Experience More – Culture

by Kaila Yim

PRESUMMER LETTER 10: Experience More – Culture

 
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You are getting ready to proclaim the Good News of Jesus this summer; to share your faith with cute red-headed Irish kids during a VBS, or with local shopkeepers, those who are cheering at your soccer tournaments, or with people who live in far-off remote villages.
 
Not only that, but you also get to immerse yourself in another country that does life much differently than the way most of you have grown up; the way they believe, dress, talk, eat, laugh, and work are much different than at home.
 
In fact, there are endless opportunities for exciting adventures as you are exposed to new cultures!
 
Why not brush up on some of the specific characteristics of the people of the country (or countries!) you are traveling to this summer? Knowing a little about who you are ministering to and where you are staying will only make the adventure more thrilling. And it will help you relate better when you are sharing Jesus’ love with the people you meet!
 
And it only takes a few Google searches. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Search the cities you will be staying in on Google Images
  • Check out http://www.operationworld.org/ for quick facts and prayer needs
  • Wikipedia is always a great, “reliable” source
  • Discover the nation’s flag
  • Find out the favorite local foods
  • Look to see if any national holidays will occur while you are there
  • Or kick it old school by visiting the library for a book on your specific country!

 
Spending any length of time in another culture that is halfway around the world is not only challenging, but exhilarating! So get excited!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION


 
Forms Due
Just a reminder about forms that will be due soon. The Health History Form was due within two weeks of receiving your Prep Packet. The Vaccination Form, Physician Form, Terms & Conditions, (and Background Check for Staff Disciplers and Assistants) are due May 24th.
 
Visa Info – Update
The following countries require a visa: China, Nepal, Uganda, and Sierra Leone. Nepal will apply at the Kathmandu Airport and simply need to bring 2 passport quality photos with them to Training Camp. The Uganda and Sierra Leone teams will receive instructions via email with instructions and will need to apply for your visas on your own. The China team is waiting for official paperwork from China and will be sent visa instructions sometime next week. If you have questions about the visa process for your trip, please contact your Trip Leader.
 
Booking Domestic Travel
With the release of the Updated Mission Trip Schedule you can arrange your domestic travel. If your team arrives too late in the evening to make a flight out at the end of the summer, you can book a hotel through us (mostly Nepal). 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
 
ManagedMissions – Checking your support & Forms
By now you have been sent an invitation email to ManagedMissions.com (it was sent to the main email address you gave on your registration. Check your spam folder if you haven’t seen it). ManagedMissions.com is the online financial reporting site that we use to let you know who has donated to you. The Finance Department will upload your support donations 3-4 times each week. This is not an automatic process. If you donate online today, you may not see it in your account for 2-3 business days. Once you log into your account you will be able to see the complete cost of the mission trip, who has sent a gift, and calculate how much is still needed to be raised. You will also be able to download donor information so thank you notes can be sent. If you need the invite email resent to access your ManagedMissions.com account, just let me know!

In the “Tasks” tab you will see a list of forms that we need. Please note, at this time of year we are getting a TON of forms in all at once. It takes us a few days to get the task marked complete once we receive the form. So please, once put your forms in the mail, give at least 10 days before calling to see if we received your form. If you are missing any of the forms we are requesting, you can download them from the [MyMissionTrip] page of the website, or email me and I’ll send it to you again.
 
Packing Tips
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Royal Servants 2017 Packing Video.
 
I mentioned this tip last week, but I thought it’s worth a repeat, as again, I’ve personally had success with this method. Once you’ve figured out what items you need to get for the summer, first scour thrifts stores. It’s amazing what you can find. Also, something our Reign Ministries’ staff do is we put together a “Wish List” on Amazon.com and send our supporters the link. This allows people to see and meet very specific needs. I was a bit skeptical the first time I used the “Wish List” but my supporters loved it. I’ll add to this, going on your team’s Facebook page to get packing advice from other people (specifically alumni and your Trip Leaders) about what they do.


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Experience More – Memorization

by Andrew Larson

PRESUMMER LETTER 9: Experience More – Memorization

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Memorizing stuff can be a hard thing to do.

I get it.

Sure, nailing that movie quote or T Swift song word-for-word is one thing, but the Connecting with God booklet? Through page 9?!

