Royal Ambassadors (RA) is an exciting and fun-filled missions education organization for boys in grades 1–6. RA is just one of the missions education organizations offered by Woman's Missionary Union (WMU). WMU provides a full line of resources for RA and other age-level organizations. Through RA, boys gain a greater understanding of God's work in the world and how they can join Him in His work.
RAs learn about the world, pray for the world, and learn how they can be used to tell others about God's Son, Jesus. An ambassador can be defined as a messenger or representative—someone who tells or reveals truth. Royal Ambassadors seek to share the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
History: Begun in 1908, RAs has a rich heritage of providing missions education for boys. As then national WMU President Fannie E. S. Heck declared: “Save the boys for their own sakes and for the future of the gospel." RAs and their leaders have been about that task for over 100 years.
What is an RA?: Royal Ambassadors is a dynamic WMU missions organization for boys in grades 1–6. RA helps boys grow in their spiritual development as they learn the biblical basis of missions and discover their part in God's plan.
In RA, boys learn
RA helps boys grow spiritually, recognizing the varying developmental stages of boys in each grade. RA materials are designed to help younger and older boys have missions experiences that lay a foundation for coming to faith in Christ as Savior and make missions an important part of their daily lives.
The RA Motto (which has never changed), "We are Ambassadors for Christ," not only gives the organization its name, but also gives the boys and leaders a lifestyle goal. This Motto is taken from Scripture, specifically 2 Corinthians 5:20.
The RA Pledge: The RA Pledge makes the motto come alive in the daily lives of boys and leaders. You can download a PDF of the RA Pledge here.
RA Virtues: Ten specific biblical virtues that strengthen the motto and the pledge: Loyalty, Friendship, Courage, Responsibility, Honesty, Faith, Compassion, Perseverance, Teamwork, and Self-Discipline. One virtue is highlighted each month.
The RA Scripture passage (2 Corinthians 5:17-20) describes the purpose of Royal Ambassadors:
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ's behalf, 'Be reconciled to God.'" (2 Cor. 5:17-20, HCSB)
What are the parts of the RA emblem and their purposes?
Organization name and Scripture: An ambassador is a representative in a court or nation other than his own. Royal Ambassadors are representatives of Christ the King bringing good news of salvation to people everywhere. The RA Motto reads, "We are Ambassadors for Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20, HCSB).
The shield stands for faith in Christ (see Eph. 6:16). This symbol represents the journey of faith and a commitment to having faith in Christ.
The crown stands for Christ the King and what He represents (see Jas. 1:12). As a follower and ambassador of Christ, we are to stay focused on Jesus and His message to the world.
The branch is for achievement and victory in the work of being an Ambassador for Christ (see Matt. 25:21). Combining skills and actions help accomplish the goal of carrying the gospel to people needing to hear it.
Blue represents the boy's loyalty to Christ, His church, and each other.
Gold represents the worth of the boy to God's mission.
White represents purity of living, which makes him an effective ambassador.
Royal Ambassadors Groupings: Royal Ambassadors (Grades 1-6); Lads (Grades 1-3); Crusaders (Grades 4-6)
Individual Grade: Lad 1 RAs, Lad 2 RAs, LAD 3 RAs, Page 4 RAs, Squire 5 RAs, Knight 6 RAs. Multiple grade combinations possible.
Today's a great day to start an RA chapter at your church! Here's how to get started.
RAs provides an opportunity for boys to develop Christian character through missions involvement and virtue commitments, in addition to growing spiritually, physically, mentally, and in relationships with others. Royal Ambassadors leaders utilize activities that are designed to help boys learn about God's mission, participate in missions experiences, pray for and give to missions, develop and use mission skills, and learn about and support the missions work of their church and denomination.
Need More Info?
To learn more about the basics of Royal Ambassadors, including information on leading RA, steps to starting a group in your church, resources such as magazines and patches for groups, the motto and pledge, and more, download the RA How-To Flyer here. (Download the 11x17 landscape version of the RA How-To Flyer here.)
Many men have shared about their experiences as members of an RA chapter or serving as an RA leader. Listed below are the top three things these men remember about Royal Ambassadors.
1. They remember the RA Motto and RA Pledge. They remember reciting the Motto and Pledge at chapter meetings and special events, like RA camp, and the challenge to live out the meaning of the Pledge as ambassadors for Christ.
2. They remember participating in activities. Whether it was going to a summer camp, a missions rally, overnight campout, or participating in a missions project, they talk about what they experienced and learned.
3. They remember their leaders. They remember them by name and talk about how their leaders cared for them and served as examples.
The Bible speaks about the importance of educating boys about God's Word and modeling how to serve. “Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it" (Proverbs 22:6 NIrV). Missions-minded Christian men serve as a living library of knowledge and as role models for boys to see what it means to grow in a relationship with Christ. RAs offer men the opportunity to spend time with their chapter members sharing God's Word and modeling how to serve Christ. A wise leader will take time to learn how to work with boys and plan activities that will challenge them mentally, physically, and spiritually. Many RA leaders have had the opportunity to witness their members develop into mature young men who are serving Christ in a variety of ways.
Committed leaders are at the heart of the Royal Ambassadors organization. Be in prayer about your level of commitment in working with boys and seek to involve other men in sharing their time and experiences. History has proven that the primary curriculum for Royal Ambassadors is God's Word, the Bible, being shared by leaders who desire to help boys develop as ambassadors for Christ.
“Remember your leaders. They spoke God's word to you. Think about the results of their way of life. Copy their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:7-8 NIrV).
The Royal Ambassadors organization continues to provide an opportunity for leaders to help transform the lives of boys and help them become missionaries of their generation.
The purpose of Royal Ambassadors is found in the RA Motto and RA Pledge. Boys and their leaders are encouraged to make a commitment to live out the words of the RA Pledge and RA Motto. To build the Christian character needed to keep the promises of the RA Pledge, RAs learn biblical virtues.
WMU provides three curriculum lines for children in grades 1 through 6. Below you will find curriculum specifically designed for Royal Ambassadors:
|RA Leader is the essential resource for leading RA.
|RA World enhances the weekly RA experience.
|RA Leader Kit enhances the weekly RA experience.
|Children's Missions DVD gives a closer look at missionaries around the world and exotic missions fields. It's intended to be curriculum support for GA, RA, or CA.
In addition to curriculum, WMU provides several other resources for Royal Ambassadors. Get your RA gear today!
How do I know who's earned a patch? What guidelines should I follow to make sure I give out the awards correctly? Where do the patches go on a vest? Look no further!
Just download this PDF of every patch, pin, bar and award for RAs. (You may need to right click and choose "save as" to download this file.) You'll find images of each item along with their awarding requirements.
Consider displaying the pages in your classrooms so RAs can see which item they are working toward.
One idea is to laminate the pages, punch a hole in the top corner, and keep them on a loose-leaf book ring. Flip to the page of the item your group is trying to earn and display it as a reminder.
|Children:||Girls in Action / GA|
|Royal Ambassadors / RA|
|Children in Action / CA|
|Youth on Mission|
|Women on Mission|
|Adults on Mission|
|Missions Plan Book|
|Free Starter Packs|