China

Being a country who boasts the world’s largest population (1.3 billion as opposed to the US population of approximately 325 million), China never runs out of having something to offer. There are seemingly endless opportunities to experience, places to explore, people to meet, and conversations to be had. In the last century, China has emerged as one of the world’s leading superpowers while still holding on to its many ancient and traditional ways of life. Although a communist country, Buddhism is the predominant religion and dictates the very fabric of her people’s lives. Living under government censorship and reeling from communist propagation that there is no God, the Chinese are a people who are hungry and ready to hear the Truth of the Gospel. Spend your summer in this East Asian country and watch as God does some amazing things through you and your team!

All of the ministry you will do in China will be based on relationships. The better a Chinese student knows and trusts you, the more they will listen to what you have to say. Therefore, the English “Culture and Language” programs we create are built around fun, creative, and interactive activities.   The China team typically divides its time between two different cities, roughly two weeks in each location. The team is usually divided up with the Chinese into small groups, with two or three Royal Servants in each group. Each day has a mix of games (if you teach a Chinese how to play ninja you’ll have a friend for life), activities (like a huge photo scavenger hunt), songs, and skits (nothing like teaching them a skit about the Easter story to provoke great conversation). Oh… I should say that one of the activities will be dance, but don’t worry guys, It will be a group dance like the Cha Cha Slide. And can I say that there is something amazing about the sight of 150 people jammed in a room and trying to figure out whether you need to move right, or left, or have to jump!   Whatever the activity, the Gospel is woven into almost everything you’ll do. Whether in the context of the program itself, having coffee with a couple of Chinese you’ve gotten close to, or when you are out and about discovering the city with your Chinese friends, you’ll be having opportunities to bring your faith into the conversation. This is important because it’s almost a certainty that there will be more than one Chinese student in your group who will not have heard who Jesus is. Close
Maybe the better question is, “What won’t you eat”? All options are open and only limited by your imagination (or lack of courage). You’ll most likely be offered some very interesting (and often unidentifiable) dishes, but the good thing about the Chinese is that they never force you to eat something your stomach politely declines! Normally, you’ll be eating things like sweet and sour pork, dumplings (pot stickers), bowls of steaming noodles with slices of beef or pork, or a wonderful assortment of amazing vegetables. You and your teammates will often be on the hunt for the next best restaurant, which is often some tiny local place with four of five tables. And if you don’t like tea… start getting used to it now! Close
You won’t exactly know where you’ll be sleeping until you get there because things change fast and often in China. But rest easy, you will have a bed, though it may be in a college dormitory, a youth hostel, or some Chinese hotel. And yes, they have showers in China, so you can be sure you’ll be sparkling fresh! You will also spend a night sleeping on a train on the way to debriefing which is held in Beijing. It’s a 19-hour train ride, but the bunks are clean and you’re surrounded by your teammates. It’s a great time to relax, talk, sleep, and simply enjoy looking out the window at China’s rice paddies and mountains. Close
China is great for those who value sharing about Jesus within the context of relationships. Because you spend 10-12 days working with the same Chinese students, you really get a chance to get to know them, and they get to really know you! So if you like getting to know other people, the ministry in China might be right for you. And if you like to work closely with other committed believers, have a sense of fun and adventure, are willing to live outside the box, and are a bit courageous, you’ll get along just fine in China! Close
The China team travels more than most of the other Royal Servants mission trips. You’ll be hauling cross-country like the locals on China’s train system from Wuxi to Shanghai, Shanghai to Fuzhou, and finally Fuzhou to Beijing. That’s a lot of traveling. And yes, those bullet trains really do go well over 160 mph! You’ll be seeing China from a perspective much different from a tourist; you’re going to be immersed in the China few get to experience. When you visit a Chinese home, it will be as a friend and not simply a visitor. You’ll wander alleys that only local people know about, eat food with people from the neighborhood, and visit sites and attractions that may not mean much to a Westerner but are important to the Chinese. You’ll sit down and hang out with young orphans, walk through rice paddies, race to the top of the Great Wall, wave at giant pandas, tool around town in rickshaws, chew on boiled chicken feet (if you’re brave enough), and arrive home chopstick Jedi’s!Close
Sure, I can tell you how you’ll grow, but I’d like you to hear first-hand from last summer’s China students:   “Our group also grew spiritually through our assigned quiet times, worship, and giving thanks through prayer. Quiet times allowed us time to refresh and reconnect with God and learn from each other during Bible study discussions, and worship gave us the opportunity to ask, praise, thank, and experience God's presence… and setting aside time to thank God not only helped my attitude everyday situations, but also made us mindful of how He is continually working.”   "I grew spiritually by letting go of control and yielding to His plan for my life. It was a difficult thing to do and taught me how to put my trust in Him. I realized that my way isn't the best way."   "Being able to discuss what we studied during quiet time helped me grow spiritually, it allowed me to hear my peers perspective on the passages we read. It was a great opportunity to see how God was speaking in their lives."   "On this trip I grew in relying on God. I learned to be content with what God has given me.”   "Before this trip I didn't like worship, it was scary and foreign. Coming to China taught me to love worship and pour out my heart. I can feel the Holy Spirit moving and it is amazing! Now I always look forward to it!” Close
In some countries you have to be intentional to experience the culture, in China you simply have to walk out the door and try to cross the street to know that you’re not at home anymore! You’ll eat local, get into Chinese homes for meals, ride in motorized rickshaws, and be squeezed like a sardine in the Beijing subway. Try buying an ice cream bar; but just know that what is pictured on the outside of the package may not resemble what’s inside the wrapper…though it may look the same, red bean-curd ice cream is NOT the same as chocolate! Close
All of our work in China is in partnership with missionaries or local believers. These are passionate men and women whose heart is especially to reach Chinese teenagers. Working beside them will be both humbling and encouraging! They provide the follow up on those Chinese who you will work with, and especially those who choose to follow Christ or even show an interest in Him. They are good people; fun, focused, and committed to making Christ’s message available to all Chinese. Close
For those on the China mission trip, debriefing is critical on a couple of levels. First, because the schedule is really full and working in a small group context is tiring – you’ll need a break! Debriefing is a time to play (you can climb the Great Wall and roam the Forbidden City), shop, and eat Western food again! Debriefing is also a period of reflection; to see how God used you, and how He used the experiences to work in you. It also give you time to make closure to your ministry in China and prepare yourself to transition back home. Just because your active ministry may be over during debriefing, it is often a hugely important time as the Lord continues His work in your life! Close

Schedule

  1. Students June 23 - August 4
  2. Staff Disciplers June 16 - August 4
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China Required Support

  • Students
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $4195
  • Spending Money: $335
  • TOTAL: $4530
  • Staff
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $4195
  • Spending Money: $370
  • TOTAL: $4565

*$USD. For information about Canadian contributions and tax deductibility for Canadian citizen contact our Headquarters. The China mission trip does require a visa, $145 USD for American citizens and $151 CND for Canadian citizens.

China Trip Leader

  • Tom Ives - Full Bio >>
  • I lead the China mission trip. Cereal and milk is my meal of choice. I love hiking and take my boots most places I visit just in case. I’ve also led teams to Russia, Vietnam, India, Nepal, and all across Europe.
 
  • Holly Duke - Full Bio >>
  • I am a Royal Servants Trip Leader. I've been traveling with Royal Servants since 2000. I love students and watching them discover what God has for them! I also love taking pictures and eating potato chips!

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