue to be true, that God’s love would be made known, and that all of us (Americans, Slovaks, and more) would move closer to the heart of God.

For the Kingdom,

Andrew


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