Experience More – Encouragement

by Travis Carr

PRESUMMER LETTER 6: Experience More – Encouragement

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Experience More… Encouragement
By Travis Carr

It is easy to start things. The beginning is always fun and exciting. New ideas and their promise are exhilarating. But very often, that initial excitement fades and is replaced by the ho-hum reality of work.

Unfortunately, that opens us up for something that can often steal that joy… discouragement.

Does this hit home for you? Has the initial excitement of signing up for your Royal Servants Mission Trip faded? Has it been replaced by discouragement? Maybe support raising has been difficult, or maybe someone you know has said something that deflated your balloon, even if said unintentionally.

If so, this letter is for you! The book of Haggai chronicles the effort of the remnant of Israel in their attempt to rebuild the destroyed temple. Throughout the process, the Israelites became discouraged. Maybe the work was harder than they expected, maybe they expected far shorter, less tedious work than what they had in front of them. Regardless, what is truly exciting about this story takes place in chapter 2, God recognizes the people’s discouragement and does something great—He encourages them!

“…all you people of the land take courage, declares the Lord, and work; for I am with you.”

But He doesn’t just stop there; He then goes on to say

“…My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!”

The God of the universe, the creator of Heaven and Earth, sees your discouragement. He knows when you are struggling and He wants to encourage you to persevere because He is with you. This is great news for all of us.

The glory of the finished temple was indeed amazing for the remnant of Israel. But had they not persevered through their discouragement, they would have never experienced that glory.

The same is true for you this summer.

Right now may be hard.
You may very well be discouraged.
But God has something special waiting for you this summer, something amazing that can only be experienced when we do His work through all obstacles.

Therefore, persevere, work hard, do not fear, and know that God is with you!

Facebook Live Event this Sunday, April 23rd – Support Raising
Royal Servant Mission Trip Leaders, Matt Halseth and Kaila Yim, will be hosting a Facebook LIVE event this Sunday, April 23 at 3:00pm Central Time on the Reign Ministries Facebook Page to discuss support raising. They’ll have suggestions, tips, and be able to answer your questions! Don’t miss it!


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Updated Mission Trip Schedule
With the release of the Updated Mission Trip Schedule you can arrange your domestic travel. A few things to note. First, the Scotland and Nehemiah trips leave Training Camp early and won’t be apart of the Open House (we’ll miss you). Second, if your team arrives too late in the evening to make a flight out (Nepal mostly), you can book a hotel through us. The Hotel Request Form link is below. Last, although you are welcome to book your travel any way you like, we do recommend using our travel agent, Bursch Travel, for more information – check the “Where to Book a Flight” in the Transportation section of the Prep Packet.
Downloads:
Updated Mission Trip Schedule
Hotel Request Form

Mission Trip International Airfare Amounts & Deadlines
In your prep packet we let you know that we are required to start booking international tickets the beginning of May. Listed below are the actual dates we will be booking each trip. That means each participant must have enough money in her or his account to cover that cost on that day. If you have enough funds in your account we will automatically book your ticket. However, if you don’t have the funds in your Royal Servants account, you may also give us a credit card to cover the cost.

We won’t charge your credit card—really! We will simply put a hold for that amount and then remove the hold when your account has enough funds to cover the ticket. We would only charge the card if you dropped from the program and didn’t have enough in your account to cover what we paid for the ticket. Reign Ministries is only able to process for holds Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards (debit cards may be used, but there has to be enough funds in the account and the hold will make those funds inaccessible until released). You can find more information on this in the “Paying for the Trip” section of the Parent or Staff Discipler prep packets.

If you want us to purchase your ticket by putting a hold on a credit card, you will have to call the Reign Ministries’ office before the booking deadline. You are not able to use our online giving to place a hold. You can make a tax-deductible donation for your ticket online, but the amount is immediately charged. You can reach us at 763-535-9555, ask for the Royal Servants Department. We are in the office weekdays between 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT.

Trip Airfare Cost Booking Deadline
Nepal $1540 May 8th
Scotland $920 May 8th
Ireland $1370 May 9th
Nehemiah $1690 May 9th
Sierra Leone $1790 May 9th
China $1370 May 10th
Costa Rica $630 May 10th
Western Europe $1240 May 10th
Greece $1310 May 11th
Uganda $1180 May 11th

Packing Tips
I’ve had a few questions recently about the pack that participants receive when they get to Training Camp. Just to clarify, the pack we provide is a large duffle bag that is specially made for Royal Servants and is used instead of a suitcase. It’s really helpful for the entire team to have the same bag on travel days, especially when pulling our bags off of the baggage claim belt. You will still need to bring your own back pack; you kind find the dimensions we recommend in the packing list.

