A Beautiful Cross, A Beautiful Memory
Deon looked like he was playing in the dirt at woodworking. However, our woodworking leader, Tim, who is an artist and carves magnificent wildlife out of wood, noticed what no one else had. The boy had put glue on his cross and then added dirt. It was an original.
Deon was using God’s creation to make something beautiful.
Tim immediately acknowledged the boy’s creative idea. He then very excitedly sat with him, teaching him how to hold a hammer and hit a nail. He worked with Deon to make sure the cross would hold together and balanced it so it would stand on its own. He then urgently requested a photographer to capture what this child had built.
As Deon held up his cross, Tim coached him saying, “Hold that cross high!” The boy beamed. Tim had seen what others had missed. He had seen Deon’s creativity. Together, they made something beautiful, a beautiful cross and also a beautiful memory.”
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 6-18, in week-long camp settings and weekend retreats. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!