Experience More – Confidence

by Tom Ives

PRESUMMER LETTER 1: Experience More – Confidence

 
PRESUMMER LETTER 1 CONFIDENCE
 
We at Royal Servants are excited that you signed up for a team this summer!
 
And while we at Royal Servants may be happy you’re going on a mission trip, we know someone who isn’t. And that someone being the enemy (you know Satan). He’s going to try to use outside circumstances to cause you to second guess your decision as the summer approaches!
 
Each year there are always some students who feel God directing them to be on Royal Servants, and then, when they encounter obstacles or barriers, ask “Is the Lord closing the door?” or “Maybe it’s not His will that I go.” You need to be extremely cautious when you start to question God’s leading – for the enemy knows our tendency to throw in the towel when faced with hindrances. That’s the very reason the enemy uses them so often…obstacles and barriers are amazingly effective at neutralizing God’s people. And this includes you.
 
Peter understood this principle. He was so excited at seeing Jesus strolling towards them on the lake one night that, in a fit of enthusiasm, he called out “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you”. “Yes, come.” Jesus said. So Peter jump over the side of the boat and was doing just fine….until… “But when Peter saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.”
 
Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, focused on the obstacles (the wind and the waves), and then he became scared. Notice the fear and doubt came AFTER Jesus called for Peter to come. And in the end, Jesus rebuked him for his lack of faith.
 
Should obstacles or barriers cause you to question your decision to go on a mission trip this summer? I don’t think so. Rather than being “The Lord closing a door,” you should look at circumstances like money, safety, and trying circumstances to be an opportunity to exercise your faith! And to trust that when Jesus said “go”, He meant it.
 
Therefore, we want to encourage you that if you felt going on a mission trip is what the Lord wanted you to do this summer, keep going! Press on! We can’t count the number of students who have signed up for a trip even now, just months before the start of the summer, and have been able to raise all of the dollars in time. Of course, you need to bring something to the table; you must provide the hard work and the courage that accompany an adventure like this.
 
What are some practical things that may help you fight your way through these waves of doubt? Know why you want to go. Be able to articulate God’s leading. Be organized. Send out emails to potential supporters and then CALL THEM!
 
You do your part, and, I fully believe, the Lord will do His.
 
– Tom Ives



IMPORTANT INFORMATION


 
Every Friday, from now until Training Camp, we will be emailing out PreSummer Letters like this one. The goal of these letters is two-fold. One is to encourage and motivate you as you raise support and prepare to serve overseas this summer. The other is to communicate important trip information to you. We’ll give you important deadline reminders, information about any changes to the program or policies, as well as prep & packing tips. So be sure to take the time to read through each PreSummer Letter. Trust me; you’ll be glad you did.
 
TIP: If your registration has been accepted, be sure to read through all of the materials sent to you. There is some pretty important info in that packet, make sure you don’t miss a thing!
 
If you haven’t submitted your registration, don’t worry, you still got time! Go hit submit today!
 
If you have any questions about Royal Servants or the application process, please email us at mfischer@reignministries.org.


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How to Write a Support Letter

by Grace Horst

Support letter writing can be a formidable task. Maybe you don’t feel confident in piecing together coherent sentences in the English language. No seriously, it’s ok, a lot of us feel that way. Or perhaps you are concerned that you won’t effectively communicate your mission. Raising support is hard, but if you truly believe that God has called you to a particular country, people group, or area of need, you can be confident that He will provide for you to get there! He will, but it is up to you to share that mission with others. Your best first course of action should be to craft a support letter. So where to start?
 

1. Prayer

 
Let’s be clear on something. This won’t necessarily be an easy stroll in the park, and you’ll come up against many obstacles as you go throughout this support raising process. While raising support can be a discouraging experience, it’s also a faith-building one as well.Your best course of action is constant communication with God. We are called to a life of unceasing prayer and this is no exception during support raising. Pray for protection against discouragement and pessimism. Pray for diligence, perseverance and contentment. Most importantly, pray that you do not lose sight of your Kingdom mission in the midst of your support raising.
 

2. Build your case

 
You need to communicate the important details of your mission. What are you doing? Explain where you are going and what the ministry will look like. Perhaps most importantly, share why you are going. What is it that prompted you to go to this country or sign-up for this mission trip? Finally, what are you asking for? What do your prayer and financial needs look like? Remember that this is your opportunity to share your passion and vision. The more they are able to capture your excitement and sense of purpose the more inclined they will be to get involved.
 

3. Ask

 
Clearly and specifically ask for them to financially invest in this mission. Invite them to financially partner with you and give them ownership of this mission – we are all called to play a role in missions, and so extend that offer to them. Better to be straightforward than to beat around the bush. When asking for a financial commitment, be bold but thoughtful. A request of $20 might indicate that you don’t believe your mission is worth much or that you don’t think this particular partner could afford more than that. However, most people probably can’t invest $500 every time they are asked. Consider asking for $75-$150 but make it clear that any gift would be appreciated.
 

4. Explain How

 
You want to make it as simple and clear as possible for financial partners to give. Explain that they can send in their gift with the provided sponsor response card and return envelope. The response card will ensure their gift is properly credited to you. They will promptly receive a tax-deductible receipt for their donation. However, many people choose to give online as they find it more convenient and practical, so make sure to explain the web process. Personalize your letter by using your own ideas and words. They want to hear from you! If you prefer, start with our example support letter and adjust it to be yours.
 

