Monday, October 3, 2016


Every four years SEND missionaries who serve in youth ministry around the world come together to network, clarify direction and help one another. I (Matt) have been invited to represent Reign Ministries in our new partnership. Some areas that we will be discussing include: 

· How do we effectively reach out to this generation with the Gospel?
· What does discipleship “look like” in various cultural contexts?
· What are the questions of ministry that we struggle with in our context?
· What opportunities would Reign Ministries have to serve in your location?

We will also be sharing and learning from each other in the areas of discipleship, evangelism, God’s Word, local church, prayer, and missions. Please pray for a fruitful time networking and learning how to be more effective reaching youth!

Thursday, September 1, 2016


SEND is an interdenominational, multinational Christian mission organization with over 500 missionaries in more that 20 areas of Asia, Europe, Eurasia and North America. Their mission is to mobilize God’s people and engage the unreached in order to establish reproducing churches. SEND focuses its ministries on the unreached—people who don’t have access to the gospel.


This past April, Tom Ives (President of Reign Ministries) and I (Matt) traveled to Detroit to meet with the leadership of SEND International. Over the last few years we’ve developed a working relationship with SEND and felt it was time to make it a bit more official by signing a “Memorandum of Understanding,” formalizing our desire to partner together. The first sentence of the MOU reads, “SEND and Reign share a common vision to see a movement of God among peoples of all ages and regions of the world that transforms them into passionate followers of Jesus Christ committed to sharing his love with the unreached.” Toward that end we desire to see an increasing number of young people discipled, trained, and ultimately mobilized in the ministry of making disciples.  As part of my role at Reign I will be coordinating the new partnership with SEND. I feel privileged to be a part of what God is doing!

Monday, August 1, 2016


At the end of July Jenni and I (Matt) represented Reign Ministries at the SEND missions conference in Detroit. We had the chance to meet many missionaries who are serving around the world. We enjoyed talking about possible future mission teams serving the field. We were also blessed to see nearly 60 full-time workers being commissioned to the mission field. God is an awesome God!


“He [Paul] knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.” Acts 20:36-38.
In July, I (Matt) had the privilege of taking another mission team back to Macedonia in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Half of Syria’s pre-war population have been killed or forced to flee their homes. There are now nearly 4 million Syrians scattered throughout the region, making them the world’s largest refugee population.

As with my previous trip, our team quickly fell in love with the refugees. Even just after our first full day serving in the refugee camp, Jack, a team member said, “It’s already hard to say goodbye to the friends I’ve made.” Another team member said, “I didn’t expect to find my family in Macedonia! I saw my little brother in the boy who asks for piggybacks, and my sisters in the giggling girls who kiss my cheek.”

Our friendships with the Syrian refugees continued to deepen as the days went by and the nights got later and later. We entered the refugee’s minimal living spaces, shared their food and laughs, we nearly sweat to death playing rousing games of ping pong, and some of us even started learning Arabic—all the while doing our best to communicate the love and message of Jesus Christ. 

On our last night together we gathered our Syrian friends to pray a blessing over them. Our hearts were all moved as many wept and embraced each other before we said our final goodbyes. In just two weeks we had grown very close. God truly blessed us as we shared our lives with the Syrian refugees. Please continue to lift them up in prayer. Pray for peace in Syria and for the Holy Spirit to soften hearts. 

Friday, July 1, 2016


In June, I (Matt) led the Barnabas Team at our missions training camp. What is the Barnabas Team? It is a team of Royal Servants alumni who serve all of Training Camp. Barnabas team members take out the trash, clean bathrooms, dig, rake, mow, put up tents, blaze trails through the woods, and so much more! Students also get to know some extraordinary people who became like brothers and sisters, take part in the amazing worship and quiet times, and serve the mission teams behind the scenes! I was so blessed to be able to work with these remarkable  students! God is so good!  

Friday, April 15, 2016


The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9

Since my return home people ask me, “How was your trip Matt?” I typically respond with, “It was amazing!” or “It was awesome!” And while that description of our trip is true, it certainly doesn’t explain just everything that our team felt and experienced. As the trip leader, I can honestly say that EVERYONE on the team was blessed beyond anything they had hoped for or imagined. We ALL fell in love with the refugees we got to know and also with our ministry partners (SEND Int’l), who work tirelessly in Macedonia. Here are some highlights from our ministry at the refugee camp:

· Served food to 1300 hungry refugees for a week
· Provided 6500 additional meals through “Feed My Starving Children”
· Funded 3 additional days of food distribution for the refugees
· Interacted with refugees through conversations, sports, and visits to shelters
· Helped with individual needs – provided medicine, repaired broken glasses, etc.
· Humbled by the hospitality of the refugees who offered what little they had
· Shared countless cups of tea with the refugees and blessed by their friendship
· Listened to tragic, courageous stories fleeing war-torn countries pursuing freedom
· Loved children by playing games, and providing toys & school supplies
· Offered New Testaments and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with open hearts

Wow! We were so blessed to experience God’s compassionate heart for the refugees. He LOVES the oppressed and He IS a strong shelter in times of trouble. Thank you for showing His love through your prayers and gifts to make it ALL happen!


