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Every September there is anticipation in the air at the Reign Ministries Headquarters, as we prepare to launch our Royal Servants mission trips for the following summer. Locations have to be chosen, details have to be finalized (as much as we can), and the website needs to be updated. But now…it is ready for YOU!

We are excited to announce the following Royal Servants Mission Trips for summer 2019. With all these wonderful places, how can you choose just one?

China, Costa Rica, Ireland, Japan (brand new to Royal Servants), Macedonia – Greece, Morocco, Nehemiah (alumni only), Nepal, Scotland, Spain, Uganda, and Western Europe.

See a photo that stirs adventure in your heart? Can you guess which country it is? Click the image to see if you guessed correctly, and then don’t forget to register for a life changing summer!


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Coming Together

As I mentioned earlier in the summer, you can rack your brain anticipating how the dynamics of the team will go. Will they get along? Will they work well together or bicker? Will there be unity or drama? Will there be focus? Will we struggle with sickness?

All this leads to wonder if we will be able to focus on making the most of Christ; being able to do the mission of the gospel and to establish growth in spiritual maturity. To progress each team member to establish themselves into a deeper level with Christ and a passion to serve beyond Nepal, and be the future of the church wherever they go.

Even up to seven days ago there was a lot I was not sure of. I can only liken it to coaching my baseball teams. As you weigh each team out you learn how to manage them. Where to push where to pull, where to encourage, where to challenge – all to get to the desired result (which they also want but are not always willing to go through what it takes to get there).

In the case of leading a team of students like this, it is hard to not base it on how much they like me or how my relationship with them. To focus on that it is about getting them to a point of loving Christ and serving Him even if that does not include me. Many times in years past it seems things come together right out of the shoot. With other teams it seems it may not happen, but then a light goes on as God penetrates their hearts and they seem to suddenly get it.

The latter is how it was with this team. It was slow. There were questions of what ministry looks like and confusion on how to even start a conversation. There was even surprise that we do things like discipleship and memory work to set them up for a lifetime of serving Christ.

In this last week though, I am watching not only team camaraderie happen, but a understanding of why we serve and have engaged in discipleship this summer and how they can apply it at home. We have encouraged them to get plugged in right away back home at church and in other areas of service. I also encouraged them to rest – they need it after working hard everyday this summer.

So I ask you to also love on them and be patient with them. But also continue to push them, pull them, encourage them and challenge them to continue in the work God has started in them and wants to complete.

For the Nepal Family,
Hank

PS. Nepal is on their flight home!


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Nepal Update

by Margaret Andrus

Wrapping up Pokahara

Maybe the best (or at least the most fun) ministry day happened in Pokhara when we went to a home for children with physical and mental disabilities. At first we did our performances with dance and puppet teams taking center stage, then we were able to do balloon animals. I received permission to share that we had come to do the performances so we could share the love of Christ, which may seem small but in a closed country goes very far. We then had our socks blessed off as the children at the school wanted to their dances for us. The whole team watched with open jaws as these kids performed their hearts out with joy and inspiration that was second in this world only to experiencing Christ. Afterwards many in our team like Kieran, Nicole, and Malachi were rock stars as they just played and danced and loved on these students till I had to pry their hands off the door jams because the bus had shown up.

Meeting believers- We had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Pokhara Bible school students. This was one of those stops that happen in missions. As one location bails out for whatever reason another one pops up. At this school 40 or so students ranging from 16-23 years old were in training to be the next church leaders. We were able to swap stories about being believers in each other’s different culture. As we sat with them Tensaye, Ariel, and Jeremiah reminded me of the words of my former professor Robertson McQuilken who said, “We have more in common with a fellow believer in a country half way around the world who speaks a different language, has a different culture, and whose country may even be at war with ours, than we do with the family member or next door neighbor who does not know Christ.” Amy Beth gave a talk about who we are in Christ – it really encouraged the local believers and made me proud of what I have observed God doing in this young woman.

