A lifetime of missions begins with training children up in the way they should go. Royal Ambassadors helps churches raise up young men and boys.
The RA State Race in Belton, Tex., today provided a venue for boys and girls to race their RA Pine Race Cars they carved and decorated against one another. Awards are given to the fastest, most unique, and best designed.
“Investing in the lives of boys is a purpose of mine,” Rex Shaw said. Rex is the volunteer RA leader at Birdville Baptist Church in Haltom City, Tex., where is wife, Donna serves as children’s minister.
“I’ve been leading RAs for 19 years and one of my first RAs graduated college a couple of years ago,” Rex continued. “Shortly after his graduation I received a letter from him that thanked me for the time, love, and mission education that I invested in him. I cannot express how much his note means to me.”
Rex continues RAs in their church because “it is the best mission-focused program that teaches young boys how to live for and serve Christ. Our church has seen boys who grew up through RAs become leaders in serving the church through high school, college, and beyond. It’s imperative to the life of the church.” Birdville Baptist Church sends a dozen or so kids to the State Race each year to compete in the various events and competitions.
Andrew Young, a student at University Mary-Hardin Baylor, addressed the attendees about the importance of winning - but winning for Christ. He used I Corinthians 9:24-25 as his scripture reference for working hard at competing saying that things we compete for that provide an earthly prize diminish quickly. Only our efforts of doing our best for Christ is of lasting importance. “Gold fades, games disappear, trophies get lost, but Christ will always be there,” he concluded.
Held in April, the RA State Race is an annual event that allows camaraderie and friendly competition on the backdrop of missions that reinforces the work and lessons through the year. More information on RAs, the State Race, other events, and Texas Baptist Men, can be found online at tbmtx.org.