This summer you will spend a significant amount of time reading God’s Word, taking it in, and committing quite a few verses to memory. And while to some of you that may seem like an intimidating thing, I think you might be surprised at what you’re capable of.

While the task of memorizing might seem like just that, a task, and reminiscent of something you’d do in school (or worse yet, summer school), it is actually crucial and vital to a rich and meaningful summer experience.

Not only is memorizing Scripture important, but it’s life-giving as well. When we “store up [the] Word in our hearts” (Psalm 119), it strengthens us when we are weak, guides us in making wise decisions, comforts us in our pain, and equips us to more readily share the Good News that is Christ.

Here at Royal Servants, intentionality is a driving force in all that we do. And that applies to the Connecting with God (CWG) booklet, too. We’re not having you memorize it for the sake of memorizing it; no, we have you memorize it for a purpose. The CWG booklet is a valuable tool that will help equip you to be confident in sharing your faith this summer regardless of what culture or context you’re in.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably putting off this whole memorization bit, and will leave it for the last minute.

DON’T.

Start today.
Set goals for yourself.
Aim to memorize one page a day.
Find someone to hold you accountable.

It’s manageable if you make it manageable.

Put in the hard work now, and trust me when I say, you won’t regret it.

“Guard my words as your most precious possession. Write them down and keep them deep within your heart.” Proverbs 7:2


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Facebook Live Event this Saturday, May 13 – Logistics, Travel, Forms, & More
Royal Servant Mission Trip Leader and Admin Manager, Margaret Fischer, and Reign Ministries Media Coordinator, Corin McHargue, will be hosting a Facebook LIVE event this Saturday, May 13th at 10:00am Central Time on the Reign Ministries Facebook Page to discuss logistics, forms, travel questions, and more. They’ll have suggestions, tips, and be able to answer any of your questions! Don’t miss it!
Forms Due
Just a reminder about forms that will be due soon. The Health History Form was due within two weeks of receiving your Prep Packet. The Vaccination Form, Physician Form, Terms & Conditions, (and Background Check for Staff Disciplers and Assistants) are due May 24th.

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 a part of the Open House (we’ll miss you). Second, if your trip arrives too late in the evening upon arrival back into the United States at the end of the summer 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
ManagedMissions – Checking your support & Forms
By now you have been sent an invitation email to ManagedMissions.com (it was sent to the main email address you gave on your registration. Check your spam folder if you haven’t seen it). ManagedMissions.com is the online financial reporting site that we use to let you know who has donated to you. The Finance Department will upload your support donations 3-4 times each week. This is not an automatic process. If you donate online today, you may not see it in your account for 2-3 business days. Once you log into your account you will be able to see the complete cost of the mission trip, who has sent a gift, and calculate how much is still needed to be raised. You will also be able to download donor information so thank you notes can be sent. If you need the invite email resent to access your ManagedMissions.com account, just let me know!

In the “Tasks” tab you will see a list of forms that we need. Please note, at this time of year we are getting a TON of forms in all at once. It takes us a few days to get the task marked complete once we receive the form. So please, once put your forms in the mail, give at least 10 days before calling to see if we received your form. If you are missing any of the forms we are requesting, you can download them from the [MyMissionTrip] page of the website, or email me and I’ll send it to you again.

Packing Tips
Here’s my tip of the week. Once you’ve figured out what items you need to get for the summer, first scour thrifts stores. It’s amazing what you can find. Also, something our Reign Ministries’ staff do is put together a “Wish List” on Amazon.com and send our supporters the link. This allows people to see and meet very specific needs. I was a bit skeptical the first time I used the “Wish List” but my supporters loved it.


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Experience More – Conquering of Fears

by Rainer Powell

PRESUMMER LETTER 8: Experience More – Conquering of Fears

 
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I like archery. I shoot a traditional recurve bow that requires intense concentration on the target. The arrow goes where I place my focus. When I miss (and I do), it’s because I am focused on something else: my surroundings, the size of my target, my ability to take the shot, or my fear of missing.
 
The truth is, support raising can be a fearful thing. And fear can cause us to direct our attention to the wrong area or to hinder our ability to focus on the target at all. So how does the Lord equip us to combat those fears?
 
First, let’s consider some specific fears and then visit God’s Word. Have you found yourself thinking any of these things when support raising?
 

