PRESUMMER LETTER 6: Experience More – Encouragement
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 Has it been replaced by discouragement?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!
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.
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|
|Sierra Leone||$1790||May 9th|
|Costa Rica||$630||May 10th|
|Western Europe||$1240||May 10th|
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 email@example.com
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