RA Congress sees 40 professions of faith
SEDALIA – The Royal Ambassador (RA) Congress at the Missouri State Fairgrounds April 6-7 was notable in that another harvest of souls took place, Danny Decker, Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) men’s missions and ministry specialist, said.
“Friday night (April 6) there were 40 professions of faith from the boys,” Decker said.
The labor that goes into the actual moment of reaping is complex.
“A harvesting was taking place based upon the work that the leaders had been doing in the chapters, teaching,” Decker said. “RA Congress is built around character traits—virtues.
“You start talking about virtues that should be a part of our lives with the first graders, virtues that are a part of a Christian’s life. They’re introduced to the Gospel, and we talk about sin—why we don’t love, why we don’t act in kindness, why we don’t tell the truth. We talk about it’s a sin problem, it’s a heart issue.
“As they move from third to sixth grade, then there is a discipleship process that is introduced to help the boys be a true disciple of Christ. Those virtues are still emphasized. They’re enlarged and expanded into everyday life. As a result of that work, what’s being taught and the caring and prayer and ministry of those individual chapter leaders, when we come to an RA Congress where a spiritual atmosphere takes place, then God uses that as a time of harvest.”
This year’s event marked a quarter of a century of continuous meetings in Sedalia. A total of 850 volunteers and youth participated.
“It was kind of a special time for the boys and everybody,” Decker said. “A lot of the workers had been there 25 years.
“I told the boys jokingly, ‘You guys get to be a part of a memorable weekend. The 25th anniversary only comes around one time, and then we set new records for coldness in April on Good Friday.’”
The wind chill factor on Saturday (April 7) was 7 degrees above zero. Due to the extreme cold, the track and field event scheduled for that day was canceled.
Decker said fathers, pastors and leaders in the program were all active as counselors when boys were making spiritual decisions.
“I really think it’s a collective work of the tilling of the soil, the sowing of the seed, the watering that takes place before they come to RA Congress, and then God just uses that moment to touch their lives and change them,” Decker said.
Some adults surrendered to preach, and some surrendered to be missionaries. A total of 51 decisions were made.
“I think that the future of RA Congress is strong and well,” Decker said. “We have hopes of it growing and expanding.”
Royal Ambassadors are a missions-oriented group for boys in grades 1 through 6. The name is taken from 2 Corinthians 5:20, where the Apostle Paul writes that we are ambassadors for Christ.