Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Prayer Points for our Family this Summer

Please pray for us & our Royal Servants team as we share the Gospel in Sierra Leone this summer.


An extra amount of strength and spiritual wisdom for Matt as he leads 30 students this summer. Pray that the students would grow deep in their faith and many people in Sierra Leone will come to know Christ!

Traveling safety and mercies for Matt, the team abroad, and our family as we travel within the US.

Joy, strength and wisdom for Jenni as she single parents while Matt is apart from the family for 6 of the 9 weeks of summer ministry travel.

Pray for us as we continue our adoption process and send our dossier to Ethiopia soon!

We praise God for his provision for the financial expenses involved with our summer ministry!

Prayer Points for Sierra Leone, West Africa

RELIGION— Sierra Leone was the first West African country to be evangelized. Yet after over 200 years of effort, under 12% of the country claims to be Christian and 70% remain Muslim.

THE SIERRA LEONE CIVIL WAR— began in 1991 and lasted for about 10 years. Tens of thousands died, more than 2 million people were displaced as refugees and thousands of children were kidnapped, drugged and forced to kill. Pray for restoration of the government and for committed Christians to be a vital part of the leadership.

Sierra Leone is the 7th poorest country in the world, and ranks last on the United Nations Program’s for Human Development Index list. Pray the shattered economy be renewed.

UNREACHED PEOPLES— There are a total of 31 different ethnic people groups in Sierra Leone and 12 of them are considered unreached (have had little to no access to the gospel.) Pray for renewed vision among Christians to effectively reach these people groups.

10 Weeks of Royal Servants (May 30 - August 7)

Week 1— Packing & Final Prep for Student Missions Training Camp - Final Preparation, Packing Equipment, Driving to Training Camp in Lewistown—Central Illinois

Week 2 — Reign / Royal Servants Staff Week - (setting up camp for 400+ staff and students) Unpacking Equipment, Setup Tents, Big Top, Office Trailer, Electrical/water/phone hook-up, etc.

Week 3 — Assistant Team Leaders Training -
Team meetings, Planning, Training, Finances, Medical and Food packing for all teams.

Week 4 — Summer Staff Training - (about 50 Discipleship Group Leaders—ages 19 and up) Training & Assigning Discipleship group leaders—3 to 5 students per adult.

Week 5 — Student Training - (about 300 students—ages 13 to 19) Students learn Unity, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Love, Discipline, Forgiveness, Grace, Purity, etc.

Week 6— Travel & Begin Ministry for all Royal Servant Mission Teams - Teams will be serving in China, Costa Rica, Europe, India, Ireland, Israel, Nepal, and Sierra Leone.

Week 7 — Ministry in Freetown, Sierra Leone - Working with local Youth For Christ staff who are partnering with pastors, and churches, to reach out to this predominately Muslim country.

Week 8 — Ministry in Freetown, Sierra Leone - Students doing ministry and sharing Jesus in the streets, slums, schools, parks, detention centers, handicapped homes and orphanages.

Week 9 — Ministry in Makeni, Sierra Leone - Students doing ministry and sharing Jesus from village to village, church to church, door to door, hut to hut, in streets, parks and schools.

Week 10 — Debriefing in London & Depart for Home - Reflection on summer of ministry,
looking ahead & goal setting, planning ministry back home in church & community. Travel Home :-)

The Royal Servants Summer Ministry Prayer Guide for 2010

MISSION TRIP: Sierra Leone (West Africa)
DATES: June 26 to August 7, 2010 (6 weeks)
PEOPLE GROUP: Temne and others
RELIGION: 70 % Islam, 18 % Ethnic Religions, 12 % Christian.
OUTREACH: We will work with local Youth For Christ staff who are partnering with pastors, churches, and missionaries to strategically reach out in this predominately Muslim country. We will develop relationships and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people in the streets, slums, schools, parks, detention centers, handicapped homes, and orphanages.

“...train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” –1 Timothy 4:7b-8

Before we even set foot on foreign soil we train our students and prepare them for the ministry ahead. During Training Camp, students experience team teaching, Bible study, small group discussions, Bible memorization, prayer, team building, and leadership training.  They also practice in a skill group to help present the gospel overseas.  Skill groups include dance, drama, music, and puppets.  In addition, some teams specialize in sports, language camps, or other activities relevant for the location. 

PROTECTION “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9

Over the years God has called students to give up their summer and invest their time in serious kingdom work. We are very thankful for each student that God has called our way. We take very seriously the safety and protection of our teams. God has entrusted us to care for each students specific needs. We are grateful to the Lord for providing protection in the 29 years we have been leading mission trips around the world. Please continue to pray for protection of our teams and wisdom for our leaders serving our students.

UNITY “...May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” –John 17:23b

If our relationships with team-mates and those on the mission field become strained we can badly damage our witness for Christ. We need to be honest and open with each other, show real repentance, and allow God to break our stubborn pride. It is NO easier for us to admit we are wrong than for anyone else! Pray that we will surrender “our” plans to God, be unified with our fellow Christian workers with agape love and seek the highest good rather than claiming our rights.

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” –Ephesians 6:19-20

Some of you may think that people going on a mission trip don’t fear sharing the gospel. But even the apostle Paul, bold as he was, still struggled with fear in proclaiming the gospel. That should not only encourage us to know that we are not alone in our fear but to pray that we too would follow in Paul’s example and be a bold witness for Jesus. Please pray that God would give our students boldness like Paul, as they open their mouth and proclaim the message of Jesus Christ fearlessly!

VICTORY “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” –1 Corinthians 15:57

Though there is not much talk these days about Satan, he is very real and desires to destroy us and our work for the living God! Please pray that we would have victory over his schemes. Pray also that each student would personally have victory over their own worldly and sinful desires. And pray that we would be in a constant state of thankfulness for our Victor, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” –Matthew 9:37-38

Ultimately our work at Reign Ministries is to disciple the next generation of world changers for Jesus. Statistics show that MANY, MANY believers receive their calling to missions/ministry or will support the work of the Great Commission from their involvement in a short-term mission trip. Please fervently pray with us that God would do a mighty work among the next generation and send forth workers into his harvest field!

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” –John 15:16

We believe it is impossible for Christians to mature in their walk with Christ if they are not willing to speak for him. Unless we share our faith with others, we may never see any lasting fruit in our lives or in the lives of others. This is a top priority for our Royal Servants teams as we travel abroad and the reason we are seeing lasting fruit in the lives of the students and in the lives we serve overseas. Please pray that we will continue to make this our “top priority” in the work he has called us to. Pray that God will continue to work through us to “bear fruit” and “fruit that will last!”