Also, there are some items (like shirts) that are listed both in the Training Camp and overseas section of your packing list. Please note that any items listed twice can be used for both, but some people bring clothes for Training Camp that they intend to toss and have slightly nicer items for overseas. Let me know if you have questions about that, or check with your Trip Leader. For some packing tips, check out this Packing Video.

Medical Professionals Needed
We are looking for a few more medical volunteers for Training Camp this summer to help administer medication, conduct basic first aid, and consult on emergency situations. We need physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, practical nurses, national athletic trainers association certified trainers, any emergency medical technicians or paramedics, persons currently certified as completing the American red cross emergency response course, or persons currently certified as completing the American red cross responding to emergencies course or equivalent. If you are any of the above or know anyone qualified and are willing to volunteer sometime between June 15 – July 3, please contact me at mfischer@reignministries.org

PreSummer Letters
Missed a PreSummer Letter? No worries, click here to read all the ones you missed.

If you have any questions about Royal Servants please email me at mfischer@reignministries.org


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Facebook Live Q&A – Support Raising

by Travis Carr

This Sunday, April 23rd @ 3:00pm CST


We know that support raising is a big component of the summer and we’d love to come alongside you any way we can. Join us this Sunday at 3pm, to hear from Matt Halseth and Kaila Yim. You’ll get practical helpful information like how to make that follow up phone call, get more supplies and generate new names. Come join us and give yourself a boost of momentum for this summer. This event will be live on the Reign Ministries Facebook Page.
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Experience More – Of The Word

by Travis Carr

PRESUMMER LETTER 5: Experience More – of the Word

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Experience More… Of The Word
By Holly Duke

Those of you who are reading this are getting ready to go overseas to serve others and share Jesus on the mission field. That takes a lot of trust.

I’m curious to know how many times in your faith journey you’ve been given the advice to “trust God”. It’s good advice. It’s what I remind myself to do when I’m tired, feel confused, or frustrated about any number of things. But sometimes I feel like “trusting God” is one of those phrases people use because they don’t know what else to say! Trusting God, however, should not be a trite phrase. As believers in Christ, trusting is an action and something we are called to do.

But in order to trust, we need to be engaged with God and anchored in His Word. The Bible tells us a lot about the Word. It says that the Word was with God in the beginning. The Word actually became flesh and dwelt among the people (Jesus), and the Word, though written by men, was God-breathed. The Word is used by God not only communicate His character, but how He sees us, as well as to teach, correct, train, and convict us when we are wrong. The Word also prepares and equips us to do His good works.

Therefore, understanding God’s Word will help us truly trust God because it helps us to know Him. And the more we know Him the more we will find Him. The more we find Him, the more we will experience Him. And this, friends, will empower us for the task God has called us to do this summer.


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Vaccination and Health Form
We’ve received a number of Vaccination Forms and Health Forms missing initials for some of the releases. The Health Form needs initials on the back next to all three statements, and if not getting an exemption – the Vaccination Form needs initials next to all three there as well. Any forms not filled out properly will have to be sent back. If you have questions about any of the forms please email me at mfischer@reignministries.org.

Packing Tips
I’ve had a few questions recently about the pack that participants receive when they get to Training Camp. Just to clarify, the pack we provide is a large duffle bag that is specially made for Royal Servants and is used instead of a suitcase. It’s really helpful for the entire team to have the same bag on travel days, especially when pulling our bags off of the baggage claim belt. You will still need to bring your own back pack; you kind find the dimensions we recommend in the packing list.

Also, there are some items (like shirts) that are listed both in the Training Camp and overseas section of your packing list. Please note that any items listed twice can be used for both, but some people bring clothes for Training Camp that they intend to toss and have slightly nicer items for overseas. Let me know if you have questions about that, or check with your Trip Leader. For some packing tips, check out this Packing Video.


Mission Trip International Airfare Amounts & Deadlines
In your prep packet we let you know that we are required to start booking international tickets the beginning of May. Listed below are the actual dates we will be booking each trip. That means each participant must have enough money in her or his account to cover that cost on that day. If you have enough funds in your account we will automatically book your ticket. However, if you don’t have the funds in your Royal Servants account, you may also give us a credit card to cover the cost.

