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Champion of My Kids

When my son was 12 I sent him on his first missions trip with Royal Servants. He looked so little standing there with his backpack, pseudo facial hair and sleeping bag. I had prayed for him his whole life and I wanted him to serve God with a heart for missions. What I failed to realize is that meant cutting out my heart and sending it overseas! I wanted to create a diversion, forget everything and keep him home! I had to decide how to be the champion of my kids.

I realized in that moment that my fears, my selfishness and my lack of faith could trap him into a lifetime of not doing what God called him to do. I had to man up and grow up fast. Sending him overseas became my summer of growth as a mom. Many years later, he continues to serve in missions and each year I know God will direct his path. I have become a champion of my kids serving in missions. Even though good-byes are hard, I look forward to them returning full of God stories and knowing they did what they were called to do! I also look forward to how God will grow me each summer as I obey, pray and trust His goodness at work in our family.

How do I send my kids out well?

1. Zip it! 

Keep my fears about finances, stress, going back to college etc. to myself. I need to pray through my concerns and cheer loudly that my kid is choosing to SERVE and GIVE for an entire summer.

2. Send letters of encouragement and packages. 

If your son or daughter is serving as a discipleship group leader they will need encouragement as they pour into their students. Get your friends together and bake goodies for his/her discipleship group, send a note to be read to the group, pack a birthday party in a box for everyone in their group. Or write verses on note cards to encourage them overseas.

3. Understand the need for them to focus on their missions trip.

It will be really hard for them to call or email home. Their time is very limited and focused on serving. Don’t guilt them for lack of contact or mail. Trust that they are ok and if anything is not ok—you will be the first to know!

4. Study what they are studying

Each day this summer your son or daughter will be studying a chapter in Proverbs. Study this at home and pray through it as you read it. This simple habit has brought me great joy over the years and I love journaling what I learn through this.

5. Plan space for them to unwind and debrief when they return.

Serving as a leader has many demands and your son/daughter will need time to unpack emotionally when they return. As hard as it is, don’t pack a million things into the first week home. Save the big family dinners and reunions for a few days. Allow them space to sleep, unwind and share at their own space. This is even more important if your child is an introvert! Bless them by letting them set the pace.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIES

Evan (RS Student)

If anyone is thinking of Royal Servants you should do it for sure. So many people are famished for the...
2013-10-31T18:38:52-06:00
If anyone is thinking of Royal Servants you should do it for sure. So many people are famished for the truth, peace, and love of Christ. Not only can you see their life change but yours will as well. God will and can use you if you allow Him. So thank you Royal Servants and thank you Lord! – Evan

Abby (Student)

I had an amazing time on the Poland team in 2013! God showed me how to trust Him in all...
2013-10-31T18:39:36-06:00
I had an amazing time on the Poland team in 2013! God showed me how to trust Him in all circumstances and give up control of my life. I met some amazing people and I will never forget it. It was an awesome experience! – Abby

Matthew (Student)

Royal Servants has giving me the opportunity to serve others, share my faith, grow deeper in love, experience a new...
2013-10-31T18:40:27-06:00
Royal Servants has giving me the opportunity to serve others, share my faith, grow deeper in love, experience a new culture, find a new understanding of scripture, have a family of teens that are on fire for God and fall in love with my Father who loves me. I feel prepared to take what I have learned from this summer of service and begin a lifetime of ministry. – Matthew

Devin (Student)

I now have a much greater confidence in talking to strangers about Christ. – Devin
2013-10-31T18:41:10-06:00
I now have a much greater confidence in talking to strangers about Christ. – Devin

Phoebe (Student)

During this summer, I have fallen more deeply in love with God and have begun the life-long journey of getting...
2013-10-31T18:41:56-06:00
During this summer, I have fallen more deeply in love with God and have begun the life-long journey of getting to know him more. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be on a Royal Servant team this summer, and I am so excited to see how God uses this experience in the years to come. – Phoebe

Kevin

My son went with Royal Servants to Sierra Leone Africa this summer. While in Africa he was able to share...
2013-10-31T18:21:58-06:00
My son went with Royal Servants to Sierra Leone Africa this summer. While in Africa he was able to share the gospel with people in cities and villages. I really appreciate this. Some trips are just work projects. Not with Royal Servants. The students are trained to share the gospel and have many chances to do so. My son grew spiritually, was able to deal with sin issues in his life, and grew in his confidence to share the gospel. I would strongly encourage anyone considering going on a trip with reign to send their child. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is for those who are looking for an experience that will help your child grow to be more like Christ. – Kevin

Paula

The Royal Servants program is time-tested and mother-approved!! We've sent two sons (ages 15 and 16) overseas with R.S. with...
2013-10-31T18:23:09-06:00
The Royal Servants program is time-tested and mother-approved!! We've sent two sons (ages 15 and 16) overseas with R.S. with faith in the Lord to protect and keep them under the watchful guidance of the Royal Servants staff. We have not been disappointed. No lost passports, no lost luggage, no lost boys!!! They came face-to-face with the lost world and came home with great appreciation for their blessings and a level of awareness that makes them even more responsible and faithful at home!! – Paula

Karen

I can highly recommend Royal Servants to anyone who might be considering sending their son or daughter. Royal Servants took...
2013-10-31T18:23:56-06:00
I can highly recommend Royal Servants to anyone who might be considering sending their son or daughter. Royal Servants took a real personal interest in the safety, well being and spiritual growth of our daughter. God was so faithful to provide the needed funds, so quickly, through our generous and loving church family. Our daughter had only to pray and to ask. As parents, we said many times, "We feel so blessed that our daughter had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! – Karen