  • I will fail.
  • I am not good at asking people for money.
  • I cannot raise this much money.
  • Raising support is too hard!
  • I don’t have any experience with fundraising.
  • People will say no.

Those are things the enemy wants you to focus on. But here’s what God says about fear:
 

  • In Psalm 34:4, David writes, “I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
  • Psalm 56:4 says, “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust. I will not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

 
God knows that by ourselves, we can be weak and lazy, but God placed the Holy Spirit in us. Therefore, we can rely solely on Him. The Spirit gives us self-discipline and power to do the hard work. But fear tells you that you will fail, that you will be rejected, and that raising support is too hard.
 
When I raise my bow and concentrate only on the target, I have confidence that the arrow will fly straight. In the same way, you can focus on what God says in His word and place your full confidence in Him. God is never afraid. Talk to God about your fears and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit. Then you will be able to overcome fear in order to complete the task before you.
 
Here’s the truth, you can’t do it alone, but with God you can. He is the one who raises the money and causes hearts to give. It’s all His money anyway. So go ahead and ask.
 
“Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4


IMPORTANT INFORMATION


 
Visa Info
The following countries require a visa: China, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. We will send visa instructions for these trips after the international flights are booked. Please wait for our instructions before attempting to apply for visas.
 
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 trip 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.
 
Note: ACH (automatic clearing house – checking account withdrawal) cannot be used to pay for the international airfare at this point. It can take up to 10 business days to clear the bank and will the remainder of the booking dates next week, it won’t happen in time. So if you want to give towards your account to cover the airfare it must be by debit or credit card.
 

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

 
ManagedMissions – Checking your support
By now you have been sent an invitation email to ManagedMissions.com (it was sent to the main email address you gave on your registration. Check your spam folder if you haven’t seen it). ManagedMissions.com is the online financial reporting site that we use to let you know who has donated to you. The Finance Department will upload your support donations 3-4 times each week starting. This is not an automatic process. If you donate online today, you may not see it in your account for 2-3 business days.
 
Once you log into your account you will be able to see the complete cost of the mission trip, who has sent a gift, and calculate how much is still needed to be raised. You will also be able to download donor information so thank you notes can be sent. If you need the invite email resent, just let me know!
Domestic Travel Form – CORRECTION
There was a minor mistake on the Domestic Travel form for arrivals that are driving in. It listed the dates for students driving in on Saturday as June 25th, it is actually Saturday June 24th. This correction only affects those who are driving to Chicago or Training Camp.
Domestic Travel Form
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 – June 25 (we need 2 people), please contact Linda at lmacdonell@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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Experience More – Mentorship

by Stephenie Carr

PRESUMMER LETTER 7: Experience More – Mentorship

 
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Don’t Bypass the Mentor!
 
If you are anything like me, you may have looked through your Prep Packet when you first got it to see what was needed for your trip this summer, made a mental note of the critically essential things (you know, passport, airline tickets, support raising…) and then maybe-kinda-sorta forgot about the rest? Sometimes when there are so many urgent and crucial things to take care of, the other things lose their priority and often, they just don’t get done. And maybe, just maybe, finding a mentor never made it to your list of essentials.
If that is the case for you, I’d love to share a few things about the mentoring relationship that will hopefully move it up in priority on your list.
 

  • No need to do this alone! I was 18 my first summer with Royal Servants and even though I had the support of my parents and a friend from my youth group also going with me, the experience still felt daunting, and even lonely, at times. Having a mentor means you will have someone who will walk with you through every part of the experience, functioning as a sounding board, a prayer warrior, and perhaps even a fire under your behind when needed.
  • You don’t have to have it all figured out. Let’s face it, as confident as we may appear at times, there are moments all of us face when we start to question ourselves, or maybe even God. A mentor can be a voice of reason for us, serving as an outside perspective, a grounding influence that brings us back to reality when we start to falter. Whether they step in to help you through the work of memorization, to check in on how things are going in the various areas of your life, or to encourage you when the going gets rough – we all need relationships like these!
  • The experience continues. Believe it or not, God is even now preparing you for amazing growth and ministry opportunities in the summer to come. But come the end of the summer, this experience will be over and you’ll be back in your home environment. A mentor can make or break the sustainability of this transition home! Their role is to have a vested interest in what God is doing in your life – and hopefully that will continue long past the summer experience.