The last night that we met with the Believers Church in Pokhara. They asked me to do another message, which I was thrilled to do. An opportunity to encourage the believers one more time and share the gospel to visitors is one we will always jump at. In a closed country we have to be careful with this outside the church but inside – “Katy bar the door.” I felt compelled to ask if two of our students, Nathaniel and Amaria, would share their testimonies; they both knocked it out of the park. They were so inspiring that the youth minister who had never shared her testimony before felt compelled that it was now the time to do it as well.

After Pokhara Bible School visit we were led in a nasty rainstorm into a slum down by the river. In what seemed like a hopeless attempt at ministry we ducked under a big front porch (by Nepalese standards) to get dry and then 20-25 Nepalese children just showed up. So we jumped right into balloon animals and Malia and Cassie loved on kids with the balloon people. This lead us into getting the puppet team some more stage time. They even improvised and made up a few routines as they went. With the ten minutes left I asked Joey to share the story about Noah’s Ark, in light of the massive downpour. He ran with it and at the end also shared Christ and His rescue of us. All in all, this team has responded incredibly well to the constant shifting circumstance’s that happens when doing missions time and time again.

For the Nepal Family,
Hank

Pics: Nepal team is almost done with debriefing here in Kathmandu! The girls took a day to get sarees and kurtas (Nepali dresses) and the guys got some handy Gurkha kukri knives.


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Nepal Pics

by Margaret Andrus

What a joyful day it has been! Our team got to interact with children at a school here in Pokhara for special needs.


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Yesterday we hiked down to a small community by the river to meet the people and interact with the kids. It started pouring, but we made the most of it, huddling under a small porch together. We made balloon animals for the kids and Joey told them the story of Noah’s Ark.


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Our group took a hike up to Dhampus and spent a night there. We met several of the people and built relationships, paving the way for future teams to do more ministry in that area.


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Nepal Update

by Margaret Andrus

What a joy it has been to share God’s love here in Nepal alongside our Nepali brothers and sisters in Christ!

On Monday we travelled down to Chitwan to take a break from the dusty Kathmandu air. Our students got in some culture and heritage, riding canoes down the river and even getting to ride some elephants! Although we were only there for one full day, we certainly made a presence (as 28 Americans walking down the street is not easy to miss!) We pray that through our conversations, short as they may have been, God’s words were spoken and that the people of Chitwan will become more and more open to the gospel.

On Wednesday we hit the ground running, getting into Pokhara in the late afternoon and almost immediately heading out to eat dinner and build relationships at some of the local restaurants.

I’m continually impressed by the students’ boldness in starting conversations. It’s really cool to watch them do ministry during the day or come back each night after dinner with smiles on their faces and stories to tell.
Coming into Pokhara, we really had no idea what the Christian community here would look like. Pokhara is a touristy city, but since it’s monsoon season it’s less busy than usual. This is actually a blessing for us since many of the restaurants are fairly empty so our team is able to have conversations with the owners of various places when they go out for dinner in discipleship groups each night.

Last night was especially encouraging as several of our groups, including our senior staff, ran into Nepali believers. I love how excited the believers here get when they meet our group! I know it must be encouraging to them meeting believers from the other side of the world and it’s certainly like a breath of fresh air for us knowing that God is continually drawing people to Himself and building up the Nepali church.

We have six days left here in Pokhara and we pray that we make the most of it and continue seizing the opportunities God presents us with.


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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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Nepal Update

by Margaret Andrus

One of our Staff Sisciplers, Amy, shares a little about today’s ministry:

“We went to a home for girls today who have parents in jail and cannot live at their house. The home is run by a Christ follower so the girls (ages 7-15) get to hear the gospel. We got to hang out with them, love on them, and show them that they are created with value and worth. I met a 14 year-old named Alicea. She was so shy, but so sweet and I think she really enjoyed having an older American girl to hang out with. She knew Jesus and spoke good English and we found that we could draw together and write letters to each other! She was a wonderful blessing to me and i pray that she and the other girls will always remember that they matter so much to their Lord Jesus Christ. 28 Americans came all the way overseas to tell them that.”


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