A refugee named Kabil,  told me in Afghanistan he used to read a bible by flashlight under his covers at night for fear of persecution. I asked him if he’d accept a new testament in his language and read it. He said, Of course… I am free.I sat there stunned by his response. Even though Kabil was “stuck” in a fenced-in refugee camp and had no certainty of his future, he now viewed himself as “free.”  While Kabir has not yet committed himself to Christ, he is now free to seek Him like never before. Please pray that Kabil would find Christ and truly be “free!


What would compel you to get up in the middle of the night, grab your money and your family and head out of the country?  There would have to be some force of evil that is causing you to leave everything you’ve worked for.  This is exactly what has happened for thousands of refugees. But God redeems!  Acts 17:26&27 says that God has determined the  boundaries of everyone’s dwelling place, that they should seek God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.”  Reaching out to refugees or immigrants may perhaps be the greatest open door to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ! Pray that the refugee or immigrant would look to God and find him!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


You will go out in JOY and be led forth in peace; the MOUNTAINS and hills will burst into song before you... Isaiah 55:12

I love students. I love serving in missions. And I love hiking in the mountains! So when I was asked to join our Kairos students on a mission trip to the remote mountains of Honduras (only accessible by foot & pack mule), it didn’t take me long to say “YES!”

There are few things that bring me as much joy as serving with students on the mission field. Joy was certainly a reoccurring theme through out my trip to Honduras. In fact, the scriptures are filled with verses on “joy” (over 300 times!) At one point during our trip I reflected on specific moments in time where I sensed the joy of the Lord. This list served as a reminder of God’s goodness, which in turn, led to an increase in joy:

· Reaching remote mountain villages (after a grueling but exhilarating 7 hour hike)
· Observing a group of Honduran believers laughing and joking together
· Hearing passionate worship with rhythmic clapping and singing in Spanish
· Watching a student testify of God’s redemptive power at work in their life
· Seeing pastors (some who walked for 4 hours) to join our leaders conference 
· Witnessing faith, despite persecution (one girl had been beaten for her faith)
· Experiencing the love and laughter with a close knit mission team of students
· Enjoying God’s creation: misty mountains, refreshing waterfalls, colorful songbirds

God is so good! I am so thankful for the numerous opportunities our team had to go out in JOY and share God’s word, His love, and His truth throughout our mission trip. Thank you for your partnership. It’s a JOY to serve Him in this ministry with you!


Kairos Discipleship School is a 8-month intensive, experiential training school for students 18-26, focused on igniting faith and impacting the world. Students gain a foundation in Christ-like character, leadership development, and evangelism. Our desire at Reign Ministries is to equip relevant leaders to be ready to serve in local churches, communities, and on the mission field.


Many of our former Kairos students are serving in ministry or missions around the world. Rachel was a Kairos student 5 years ago. She is currently serving in a orphanage in Honduras as a Transition House Mom and is taking care of four children under the age of 2! While we were in Honduras she made a 4 hour bus ride to spend the day with our team. It was a blessing to hear her share with our current students about what she learned during her Kairos season. Please pray for Rachel and for more students like her to answer the call to missions.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Matt will be joining our Kairos Discipleship School students, serving the poor on a mission trip to Honduras, February 15—March 3.

In Honduras we will work with very poor villages in the Southern Opalaca Mountains.  The Lenca Indians are an unreached people group who have a history of superstition and tribal religion, but the Gospel is starting to take hold.  Our team will serve with local missionaries who are working to plant churches in this remote region.  We will use mules to haul our luggage and will have to hike five hours through a “cloud forest” to reach the people!  Once we reach our destination, we will have the awesome opportunity to teach Bible classes, as well as meet practical needs through construction projects.  We will also use soccer ministry, kids’ Bible programs, and evening church services to share the Gospel.  

Matt will be leading a Reign Ministries mission trip to Macedonia in response to the Refugee crisis in Europe, March 18—27.
In Macedonia we will be partnering with SEND Int’l to serve those affected by the Syrian refugee crises, arguably one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Just this year, over 500,000 refugees (half of them children), have made their way across Europe looking for safety from war-torn areas in the Middle East. These people are tired, scared and desperate. And with many disillusioned with their religion, for a short window of time, they are open to the gospel in ways as never before. We will be making daily trips to the border, passing out food, cleaning up litter, and caring for the different needs of the refugees. We will have the unique opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them in a real and tangible way.