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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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As you now know, the last two teams to arrive on Saturday, Uganda & North Africa are home safe and sound!


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Uganda Update

by Margaret Andrus

“The Uganda team has started their long journey home. We arrived at the airport this evening and “spent the night” in the lobby as we waited for our 4am flight [8pm Central on Friday]. The Lord has been so good to us here in Uganda this past month. It was hard to say goodbye but we are all looking forward to reconnect with our loved ones soon!”


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Uganda Video

by Grace Horst

Here is a glimpse of our morning as we wrap up an incredible summer in Uganda, Africa. We started the summer with worship and we will end with giving God the glory of what He has done in Uganda, in our team, and in our hearts!

Uganda Worship Video


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What an excursion!

The ministry in Gulu was rugged and raw. We exposed our students to what a rural African community is, which is the majority of the country, the majority of the continent. They took it head on with joy and encouragement for one another, and love for the people and ministry.

After ending ministry on Saturday, our team packed up and we headed to one of the National Parks in Uganda.

Murchison Falls left us speechless. What a way to kick off our first day of debriefing! After a beautiful boat ride down the Nile River, we hiked and saw the breathtaking waterfalls. We also were able to go on a true African safari!! We took our 28 passenger bus and a small van down the bumpy and windy roads to see lions and their cubs, eight different kinds of antelope, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, hippos, water buffaloes, and more. Much to our surprise, the baboons even jumped in our van and attempted to drive it!! Golden hour with the giraffes and then the sunrise the next day, watching the animals come to life provided unforgettable views and experiences.

The students seem to be rested and ready to take on the debriefing time as they seek to understand what God has done this summer, and look towards the future as how to put it into practice. They can’t wait to hug family and friends and tell stories!!!

Job 12:7-10
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.”


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Uganda Update

by Margaret Andrus

It’s officially our last day of ministry and we are starting it off Uganda style!

We had a relaxed morning engaging with our YFC (Youth for Christ) contacts as they taught us Mzungus (foreign people) how to make a delicious, cultural breakfast! A Chapati roll. Hand made, wheat, tortilla-like bread with eggs and hot cooked veggies. YUM! Our students had a blast and can’t wait to take what they learned and cook it at home for you in a little less than a week!

Next we are heading to the football field (aka soccer) to play a rousing game of Mzungus/YFC Ugandans versus the Gulu locals! It’s going to be so much fun!

Stay tuned!

Chapati Morning Video


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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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Today marks the beginning of the third week here in Uganda. With each passing day I’m reminded of the goodness of God in each of our lives and in the life of our team. Every ministry partner we have worked with has been blown away at the determination and willingness of our students to jump right into ministry and not waste a single moment.

Our time in Uganda has truly been a life-changing experience for us all. We have had the opportunity to share the love of Christ in crowded schools, remote villages, busy street corners, and in the stench-filled slums of Kampala. Through all of this we have ministered to weary school children, hopeless widows, discarded orphans, and despairing street vendors. We have encountered the poor, the sick, and the broken-hearted.

In the past two weeks we have also simultaneously been reading through the Gospel of Luke. How amazing it has been to read the words of Jesus and to actually do as He did? In many ways our ministry has echoed the messianic words of Isaiah that Jesus quoted in Luke 4:18-19. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim the captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

Can you just imagine how incredible it is to read the words of Jesus and immediately go out and do the same? I’m telling you, this is how our students are seeing the Bible come alive as they experience what they read and solidify it in their hearts through immediate action. Honestly, I believe that is what we are all created for! Really, it shouldn’t matter where we live. Yet it seems easier here in Uganda as we clearly see the brokenness all around us and have sensed the compassion of Jesus which has moved us into action.

Tomorrow, we are packing up a few of our belongings and heading to Gulu, where we will be partnering with Youth for Christ (YFC) and ministering in more schools and villages for the next five days. While Gulu is a large city in Uganda it is much less hectic than Kampala. So our students will be given a taste of ministry in a more rural setting where they will experience the beauty and rugged country-side of Uganda.

As you can imagine, the cellphone towers are a bit more spaced out than in the capital city. So that means we may have a couple days between updates and photos. However, please be assured that we will communicate as often as is possible. Also, your student will not be able to email you until we return to Kampala (early next week).

Thank you all for your prayers and heart-felt messages. We are looking forward to another amazing week of ministry here in Uganda!

For the 2018 Uganda Team,
Matt Halseth


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