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Here on Royal Servants, our commitment to you is that your son or daughter will be engaged in relevant, effective, challenging ministry, be intentionally discipled in an atmosphere with a spiritual emphasis, and be led by competent, seasoned mission professionals.

Every Royal Servants mission trip follows the same basic format, although it is adjusted to meet the needs of the specific ministry location. Each mission trip has three phases:

1) Training Camp Getting Prepared (8 days)

Training Camp may sound intimidating, but don’t let a name put you off. Simply put, Training Camp is one of the most important aspects of the mission trip. America’s armed forces don’t take raw recruits and toss them straight into battle. Neither do we.

Training Camp is a challenging, fast-paced environment designed to give students the tools they need to be successful on the mission field. As a result, students and Staff Disciplers will arrive at their overseas ministry site:

  • Spiritually grounded
  • Equipped with ministry tools
  • Bonded as a ministry team
  • Emotionally prepared for the work ahead
  • Ready to immerse themselves in the culture with sensitivity
 

2) Outreach The ministry overseas (3 to 6 weeks)

Once Training Camp is finished, all teams fly overseas to begin the outreach phase. Each trip’s specific ministry is determined by the location, the vision of the local missionary or church contact, and the needs of the people. We also continue with our program in ways such as:

  • Personal devotions (1 hour)
  • Discipleship group meeting (following devotions; usually 30-45 minutes)
  • Active outreach (anywhere from 6 to 8+ hours)
  • Team meeting – includes teaching, discussion of quiet time assignment, and ministry follow-up (most evenings 1-2 hours)
  • Worship and prayer (up to an hour)
 

3) Debriefing Bringing it home (3-5 Days)

Each Royal Servants mission trip sets aside time where the Trip Leaders will walk the team through the first practical steps after returning home to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Part of debriefing schedule includes:

  • 3-5 group teachings on the subject of a successful “re-entry”
  • A three-hour period of silence scheduled just to journal and reflect, to look back and see where God worked and how they grew
  • Extended Bible studies on the topics of fear, courage, and obedience
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Leadership Team – The leadership team is made up of Trip Leaders (Reign Ministres’ full-time staff) and Assistants (either Reign Ministries’ full-time staff or seasonal volunteers). The leadership team sets each day’s schedule, arranges the ministry outreach, and interacts daily with the local missionaries and/or ministry contacts.

Each team’s leadership is made up of qualified youth professionals, not simply individuals who sign up to lead a mission trip.

Trip Leaders

Trip Leaders set the tone for their teams. They are models, teachers, counselors, and mentors to students who need to see a solid example of godliness lived out. Our Trip Leaders have a profound impact in the life of each student. Therefore, we make sure only experienced and qualified youth workers lead Royal Servants mission trips.

To be a Trip Leader, a person must be on Reign Ministries’ staff. There is at least one, and often two, Trip Leaders leading each team. Reign Ministristries staff have a minimum of three years youth ministry and/or missions experience (most have many more years), experience at least one or more training summers before leading to create a healthy balance of discipline and fun and know how to lovingly enforce the guidelines while being sensitive to individual needs.

Royal Servants’ Trip Leaders have the experience, training, and maturity to work seamlessly with our international ministry partners. They organize and balance the demands of the field with the needs of the team, and create an atmosphere where each student and Staff Discipler feels safe.

Assistants

An Assistant is a seasonal volunteer who helps with tasks that support the team, such as handling the food, finance, or medical role.

Each Trip Leader is assisted by at least two, and most often multiple, Assistants. Each leadership team (Trip Leaders and Assistants) have at least one person of opposite gender of the Trip Leader so both male and female needs can be best addressed.

Staff Disciplers

Staff Disciplers are most often (though not limited to) college-age individuals. They spend a week being prepared for the role one week prior to Training Camp. Staff Disciplers are trained to equip, encourage, and challenge each student to go deeper in their walk with Christ.

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Royal Servants is very intentional about making sure that each student is discipled during the entire mission trip – beginning at Training Camp and continuing throughout debriefing. Therefore, each Staff Discipler is assigned 2-4 students of the same gender who will be in that discipleship group (d-group) the entire summer.

The discipleship model we work from is life-on-life. That means that the Staff Disciplers (and the leadership team) are living, interacting, and ministering alongside the students during the summer. Their role is to meet with their group each day after devotions to process through and discuss the daily devotions that were assigned. They are there to listen, talk, and pray through issues, problems, and frustrations that students may be experiencing.

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The cost of each mission trip is listed on each trip’s specific page on the website. The cost of the mission trip includes transportation and almost all meals once a student or Staff Discipler arrives either at Training Camp or the initial meeting area in Chicago.

Possible expenses outside of the mission trip costs are: passport (required for overseas travel), visa (country dependent), domestic travel (to training camp and after the summer), baggage fees (if applicable), medical (physical, vaccinations, travel insurance), etc. for more details please read the prep-packet.

