PRESUMMER LETTER 1: Experience More – 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
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 email@example.com.