We won’t charge your credit card—really! We will simply put a hold for that amount and then remove the hold when your account has enough funds to cover the ticket. We would only charge the card if you dropped from the program and didn’t have enough in your account to cover what we paid for the ticket. Reign Ministries is only able to process for holds Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards (debit cards may be used, but there has to be enough funds in the account and the hold will make those funds inaccessible until released). You can find more information on this in the “Paying for the Trip” section of the Parent or Staff Discipler prep packets.

If you want us to purchase your ticket by putting a hold on a credit card, you will have to call the Reign Ministries’ office before the booking deadline. You are not able to use our online giving to place a hold. You can make a tax-deductible donation for your ticket online, but the amount is immediately charged. You can reach us at 763-535-9555, ask for the Royal Servants Department. We are in the office weekdays between 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT.

Trip Airfare Cost Booking Deadline
Nepal $1540 May 8th
Scotland $920 May 8th
Ireland $1370 May 9th
Nehemiah $1690 May 9th
Sierra Leone $1790 May 9th
China $1370 May 10th
Costa Rica $630 May 10th
Western Europe $1240 May 10th
Greece $1310 May 11th
Uganda $1180 May 11th

Updated Mission Trip Schedule
The Updated Mission Trip Schedule is schedule to be released the last week of April. After receiving that form, you’ll be able to book your domestic travel.

Medical Professionals Needed
We are looking for a few more medical volunteers for Training Camp this summer to help administer medication, conduct basic first aid, and consult on emergency situations. We need physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, practical nurses, national athletic trainers association certified trainers, any emergency medical technicians or paramedics, persons currently certified as completing the American red cross emergency response course, or persons currently certified as completing the American red cross responding to emergencies course or equivalent. If you are any of the above or know anyone qualified and are willing to volunteer sometime between June 15 – July 3, please contact me at mfischer@reignministries.org

PreSummer Letters
Missed a PreSummer Letter? No worries, click here to read all the ones you missed.

If you have any questions about Royal Servants please email me at mfischer@reignministries.org


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5 Things To Know About Greece

by Travis Carr

Over the last several weeks we have been 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…

Greece– 5 Things To Know

 

 

1. Aristotle

AristotleOne of the most influential Greeks in history is Aristotle. He contributed to almost every field of human knowledge in existence at the time and was the founder of many new fields. Aristotle studied everything from music, theatre, logic and metaphysics, linguistics, zoology, politics, and ethics. His writings laid much of the groundwork for Western philosophy as we know it today. He was trained by Plato and later taught Alexander the Great. That’s quite the resume.

 

2. Eat Greek!

Greek Food

Greeks are known for their longevity, with many living well past 90 years old. This is in large part due to their incredibly healthy diet. Eating Greek salads and fish frequently with a limited intake of fried foods no doubt contributes to their unique longevity. (Keep that in mind next time you want a burger!) So for your next meal, mix in some olives, feta cheese, tzatziki, spanakopita, souvlaki, not to mention gyros, and live well!

3. Against The Odds

Greece v Argentina: Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup

Everyone loves an underdog. Prior to the 2004 UEFA European Championship, the national soccer team of Greece had never won a match in a major tournament. Even long odds of winning at 250-1 didn’t stop them. They eliminated a series of soccer superpowers one after another including Spain, Russia, defending champion France, the Czech Republic, and host nation Portugal in the final match to claim the championship.

4. The Parthenon

Parthenon
Emblematic of ancient Greek architecture and religion, the Parthenon is considered one of the world’s great monuments. Originally built in 438 BC as a temple to the Greek goddess Athena (for whom Athens was named), it was later converted into a Christian church in the 6th century. During the reign of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, it became an Islamic mosque. The Turks later used it as a gunpowder magazine (or storehouse) and during a battle with the Venetians in 1687 a mortar round blew up the gunpowder, inflicting heavy damage. With the aid of painstaking reconstruction, the Parthenon still stands today and is one of the most visited sites in all of Greece.

5. Island Nation

With a total area of almost 51,000 square miles, Greece is merely the ninety-seventh largest country in the world. However, it has more than three thousand islands and islets. Despite only a fraction of these islands being inhabited, a number of them are quite well known. Santorini and Mykonos are highly-trafficked tourist destinations. Rhodes is well known because it was host to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world (the Colossus of Rhodes), and Patmos is the island where the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation.


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