5. Follow Up, Follow Up, Follow Up

 
Follow up is extremely important. While letters are your first contact with potential supporters, without follow up, their chance of success is limited. Follow up can be painfully awkward and uncomfortable at times, but it is crucial. Wait until about a week after you have sent your letters and then call to inquire about partnership. Always be tactful. Remember you are not talking to wallets with legs, but rather real people that you want to partner with. Ask if they received your letter and have any questions about the ministry. Reiterate your financial ask from the letter you sent and graciously accept their response, whatever it may be.
 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR EXAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER »


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5 Things To Know About Scotland

by Grace Horst

Over the next several weeks we will be highlighting each location Royal Servants is travelling to this summer. We will only just scratch the surface of what makes each location unique, but we hope you enjoy learning more about these fascinating locales…
 


Scotland – 5 Things To Know


 

1. Kilts

kilts
 
What is that skirt thing Mel Gibson is wearing in Braveheart? Where did it come from? First, these breezy, patterned skirts are actually not from Scotland! Kilts originated in ancient Egypt, as the standard uniform for Assyrian soldiers! Scots aren’t necessarily wearing kilts in their army (other than Mel Gibson), but are worn during official and celebratory occasions! However, you can’t just wear any kilt while in Scotland, the patterns you see are specific to the different Scottish clans (families) and we aren’t sure if they will accept you as their own kin just yet!
 

2. Haggis

Haggis
 
After simmering for 3 hours, this savory pudding, known as “haggis” will be ripe for the taking. Containing sheep’s pluck (liver, heart, and lungs), onion, oatmeal, spices, stuffed in the sheep’s stomach lining and simmered, this delectable meal has made it’s way to the top, national dish of Scotland. Be brave this summer and give it a try, but don’t bring it back home because the importing of haggis to the United States has been banned since the 1970s!
 

3. The Coast

the coast
 
Love the coastline? Then you will fall in love with this country. Scotland has a long and indented coastline (6,160 miles) that is 3 times larger than England’s and twice that of France or Spain. How is that possible? 790 islands. That’s right, Scotland has over 790 islands and only about 94 of them are inhabited! It’s absolutely breathtaking.
 

4. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle
 
The beautiful Edinburgh (say it like a true Scot, ED-IN-BRR-AH) Castle, out of the 3,000 in Scotland, holds many stories of historical events and battles won in Scotland. Perched on the top of one of the highest points in the county, this castle is the most important and famous in all of country. Not only do parts of the castle building date back to the 12th century (it took awhile to construct), but it’s foundation is actually built on an extinct volcano!
 

5. Religion

religion
 
Although formerly a Christian nation, less than 50% of Scotland would identify as such, and a large number do not attend church or have a personal relationship with Jesus of any kind.
Over the past several years, Scotland has seen an increase in immigrants who have sparked the interest of Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, and the growing rate of “non-religious” groups. This summer we will be working alongside churches and youth groups through outreaches to several multicultural communities (Scots, Roma Gypsies, Polish, East-Asian, Indian, and Pakistani). It is in these communities that we’ll build relationships with teens and look for opportunities to share about Christ.


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5 Things To Know about Nepal

by jackbecker

Over the next several weeks we will be highlighting each location Royal Servants is travelling to this summer. We will only just scratch the surface of what makes each location unique, but we hope you enjoy learning more about these fascinating locales…
 


Nepal – 5 Things To Know


 

1. Welcome to the Himalayas!

himalayas
 
Nepal is home to eight of the fourteen highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. Mountaineering/tourism is a major source of economy throughout the country. You should wait to start packing your boots and parka though. The permit to climb is $25,000 alone. Once you factor in airfare, accommodations, guides, tents, oxygen tanks and gear, you’ll be closing in on $100,000 minimum. Yikes! However, there is one mountain in Nepal that no price can get you on: Machapuchare. It is considered sacred in the Hindu religion, has never been summited, and is completely closed to climbers.
 

2. The Flag

Nepal Flag
 
Nepal is the only country in the world whose national flag is not a traditional rectangle. The flag takes the form of two pennants, one perched atop the other, and symbolizes the Himalayan Mountains. Red is Nepal’s national color and illustrates the brave spirit of the people, while the blue border represents peace and harmony. Depicted in each pennant is a celestial body: the tranquil moon in the top half and the fierce, blazing sun in the lower portion. For many decades the sun and the moon even had faces but they were removed in 1962 in an effort to modernize the flag.
 

3. Civil War

civil war
 
Nepal was embroiled in a bitter civil war for just over a decade. In early 1996, the Communist Party of Nepal (or Maoists) incited rebellion against the monarchy in the hope of establishing a ‘People’s Republic’. It was a bloody conflict with at least 19,000 people killed and over 100,000 displaced. In late 2006 the war came to an end with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. The monarchy, which had lasted over two and a half centuries, came to a halt and the government became democratic one with many Maoists going into mainstream politics.
 

4. Earthquake

Earthquake
 
On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the nation, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring well over 20,000 others. It triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest which killed 21 people, making it the deadliest day on that mountain in history. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed across Kathmandu Valley, thousands of home were reduced to rubble, and entire villages were flattened — especially those near the epicenter. The total economic impact was estimated at over $7 billion and many countries helped provide relief for Nepal, which is one of Asia’s most impoverished nations. Even two years later, much of the country is still working to rebuild and resettle.
 

5. Religion

Religion
 
Hinduism is widely practiced in Nepal, with nearly 4/5 of the population claiming it as their faith. Tibetan Buddhism is also practiced by many ethnic groups in Nepal. Only about 1% of the people are Christian and most have never even heard of Jesus Christ. There are millions of gods in the Hindu faith, with Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva being some of the more well known ones. This makes evangelism complex for Christians as it is not a big deal for a Hindu to accept Christ as just another god to worship, meaning that to turn away from all other gods and worship only one is a strange concept.


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