 
So if you haven’t done so yet, pray that God will help reveal a trusted person in your life to serve as your mentor, ask them if they’d be willing to be that person for you, and then start meeting regularly with them now. This may seem like an intimidating request to make of someone – I, too, was nervous in approaching my mentor. I was so afraid she’d be too busy or maybe even wouldn’t want to. But by pushing past my fears, I made one of my most valued relationships – and 16 years later, she’s still a crucial voice in my life.
Don’t let this piece of the summer preparation become a non-essential… I’d argue it may have the most lasting impact on you of all!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION


 
Visa Info
The following countries require a visa: China, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. We will send visa instructions for these trips after the international flights are booked. Please wait for our instructions before attempting to apply for visas. Additionally, if you are on the China or Nepal mission trip, please be sure to get a copy of your passport to us ASAP. We need that to book your international airfare.
 
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 trip 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 CST.

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
If you haven’t already, take a look at the 2017 Royal Servants Packing video. If you have any questions about packing, your trip’s Facebook page is a great place for you to ask. If you are not a member of that group, email your Trip Leader for the link to the group.
 
Dress Code: Royal Servants has no desire to declare what is and is not appropriate clothing within the U.S. However, because we are ministering in cultures that are much more “conservative” than ours, and in an effort not to offend our ministry partners, we have outlined a Dress Code at the beginning of the Packing List. Please read and follow the guidelines we’ve laid out and check the Trip Specific pages for even more details for specific country guidelines (I’m looking at you alumni! We’ve made changes from last year or previous summers, so make sure you read that closely). When looking for clothes, I recommend trying thrift shops for cheaper alternatives. And if you have questions about the dress code, feel free to email me or your Trip Leader. *Please note, if your clothing does not meet the Dress Code guidelines, you will be asked by a member of your Leadership Team to change. It’s an awkward conversation for both of us, so if you aren’t sure if what you have is appropriate, please ask, we want to help.
Shorts: Along those lines, for the countries that require clothing that covers the knee (while sitting, so put the capris or skirt on and have seat. Are your knees covered? Yes, awesome, bring those.), that only applies to the females (Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Uganda). Guys can wear shorts that show the knee, but let’s keep those within a couple inches above the knee, no short shorts for you either. 😉
Tank Tops:Every year I get asked about tank tops. Here’s the deal, they cannot be worn as shirts, but they can be worn underneath shirts.
Footwear: When choosing shoes for the summer, keep the following in mind. 1. Shower flip flops, plan to use these exclusively for the shower. You don’t want them to break and then not have anything for the shower… trust me. 2. Rarely will you be able to do ministry in flip flops (they do break easily), so get a pair of sandals with a good back strap. I’m a Chaco addict, but Teva’s or Keen type sandals work well too. 3. Some trips, like Sierra Leone, you need closed toed shoes whenever you’re out and about, so make sure you have a good pair of tennis shoes. No matter what trip you’re doing, you’re going to be walking a lot!
Domestic Travel Form – CORRECTION
There was a minor mistake on the Domestic Travel form for arrivals that are driving in. It listed the dates for students driving in on Saturday as June 25th, it is actually Saturday June 24th. This correction only affects those who are driving to Chicago or Training Camp.
Domestic Travel Form
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 – June 25 (we need 2 people), please contact Linda at lmacdonell@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 The Barnabas Team

by Travis Carr

1. The Barnabas Team has been a fixture of Training Camp since 1995. That’s longer than some of you have been alive!
Barnabas Team with Chairs
 
2. Did you know the Apostle Barnabas was originally named Joseph? In Acts 4, the other apostles renamed him Barnabas, which means ‘son of encouragement’. This team is meant to be a blessing and encouragement to all the other teams at Training Camp.
Barnabas Team running
 
3. Barneys, as they are lovingly called, are vital to keeping Training Camp running smoothly. They help by taking care of daily tasks (trash runs, sound system setup) and bigger projects (lawn mowing, setting up tents, etc.) so that the rest of the staff can stay focused on their teams.
 
4. Barnabas is a great way for alumni to serve the Lord even if they cannot commit to an entire summer overseas. Whether you’ve done one or five previous summers with Royal Servants, Barnabas is unlike any other team.
Barnabas Team working
 
5. Last, but not least, the Barnabas Team tends to be small. Usually less than a dozen students, this team always fosters small but great and familiar community!
Barnabas Team unity


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