RA Congress brings boys, men together in Christ
By John Lucas
On Sept. 18-19, boys in grades 1-6 gathered at First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kan., to celebrate the annual Royal Ambassador Congress, a camp and fellowship time for boys and men from KNCSB churches.
The theme was: “Getting Fit for God’s Mission.” The Congress continued the exciting format begun in 2008—being hosted by a church that has a very active Royal Ambassador ministry.
The Congress was attended by 78 boys, church counselors and staff. Thirteen churches and associations were represented. Adult church members and youths served as counselors and various other volunteer capacities to provide help with indoor and outdoor fun events, training sessions and by cooking meals.
Eric Reese, an International Mission Board missionary serving in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, was the missionary speaker. His testimony inspired the boys and men to follow God and seek His will every day. His example of unselfish service for Christ to the poor and needy in Brazil touched his listeners’ hearts. Several boys shared with their counselors that they had dedicated their lives to Christ.
Royal Ambassadors or “RAs” is a Bible-centered, church-based, Southern Baptist mission education organization for boys in grades 1-6. A Royal Ambassador’s life is guided by commitment to a life centered in God’s will and a life of accountability as evidenced in the RA Pledge:
“As a Royal Ambassador I will do my best:
To become a well-informed, responsible follower of Christ;
To have a Christ-like concern for all people;
To learn how to carry the message of Christ around the world;
To work with others in sharing Christ, and
To keep myself clean and healthy in mind and body.”
The foundation for the name “Royal Ambassadors” and its purpose are derived 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.
(John Lucas is the KNCSB director of men’s ministries.)