Royal Servants 2017 Recap!

by Grace Horst

We hope that all are enjoying the beginning of 2018! We here at Royal Servants always look forward to the new year, as it means that the summer will be coming soon. Funny to say months out, indeed, but the summer always arrives quicker than we anticipate.
 
On top of that, we have a lot going on right now as our annual Pacific Northwest Steaking Blits is now under way and our East Coast Speaking Blitz is coming later this month. Click here to check out all the deets: https://reignministries.org/speaking-in-your-area/
 
As for 2017, we can’t help but reflect back with gratitude for such a great year. Here were some of the highlights!
 
Last Spring we led a trip in conjunction with The Stony Brook School in New York to Albania led by our very own Job Hammond.
 


 

In the summer, too many highlights to list here from our 10 mission trips! But go ahead and watch this
from Training Camp:

 

 
In the fall, we held our annual staff conference in Minneapolis where we debriefed our summer trips and dreamt about next year. Oh yeah, and this happened:
 

 
Also in the fall and thanks to the generosity of many, we more than exceeded our goal for our Training Camp Phase-2 giving campaign.
 

 
…and you must see this one of Tom’s happy dance.
 

 
…last but not least, we have an exciting set of new mission trips for this summer.
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Here is to an amazing 2018, so thankful for all of you,
 
 
Royal Servants Staff


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Ireland – Debriefing

by Corin McHargue

Ay-Up,

As some of the locals say for hello- whatever- greetings from London! We are rolling along in our debriefing teachings as we prepare to set the students up for heading home and fitting back into the society that is no longer the norm for them. They have developed a new norm and it consists of hard work, a lot of teaching,  early mornings as well as late nights, having people around you everywhere you go and not a lot of down time or personal space.

They are thrashed and hanging onto every last morsel of the summer as it is hitting them that at the end of this week they return home. It is hard for me as well. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy heading back to my wife Jackie since she could not join us this year. However, we have established a really tight community here and I love these students. I continue to earnestly pray for their continued development in Christ as they will leave here to become the next generation of spiritual leaders. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for them and pull for them with all I have to remain hungry for Christ and not settle into being just church attendees at home.

In our debriefing teachings, we are trying to prepare them for being genuine as they return home and, believe it or not, the discomfort that can sometimes bring.  Remember they have walked in an area that has set them up in a spiritual environment from serving, growth, having people that understand what they are experiencing and seeing God working on a daily basis. Sometimes it gets hard to settle back into a comfort driven society, arguing siblings and a culture that has as many (or more) apathetic followers as it has those that are all in.

I am confident many will do well as I have seen eyes opened and anticipate watching their lives as they move forward.

 

-Hank


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Nehemiah – Final Goodbye

by Corin McHargue

20 Hours. 20 hours until we are sitting on our plane. After spending the whole summer together, it is always breathtaking how quickly the end comes. As much as we attempt to prepare ourselves to say goodbye, it is inevitable that we will be standing shell shocked with a lump in our throats at the baggage claim in Chicago as we watch members of our family walk out the door and our summer abruptly comes to a close.

Looking back, I think I can confidently share that we all are filled with a sense of gratitude for this summer. Gratitude for God’s faithfulness and all that he has taught and brought us through this summer. For our time in Portugal with the Word of Life crew. Our time in Spain joining with the youth group from Immanuel Baptist Church to expand the kingdom in Madrid. For our time here in Israel, as we have spoken and loved on so many people from so many backgrounds who need the Father’s love so much.
The last few days here in Jaffa have been a sweet time of wrapping up the summer with our team. We had a day of silence, as our students reflected back on their summer in prayer and solitude. We walked through the various debriefing teachings, brainstorming and preparing how we go home and apply what we have learned this summer. We spent time at the beach, playing together and soaking up time with each other. We wrapped up our summer-long manuscript Bible study in Mark, which has left such a great impact on all of us as we have encountered Jesus in new and impacting ways. This brings us to these last 20 hours, which will be filled with cleaning, packing, and organizing. Tonight, we head to the airport at 11 pm, where we will settle in and attempt to get a little bit of sleep before our flight at 6 am tomorrow morning. But before we head to the airport, we will have our last organized time together as a family. This will include worship, communion, and foot washing. I have no doubt that this will be a special time, and a hard one at that, as we celebrate for the last time with this particular expression of the Body of Christ.
As a trip leader, I anticipate this goodbye with this team will be especially tough. Tough because I love this team so much. This is truly a great team full of really incredible young people. You never know what you are going to get with a team. Believe me, not all are created equal. But this one is special. I am going to miss their enthusiasm, their curiosity, their willingness to do anything, their goofiness, their heart for Jesus and His kingdom, and most of all, their love for each other. It is emotional for me to reflect on how blessed we have been this summer to have the chance to travel with this team. This one is really gonna hurt.
Pray for us tonight as we meet one last time. Pray for closure for our relationships as we go our separate ways. Pray for us as we seek to come home in God honoring ways. Pray for us we transition one last time!
See you all very soon.
Travis

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