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Royal Servants takes the safety and health of each participant seriously. We go to the greatest lengths to ensure that your son/daughter remains healthy and is safe throughout the trip. We are aware that we work with parents’ greatest treasures, their children. Therefore, no student is allowed to be alone in any city; Royal Servants always travel in groups of three or more, with either a male or a staff discipler in each group. The Trip Leaders also continually monitor conditions within the host country. If a situation arises that threatens the security of the team, either politically or from environmental conditions, the team will be moved to a stable location.Close

We love that we can update you as parents, supporters, family, and friends of the teams’ safe arrivals, and even show you a peek into their trips when photos are sent back to us. Our goal is to keep you updated as time and internet accessibility will allow us for the teams this summer. For many teams, updates are limited because internet access is rarely available. We will do our best to keep you informed of their safe travels, ministry testimonies, and overall trip happenings.

There are several ways to receive information and updates from our trips while they are at Training Camp or overseas:

1. Subscribe to Reign Ministries

Subscribing to Reign Ministries (availability coming soon) ensures that you will get all the latest updates. You will receive an email at 5 PM (central time) containing a collection of updates from that day.

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2. Visit Our Royal Servants Trip Updates >>

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Would you like to send a note to a Royal Servant while they are at Training Camp? You send them, we print them, and our Trip Leaders will pass them out to the students-simple!

All emails must be sent between the dates of June 10 and July 28th before 3PM. They will be printed each day (by 3PM) and then passed out to the students.

PLEASE NOTE: Your student will not be able to respond to your emails and these are not private so do not send sensitive information. For sensitive information, please contact us directly.

This will be available in June

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A Parents Perspective

STUDENT TESTIMONIES

Evan (RS Student)

If anyone is thinking of Royal Servants you should do it for sure. So many people are famished for the...
2013-10-31T18:38:52-05:00
If anyone is thinking of Royal Servants you should do it for sure. So many people are famished for the truth, peace, and love of Christ. Not only can you see their life change but yours will as well. God will and can use you if you allow Him. So thank you Royal Servants and thank you Lord! – Evan

Abby (Student)

I had an amazing time on the Poland team in 2013! God showed me how to trust Him in all...
2013-10-31T18:39:36-05:00
I had an amazing time on the Poland team in 2013! God showed me how to trust Him in all circumstances and give up control of my life. I met some amazing people and I will never forget it. It was an awesome experience! – Abby

Matthew (Student)

Royal Servants has giving me the opportunity to serve others, share my faith, grow deeper in love, experience a new...
2013-10-31T18:40:27-05:00
Royal Servants has giving me the opportunity to serve others, share my faith, grow deeper in love, experience a new culture, find a new understanding of scripture, have a family of teens that are on fire for God and fall in love with my Father who loves me. I feel prepared to take what I have learned from this summer of service and begin a lifetime of ministry. – Matthew

Devin (Student)

I now have a much greater confidence in talking to strangers about Christ. – Devin
2013-10-31T18:41:10-05:00
I now have a much greater confidence in talking to strangers about Christ. – Devin

Phoebe (Student)

During this summer, I have fallen more deeply in love with God and have begun the life-long journey of getting...
2013-10-31T18:41:56-05:00
During this summer, I have fallen more deeply in love with God and have begun the life-long journey of getting to know him more. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be on a Royal Servant team this summer, and I am so excited to see how God uses this experience in the years to come. – Phoebe

Kevin

My son went with Royal Servants to Sierra Leone Africa this summer. While in Africa he was able to share...
2013-10-31T18:21:58-05:00
My son went with Royal Servants to Sierra Leone Africa this summer. While in Africa he was able to share the gospel with people in cities and villages. I really appreciate this. Some trips are just work projects. Not with Royal Servants. The students are trained to share the gospel and have many chances to do so. My son grew spiritually, was able to deal with sin issues in his life, and grew in his confidence to share the gospel. I would strongly encourage anyone considering going on a trip with reign to send their child. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is for those who are looking for an experience that will help your child grow to be more like Christ. – Kevin

Paula

The Royal Servants program is time-tested and mother-approved!! We've sent two sons (ages 15 and 16) overseas with R.S. with...
2013-10-31T18:23:09-05:00
The Royal Servants program is time-tested and mother-approved!! We've sent two sons (ages 15 and 16) overseas with R.S. with faith in the Lord to protect and keep them under the watchful guidance of the Royal Servants staff. We have not been disappointed. No lost passports, no lost luggage, no lost boys!!! They came face-to-face with the lost world and came home with great appreciation for their blessings and a level of awareness that makes them even more responsible and faithful at home!! – Paula

Karen

I can highly recommend Royal Servants to anyone who might be considering sending their son or daughter. Royal Servants took...
2013-10-31T18:23:56-05:00
I can highly recommend Royal Servants to anyone who might be considering sending their son or daughter. Royal Servants took a real personal interest in the safety, well being and spiritual growth of our daughter. God was so faithful to provide the needed funds, so quickly, through our generous and loving church family. Our daughter had only to pray and to ask. As parents, we said many times, "We feel so blessed that our daughter had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! – Karen